Buying? Selling? Investing? I Have You Covered
When I was a little girl growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for fun my parents would take me and my sister to open houses in better neighborhoods than ours, and we would run through the homes, imagining what it would be like to have our own bathroom, or even our own bedroom, a garage, etc. It was so much fun to see how other people lived and how different each home was. I have loved real estate and house hunting ever since. And I’ve been fortunate to turn my passion into my career.
I Started My Real Estate Career Flipping Houses
My first real estate investment was my childhood home in Milwaukee at age 24. I purchased the home from my parents, made some renovations, and then sold the home to an excited first-time home buyer for a $50,000 profit. This allowed me to buy 2 other investment properties in Milwaukee and Kenosha which I renovated and/or rented out.
I also owned 2 homes of my own in Wisconsin, including 1 duplex (which I renovated and had a tenant in the upper unit), and 3 new construction homes here in North Carolina. My husband and I also own 4 investment properties in Clayton which I manage myself.
After Moving to Clayton, I Fell in Love with the Triangle
My husband and I moved to Flowers Plantation in Clayton in 2008 and we have sworn we will never move back to the Midwest! We are head over heels in love with North Carolina – so much so that we got married in Nags Head, Outer Banks on the sound. After 12 years living in Clayton and working in the Triangle, we have watched this area grow and change so much as thousands of people move here every year from other parts of the state, country, and the world!
As a Business Owner, I Became a Networking Guru
After working at a pharmaceutical company for 12 years, I made the leap into full-time entrepreneurship. I have owned several successful businesses, including a full-service salon and spa in Fuquay Varina, NC, which I owned and operated full time. We eventually had 10 employees and over 1,000 clients in the book, grossing $500,000+ annually in sales before we sold the salon in 2014. During this time I was an active member of the Fuquay Varina Chamber of Commerce and Professional Women’s Leadership Association.
I have also been a Certified Nutrition Coach and CrossFit Trainer, and I had the privilege of helping hundreds of clients all over the country with their health and fitness goals. In 2015 I competed in an amatuer all-natural body-building show and qualified for Nationals in Washington DC for Physique.
In 2012 I was among a group of influential women who founded Clayton Women in Networking – and in 2019 I am the President of this thriving non-profit organization. I am an active member and volunteer for the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.
Through these ventures, I became a networking and branding expert, utilizing my marketing skills and social media to build an expansive sphere of influence which includes people from all walks of life all over the Triangle and other parts of the country.
As a REALTOR®, I Make My Clients’ Dreams Come True
Eventually, my passion for real estate could not be suppressed any longer, and in 2016 I earned my real estate license in NC. I quickly became a top producer, winning multiple awards.
As a full-time REALTOR®, I have helped so many people make their dreams come true, from first-time home buyers, to people wanting to sell their large home and downsize to a low-maintenance townhome, to investors looking to flip properties, to people selling land they’ve been holding on to for decades.
I consider myself to be a listing marketing expert, having taken over many stale listings from frustrated sellers, making key marketing tweaks, and selling these properties in record time.
My most rewarding work in real estate has been helping those going through a life change – whether relocation, new job, marriage, divorce, or death in the family – I have lots of experience dealing with these very challenging situations and I welcome the opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life.
My Family and Community Mean the World to Me
Along with helping my clients achieve their real estate goals, I enjoy staying very active in my community and spending time with my family and friends.
I volunteer regularly to help with Clayton Chamber of Commerce, Clayton Downtown Development Association, and Clayton Rotary Club functions all year long. I am on the Board of Directors for the NC REALTORS® Housing Foundation, a charitable foundation which provides housing opportunities through education and community-based initiatives including disaster relief. I am also a founding member and 2019 President of Clayton Women In Networking, 2019 Chair of the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network, and a mentor for the Clayton Chamber of Commerce mentoring program at Clayton Middle School.
My husband Paul and I have three fur baby rescue dogs, Brady, Sylvester, and Jackson, and we love to travel, watch movies, and spend time outside with our friends and dogs. At HomeTowne Realty we are avid dog lovers and donate $10,000’s each year to local dog rescue organizations.