By Audra Anders for The Aha! Connection
Gina has lived in Dunwoody’s North Springs neighborhood for 16 years in two different houses! Interesting fact: The former owner of her current home was one of the founders of the Dunwoody Nature Center!
I met Gina shortly after she first obtained her Real Estate license in 2011. She had organized a holiday decoration contest in North Springs and invited me to be a judge. I was honored she asked me and had a great (albeit freezing) ride through her neighborhood with my kiddos judging the contest!
Gina is an Atlanta native. She and her husband are raising three amazing girls. The oldest two attend St. Pius X and the youngest is at Kingsley Elementary. Gina says she most frequently finds herself selling in the Dunwoody and St. Pius area markets, but having been born and raised here, she is knowledgeable all over metro Atlanta.
Gina loves to cook. She just happens to be the Co-founder of Emily G’s Jam of Love! Gina (hence the “G”) and her friend “Emily” met at a mom’s event. They have kids the same age, got to chatting and quickly became friends. One day they went strawberry picking and made fresh strawberry jam. Then they kept making more and more and decided to start selling at local festivals and markets, including the Dunwoody Farmer’s Market. Now you can purchase Emily G’s jam all over the USA! Gina eventually transitioned to Real Estate so she sold her half of the business to Emily who has since sold it to Jennifer Burns who continues to keep on jamming!
Gina obtained her real estate license after having her third baby. For three years Gina worked in the same Brookhaven Keller Williams office she is in now. She took a little breather to be home with her kids but missed her real estate career so much. She reached out to Madalyn Suits when she was considering returning to work and Madalyn said, “Come work for me!”
Gina has now been part of The Suits Team for 6 years and LOVES working there. Everyone is like-minded, supportive, and in similar life stages as moms with kids, etc. She told me it is a great working environment with brilliant minds who collaborate often and continue to learn from one another. Recently they had a team session with the topic of “how to win offers” and shared winning strategies amongst the team. Of all the Keller Williams groups, The Suits Team is #1 in the Brookhaven office, #1 in Georgia, and #1 in the entire Southeast Region!
I asked Gina why should people choose her as their agent? Here’s what she said. “I work VERY hard for my clients. I view this job as a relationship business that’s in the service industry. I am here to connect with people and work for my clients. I plan to be in it for the long haul, and truly want all my clients to come back and work with me over and over again as their needs change. I would never steer them wrong or put them anywhere I wouldn’t want to be myself. I also just really like people, and am grateful to have great relationships with my clients and with other agents.”
Gina also told me that since the market is so hot right now and houses are perceived as “easy to sell”, many homeowners think they can sell on their own. As a seller in this market, getting an offer is the easy part. What do you do when you have 15 offers and have to choose 1? The real work begins, and so much has to go “right” in order to get to the closing table. Since the market is so competitive and offers are written with no inspections/no contingencies to win when competing against multiple offers, her clients are even more thankful these days to have an agent involved to help with all of the details.
Gina is very connected in many metro areas and knows how to navigate the differences in the market in each area. It is a huge benefit to choose an agent familiar with the areas you want to buy or sell in.