For many, a second career is a way to explore a long-time interest and a brand-new skill set. But when it came time for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Menlo Park affiliated agent Carrie Davis to transition from a long coaching career in rowing to real estate, many of the important foundations for success were already there.
“My whole launch coming into real estate was my coaching background,” says the second-year agent. “Out of the gate, I had a lot of confidence because of my past experience. Real estate was a natural fit for me, especially here in Silicon Valley. Through teamwork, planning, strategy and a drive to win, I am able to provide guidance that helps clients achieve their ultimate goal: to own a home.”
Davis achieved lofty goals in rowing, earning prestigious titles as a college athlete, in her post-collegiate career, and later as a coach at Stanford and the University of Wisconsin. Not much has changed, except the venue. In her first year in the real estate industry, Davis was Coldwell Banker’s Rookie of the Year for North America and was in the top 1%. It should come as no surprise that the desire to succeed in the most competitive of arenas is what fuels her drive.
“I’m most passionate when I represent buyers in multiple-offer situations,” she says. “It mirrors my experience as an athlete and coach — those moments when I feel alive, my heart rate is up and I’m going after something. Having ‘Offer A’ in hand and ‘Plan B’ in my briefcase is exciting. To be great at negotiating for my clients means I have to read the dynamics and play the situation as it unfolds. I have brokered deals when $1,000 was the difference between my client’s accepted offer and the closest competing offer. That tells me money wasn’t the only thing being considered, and the connections I make are an added value.”
Those connections extend to the niche she is building by bridging her two careers, and also to her daily life, which is brimming with opportunity thanks to her vast knowledge of Silicon Valley and local neighborhoods that appeal to families.
“My direction for 2018 is to utilize my connections and my coaching experience to help professors and coaches in the area,” she says. “There is an obvious, natural overlap there. Also, I’m a mother of a 10-year-old and a 14-year-old. I bring a unique perspective to Menlo Park and the surrounding communities, with extensive knowledge for families.”
Not to mention a background that lends itself well to real estate success. “At the end of the day, I’m using all the skills I have to help my clients,” she says.
Carrie Davis (CalRE #01983911) is affiliated with the Menlo Park office and can be reached at 650.269.4768 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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