Laura Cooper Realtor, Team Lead for The Cooper Group

eXp Realty, Houston

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?
In my early twenties I worked for two homebuilders and did almost all of the jobs in the back office, from customer service to accounting, permitting and purchasing!

Where did you grow up?
Oak Forest

Growing up, what did you want to be?
A doctor. I was pre-med when I started at University of Houston but ended up graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
I like to sit on the patio in my hammock chair and watch the hummingbirds.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Elon Musk. I would like to ask him about his journey to success and what how he overcomes his biggest challenges.

What is Houston’s best kept secret?
Houston’s neighbor, Brazoria County is its best kept secret! The industry and jobs are great, there is still a lot of land to spread out on, and there is a ton of Texas history down here.

What do you love most about the industry?
Never a dull moment and being challenged every day, it keeps the job interesting.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Work-life balance. Making sure I commit my all to my clients and still spend time with family and friends.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
Every chance you get, tell everyone you are a Realtor!

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to?
With the dynamic changes in our world over the past year, I have been extremely immersed in anything related to the real estate market – news, podcasts and articles.

What’s your favorite meal in Houston?
Fried chicken with a side of gravy and fries at Barbecue Inn.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Houston?
The brown building with the spikes on it in downtown.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
I have a lot of good stories. But a good real estate one is…I had to use the restroom once in a vacant house. After which I realized the water wasn’t on in the house!

What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
I worked in IT for ten years with zero background in that industry but came away with some crazy transferable skills into my career at eXp because it is a technology-forward brokerage.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
The Frio River in Leakey, TX because my family has been going for almost 20 years and so we have many very fond memories there.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Be resourceful and make genuine connections with everyone in your path.

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