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Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Real estate agent Collette McDonald
Staff / Samantha M. Shal Real estate agent Collette McDonald
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Real estate agent Collette McDonald
Staff / Samantha M. Shal Real estate agent Collette McDonald
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Sandy Springs realtor putting the work in
by Bobby Tedder
August 22, 2014 07:17 AM | 9 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Real estate agent Collette McDonald
Staff / Samantha M. Shal Real estate agent Collette McDonald
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Editor’s note: This story is the first in an occasional series of articles profiling local professionals. Collette McDonald is a real estate agent at RE/MAX Around Atlanta. Even for an early riser like Collette McDonald, there are simply not enough hours in the day — any day. The Sandy Springs-based real estate agent has forged a solid career — her third — spanning more than a decade. In that time, McDonald has managed to amass high-level clientele the likes of HGTV and the Atlanta Falcons. The Brookhaven resident recently sat down with the Neighbor Newspapers for a frank discussion about her line of work and how/why she is wired for sound and success in it. Q: You worked in other fields prior to entering real estate. What has carried over? A: I love being able to use my radio/TV/film background and applying that to things like HGTV, applying that to shooting HD videos on all of my listings. I just know how to present a product in a video-centric society … and applying my business knowledge from working in different atmospheres. I’ve got 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, management and operations. … So when I went into real estate, I could just apply that knowledge in an entrepreneurial way. Q: What advice would you give someone considering real estate as a career? A: If you’re fresh out of college and you want to make this a career, make sure you’re well-rounded and have had other sales experience — and work for somebody else [first]. Coming into this business green with no network to pull from, no experience or credibility, you want to work with somebody who has that and learn from the best. If you’re in a transitional stage, where you might have taken a break or despise what you’re currently doing, as long as you have a network you get the education and figure out what your goals are. My recommendation would be to work with a broker that has tools of education and coaching that can teach you what not to do. Q: How would you paint the big picture for the uninitiated? A: It’s the 80-20 rule. … Twenty percent of the agents are doing 80 percent of the business. [Meanwhile], 80 percent of the agents out there are just looking at it from the transactional side — like, ‘I can sell one or two [properties] a year, make enough money to do x. Q: What is a question you get often asked? A: “‘How do you life-balance [when] you work seven days a week?’” Your definition of success is different than mine. There is very little balance when it comes to that. You are on the client’s schedule, not your own. You have to be willing to work the hours to meet those goals. People ask me all the time how do I do it? I incorporate everything in my life into real estate. My boys, who are ages 11 and 13, come work the open houses with me every once in a while. And, they go out and put signs up. They are learning what it takes to be a success — and that is not 9 to 5. My definition [working 9 to 5] is work as hard as you possibly can, put the hours in and then financial freedom allows you to make other choices in your life. And that’s what I’m trying to teach my boys … the great thing about this business is you reap what you sow. Q: How would you assess your professional relationship with the Atlanta Falcons? A: Now that’s exciting. One of the greatest things about the Atlanta Falcons is what they give back to the community as well. Ever since the Michael Vick [dogfighting] debacle several years ago, I think the Falcons have really focused on their image and how they’re perceived in the community. RE/MAX Around Atlanta, along with SunTrust and several other companies, are sponsors of the Falcons. We advertise, we have signage down at the stadium and we’re involved. They wanted to choose two agents out of all RE/MAX to represent the organization and the players. … I was one of the agents chosen to represent those clients in the process of buying and selling. For instance, when you as a player move in you don’t know what you’re going to do … the Falcons want their players to be taken care of, so that might mean just giving them information on areas, taking them out to look at rental properties or talking to them about down the road. If the average professional football player only plays three years … what are they going to do when they’re done playing? Maybe it’s talking to someone like us about investing in real estate. Maybe it’s talking about becoming an agent down the road. Or, maybe it’s just talking about mortgages. It’s something in that realm. So, not only do we help them with a purchase or a rental — deciding what makes sense for them — and where to live in the Atlanta market, but we’re also there to bounce off ideas … for down the road.
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DeKalb and Henry 2014 Football Schedules
August 21, 2014 05:35 PM | 613 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WEEK 1 Stockbridge at Central-Phenix City Strong Rock at Athens Christian Columbia vs. Southwest DeKalb Dunwoody vs. Clarkston Osborne at Dutchtown Lakeside vs. Redan Shaw at Luella Woodland at North Springs Henry County at Tift County Towers vs. Miller Grove Creekside Christian at Young Americans Christian Community Christian at New Crea-tion Christian Arabia Mountain vs. Stephenson Mt. Paran vs. ELCA (Sat.) Norcross vs. Tucker (Sat.) WEEK 2 Dutchtown at Camden County Stone Mountain at Campbell Druid Hills at Chamblee Clarkston vs. Lithonia Stockbridge at ELCA Arabia Mountain at East Coweta Ola at Locust Grove Luella at McIntosh Pebblebrook at Miller Grove Cross Keys at North Cobb Christian Community Christian at Young Americans Lakeside at Osborne McNair vs. Redan Southwest DeKalb vs. Cedar Grove Blessed Trinity at St. Pius X Social Circle at Strong Rock Eagle’s Landing at Union Grove Apalachee at Woodland Decatur at Woodward Central-Miami at Stephenson (Sat.) M.L. King vs. Norland (Sat.) Tucker vs. Booker T. Washington (Sat.) Marist vs. Godby (Sat.) WEEK 3 Cedar Grove vs. Columbia Clarkston vs. Druid Hills Douglass at Cross Keys Jackson at Decatur Lakeside at Duluth Chamblee vs. Dunwoody Lovejoy at Dutchtown Southwest-Macon at Eagle’s Land-ing GAC at ELCA Woodland at Forest Park Sandy Creek at Hampton Griffin at Henry County Union Grove at Locust Grove Mays at M.L. King Lovett at Marist Therrell at McNair Morrow at Ola Stone Mountain vs. Tucker Luella at Tift County Towers vs. Lithonia St. Pius at Woodward WEEK 4 Hampton at Riverdale (Thu.) Henry County at Mt. Zion (Thu.) Arabia Mountain at Marist Banneker at Stephenson Carver at Dunwoody Creekside at Druid Hills Eagle’s Landing at Jonesboro ELCA at Mt. Pisgah Christian Forest Park at Luella Lakeside at Campbell Lithonia at St. Pius X Locust Grove at Pike County McIntosh at Ola McNair at Douglass Morrow at Stockbridge Mundy’s Mill at Union Grove Northgate at Woodland Redan at Grady Starr’s Mill at Dutchtown Stone Mountain at Columbia Strong Rock at Tattnall Square Tucker vs. M.L. King Creekside Christian at Nathanael Greene Cedar Grove vs. Miller Grove (Sat.) Decatur at Towers (Sat.) WEEK 5 Cedar Grove at Douglass Chamblee vs. Arabia Mountain Columbia vs. Redan Decatur at North Clayton Dunwoody vs. Lakeside ELCA at Whitewater Griffin at Hampton Lamar County at Ola Marist at Stone Mountain Miller Grove at Banneker Mt. Zion at Locust Grove Pike County at Henry County Rockdale County at Stockbridge Spalding at Eagle’s Landing Stephenson at Creekside Strong Rock at Mount de Sales Tri-Cities at Union Grove Community Christian at Skipstone Academy Creekside Christian at John Han-cock Academy Cross Keys at Mt. Vernon Presby-terian (Sat.) M.L. King at Carver-Atlanta (Sat.) McNair at Washington (Sat.) Southwest DeKalb at Mays (Sat.) WEEK 6 Towers at South Atlanta (Thu.) Druid Hills at Tri-Cities Dutchtown at Woodland Eastside at Eagle’s Landing Hampton at Henry County Lithonia vs. Columbia Luella at Stockbridge Jackson-Atlanta at Cedar Grove North Clayton at McNair Ola at Union Grove Redan at Marist Stone Mountain vs. Chamblee Tucker vs. Clarkston Walnut Grove at Locust Grove Washington at Decatur Woodward at ELCA Creekside Christian at Community Christian St. Pius at Grady (Sat.) WEEK 7 Alcovy at Lakeside Arabia Mountain vs. Stone Moun-tain Chamblee vs. Redan Columbia at St. Pius Druid Hills vs. Dunwoody Eagle’s Landing at Hampton Marist at Lithonia Miller Grove vs. Stephenson Riverside Military at Strong Rock Southwest DeKalb vs. M.L. King Stockbridge at Dutchtown Tucker at Newton Union Grove at Luella Woodland at Ola Central Fellowship at Creekside Christian Covenant Christian at Community Christian King’s Academy at New Creation WEEK 8 Henry County at Walnut Grove Lakeside at Lovejoy Lithonia vs. Chamblee Jackson-Atlanta at Towers McNair vs. Cedar Grove Miller Grove vs. Southwest DeKalb Redan vs. Arabia Mountain Rockdale County at Tucker St. Pius at Marist Stephenson vs. Dunwoody Strong Rock at ELCA Westminster at Decatur Grady at Columbia (Sat.) Locust Grove at Eastside (Sat.) M.L. King vs. Druid Hills (Sat.) WEEK 9 Cedar Grove vs. Towers Chamblee at St. Pius Clarkston vs. Cross Keys Dunwoody vs. Southwest DeKalb Eastside at Henry County Locust Grove at Eagle’s Landing Luella at Dutchtown Marist at Grady McNair at South Atlanta Miller Grove vs. M.L. King OLM at Strong Rock Stephenson vs. Druid Hills Stockbridge at Ola Union Grove at Woodland Walnut Grove at Hampton Community Christian at Covenant Academy New Creation at Creekside Chris-tian Arabia Mountain vs. Lithonia (Sat.) Stone Mountain vs. Redan (Sat.) WEEK 10 Alcovy at Tucker Cedar Grove at North Clayton Columbia at Marist Cross Keys at Osborne Decatur at Therrell Dunwoody vs. Miller Grove Dutchtown at Union Grove Eagle’s Landing at Walnut Grove ELCA at Landmark Christian Grady at Chamblee Hampton at Eastside Henry County at Locust Grove Lakeside at Rockdale County M.L. King vs. Stephenson McNair vs. Towers Ola at Luella St. Pius at Arabia Mountain Tri-Cities at Clarkston Woodland at Stockbridge Central Fellowship at Community Christian Sherwood Christian at Creekside Christian Lithonia vs. Stone Mountain (Sat.) Southwest DeKalb vs. Druid Hills (Sat.) Strong Rock at Mt. Vernon Presby-terian (Sat.) WEEK 11 Towers at North Clayton (Thu.) Arabia Mountain at Grady Blessed Trinity at Decatur Chamblee vs. Columbia Druid Hills vs. Miller Grove Dunwoody vs. M.L. King ELCA at OLM Henry County at Eagle’s Landing Landmark at Strong Rock Locust Grove at Hampton Luella at Woodland Newton at Lakeside Ola at Dutchtown Redan vs. Lithonia SW DeKalb vs. Stephenson Stone Mountain at St. Pius Tucker at Lovejoy Union Grove at Stockbridge Community Christian at Calvary Christian Covenant Academy at Creekside Christian New Creation at Grace Christian Jackson-Atlanta at McNair (Sat.) South Atlanta at Cedar Grove (Sat.) WEEK 12 Lakeside vs. Tucker Marist at Chamblee Mt. Vernon Presbyterian at ELCA St. Pius at Redan Community Christian at Sherwood Skipstone at New Creation Columbia vs. Arabia Mountain (Sat.) Grady vs. Stone Mountain (Sat.)
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