At this point, many of you have been seeing me write about real estate in addition to publishing this magazine.  What hasn’t been told is the story of how I became a Realtor. It started right here in the Kensington Subdivision.

When my family and I moved to the Brookwood area in 2005, I was a school teacher. Like many others, we came for the good schools and great neighborhoods. We had a great Realtor and I remember often discussing real estate with him, commissions, and other aspects of the real estate business.  I remember going to closing and seeing how much money he made! It would take me 3 months of salary to make in what he made in one transaction. It was equivalent to three months of my pay, and all he did was drive me around (or so I thought).

The other aspect was that I loved to help people. As a school teacher (who taught orchestra), that is what I did. I would pour out all of my passion and heart into the kids I taught.  I figured I could take that same passion and help my family live a better life as well.

What no one told me was that being an agent is a demanding job. You have to be on your A-game at all times, sometimes even at 11 p.m. You are paid to be available as buying a home is usually the biggest financial decision anyone will make.

As I reflect on 2021, I have helped a mother get their daughter out of an apartment that had a drive-by shooting and into a condo in a top school district. I have helped a Gwinnett County teacher retire and sell their home for 50k over the asking price in the Brookwood district. I have helped countless buyers win the bidding wars that are happening.

I am so thankful that I took the leap of faith to become a Realtor. I love to serve my community each and every day.