What did you do before real estate and how did you get started in the business?
For many years, I considered myself as having dueling careers. When I was in college, my father went through a career change and we decided to take the real estate test together. So, I've been a licensed real estate agent for almost three decades! I ended up pursuing a Bachelor's degree and becoming a CFO. I always had a few real estate deals over the years but it was not my focus. However, during the 2008 financial crisis, my company closed and I decided to test the waters as a full time Realtor. Changing careers at 37 was a challenge, but I fell in love with the job and now truly enjoy my newly chosen profession.
What is something your clients find comfort in that make them turn to you for their real estate needs?
Over the past decade of helping Buyers and Sellers, I've noticed a consistent theme when asking for a testimonial. Clients tend to perceive me as the calming force during such a stressful transaction. My financial background and education have provided me with the ability to think analytically and always provide options with any challenge that is presented. In addition, I do my best to make the transaction a pleasant experience for all.
What are some of your favorite local hobbies, activities or organizations that you participate in?
I've always been of the mindset to give back to the community. I am very active in two local non-profits. The Cambridge Community of Real Estate Professionals Foundation (CCR) supports Our Place, a local daycare center for homeless children. In addition, in 2021 I was named President of our local trade organization, the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS (GBAR). I spend every single day trying to elevate our industry.
I also take time to coach my son's soccer teams, resulting in championships!
What do you love most about where you live and work?
Considered a hub of education and technology, Boston provides us with the excitement of meeting new people. Boston is my home, and growing up here has provided me with the education and expertise that is needed in this role. I think of myself as a tour guide and am proud to show off my city. Sharing that knowledge and educating new Buyers and Sellers is what I love most. Every day is a new adventure!