Shannon Zahn Realtor

The Inside Network Company

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?

Surgical dental assistant. I was a mind reader for the dentist and patients who couldn’t talk mid-procedure.

Where did you grow up?

Born and raised in South Florida. West Palm Beach.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

I actually wanted to be a Realtor. I just didn’t know it yet. I loved to take drives with my parents and look at homes and wonder who lived there. Whats the inside look like? Whats their story?

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?

First, I call my husband, Evan, and vent to him. He is my biggest support. Second, work out and go for a boat ride and hope to catch the sunset.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?

Henry Morrison Flagler. He discovered the potential of Palm Beach, where I have been lucky enough to have been born and raised, and now sell. I would love to pick his brain and chat about all the development since his time.

Where is South Florida’s best-kept secret?

Although its no secret to most locals, one of my favorite spots includes the Loxahatchee River at Riverbend Park in Jupiter; Grab a kayak and some friends and spend the day paddling down the beautiful waters lined with Spanish Moss and cypress knees. Stop at what I call “The Wishing Tree” (and eat your Pub Sub on top of the fallen cypress tree), then paddle to the second dam where you may just see manatee (or a gator) enjoying the day. Don’t forget to explore Trapper Nelson’s home while you are there, he was known as “Tarzan of the Loxahatchee.”

What do you love most about the industry?

Some homes stay with families for generations and to be able to hear those stories and some times see pictures of the transformation of the home and the families that have loved them over the years is so special.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

I believe that most things happen for a reason, but the most difficult aspect of my job is when I feel like there was more I could have done to land my client a specific home. Sometimes negotiations go array and people can’t come to an agreement on how to move forward, so the search continues. Although, we do always find “the one” at the end of the day.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

Talk, talk, talk. Whether it be chatting it up with your waitress, or the couple waiting next to you at the car wash (true story), make small talk, introduce yourself and find a common interest. They eventually ask what I do for a living, and most of the time ask for my business card. It may not be for them but maybe someone they know.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?

Lately I have been watching Emily In Paris. It allows me to dream of the day I get to visit the city. Also, Disney JR (all thanks to my 2.5 year old) #momlife

What’s your favorite meal in South Florida?

Definitely Florida lobster and stone crab during season, drive down to Islamorada for some of the freshest!

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in South Florida?

The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, a gilded aged mansion on Palm Beach. Such gorgeous and unique characteristics that we do not find too frequently in homes of our era.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?

I was able to watch the seller back a moving truck into the front of his house, right before the final walk through, causing extensive damage; and for some reason the home had more belongings in it than it previously did. Safe to say we postponed that closing.

What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

(Thankfully) I hear that I am down to earth and more kind and relatable than people imagine. I try to live by just being a nice, and honest person.

What’s your favorite vacation spot and why?

I thoroughly loved Saint Lucia. The pristine waters, the sugar white AND volcanic grey sand and those stunning Pitons. Every local was so kind and the food was absolutely delicious.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?

Just keep on going.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

Honestly, my friends and family. We don’t all live near each other so its nice to be able to follow along on how everyone is doing.

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