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Agent Snapshot: Amber Carrillo, Associate Vice President, Carrington Real Estate Services, Houston

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Amber Carrillo is the associate vice president of Carrington Real Estate Services in Houston.

What was your first job in the real estate industry?
I started off as an agent working with ERA Stephens Properties in the Galleria.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town called Kountze, located on the other side of Beaumont. It was only about 2,000 people.

What is your favorite free-time activity?
Spending time with my boys and going to church.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
Listen to music.

Growing up, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be a radio DJ.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
It would be Apostle Paul to uncover those hidden gems. There’s so much that’s talked about in the bible that is not revealed. I also love the way he reached people.

Where is your favorite place to hang out?
My couch.

What do you love most about the industry?
The culture and the different people you meet – especially here in Houston. There’s so much diversity. I’ve learned so much, and there’s so many other nations I just can’t wait to visit because I’ve worked with clients from there.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I have a management role. I manage a lot of agents, but first and foremost, I keep myself updated on the latest technology and I usually get a lot of attention because of that. I’m the “go-to” person, especially in my circle on anything new that comes out, including apps, cameras, video programs, etc.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Keeping a balance between work and my personal life.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
I am the president-elect for WCR Greater West Houston for this next year, so I meet other people in the industry there. Most of my clients come from referrals from past clients or friends, family and church.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
My kids.

What was the last good movie you saw, or the last good book you read?
The best movie I’ve ever seen was “Now You See Me.” I just saw it a month ago.

What is your favorite restaurant?
Antonio’s Flying Pizza.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Houston?
Jones Hall – it reminds me of the Guggenheim. I also love any Mid-Century Modern architecture as well. There are some special homes that have maintained their initial integrity in neighborhoods such as Meyerland and Afton Oaks that I just die for!

What kind of car do you drive?
I drive a Mercedes.

Smartphone or paper?
Smartphone.

What is your favorite city after Houston?
Austin.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? 
Keep in touch with past clients and maintain your integrity.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? 
Animoto.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
I follow the industry leaders, such as NAR, TAR, Inman Connect. I love going to those conferences and staying updated on the latest technology.

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