What was your first job in the realty industry?
I started out about 10 years ago doing multi-family property management. Started in leasing and worked my way up to a regional director position before deciding to get my license.
Where did you grow up?
I honestly grew up all over. I am a native Houstonian, but have lived throughout Houston and Spring, as well as in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Illinois.
What is your favorite free-time activity?
I would have to say taking our dog to the dog park or going to the beach.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
Basically meditate my style. I sit back, clear my mind and focus on something I really enjoy doing. If that doesn’t work, I sneak to the movies and watch one all by myself.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be so many things. Working in the real estate industry was not one of them, I basically fell into it by chance and fell in love with it. I wanted to be a physician or a psychologist.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure(living or not), who would it be and why?
I was just talking about this the other day with a friend. I really had to think about it. There are so many people out there I would love to have lunch with. If I can only choose one, I would choose Ellen DeGeneres. She is amazing in many ways. Been through so much, yet she has kept a level head on her shoulders throughout everything. She inspires people on a daily basis. I would pick her brain during our lunch.
Where is your favorite place to hang out?
Ha! My home. I don’t get to hang out there enough.
What do you love most about the industry?
I love helping my clients find what they are looking for and seeing their faces light up when they do. Once the signing of the paperwork is all finished, it is kind of like a big Christmas present. They get to go unlock that door themselves that first time, walk in and realize it is theirs. Most of the time I am there to see it happen, and the expressions on their faces are priceless and humbling to say the least.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I take a very unique and hands-on approach. I am with them every step of the way. The one thing I was taught was to under promise and over deliver. That is how I work. I know what I can do and that is what I promise, but I always go above and beyond in delivering.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
One of the most difficult aspects is overcoming the negative views that people have about Realtors. There have been several stories about agents and their neglect in the media recently. It is something that you learn to take in stride, build a bridge and move on. You just have to show your customer/client how you are different from those few.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
Anywhere and everywhere. Charity events have always worked in the past for me, as well as benefits.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is being able to survive as a Realtor.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
I love to read Anne Rice books, but I recently found out her son, Christopher Rice is an author as well. I just started reading his and my favorite so far is “A Density of Souls”.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Lupe Tortilla, hands down.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Houston?
I would have to say the Williams Tower, or as most of us know it, Transco Tower. I love the lines.
What kind of car do you drive?
I drive a Jeep Wrangler Sahara, his name is Oscar.
Smartphone or paper?
What’s paper? Seriously though, Smartphone. I recently changed over to Droid and love it. Samsung Note III to be precise!
What is your favorite city after Houston?
I would have to say Seattle. I went there for the very first time this past Fall and loved every minute I was there.
What is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Go with your gut. If you have a gut feeling about something listen to it. I have had many let downs because I went against my gut. This is true in all of life for the most part. 30 years later and I am still learning!
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
It’s a tie. HAR.com and The Weather Channel. And yes, TWC is a great real estate app! If you don’t know what the weather is going to be like, you won’t be prepared!
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
@AgentKnowHow, @Zillow (for the articles), @ReferralAlerts, @MikeFerryOrg, and of course myself @mklovenski.
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