Tina Hannaford Real estate professional

HomeSmart, The Elite Group, Scottsdale

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?

Executive recruiting and photography.

Where did you grow up?

Long Beach, California, and Washington State.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

Honestly, I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur of some kind.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?

I cuddle our three little pups, Charlie, Georgie and Jackson. “The boys.”

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?

James Madison. He wrote the U.S. Constitution, and it was established in 1787. Just to hear his thought process and how he came up with the ideas that he put down on paper, I find it incredibly fascinating. I love history!

What is Phoenix’s best-kept secret?

Taliesin West, it’s a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale and to be honest, not too many know about the place. It’s unreal!

What do you love most about the industry?

Real estate is rewarding on so many levels. But I would say the No. 1 thing for me is seeing the smile on my client’s face when their home has sold, and they can move forward to their next adventure. Also, being able to assist in finding one’s dream home and that feeling of handing over the keys, it’s the ultimate!

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

Videos. I put myself out there, and I know a lot of agents don’t do video. But in this day and age, it’s mandatory. I let people see who I am and what I’m about.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

It’s what the public doesn’t see, it’s not always Instagram-worthy. There’s “grit and grind” daily. It’s the sweat equity that I put in, and it can be difficult at times, but it’s something I must do to succeed in the business!

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

The old-fashioned way, by picking up the phone…It works!

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?

My husband and I are binge-watching Jack Reacher with Alan Ritchson and oh my what a hottie! The book I am reading currently is Fanatical Prospecting by Jeb Blount. And the audible that I am listening to is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a #@%! by Mark Manson.

What’s your favorite meal in Phoenix?

Oh my goodness, there are so many great places, but my all-time favorite meal would have to be at True Food Kitchen in Scottsdale Quarter. I always have the chopped salad with medjool dates and champagne vinaigrette dressing, it’s so good.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Phoenix?

Taliesin West by Frank Lloyd Wright.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?

Previewing a home and I was by myself, and I swear it was haunted. I kept hearing movement upstairs and no one was there and then the bedroom door closed shut, I ran out and was totally freaked out!

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?

My photography skills. Yes, I was also a commissioned photographer as well.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Maui, we actually lived there three years ago for six months. It was amazing! The beauty of the island is incredible and the best beaches in the world!

What is your favorite city after Phoenix?

San Diego. So much to do and see but my favorite place would Coronado Island.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?

Get a real estate coach and pick up the phone.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?

Supra ekey of course! When I’m using this app, it’s because I’m putting a lockbox on or showing a home. : )

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

Tom Ferry, Tom Bilyeu and Tony Robbins.

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