We had the good fortune of connecting with Chanell Sinkfield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chanell, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
The most difficult decision I ever had to make had to be when I decided to sacrifice money for experience and passion.
Real estate was always in the back of my mind, I just never had the push to actually pursue it until 2019. After I graduated from college the job market was at its worst and I honestly took the first thing that payed well and got me out of my parents house. So I took a corporate job in Dallas at a mortgage company calculating escrow accounts. This new corporate job had absolutely nothing to do with my degree but I like to think it foreshadowed my way into the real estate world. Fast forward a few years later working one corporate job after another, a big move to Houston, marriage and another baby on the way. Life was great, but it wasn’t until 2018 after having my second baby and dreading the day I would have to return to work.
Things just didn’t feel right. I would walk into work miserable and not my best self. It wasn’t until a co worker of mine told me she and her husband were starting to look for their first home and that’s when a light bulb went off and I knew where my heart lied. Not only did my heart start beating again but I was actually excited about the possibilities of my future. I would spend my days at work researching homes for my coworker all while trying to figure out how to get my license. I then had the discussion with my husband about leaving my safe corporate job for a career that doesn’t guarantee an everyday paycheck but relies more on experience and the drive to make a name for yourself. I wasn’t sure how we were going to make it work especially with a third baby on the way but luckily my husband is my biggest cheerleader. Without the passion for real estate and the constant cheers from my family the difficult decision I made a few years ago would have never gotten me to where I am today. And for that I am grateful.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’m a residential real estate professional, originally from San Antonio, residing in the beautiful city of Houston. I come from a military background so I can absolutely relate to the excitement and frustrations of moving. I think because I moved so much as a child I have the appreciation for wanting to help others find “home”. Family, prayer and passion have helped me get to where I am today. It’s never been easy but I think my drive to show my three young kids what it means to hustle and provide is what keeps me going. I’ve had a lot of doors shut in my face along the way but that’s what keeps the fire burning in me. I’ve never been one to take no for answer but as a challenge.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Aww man, that’s a hard one. Houston is SO big I wouldn’t even know where to start. My family and I love to visit Baybrook Mall it’s become a go-to spot for us whenever the weather is nice. All the green space makes it easy to grab a bite to eat while watching the kids run around. During the summer Galveston is just a short drive away with so many hidden gems, like the train museum (my son is obsessed with trains). The Marriott Marque is also another favorite of ours with the Texas shaped pool. Oh! and the new Railway Heights Market is definitely one to check out as well!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to recognize my husband Trey and three children, Tyre, Rylee and Zoey and my amazing mentor Andrea Tran who took me under her wing to build me up into the badass real estate agent I aspire to be
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