More Than Just Showing Houses
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.”