This week, our spotlight is on Alana Carrott. Keep checking back each week for insight, tips & fun facts from a Select Realty agent!
- What’s the strangest/scariest/funniest thing you’ve experienced on a showing?
“I ran into a snow bank.” I got stuck in snow during a snowstorm and had to jump into my buyers’ car. They were concerned something would happen to my car since we had to leave it to be pulled out. Needless to say, they’re big city people!
- Why did you choose to sell homes?
“The opportunity to work for myself while working with people.”
- What is your favorite thing about working in/with real estate?
I used to be a social worker and by working in real estate, I get to experience benefits of the social work field without the crazy drama. I like seeing happy endings!
- What are your hobbies outside of work?
“Roller derby, ‘computer nerding,’ graphic and web work.”
- Where are you from?
- What’s your favorite thing about the U.P.?
“The people, they’re genuine and friendly.”
- If you could live in any type of home, what would it be?
A sleek & modern lake house.
- How would you describe your style? For anything and everything?
Relaxed and genuine.
- What are the top 3 things/ pieces of advice you’d give your clients, who are either buying or selling?
“Don’t be in a rush, communicate & use an agent.” Communicate with your lender, each other and your agent.
- What are a few things people misunderstand about real estate?
“REALTORS® don’t just get to look at houses all day-there’s lots to it that you don’t see.” An agent can show you ANY property listed by ANY agent. This is a common misconception: their name doesn’t have to be on the sign to show the property or house.
- What’s your favorite type of architecture/building style or home style/architecture?
“Old mine houses,” specifically houses built between the 1880s and the 1920s. The intricate detail, “doorknobs, metal grates, keyholes…” There is, “so much beauty in the utilitarian objects,” which is not commonplace now. Homes such as these weren’t “high end,” but still maintained quality and “attention to beauty in the little objects.”
- Which building do you think is the oldest in Marquette?
I have no idea!
- Are you excited for all of the change and growth in and around the area?
“Yes,” Marquette is an area that will always keep its small town atmosphere. I appreciate the amenities larger companies bring here while being in a beautiful place. It keeps commerce local, still provides jobs and is good for the economy.
- What’s beneficial about having your own business?
“It’s rewarding knowing that my success is directly related to my work.” The flexibility to work on my own schedule is great.
- What’s something no one knows about you?
“I’m a pretty open book. Just ask.”
- What are your future aspirations?
Keep doing what I’m doing. “I’m kind of living my perfect life right now.” Eventually, I’d like to travel during the winters.
- What’s the most common issue or problem you face or come across as a real estate agent?
“People not knowing about buyer agency, generally, at no cost to you.” A buyer’s agent, or buyer’s agency, is a real estate agent who represents only the buyer of a property in a real estate transaction. Typically, the seller in a real estate transaction pays all of the closing fees. At Select Realty, we do not charge for buyer’s agent services.
- What’s your take on flipping and fixer uppers?
It’s awesome, but be prepared to spend more than you were planning and more time. “[If it were me] I would do a long term flip.” It helps restore the neighborhood.
- In a perfect world, would you prefer all new construction or old buildings/ homes preserved & renovated?
Old, restored and renovated. “An old house has a presence & warmth that I don’t feel in new construction.”
- Why choose a REALTOR®?
“Why wouldn’t you have someone that is working for you…with such a large purchase?”
- What’s your competitive edge?
“I am extremely down to earth and I want to work for you. I really value making a connection with my clients because without that you might not get it right.” That’s the most important part; I don’t care about the money or the house.”
- What’s a myth about real estate?
“REALTORS® are out there to drive up the market value. That REALTORS® are the ones who make housing prices high. It has nothing to do with the REALTOR®, it’s the area and seller-the seller benefits from the highest price and wants that; it’s good for them!”
- What’s your mission statement?
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
- Who serves the best food in town?
It depends on my mood!
- What is the one thing you’d like to make your mark on in the real estate world?
To help create more recreational opportunities in Marquette County, such as adding a roller rink or an indoor sports arena.
- What’s your favorite company/ business in town or nearby? Why?
Econo Foods, they’re pretty good about giving back to the community.
- And…a confession:
“I really did try to leave [Marquette] and find a better place, but I really believe this is one of the most special places one earth. I love the land, the lake and the people.” I’ve lived in (besides Marquette) Asheville, NC; Mt. Airy, NC; Moab, UT; Loa, UT & England!
Thank you to Alana for taking the time to sit down and chat. If you’ve got any more questions for her, she can be reached at 906.361.0589. Or send her an e-mail through her bio page.