We had the good fortune of connecting with Erica Harms Welborn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erica, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Beginning in college, especially when studying abroad in Spain, I became really interested in how much the people there valued their time. They would rather live with less, in order to save funds to buy their time back, to be with the people they loved. Despite this experience, as a young agent, I admit I was sucked in by the allure of the Almighty Dollar, but I was overwhelmed and hit a ceiling of what I felt like I could do on my own. As things came back into focus, I began putting my energy into growing the brokerage, where I was able to buy my time back by sharing opportunities with my agents, that helped them support their families as well. The leverage in real estate is one of my favorite things about it. It is so scalable, and there are many opportunities for expanding your reach other than by just gritting your teeth through harder longer work hours.
What should our readers know about your business?
Threshold Realty is a boutique residential real estate brokerage that offers a unique model: We offer a lean split, which means that more of our agents’ money stays in their pockets. Since we are light on overhead, for example, we are a virtual office without brick and mortar, we are able to offer our agents more administrative support and concierge services, like free lockbox and sign delivery and install, than they’d get anywhere else. Our agents basically have an assistant working for them, so they can focus on taking great care of their clients and finding new ones! Another huge hallmark of our vision is our mentorship program. Our agents are assigned a Leader and a small cohort of other agents that they meet with regularly. Our Leaders are incredible and are literally a call or text away to help our agents with techincal questions, as well as questions regarding how to grow their businesses. Our Leaders are hands-on and even attend appointments with our agents when they’re new. It is a real deal mentorship program that is unparallelled.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh my goodness, sometimes I feel like I am super un-fun, which is why I married the most fun person I know! We love to ride bikes along the Bayou, catch a concert at The Heights Theater, grab tacos from a random food truck, take our dogs on hikes, and mostly just hang out with our good friends over a couple drinks on the porch. (We have a firepit and s’more supplies on hand year-round!)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to the pioneers of simplicity and minimalism in the world and mostly to my faith and relationship with the Lord, that help me remember this life is just a temporary stop on my way to things much greater that are to come!
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