Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Gennetti.
Kristin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was raised in Malden, Massachusetts, the place that I call home. I come from a very large extended family, and we all have had strong ties and roots in the Malden community for many years. I come from a long line of relatives that have been Malden restaurant and small business owners, policemen, politicians, teachers, and realtors (to name just a few.). You could say that “selling real estate is in my genes,” My mother was a longtime Malden Realtor, and I am proud to be a full-time, second-generation realtor.
After graduating from Boston University’s Sargent College in 2ooo, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, I spent twelve years in the Somerville Public Schools as an occupational therapist, working with children with a variety of disabilities. However, the notion of learning the real estate business was in the back of my mind for as I could remember. A few years into my work in the school system, I decided to kill my curiosity and fascination, and I obtained my real estate license. I realized that I LOVED the business right out of the gate and so it began!
I worked as an occupational therapist and as a Realtor simultaneously until 2013 when my daughter was born. At that time, I was faced with a difficult decision because I knew that in order to raise my daughter, I would need to leave one career behind. I decided to follow my heart. And I left my job in the school system. The birth of my daughter, Milania, gave me the courage to walk away from a stable job that provided me with a steady income to pursue my dream of being a Realtor and only a Realtor. Her birth was a blessing to me in so many ways! In the last four years, I have been able to pour my heart and soul into my true passion, real estate. I have always felt that if you believe you could be great at something, you don’t want to deny yourself and the world the possibility of sharing your gift. I am very grateful that I took this leap of faith so that I could share with others what I consider to be my gift.
Has it been a smooth road?
I believe that building any business comes with some bumps in the road or growing pains. However, all of these bumps have turned into learning experiences. On a daily basis, I believe that most great agents, struggle with the work- life balance. In this industry, there is no glass ceiling and the opportunities are endless. We so easily become immersed in our work that we forget to take care of ourselves. We are in constant motion, taking care of others, and often forgetting to make time for ourselves. I have learned that in order to be the best that you can be for your clients, you need to be best version of yourself, and that means staying healthy.
Our current market has created some hysteria, so to speak. We are in a market of high demand and low supply. These conditions have been fantastic for sellers. On the flip side, most buyers have found themselves in a less advantageous position, losing many bids before getting an offer accepted on a property. As agents, we have had to break a lot of hearts in this market, whether we are the listing agent delivering the bad news to 10 perspective buyers that their offers were not accepted or telling our own buyers that we have to go back to the drawing board because we were outbid. Experience, patience, and perseverance have guided us through the last few years of the real estate market.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with LAER Realty Partners – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am currently a buyer’s and seller’s agent working with LAER Realty Partners. I became a LAER agent at the end of 2016. We are a company of about 400 agents that comprise 24 offices and the company is growing and expanding rapidly.
I was very skeptical about changing firms after 12 years. I had just come off of a record sales year when I made the move to LAER. I just knew deep inside that I needed to make this change in order to grow both personally and professionally. Joining the LAER team was the best business decision that I have made in my real estate career. The LAER vibe and culture is a welcoming, supportive, nurturing, and dynamic environment, and I am surrounded by the best and brightest lions in the business. I truly feel at home at LAER.
Working with buyers and sellers in the greater Boston and North Shore area, and in Malden in particular is where you will find me most days. I currently have a transaction coordinator and professional photographer on staff, and moving to a team model in 2018 looks like a very real possibility at this time.
I pride myself in knowing that I always go the extra mile for my clients. I genuinely care and I am invested in my clients, and I feel confident that it shows. As big as my business grows, I promised myself NEVER to lose that personal touch that makes me – me! I focus on the number of families that I help NOT the number of homes that I sell. Yes, I said homes not houses-quite a big difference in that one word alone! I truly believe that Mark Cuban says it best,” Selling is never about convincing. It is always about helping”.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Boston’s diversity, culture, beauty, opportunity, world class universities and hospitals, and of course, the best professional sports teams in the country. I think that we can all agree on those points! What I least like is the affordability of the City. There are so many folks that are priced out of the market and would love to live in Boston.
I won’t miss my opportunity to give you my plug for Malden! When I think of “my city’. I think of Malden. Malden is my hometown, and it is where my heart is. It is a diverse and tightly knit community. Its location is unbeatable as it provides easy access to Boston. Malden has some of the best restaurants and schools, and the Malden residents are some of the finest people that I know. Malden is a vibrant and up and coming city, and it is still relatively affordable (for now anyway). I think you will be amazed as you watch Malden real estate continue to boom over the next few years!
- Address: 41 Thompson Street
Winchester, MA 01890
- Website: www.kristingennetti.com
- Phone: 781.704.7040
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/kristingennettirealtor
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/kristin.gennetti
- Twitter: twitter.com/kristingennetti
- Other: www.linkedin.com/in/kristingennettiaylward