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Agent Snapshot: Carol Marple, Realtor, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, Kingwood/Atascocita

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Carol Marple is a Realtor for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene in the Kingwood/Atascocita area.

What was your first job in the realty industry?
I was a Realtor in Ohio from 1985 to 1989 prior to moving to Houston.

Where did you grow up?
Detroit, Mich.

What is your favorite free-time activity?
Traveling – I love venturing to new places and learning about different cultures.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
I love to read.

Growing up, what did you want to be?
A journalist that covered international stories.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Amelia Earhardt. She was such an interesting woman and far ahead of her times. It would have been so interesting to hear about all of her adventures!

Where is your favorite place to hang out?
Home with my husband and pets.

What do you love most about the industry?
I love being able to help people with one of their most important purchases. It is such a great feeling when you see their eyes light up when they finally get the home of their dreams!

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I will take any client, any time. This includes prospects that may have to rent for a while. If you take as much time with every client, mentor the relationship and continue to follow up; you will not only have a customer forever, but a friend as well.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Having to tell a client that they cannot get the home they want for whatever reason it may be.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
I am very involved with the Houston Apartment Association as well as HAR. I network at many different events held by both organizations. I spent 23 years in property management before going into homes sales in Houston.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
I have won numerous sales awards and industry recognition awards; but chairing the Community Relations Committee for 10 years with the Houston Apartment Association and founding the Pink Ladies golf tournament was one of my greatest achievements as I saw it blossom into a huge fundraiser over the years!

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
I haven’t had much time to go to the movies lately, but I did just finish “Mudbound”, which is an awesome book about the racial tensions in the south.

What is your favorite restaurant?
I love to eat so there are many. I also love to cook!

What kind of car do you drive?
Hyundai Tuscan.

Smartphone or paper?
Smartphone.

What is your favorite city after Houston?
New York City.

What is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Get as much training as you can and find yourself a mentor. This is a “fun” job!

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
I don’t tweet a lot. I prefer Facebook and LinkedIn.

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