We had the good fortune of connecting with Alisha Ingraham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alisha, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Relationships…. I love people. I come from two parents who never meet a stranger. This was just engrained in me from birth. It was a huge part of my former career as a pediatric oncology nurse and most definitely transpires to real estate. It all comes down to how you relate to others.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m a real estate professional on the southwest side of Houston, specifically, Fort Bend County. I love helping people. It is at the very core of who I am. Before venturing into real estate, I was a pediatric oncology nurse. As a nurse, I took care of my patients, as if they were my own family. When I walked into a room of a sick child and
worried parents, I always wanted them to immediately feel at peace, knowing I had their child’s
best interest at heart. I think that translates into real estate in so many ways. I build a
relationship with my clients that goes beyond business. They become like family to me and they
know that I care deeply about their needs and desires in possibly what could be one of the
biggest investments they will ever make. My heart has always been to understand people’s
needs and then use my expertise to help them.
I specifically transitioned from nursing to real estate to serve the needs of my family. Real estate is another field in which I could still serve people, but have more flexibility in my schedule. Switching careers was not easy, but with hard work and determination, I was able to succeed . I’ve always had a heart for learning, so early on I surrounded myself with knowledgeable, successful mentors in real estate. I truly believe this expedited my success. I learned to just dive in and go for it. I want people to know that is okay to fail, just pick yourself back up, and try again. Failure breeds success. Far too often, we are our own hardest critics. I’m learning to give myself more grace in this area.
Everything I do in my business has to be truly authentic to who I am. This means that clients really get to know me and my heart throughout the process, which builds a strong level of trust. I want people to know that when they work with me, I truly take to heart what is important to them and do everything in my ability to accomplish their end goal.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A perfect itinerary in Fort Bend County would start in my own backyard. In the spirit of true Southern hospitality (which is my love language), we would start with an evening by our pool, a fabulous glass of wine, that glorious Texas sunset, a smoked brisket, some George Strait in the background, a Texas Aggie football game on the tv, and a few of my fluffy farm animals in the background. Another evening would be spent at one of our favorite local restaurants, Anthonie’s Market Grill out in Simonton. The best meal under the Texas sky with some live Texas music… doesn’t get much better. Then we would spend the day with a great cup of coffee from Blockhouse Coffee & Kitchen in Richmond or a smoothie from Trough and head over to my favorite local nursery, Enchanted Forest. A day of shopping would include some of my favorite local shops, such as Magpies in Sugar Land or Southern Sister in Rosenberg, with lunch at Japanieros or Jupiter Pizza & Waffle Co. A day hiking at Brazos Bend is also a must. There are so many great options in Fort Bend County!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I come from two of the hardest working parents I know. They raised me to have a hard work ethic, love people, always be grateful, and never stop learning. I believe that provides a wonderful platform for success.
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