Since beginning her real estate career, Amanda Marie De Oliveira has been a trailblazer – in the industry, in her community, and on some of the tallest peaks in New England. Read on to learn more about Amanda, how she got her start in real estate and how she continues to make waves on Cape Cod.
What did you do before real estate and how did you get started in the business?
I was a police dispatcher and matron for female prisoners for just about ten years, from a very early age until my mid twenties. I worked for a few local police departments dispatching, answering 911 calls, teaching a class for the Citizens Police Academy on Emergency Telecommunications and training new officers and dispatchers on the desk. I bought my first home at a young age and saw all of the grit that was needed on the side of my broker to assist me in a purchase. After bringing a spreadsheet, notebook, and pros & cons list to every home we viewed, she offered me a job. I attended the Cape Realty School, and after passing the state and national exam, I started working real estate during the day and performed my dispatching job at night. It was exhausting doing both for the first three years of my real estate career!
What is something your clients find comfort in that makes them turn to you for their real estate needs?
I have received compliments on my responsiveness, my volunteer efforts outside of work hours, and my no-nonsense honest approach. I tell all of my clients at each listing appointment or buyer’s meeting that I will be honest with them and put in the hard work, but I expect the same from them in return. I fully believe that kindness can fix everything and I can negotiate respectfully but firmly on behalf of my clients with that approach. I make that clear from the start and even have it printed in my business philosophy for my agent brochure.
What are some of your favorite local hobbies, activities or organizations that you participate in?
I absolutely love to read. I have an at-home yoga practice but I also enjoy going to classes at Power Yoga of Cape Cod in East Harwich. In the last few years, I have really gotten into hiking the White Mountains in NH. My boyfriend and I are currently trying to hike all of the four thousand footers in the White Mountains to become a member of the AMC and it’s really difficult and can be dangerous, but we have so much fun!
What do you love most about where you live and work?
I love knowing the “local” spots. I love the life that comes in the summer with people, shops and restaurants being open and access to the beach almost anywhere you go. In the winter, trails are less crowded, and beaches can be walked without disturbing anyone. People really get into the Christmas spirit in my neighborhood, with their lights and outdoor decorations in December. Each season brings something new to enjoy.
Favorite spots in Orleans/Cape Cod?
The extended trail for the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail is one of my favorite spots in Wellfleet. I also love The Pearl restaurant and Indian Neck Beach. My boyfriend and I have a small cottage in Wellfleet and I spend most of my summer up there as it’s just north of my office. It’s our favorite town on the Cape and a quick 10 minute ride to Provincetown.
What are three sources of joy in your week?
1) Time with my family...whether that be coffee with my dad, his wife and my baby sister, my daily phone calls into work with my Mom, or dinner at home with my boyfriend and his two incredible adult children whom I adore.
2) Monday afternoons with the girls at WE CAN. I spend every Monday there, put my phone on vibrate and work with women in need in our community and it gives me such a purpose that I can’t put it to words.
3) Friday afternoons at the office. On Friday afternoons/evenings it is usually quiet in the Orleans office. It gives me a chance to send out weekly recaps to all of my active clients, decompress from the current week, plan my social media schedule for the next and then I get to head home to my two little furry kitties who anxiously wait for the week to be over!