Real Deal

More Than Just Show­ing Houses

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - In The Issue - By Lind­sey Wells, pho­tog­ra­phy by Mara Kuhn

Shel­ley Robin­son, a real es­tate agent with Crye-Leike Real Es­tate Ser­vices, says she got into real es­tate be­cause she loves homes and she loves peo­ple.

“When I turned 40, I de­cided I wanted to make a change in my life. I'd worked for a com­pany for 16 years and I had worked my way up, and my last eight years there I'd man­aged it and it just got to be some­thing I didn't enjoy do­ing,” Robin­son said. “I al­ways loved real es­tate, I loved homes and I loved peo­ple and that's what got me in it.”

Noth­ing comes easy, and Robin­son says that, if she could give a piece of ad­vice to some­one just start­ing out in the real es­tate busi­ness, it would be: “Don't think what I thought when I first started — that you will just show peo­ple houses and it will be easy. It's a lot of work; you're on call 24/7 and you have your phone on you at all times so you have to love what you're do­ing and you have to love the peo­ple that you're work­ing with.”

As a mem­ber of the Crye-Leike Multi-Mil­lion Dol­lar Club and ranked num­ber 39 out of around 350 agents in the cen­tral re­gion, Robin­son said she loves work­ing with the peo­ple she works with and that she's made a lot of life­long friends since she started in the busi­ness a lit­tle over three years ago. “It's been really great,” she added. Robin­son re­calls the mar­ket be­ing flat when she first be­gan in the busi­ness, but says things are start­ing to pick back up now. “Homes are sell­ing. It's a great time for buy­ers to take ad­van­tage of low in­ter­est rates be­fore they be­gin to rise again.”

Robin­son and her hus­band have been mar­ried for 16 years and have three dogs.

“We have two res­cue dogs. My Lab is not a res­cue dog and he's my cra­zi­est dog,” Robin­son noted. “We had a friend that let us have the pick of the litter and we got him.”

When they aren't work­ing, Robin­son and her hus­band enjoy be­ing on the lake and boat­ing, and they are both into fit­ness. He is in­volved in body build­ing and lifting weights, and she is a mem­ber of the Hot Springs Spa Pacers and a run­ner, and es­pe­cially en­joys run­ning down­town and Cross­Fit train­ing.

“I love the Spa Pacers. I don't run with them enough but I al­ways join them ev­ery year. They do runs ev­ery day of the week ex­cept Sun­day and they do pub runs and dif­fer­ent things like that,” she said. “And I love ev­ery­thing about the down­town area and Hot Springs history — I named my yel­low lab Al Capone. I think that might have been a mis­take be­cause he's kind of ornery.”

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