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Meet Holly Barr

Today we’d like to introduce you to Holly Barr.

Hi Holly, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started my real estate journey in 2011, working for a national appraisal company (Nations Valuation Services). I worked directly with appraisers and lenders to ensure the appraisals and BPO’s (broker price opinion) went smoothly for all residential real estate transactions.

In 2013, I started working for Agentology (formerly know as Short Sale Agent Finder and REO Industry Directory), where I helped grow this incredible start-up business. I was named the top salesperson the entire time I worked there.

In 2014, I decided I was meant for Real Estate and became a licensed Realtor. I started working for Greater Good Realty in 2015, where I was a licensed Realtor and also took on the role of office manager. In 2019, I decided it was time to take my real estate career to the next level by joining Coldwell Banker Realty. Now, I’m currently in the process of obtaining my broker’s license with the hopes of opening my own real estate brokerage.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
If I told you it was easy, I would be lying to you. I wish someone told me what really goes into being a Realtor. They make it look so easy on TV Reality shows, right? When you’re obtaining your real estate license, no one really goes into detail about what the job entails, how hard it is to get started, the yearly fees, and how it might take a year to get your first sale. Studying for the Real Estate State Exam literally just teaches you the things you need to know so you don’t get sued or in trouble with the laws.

When I first started out as I Realtor, I literally had no idea what I was doing. Luckily enough, I found a boutique brokerage (Greater Good Realty), who showed me the ropes, such as how to get buyers’ offers accepted, how to do effective marketing, generate leads, how to set up gift/referral programs, etc. I am very lucky and blessed to have learned everything I did while working directly under the managing broker. If it was not for this experience, I honestly feel like I might have given up after my first year.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a Licensed Realtor for Coldwell Banker Realty. I love meeting people, training new realtors and I love to help my clients find real estate solutions, whether it be buying, selling, or renting. I work hard for all my clients, am a great active listener and have over 15 years of experience with customer service. I have education in advertising, business, and real estate. I am an excellent choice when looking for the right realtor to help you with all your San Diego County real estate transactions.

Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Quitting my full-time salary job and becoming a Realtor was one of the biggest risks I’ve ever taken. Not knowing if I would succeed, where my next paycheck would be coming from and if it would be worth quitting a high-paying sales job is absolutely terrifying. I would probably still be working a salary sales job if it wasn’t for taking that risk. At the end of the day, I’m so thrilled I took that risk because if I didn’t, I would be sitting at a desk job still knowing I was unhappy, thinking I was meant for more. It wasn’t an easy choice making that risky decision, but I did set myself up so I was in a good position to doing whatever it took to make it work. Failure was never an option for me.

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