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Meet Renae Anderson of Sage Street Realty in North East Suburbs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Renae Anderson.

Renae, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I had an amazing childhood with a family that is loving and supportive. I involved myself in everything I could, I feel like I was always a “go get what you want” kind of girl. I started my working career pretty young due to a death in my immediate family. I lost my father in High School and it was hard on my entire family. I feel like that dealing with such a difficult tragedy at a young age helped me to develop a character of strength, discipline, and will. I put myself through college while being a single mother, being the main provider and making time for my child. It was not without help though, my mom has always been there helping me reach every goal I set out to attain. Most of the time I was working 2 jobs and going to school full time. I wanted my daughter to see that there is no obstacle in life that you cannot overcome without hard work and belief in yourself.

When I moved to Dallas in 2008 from a small town in west Texas, I felt like the world had suddenly grown and there were so many opportunities. I finished my degree and met my amazing husband just a few years after being here. I was so fortunate to find a job in my field of study Web Development. I worked for the American Heart Association building and implementing their new website, and went on to be an associate developer at the Dallas Morning News! But there was something missing in my 9-5 job that left me looking for something more fulfilling in my work life. I found out that I am an entrepreneur at heart. So I decided that I wanted to work for myself and take a stab at real estate. I got my license and joined a local firm. I had found my passion! Helping people with HOMES, not houses made me feel like I was giving back some way. Because when making a transaction this big, whether buying or selling, first time or seasoned, there are emotions involved. I was hooked.

I started mentoring, coaching and helping other agents in my past brokerages, and I found that what my true passion was, to coach people to become their best selves. After some pushing and encouraging words from my husband, I became a broker and opened up Sage Street Realty. I love to see my agents grow and get excited when they help new clients. I get to see the same excitement that got me hooked on being a Realtor. Now I get the best of both worlds! I get to pour into other Realtors as they learn and grow, and I can still work with my own customers to buy and sell homes and move to the next step in life.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing worth doing is ever easy. I definitely faced quite a few obstacles in my journey to becoming a Real Estate Broker and Owner of Sage Street Realty. Anyone who tells your real estate is easy has never done real estate. You wear every hat in the business. HGTV has it all wrong! You are admin, marketing, sales, coordinator, confidant, advisor, and so much more! So there are always times of struggles. Some struggles that I faced dealt with feeling alone and staying motivated. Sometimes I felt like maybe this job isn’t for me. But it seems that there was always something bringing me back to the love of it… And it was my happy clients, some that even become friends.

Most recently, I’ve noticed that being a broker comes with its own set of obstacles. There is the basics like setting up a business, and convincing people that you are worth working with, websites, systems… the list goes on. You also feel responsible for everyone and that pressure can feel like an obstacle as well. I think the best thing for me is that no matter what position I take in real estate, the struggles are worth the reward. You get to be apart of such big moments in people’s lives. You get to see people smile, you get to see gratitude and accomplishment in people. It helps you keep going everyday, to feel accomplished and grateful for your own life. Which I think sometimes we can take for granted. I am so grateful for my past brokers that believed in me and poured into my business, I just pray that I can be that same encouraging leader that does the same for my Realtors.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Sage Street Realty – what should we know?
Sage Street Realty specializes in Residential Real Estate. We help buyers, sellers, and investors in the real estate transaction. We believe that you should expect more from your real estate experience. We are passionate about providing the extra value that others simply will not. Zealous integrity and consistent results are the secrets to our customer service centered mentality.

There are so many agents out there that are amazing. I think what sets us apart is that we get to know each customer, client, prospect and find out where they are in the real estate process and in life in general and help them to navigate the best possible route for them!

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
First and foremost my family. My husband Ben for being supportive and cheering me on. My mother Sandy, who has always been my biggest fan, cheerleader, mentor. They both help with the kids when I need to work late, they encourage me when I feel like I’m failing, and they pick me up when I actually do fall, which has happened more than I care to admit!

Some of my mentors in the business:
Joe Guerrero, one of my past brokers who let me fly and shine, even if it seemed impossible.
Cathy Capps Warren, a title marketing expert, who has believed in me and in my business for years. She is not only someone I look up to in business, as a mom, and a mentor, but she is truly my friend!
Dani Means, we worked together in a big box brokerage early in our careers, she quickly became a great friend. We have never been competitive with each other, just supportive of each other’s accomplishments. I couldn’t be here without her friendship either. To this day we still bounce ideas off of each other even though we both own brokerages.

Last and certainly NOT least, God. There are some days when the baby is sick, my teenager is busy, I am busy and everyone is unavailable that I have to rely on a strength that I myself don’t have. He has seen me through good, bad, and ugly. I give all my accolades to Him and I just count myself unworthy and blessed that I am where I am.

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