Name: Laurie Coton
Title: Broker Associate/Director of Design
Company: Nan and Company Properties/Christie’s International
What was your first job in the realty industry? After completing interior design school, I began buying and flipping houses. Working with multiple realtors, I found a company that I really liked so I decided to join them. They were a great group to learn from.
Where did you grow up? The Spring Branch and Bellaire areas.
What do you do to relax when you are stressed? Any place that is outside. I especially love Joshua’s in The Heights because it has such an incredible selection of beautiful plants.
Growing up, what did you want to be? An architect. I have always really liked houses. When I was a kid I would visit open houses in new neighborhoods with my mom. Afterward, I’d attempt to re-draw a better floor plan.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? I would love to have lunch with Jeff Bezos and learn about all the things that he’s got coming up that we don’t know about yet.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? Coffee shops! There’s really nothing better than a good iced latte and a cozy coffee shop.
What do you love most about the industry? Everyday is different. I am constantly on the go and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? From my past Xerox training, I am able to ask really good open ended questions and listen with intent. And my experience in interior design allows me to help clients envision how they will incorporate their lifestyle and make a house their home.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? There are so many unforeseen events that can occur but you just have to take it calmly and work it out.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I go to a lot of different types of community events including my volunteer groups. Also, there are numerous events held by agents in our office.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Personally, raising a man that I am proud of, respect and trust. Professionally, I transitioned from a really great job that I was not passionate about to one that I am really passionate about.
What was the last good move you saw or book you read? I loved the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
What is your favorite restaurant? I love Ninfa’s on Navigation and Moon Tower Inn.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Houston? I like the Menil Collection and all the gray bungalows that surround it.
What kind of car do you drive? Mercedes E550 Twin Turbo
Smartphone or paper? Both
What is your favorite city after Houston? Istanbul. It is such a stunning city with rich culture and fascinating people.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Work with an industry veteran who you’re comfortable with – ask questions!
What’s your favorite real estate IPhone/ Android app? eKEY
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Consilium Home and Hellman-Chang