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Meet Jennifer D. Holmes of Engel & Völkers DFW

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer D. Holmes.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jennifer. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have wanted to be a Realtor since I was eight years old. Growing up in Long Beach, California I would watch GLOW (gorgeous ladies of wrestling) and when it would go off the real estate show would come on. I loved watching the show and how they described the features of the homes in a way that seemed to make me want to buy every home. I began taking my real estate courses initially in 2004 as a single mother I was really nervous about working in a field that was strictly commission-based. Instead of pursuing a career in real state at that time I began working as an executive assistant in the medical field. I relocated to Columbus, Ohio and branched out to working as an executive assistant to owners of small and mediums sized businesses. I’ve worked at an accounting firm, an apparel company, as assistant to the Executive Director of the Columbus Museum of Art, and as an assistant to the owner of a boutique real estate brokerage. In 2012 I married my husband and moved to the DFW area tripling the size of my family from two to six in the process. With four children, my husband, Andrew and I are constantly seeking to make changes that will allow our family to spend the most quality time together. He decided some time ago that he wanted to open a barbershop. As we were making preparations financially for him to leave his employment as the manager of a successful retail store where he had been for 16 years, he asked me what it is that I really wanted to do. Of course the answer was getting my real estate license!

A few years ago, I began taking the courses and obtained my license on August 14th. By September 9th I had my first clients and we closed on October 29th. Next, I secured my first listing that November. Last March, I began working on obtaining my Luxury Home Marketing certification. Not long after I was able to co-list a luxury home with another agent that had been on the market for over 344  days. After completing my marketing plan the home had a contract in three days and closed in within a month.

From the beginning, I have been very intentional about my business while working to develop relationships with the best photographers, cinematographers, lenders, title companies, and various other industry professionals. Every aspect of my business is important to me from the look and feel of my business cards to the visuals that I curate for my listings. Most important is consistently delivering elite service to my clients. I love going the extra mile to be more than a Realtor, I enjoy being a resource and feel that this has been key to my success to date.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I have experienced my fair share of challenges. I am a firm believer that, “If there is no struggle there is no progress.“ I look at each challenge as an opportunity to learn as much as possible. There are a lot of moving parts to any given real estate transaction. There is usually considerable amounts of money involved. Of course there are times where sales do not go through for various reasons and there is the risk that a party can lose money. Even though I may be representing the client on the other end, it is never easy to see anyone losing thousands of dollars.

Engel & Völkers DFW – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Engel & Völkers allows me to assist my clients locally and globally. There are over 800 Shops on four continents! We also offer private jet and yacht charters and purchases as a part of our service lines. I have been able to connect with other Advisors nationwide and around the world to assist my clients.

I would say what I aim to do best is really listen to see where I can assist, how I can best help. The home buying process is often connected with some type of significant life change. The catalyst could be marriage or a divorce, the birth of a baby or the loss of a loved one, it could be job loss or relocation for a promotion.  Really listening to my clients and gauging what their needs are throughout the process is important to me.

Being in a very competitive market I’m always seeking ways to set myself apart. Instead of employing traditional lead generation methods I like to go into the community and talk to people. I enjoy speaking with local business owners and residents.  When someone moves they are not just changing addresses, most times they are moving into a new area and have to establish simple things like where to take their dry cleaning, get their hair done, and buy groceries.

When listing a home, I love to create visuals that tell stories of the home and what it’s like to live there. This also presents the opportunity to incorporate the community and feature local businesses. Potential buyers can see more than just the home itself they can also get a feel for their new community.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me is having dinner with my family every night and hearing how their day went. Real estate allows me to do this. The fact that I also have the opportunity to help others find a place to call home is a bonus. The goal is to deliver a luxury experience no matter the price point. I want each of my clients to feel personally cared for at the highest level. My business is mostly referral based. The majority of my clients have referred me to their friends and family that are looking to become homeowners or sell their homes. That’s a great feeling each time I feel so blessed and humbled!

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Image Credit:
Arnold Lawson, Andrew Holmes

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