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In the June Keller Williams Beach Cities Newsletter, Alexis Balner was featured as the Agent Leadership Council (ALC) spotlight. Here’s a transcript of the interview:

What are your areas of expertise/ strengths in the real estate business?

I am very patient with my clients throughout the transaction. Even after the close of a transaction, I remain as an invaluable resource to my clients. I am from the East coast and believe that my direct, straight forward nature is a huge asset when working with agents on the other side of the transaction, from getting our offers accepted to negotiating while in escrow.

What are some interesting personal facts about you?

I was born and raised in NJ, I have a BA in psychology from Arizona State University and I was a wardrobe stylist for celebrities and magazines for about 5 years in my mid to late 20’s.

Why did you get into the real estate business?

I was tired of working for other people and making their businesses prosper without any reflection on my pay scale. Even when I was managing big businesses, it didn’t matter how hard I worked, I was paid the same. Real estate has given me the opportunity to work hard, play hard and have a life that I thought only people dreamed about.

What do you love most about real estate?

I love the flexibility of the daily schedule, I love that I am the creator of my own destiny and I love that I am a part of people’s stories when they are making some of the biggest decisions in their lives . I am very fulfilled through helping my clients achieve their goals.

What did you do before real estate?

I was in the restaurant industry for a long time after my time as a wardrobe stylist. I was managing restaurants, bars and nightclubs all of LA for years.

What advice would you give to new agents who just starting out in real estate?

If I can do it, anyone can do it. Hard work pays off and time on task over time will give you the results you are looking for. I am constantly educating myself further, recently becoming a licensed real estate broker, refining and expanding my expertise. There are trends in escrows from writing offers in a particular way to different ways of negotiating. If you aren’t consistently in transactions, you will miss these trends and not be the best you can be for your own career and for your clients.

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