Q: How did you get into real estate?
When we first moved to Charlotte, I taught high school Civics and Economics for CMS. I loved teaching, but after I had my son, I was not ready to go back. I stayed home with my son for the first year, and then had an opportunity to work part-time at Plaza Presbyterian Weekday School where my son was in the ones class. The part time hours and flexibility gave me the opportunity to really think about what I ultimately wanted to do and I’ve been interested in real estate for so long. I’m a people person and I was encouraged by so many people to explore a career in real estate. I took the classes at the beginning of the year, and then was connected to Genevieve through people at my preschool.
Q: As a new mom in a city, how did you meet other potential and current parents?
It feels a little daunting at first. When my husband and I first started trying, most of our friends were just getting married or not quite there yet. I ended up meeting some of my first ‘mom friends’ in our neighborhood at a cookout, and then another neighbor invited me into a few different Charlotte mom-centric Facebook groups. And once my son started school at Plaza Presbyterian Weekday School, we made so many more parent friends. Also, you start meeting other families in so many different places just like you do when you first move here. Just instead of seeing someone else with their dog in the brewery, you are seeing a stroller. And just like dating or making friends, you have some hits and misses as far as developing a relationship goes.
Q: How have you used these groups to meet people IRL?
The online community in Charlotte is really incredible. In the various groups, you have meet ups, opportunities to buy/sell baby goods and maternity clothes, and they function as support/neighborhood forums. I also ended up in a group of women with similar due dates and we have gotten together many times over the last two years. I do not think anyone would describe me as being shy, but I think there is less stress about possibly meeting someone online before setting up a coffee and play date.
Q: What are some of your favorite spots to visit as a family?