We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristin Strother and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristin, what do you want your legacy to be?
I would love to be remembered as someone that always wanted to help. I became a REALTOR 10 years ago because I wanted to help people with one of the biggest decisions of their lives. I truly love people and want to do what I can to help others. There is a Mr. Rogers quote that resonates with me about this. He states, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” My goal is to always be a helper and I would love to be remembered as such. It would also make me so happy if people remembered me as being kind. This world and the home buying/selling process can be stressful as well as just hard sometimes. There is another quote that fits this for me and it is, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And, if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” I believe it’s so true! I aim to be the soft landing place for friends, family, and clients. I want people to feel safe with me and not judged. Of course, I would love to be remembered as an incredible REALTOR, but first and foremost I want to be remembered as a person that tried to make the world better. I strive to help make this world safer and better for our future generations.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been a REALTOR® for 10 years this May. This career is not for the faint of heart, but I really enjoy it and love what I do. I think one thing that nowadays sets me apart is the reason I got my real estate license. All throughout college at Texas Tech, I knew I wanted a career that would help people. In 2012, I actually didn’t know many REALTORS and it wasn’t that trendy of a job at the time. Many people in the past few years have gotten licensed because they’re investors or they think the market is hot so follow the money. My difference is I truly have a passion for people and this industry. I had a passion 10 years ago for it and will continue to have a passion for it. I’m in this industry because I love it, not because of the money. Being a people person has definitely helped me get where I am today. Others willing to help out has also been tremendous for me. Getting to where I am now had its up and downs. It will continue to have its up and downs because that’s entrepreneurship. Luckily, as a REALTOR, we are problem solvers. Many of the challenges I’ve faced I was able to overcome with thinking outside the box, asking for help from a colleague, and prayer. Sometimes the “challenges” are emotional and reminding yourself it’s going to be ok. Challenges are going to happen to everyone, but the difference is how we handle it and react to it. One lesson I’ve learned is to not take things personally, It’s hard, but so important. Being a REALTOR when these days there are so many, you will have a friend or family member that doesn’t use you. It’s ok! Keep going! It’s important to believe in yourself and remember your “why.” Why are you doing this? Why did you pick this career/business? I also think I’m different in I’m not a very sales-y salesperson. I don’t want to ever push someone into doing something they don’t want to. I’m honest and will always give my opinion, but I want my client to feel they are heard. I want the world to know that I truly want what’s best for them and am not trying to just get another sale. I was here before the market was this hot and I will be here after. I might be younger than the average REALTOR, but you can trust I know what I’m doing. I’ve actually worked in 3 different markets which were Lubbock, Austin, and now Bryan/College Station. For my clients, I’m honest, hard-working, experienced, knowledgeable, dependable, and am a great communicator. It is so important to be able to communicate efficiently especially in this industry. I pride myself on my communication skills and I think that is an important skill, even more so now. No matter what, I think it is SO important to use a REALTOR. There is so much to a real estate transaction that is overwhelming, but even more now with multiple offers happening steadily. It’s in everyone’s best interest to hire a REALTOR- trust me!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Bryan/College Station is such a fun area! I’ve had quite a few friends visit and have loved showing them around. I have taken every friend that visits to Another Broken Egg for brunch, I love brunch and that is my go-to brunch spot. The spiked salted caramel cold brew is amazing! We would definitely go to Messina Hof Winery and have a wine tasting. Their Sparkling Almond wine is my favorite! We would definitely go by 3rd Floor Cantina for some music or comedy night. I have to say I’ve been really impressed with Calvary Court’s Canteen Bar & Grill Sunday Funday. We would for sure go there on Sunday. It’s dog-friendly and you can get in the pool with a purchase of food/drink. They have a great DJ, too! We’d hang around that area which is Century Square for a while. They have so many fun shops, restaurants, etc there. For dinner, there are so many fantastic places! I love Italian, so I would recommend Luigi’s, Amico Nave, or Caffe Capri. I also love 3rd on Main, Mad Taco, and Urban Table. I would take my friends to Mr. Hamburger for sure! My husband, Hunter, and I go all the time. They have a really unique burger menu and a diner feel. Their burgers are delicious! I also love First Friday each first of the month in downtown Bryan, so we would go to that. Bryan has the cutest downtown! Downtown Elixir in downtown Bryan is one of my favorite bars, too! We’d have a couple cocktails there. We’d have to spend one day at The Cove as well which is a fun place with a lazy river, drinks, games, and music. I’d also show them around A&M and go to Northgate one night at least for a bit. We’d also go to Big Shots Aggieland which is such a fun experience! Hit golf balls, get a cocktail, get some food, play mini golf, and relax. They have it all! BCS is such a fun place to visit and there is so much to do! I could go on and on.
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 am who I am and where I am today because of so many incredible people. I have the most incredible support system and I have to sing their praises. I have to give a HUGE shout out to my family first. My husband, Hunter Strother, has been instrumental in all of my success. He has been completely supportive of all of my endeavors and right by my side during them all. He keeps me going when I have my moments of doubt or when I question if I should be doing what I’m doing. Best decision of my life was marrying Hunter. My parents, Rod & Gayla Viebig, are the most supportive, encouraging, and uplifting parents out there. I’m so thankful for all they taught me and how they still show up in any way to support me. I want to shout out my brother and sister-in-law, Kyle & Lirinda Viebig, too. They are always teaching me things and supporting me in any way possible. They are truly so happy for me when I succeed. I could go on and on about them all, but just know so much credit goes to them.
Professionally, I have had many people that have helped me up the ladder along the way. I’ve been so blessed to have been helped by the best in the industry. I have to shoutout Moreland Properties in Austin, TX. I truly became who I wanted to be as a person and REALTOR with that company. Clayton Bullock, Doug Roberts, and Tiffany Peters Derr deserve so much credit to my success. They took a chance on me when they hired me fresh out of college and truly took me under their wing. I will always sing their praises as all of my knowledge and skill is from them. I would also like to shoutout Terrence Murphy and Elizabeth Riley for continuing the encouragement once I moved to Bryan/College Station. They both believed in me and continue to believe in me. They are always happy to help when I need it. Lastly, I have an incredible group of Women Entrepreneurs that I’m close with that I have to give recognition to. Catherine Buckner, Amelia McCracken, Fabi Payton, Kayla Davis, Kendra Villarreal, Jessica Christian, Pamela Lee, Stephanie Powell, Kat Thompson, Annie Canto, Colleen Lambo, Jennifer Huggins, and that’s just to name a few. A good support system is so important in general, but especially for entrepreneurs.
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