by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection
Peggy and I set lofty goals to get out and meet with many of our clients in 2022! As the year is winding down we have a few more on the calendar and, although scheduling has sometimes been difficult, once we sit down for a client interview it turns into so much fun. Last week, Shannon Durieux and I had a coffee date at the Dunwoody Village Starbucks. Before the hour was over we were having a blast figuring out our MANY mutual friends and finding it impossible to believe our paths had not crossed before. Turns out her oldest son was on my 2019 Spring Break trip! I was in the DHS 11th grade “boy house” and her son was the guest of the younger brother of one of the 11th grade girls in the “girl house” next door…such a small world!
Shannon is one of those rare people who is actually from Atlanta. She and her husband (Jason) were high school sweethearts at Duluth High School and have raised their family in Brookhaven within walking distance of Murphey Candler Park. They have two boys and a girl plus a Great Dane named Tucker and a chocolate labradoodle named Cory. Shannon’s oldest son, Alex, is a freshman at The University of Tennessee. Her middle child, Andrew, is a sophomore at St. Pius and her daughter, Mary, is currently in middle school at Intown Community School. Her husband is a residential contractor and owns AMA Contracting Services. How cool is it that he can do all of her home inspections? Plus, being married to a contractor gives Shannon a unique eye for understanding possibilities for home renovations for her clients.
Before deciding to become a realtor, Shannon graduated from Georgia State with a business degree. She started out in the business world as a Buyer for MGM Studios. Once her children entered the picture, she took a ten year hiatus. When she was ready to get back to work, she took the advice of a friend and earned her Real Estate license and began working for Keller Williams in 2013.
Madalyn Suits’ son and and Shannon’s son are friends so it was only natural for Shannon and Madalyn to chat about real estate while watching their kids play ball. About a year after working solo, Shannon joined The Suits Team and it has been a great match. Shannon’s role on the team has mostly been as a Buyer’s Agent but she works her own listings as well. Shannon completes around 40 transactions each year typically in Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Peachtree Corners, Smyrna and her hometown of Duluth.
I asked Shannon to tell me what is unique about her approach to Real Estate. I was not surprised to hear her say that referrals have been an enormous part of her success. She has gotten at least one referral from every sale…that is truly amazing! I can see why thought as she’s personable, patient, and a “hand-holder”….she loves when clients become new friends.
I also asked Shannon to tell me what she’s experiencing with the recent changes in the real estate market. She said from a buyers perspective we are back to negotiations, inspections, and closing costs, which had all but disappeared last year. For sellers, Shannon says: “Don’t wait to list your home if you need to move!” Selling is typically taking more time in today’s environment, so if you are definitely needing to move, go ahead and put your home on the market.
Toward the end of our discussion we couldn’t stop talking about all of the friends we have in common. I love to make friend connections. During my short visit with Shannon, I surmised she is dedicated to her clients and has a do what it takes and do what is right attitude.
I also found out The Suits Team is looking for talented Realtors to expand their high producing team. Their team is all about relationships. If you are interested contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are considering selling your home or buying a new one let Shannon know!