1st Time Mom helps 1st Time Home Buyers
Motherhood made Sharon D. Parker decide to activate the Texas real estate license she had attained and leave a lucrative 16-year career in restaurant management for a national franchise to become a successful Houston Realtor. “Six months after my son was born, I knew that I wanted to be available for my child, and a career in real estate would allow me the flexibility to set my own schedule,” said Parker, who began working as a Realtor in association with Keller Williams Realty Southwest more than ten years ago and started taking her son to the office with her whenever possible.
“My son is the office child at Keller Williams Realty Southwest. He’s 12 years old now and always does his best to help me and the other members of his Keller Williams family. And I do my best to spoil him and my clients by being there for them. I give my child the benefit of the good parenting skills that I grew up with, and I offer my clients the benefit of good, old-fashioned customer service.”
In turn, Parker has been a top-producing Realtor since her first year in business with Keller Williams. She lists, sells and leases residential and commercial properties in all areas of greater Houston and specializes in the sale of homes n southwest Houston, Fort Bend County, Pearland and Friendswood.
Parker also maintains a specialization in assisting first time home buyers and sellers. She remembers buying her first home years ago and having someone guide her through the process step by step, and now implements the same technique in her real estate practice.
“Dealing with people who are either buying or selling their first home is a challenge. They need someone who is honest and caring to help them achieve their goals, and I try to help them whether it involves a $40,000 condominium unit or a $2 million house,” said Parker, who originally is from Illinois and majored in fashion design at Murray State University.
“I like to point out to my first-time buyers that I kept my first home for investment property when I bought a larger one, which is my way of encouraging them to think about the benefit of increasing their income through real estate.”
Having managerial skills has been beneficial for Parker. She understands the importance of budgeting, and encourages buyers to take into consideration all of their monthly finances so they can afford the home they want to purchase and still go on vacations and eat out. And she advises potential sellers that before putting their properties on the market to consider how much they need to net in the sale of their homes and then decide if it will be enough for them to realize their goals of moving elsewhere.
Parker keeps clients totally informed throughout their transactions. She said that “knowledge is powerful” and educates clients as well as continuing her personal quest to learn something new every day and reinforce her real estate practice by attending Keller Williams educational classes and seminars. Parker said “ongoing training makes a successful person.”
“My satisfaction in business comes from the smile and love I receive from clients when their transactions are completed,” said Parker, a supporter of numerous community projects and a member for the Keller Williams Realty Citywide Agent Leadership Council.”
“One of my fondest memories was selling a home to a couple who were living in an apartment with their three children. When we walked into their new home, the kids went straight to the back yard and started running around in a circle, thrilled to know they had their own back yard.”