In this installment of our Agent Spotlight series at Southwest Florida R.E. Group we’re interviewing Shasta DeGraw who specializes in Naples, Bonita Springs, and Estero Real Estate. Let’s learn more about Shasta’s buying/selling expertise in real estate as well as get to her know her outside of the real estate world a bit better.
What do you love about real estate, why’d you get into real estate in the first place?
I’m a people person and I love helping people. I gain great satisfaction in knowing I’ve helped people through major times in their lives. From a new couple buying their first house to families buying a vacation home or a bachelor getting his ultimate bachelor pad, I get to help people through each stage in their lives and truly be part of the community. When you’re a real estate agent you sometimes become part counselor, part life coach, and part mentor. I love to learn new things and real estate is ever changing. I got my license in 2003 and I still learn something new every day. Doing something new every day and facing new challenges are part of the fun of being an agent. I bought my first house when I was 22 and realized I had a passion for real estate.
Is there a particular area in Southwest Florida you concentrate on (or love to work in)?
I love all of Southwest Florida but the majority of homes that I sell are in Naples, Bonita Springs & Estero.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy spending time with family & friends, going on motorcycle rides, going to the beach and traveling.
There are so many to choose from in Southwest Florida, it’s hard to pick just one. If I had to pick one, it would be The Turtle Club in Naples. The setting is spectacular—the restaurant is located on the grounds of the Vanderbilt Beach Resort directly on the beach and the food is phenomenal.
What are your keys to success?
Persistence, knowledge of the profession and local market, attention to detail and a strong work ethic. As this is a sales related profession, the ability to never give up is quite useful! As an independent contractor, you control your time and efforts, not a boss. The ability to be self-directed in work is key to success in this profession!
How has our system worked for you?
If I had to do it all over again, I would have joined the team sooner. The system works great and the support that you have from the other team members is priceless. Having a listing coordinator and transaction coordinators enables me to help more buyers and sellers because I know that the entire transaction will run smoothly with their help.
Any tips for new agents?
Without a doubt, the top thing I would tell a new agent is to surround themselves with successful people who are willing to help. Ask questions and learn as much as possible from your peers.