Valerie Whitman Realtor

RE/MAX Alliance Group

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

I started a screenprinting and embroidery business with my best friend in late ’90s.

Where did you grow up?

Arkansas and when I was 15 my family moved to Los Angeles.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

A business woman. I didn’t know what that meant. I just knew I wanted to wear suits to work and carry a briefcase! lol

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

Hike. South Mountain is my favorite place to decompress.

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

Oprah. She has the magical ability to do anything that she desires to do.

What is Phoenix’s best-kept secret?

The live music scene. I don’t think people know how many great musicians we have here. You can find live music somewhere in the Valley almost seven days a week.

What do you love most about the industry?

There is so much opportunity. You can pretty much do anything in real estate from sales, property management, investing, marketing, admin, the sky is the limit.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

I do what feels natural for me, and I focus on the relationship instead of the transaction.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

The ever-changing market. We constantly need to pivot, sometimes yearly sometimes more than once a year. So getting comfortable in one way of selling real estate is not possible.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

Start with the people you know. Your friends, family, co-workers, and get involved in your community.

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

Right now I’m hooked on Tulsa a new series on Prime with Sylvester Stallone, and while I’m waiting on the new episodes to come out I watch Suits!

What’s your favorite meal in Phoenix?

The Glo Bowl at Flower Child.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Phoenix?

I’m a sucker for a beautiful view so I love all of the high rise condos in downtown Phoenix.

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

I had a new buyer consultation at my office and found out that another agent was working with them too. He saw them in the conference room with me! Felt like I was on an episode of cheaters! lol

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

That I’m really an introvert!

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

New Orleans. I love the food and the culture

What is your favorite city after Phoenix?

San Diego. The weather, the beach, the food. That place is just magical and only five hours from Phoenix!

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

Make sure everyone you know knows you are a Realtor.

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

Flexmls. I can look up homes on the fly!

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

Tom Ferry, Glenda Baker.

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