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Meet Kelly Macdonald

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Macdonald.

Hi Kelly, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I am a designer and Realtor®, and I have a bachelor’s degree in architecture. By my mid-20’s I was a project manager at a design-build company in the Seattle area and had already won a national design award. For over 15 years, I immersed myself in just about everything there was to learn about homes and real estate. From working first-hand on custom home job sites to flipping houses, to designing ultra-luxury homes & furniture for some of the wealthiest clients in Southern California – and everything in-between – I’ve really done it all.

A few years after moving to California, it became clear I wanted to practice real estate full time. I love meeting new people and helping them find their perfect home, whether it’s their first home purchase or they are savvy homebuyers. I specialize in modern, luxury & family homes in the coastal and ranch areas of San Diego. I also personally practice the same advice I give to my clients – I bought my first condo when I was 24, with the help of my parents, and sold it two years later at a 150% profit. My husband and I currently have multiple investment properties and designed and built our own home where we live with our 10-year-old son and two rescue dogs.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Being in real estate is like being on a wild rollercoaster ride. Big highs and big lows. One thing that drew me to it as a profession is that every day is a new day… no day is ever a typical 9 to 5. But with that comes a lot of unpredictability and you have to be driven, willing to take risks, and have incredibly thick skin.

I have had some great mentors and supportive colleagues and anyone considering real estate as a career should research joining a team or seek out someone willing to be a mentor. It’s not an easy business to break into in San Diego and the first few years really make or break most agents. I am constantly educating myself, attending trainings, and keeping up on data and trends so that I can best serve my clients.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I believe every home has a story to tell and every person a piece of its history. For those of us lucky enough to call Southern California home, we know that the quality of our lifestyle is what drives us to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. I get to help people own a quality life in a home that reflects genuine values.

Because I have both a design and real estate background, I can see the potential in every home and understand each home’s individual ROI (return on investment). I try to educate young and first-time buyers about the importance of their investment and what upgrades make sense for their particular home, as well as help my more experienced clients diversify their real estate portfolios and grow their wealth. My clients’ success – my success.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up in rural Washington State, I spent most of our time at my father’s veterinary hospital and we always had many different types of animals. I am an animal lover, through and through. I started riding horses when I was eight years old and still own and ride my horse in a sport called Dressage, in north county San Diego. The equestrian culture is still a big part of my life and I feel one of the biggest draws to living here is the ability to be active & outdoors year-round.

In 2009, my husband and I visited Coronado for a wedding and fell in love with the sunshine… we moved here six months later! I truly believe San Diego is the greatest city – not just for the climate; it’s such an active and vibrant place to live and raise a family.

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Hannah Claire Photography

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