We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Black and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I decided to start my own business, because I wanted something to show for all of my hard work and dedication. I spent many years working hard at different jobs and didn’t feel appreciated or even rewarded for these characteristics. Which is why I decided to start my own business as a real estate agent in 2007. It was not always easy but definitely rewarding.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My passion for real estate immediately grew when I started working and with a few years of being a realtor, I was able to become a broker. This is big for my industry because it gives you more clout and most of all freedom! You can start your own firm, sponsor real estate agents, or work for an existing firm without all of the stress of completely being out on your own. Which is what I have done my whole career. I spent the majority of my career working at a Berkshire Hathaway franchise, but I am now with Nan & Co Properties which is Houston’s sole affiliate to Christie’s International Real Estate. I absolutely love the collaboration and support with this firm. I am inspired by their leadership and dedication every day! I love that I can work in an environment like this, but still have the freedom to run my real estate team as I see fit. (Most realtors are technically considered self employed, because we are independent contractors.) I have learned that being a successful realtor is not easy. You must put in the time, effort and give the up most customer service to be successful in this business. I see many people come and go in this industry because they think it will be easy money and within 6 months, they decide it is not for them. I have a team of real estate agents that I train and mentor. This is something that I am very passionate about. I love to share my knowledge, while guiding them through so that they don’t make the same mistakes that I did. I am dedicated, hard working and care about my clients more than a paycheck. I think most people see this when they start working with me. At the end of the day, I am a philanthropist at heart and donate a fairly large percentage of time and money to several non-profit organizations in Houston, which include Trees of Hope, Arthritis Foundation, Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry, Travis Elementary and many more. It warms my heart to help the community. I also serve on the board of the Trees of Hope as VP of Events. This organization supports Houston’s homeless children that reside at the Star of Hope.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I actually do this quite a bit when I have clients relocating to Houston. I give them neighborhood tours, we will drive by local schools, parks, trails that connect different neighborhoods together and so much more. For breakfast, we would pop into Mastrantos on Studewood, for lunch we would hit up El Tiempo and for dinner I would take them to Uchi, which is my absolute favorite restaurant in Houston. They have ruined me and I have a hard time enjoying sushi from anywhere else! We would end with drinks at Permissions Whisky on White Oak. The ambience and service are awesome! This new hot spot is one of my favorites. In between all of these amazing places, we would head over to the museum district and check out some exhibits, then we would take a drive through downtown and then Allen Parkway to see the expansive trails along the bayou, then up to Heights Blvd to see local art installations and the historic homes. Taking a drive to Galveston is quick and spending a little bit of time outside on the beach will relax and refresh anyone! On the way back into town, we would stop by the new botanical Garden, which is by Hobby Airport.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout is dedicated to my clients, family, friends and supporters! BIG THANK YOU to everyone that believed and trusted in me to help them buy and sell their homes. My success is because of you!