2022 Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Alliance, Canopy Realtor® Association
What made you decide to get into real estate?
My mother had a portfolio of rental properties and understood the value of real estate as one of the best long-term investments you can make. Her passion to purchase and provide housing for her community, including assisting her tenants with purchasing their own homes, taught me the importance of homeownership and inspired me to be an advocate for homeownership in my community.
Any advice for women who are in real estate or considering the career?
Real estate is more than a transaction, it’s a relationship. Shepherding buyers and sellers through the process requires you to remain level-headed, compassionate and knowledgeable. You should never stop learning and growing to be the best advocate you can be. Being an active member of professional organizations is one of the best investments of your time and money.
What tips would you give people looking to buy their first home or invest in real estate?
Your first purchase likely will not only be your own home but also your best investment. Don’t pass up a good purchase because it doesn’t have every feature you want. Making the investment is what’s most important. Investors should understand the importance of a knowledgeable, experienced property manager and hire one or have one on call! So many unexpected situations can arise and an experienced property manager can help reduce your risk from the start and handle difficult situations that inevitably arise.
Why is being involved with Canopy Realtor® Association and your community important to you?
Being a member of the Association helps stretch and advance your real estate career by providing top-notch education, cutting-edge innovations and systems, community service opportunities and so much more. The Association encourages professional and personal growth and success.
Community involvement for me can be summed up in one of my favorite quotes, which is from Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Canopy Realtor® Association embodies that small group and works tirelessly to impact our community and world.