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Life & Work with Sara Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Smith. 

Hi Sara, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My story began a little differently than many agents I know. I wasn’t drawn to real estate because of the pretty houses or perceived lifestyle. It was all about the people. Because I started working when I was just fourteen years old, I have had the opportunity to experience several different jobs. Over the years, I have been an administrative assistant, photographer, director of sales for a hotel, and even a preschool teacher. The thread that ties all of those things together is my love of people and the opportunity to serve others. 

I got to a point several years ago where I was looking more for a career than a job. As I was weighing my options and deciding which direction I may want to go, real estate kept finding its way into the conversation. The majority of my personal real estate experiences as a client had been stressful, disappointing, and left me dreading the idea of having to go through any of that again. I had always thought of real estate as a sales industry and that just didn’t really excite me, especially for the long term. However, in reflecting on my past experiences, I realized that real estate was not just about sales but is actually a multi-faceted service industry where I could really put my love of people and my love for serving others to work in a variety of ways. 

I took that leap and now, I’m fortunate to get to work with and for some of the greatest people in one of the greatest cities! 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Getting into this career was certainly not easy. As I mentioned before, when I set out on this path, I had recently moved, was newer to the area, and didn’t know a lot of people or have a lot of contacts. I was having to learn my craft while marketing myself and my business basically from scratch. Thanks to my dad, I have entrepreneurship in my very DNA so no way was I going to give up. But I’ll never pretend that getting started was easy or that there are not still days that are really hard. Usually, though, the things that bring you the most value in life aren’t easy. I’m just as grateful for the tough days and the struggles as I am for the days that come easier. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
This would probably be easiest to answer by telling you what my clients have to say. From first-time home buyers to those who have bought and sold several homes, they appreciate the high level of communication and my willingness to answer any and all questions that come up as we go through the process. Approaching each client and transaction as unique and with the heart of a teacher means they feel involved and connected to what is happening but with less stress and worry. I also get to know my clients really well and now count many of them as friends. 

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk-taking?
We can’t avoid risk in life and starting any new venture certainly comes with some level of risk. Even playing it safe is actually a risk because if you don’t step outside of your comfort zone, you risk losing the possibility for growth and opportunity. Ask the question. Take the chance. Do the thing. You’ll either win, or you’ll learn. 

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