This post is part of an Agent Spotlight Series. Get to know the agents who’ll be working for you at Newkirk Realty!
Meet Realtor Erin Donovan! A unique combination of experience and education make her an astute new hire for Newkirk Realty, and a powerful partner in any real estate transaction.
Impressive skill set
Erin believes the buying process should be fun and the client should leave with a complete understanding of the real estate transaction. Add to that philosophy her construction, leasing and interior design experience and any client of Erin’s is getting an extensive amount of expertise in one Realtor!
Erin hails from Lowell, Indiana. On her way to a career in Indianapolis, she spent time at Ball State University where she completed her undergraduate studies in Interior Design and Construction Management and her graduate studies in Residential Property Management.
“People tell me all the time they are surprised residential property management is something you can get a degree in,” said Erin. “But I tell them its a trillion dollar industry. We help people manage the owner’s assets.”
Ball State connection
Today, she works at Ball State and is Program Director for Residential Property Management, traveling up to Muncie, Ind. three times a week from the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis where she lives with her husband Darren. While at Ball State she leased apartments and discovered she enjoyed helping students and parents with the leasing process. “I loved the interaction of ensuring they were comfortable and understood everything.”
Not the usual Realtor background
She put her customer service skills to use in a Client Services position, as well as Project Engineer and Assistant Project Manager job at two construction firms. She spent a good bit of time working outdoors on construction sites. “I love being out in the field. A strict 9 to 5 job sitting at a desk would be difficult for me.”
The interior design aspect of her education is a perfect fit for her career in real estate as well. “Interior design is really ‘space planning ‘ and I can help a client envision how a space can really work for them. I absolutely love creating a presentation and helping people visualize the possibilities.”
Erin was attracted to Newkirk Realty because the company matched her skill set so well. “I was looking for a smaller firm that did property management and residential real estate. I have all the tools and it has been a perfect fit.”
NOTE: Each of the posts in our Agent Spotlight Series will ask the same question to wrap things up:
What is one thing that most people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional). It took three months to prepare for the test and I now have the knowledge of what it takes to build an energy efficient building and how to certify it.