What was your first job in the realty industry?
Before I got my license, I did open houses for the agent that recruited me to the field.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in northwest Louisiana, went to college and got my graduate degree in Natchitoches – the town made famous by the movie Steel Magnolias!
What is your favorite free-time activity?
I have a seven-year-old daughter, and anything she likes to do I like to do with her. We spend a lot of time at Hermann Park, and we love to travel too!
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
Relax…what’s that? I’m unfamiliar with that! Just kidding, I like to work out – that always helps me unwind.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
What kid didn’t want to be a veterinarian? Either that, or an professional singer on Broadway!
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
That’s a hard one. I love Mariska Hargitay, I am totally hooked on “Law and Order: SVU,” and I think she’s got a very powerful message about women’s rights and victim’s advocacy, so I’d choose her!
Where is your favorite place to hang out?
For the most part, it’s all kid-centric at my house, so I guess home hanging with my girl, watching a movie!
What do you love most about the industry?
I love that I meet people from all walks of life. At one point this summer, I had clients from Asia, Russia, Bolivia and the U.S. all working with me at one time. That was pretty neat!
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
Well, I never had a “sales” background, and coming into the field from a higher education background in a very urban setting, gave me a different perspective I think. I feel like the most important thing you can do isn’t make a sale, but build a relationship, and I’m good at that. After you get that foundation established, you can accomplish anything! I routinely meet people at an open house and YEARS later they call me to help them buy or sell. It’s all about the relationship!
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Right now it’s finding properties for my buyers! Things are selling so quickly and inventory is so low, it’s a real challenge to find clients the perfect place to call home!
Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
We have hundreds of agents just at the Met alone, so that’s a built-in network of agents right there; but I find the best place to meet new clients is just out doing whatever it is you love to do! If you put yourself out there in the right way, you’ll pick up clients wherever you happen to be!
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Well, professionally, I’m a Keller Williams Bronze “Capper,” meaning I reached the company sales goal to start earning 100 percent commissions this year and putting me in the top 21 percent of agents at The Met.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
I’m reading “Wave” right now, and it’s a woman’s first hand account of the Tsunami in Indonesia a few years back; it’s gut wrenching! The last adult movie I saw was Beasts of the Southern Wild and that was an awesome film. Of course I have to throw a kids flick in there – I really enjoyed The Guardians! It was pretty cool.
What is your favorite restaurant?
I really like Liberty Kitchen! They have awesome food and the drinks aren’t bad either! But our family favorite is Barnaby’s!
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Houston?
It’s a simple looking building, but impressive – I really like Williams Tower over by the water wall. The height is just so impressive to me! I also really love the old 6th ward fire station recently restored by Axiom. That’s a neat old building!
What kind of car do you drive?
I drive a Volkswagon CC sedan. LOVE that car!
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What is your favorite city after Houston?
Love San Diego and New York City – don’t make me pick! They are both awesome for different reasons!
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
You must get out there and do open houses!
What’s your favorite Real Estate iPhone/ Blackberry app?
I use Centralized Showing Service app all the time when I’m out in the field and need to book appointments.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
I’m not hugely active on Twitter, but I do like @Texasmonthly to stay current on state events.