Katharine Believes in The Importance of Challenging Yourself. She Says, “Complacency is Never a Good Thing,” Meet Dallas Real Estate Agent, Kathy Newman
Q: Can you share with us what made you decide to have a career in Real Estate?
KN: I have always been incredibly entrepreneurial, and after launching my swimwear brand in 2018, I became addicted to the feeling that creating a successful business evoked. If you want to be successful in real estate you have to think of it as a start-up, and that was what intrigued me.
Immediately after beginning my journey into Real Estate, I felt the same excitement I felt when I started my first company. I enjoy the process of meeting new clients, networking, and constantly learning about the ever-changing and fast paced real estate industry. Especially in a market like the one we are seeing now.
Q: Obviously with Covid-19 there’s a lot of changes going on in the world … what changes have you seen that you feel will remain in Real Estate? Do you think there will be more changes?
KN: I think owning real estate and land has taken on an entirely new meaning because of COVID. It is no longer just a roof to sleep under; it is a place where most of us had to spend majority of 2020 and now we’re viewing it more as a workplace, a safe space, a place to educate (for those who have had to home-school children), etc. I think buyers just have an entirely new appreciation and desire for it and I don’t foresee that evaporating any time soon.
Q: Can you share with our audience what Buyers & Sellers can expect when they work with you?
KN: My goal for all of my clients, whether buyers or sellers, is for them to feel 100% confident that they are in competent, knowledgeable, and reliable hands and that they made the best decision by choosing myself and my brokerage to represent them in their transaction. They can expect anticipatory service throughout the entire process.
Q: How do you help buyers compete in a tight market?
KN: I am fortunate to work for the leading brokerage in the Dallas Fort Worth area, Allie Beth Allman & Associates, so not only do I have the support of an incredible network of top agents in DFW, but I am able to tap into our in-house inventory and provide buyers with first access to upcoming and off-market listings and then help them navigate the process of making a competitive offer.
Q: Which woman inspires you and why?
KN: I am always in awe of all of the women in my life, and just women in general. I don’t think I can pick just one. The inspiration that I draw from women like my mom, my grandmother, my mentors, friends etc. is the driving force behind everything I do in business. I named my first company after my grandmother, MIMI. Donating to, volunteering for, and supporting women’s focused non-profits has been a huge part of my mission as a business owner. I hope to continue to grow the reach that I have as an entrepreneur to be able to continue to help and inspire not only the women in my life, but collectively.
Q: What advice would you give to young women who want to succeed in the workplace?
KN: Don’t doubt yourself and what you can achieve. If you want something bad enough you have to put a plan in place and find a way to make it happen. I remember all of the people who would doubt the (what they considered to be) lofty goals that I set for myself at such a young age, and I am so thankful I didn’t let them affect me. Women are capable of so much; I mean we carry a human in our bodies for 9 months! Who is to say we can’t have the career we want? As a young woman, you just have to believe it and then do it.
Q: After high school, where did you feel your career path would take you?
KN: I always knew that I would be an entrepreneur … it is who I am. I knew that I wanted to be in control of my future and my career path so before graduating high school I already had a plan in place to get where I am today. I didn’t, however, see myself going into real estate, although that was always something I had a passion and appreciation for because of my father and older brother’s successful career in commercial real estate in Las Vegas (where I am originally from).
Q: Can you tell us how you manage your work life balance?
KN: Routine is a huge part of how I manage work life balance. I go to bed at a certain time every night and I wake up at a certain time every morning (even on weekends). I have a morning routine which is: wake up, daily devotional, workout, coffee, emails, plan out my day and evening routine which is: plan out next day, disconnect from email at least an hour before bed, read, success checklist (checking on how successful I was in reaching my goals for the day, then bed. I try to stick to that every day, but of course my social life will alter that and that is okay. I try to make sure that I am factoring in a healthy amount of social / personal life with professional.
Five Things About Kathy Newnan
1. What's your favorite family tradition?
2. What was the last book you really got into?
I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read it before but The Catcher in the Rye – brilliant, cancelled all of my plans so I could finish it in one day.
3. What’s the most amazing adventures have you’ve ever been on?
Hot air balloons in Cappadocia.
4. Best and worst flavor ice cream?
Best: every flavor, Worst: No such thing!
5. What would your perfect vacation look like?
Mountains, good book, great wine, and even better company.