Agent Snapshot: Ofelia McDonald, Real Estate Consultant, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, Upper Kirby/East End

Ofelia McDonald is a real estate consultant with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene in Upper Kirby/East End.

What was your first job in the realty industry?
My first real estate experiences were in Oak Hill, where I worked for a custom homebuilder.

Where did you grow up?
East Austin.

What is your favorite free-time activity?
Running, spending time with my family and other outdoor activities, like spending time at the park.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
Be around creative people; when you’re around music, the theater and artists, you feel like you can solve problems.

Where is your favorite place to hang out?
Phoenicia Specialty Foods.

What do you love most about the industry?
You’re exposed to all the different cultures in Houston – when you’re buying and selling real estate, it really takes you outside of your own four walls.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I’m very casual and laid back. The business of buying and selling a home is the last thing I do; the first thing is seeing if we can establish trust in the relationship.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Getting a husband and a wife to agree, and educating clients on what the market is really like.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
Restaurants, and my kid’s friends’ parents.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Being able to establish a new downtown area east of Houston. I discovered this area (the East End), and was featured in the Houston Chronicle for my work there.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Houston?
My own house! We have several architects on our street, so the houses on our street are beautiful.

What kind of car do you drive?
Acura RX.

Smartphone or Paper?
Mostly smartphone.

What is your favorite city after Houston?

What is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Time management is key. If you can’t manage your time, you’re not going to make any money.

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  • I Personally know and work with Ofelia. She is a great Realtor with a magnetic personality! I am glad to see her featured in the Houston Agent Magazine!

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