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Agent Snapshot: Craig Henry II, Real Estate Agent, Champions Real Estate Group, Inner Loop

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Craig Henry is a real estate agent with Champions Real Estate Group in the Inner Loop.

What was your first job in the realty industry?
I was originally in mortgages. I was an underwriter with one of the largest banks in the country and I traveled to different cities and sat down face to face with delinquent homeowners and modified their loans so that they could remain in their homes. This was during the recession of 2008 and 2009. I have such a passion for real estate and for helping homeowners get into homes they can afford that I decided to fulfill a goal of mine and get my real estate license. I joined Keller Williams Metropolitan shortly thereafter.

Where did you grow up?
Born and raised in Houston.

What is your favorite free-time activity?
Houston has one of the most amazing foodie scenes of all the cities. In my free time, I enjoy trying every cuisine this city has to offer. Whether it be a local hole in the wall, or a new national chain, I think Houston is starting to be recognized for the amazing food located in every part of the city.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
I recently had a massage for the first time in 10 years. It was exactly what I needed and I left feeling completely refreshed. I have committed myself to doing that more often.

Growing up, what did you want to be?
I initially wanted to be an actor. My idols were Eddie Murphy and Chevy Chase. I was in a play at the Ensemble Theatre in Midtown when I was young. During high school, I wanted to be a architect because of my love for real estate. Then I realized I couldn’t draw, so I decided to sell the beautiful homes.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure(living or not), who would it be and why?
I believe to be able to sit down and have lunch with Barry Sternlicht, who is the CEO of Starwood Hotels, would be amazing. I have stayed at many of his properties, and that dedication to customer service and creating a good consumer experience fascinates me.

What do you love most about the industry?
Real estate gives me the ability to show beautiful homes to people who appreciate them. I love being able to describe the features of a listing I have or explain to a buyer why Midtown is on the verge of an explosion of value. Connecting with a buyer or seller is truly one of my favorite things about this business.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I have a customer service oriented mindset. Some agents you email and you don’t hear back from them for hours, days, or weeks. I keep my phone attached to my hand to make sure I am available for my clients at any time. If you don’t hear back from me within 30 minutes, I’m either in a meeting or I am missing and you should call 911.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
In this current environment, it would be finding homes for my buyers. We are in a catch 22 where there is a lot of equity, but people aren’t selling. So the homes that are available go fast and that is pushing prices up, which is hurting affordability.

What is your favorite restaurant?
Sorrel Urban Bistro hands down is my favorite restaurant in Houston. It has a very laid back and relaxing scene with some amazing food.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Houston?
My favorite building is the Williams Tower. Hands down it is an iconic building in Houston.

What kind of car do you drive?
BMW 5 series.

Smartphone or paper?
Smartphone.

What is your favorite city after Houston?
Chicago and New York. They tie for 2nd.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
HAR is really the only app that I use. It has everything.

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