The spotlight shines on Stephanie Jones this week! For 24 years, Stephanie has been a part of the Select Realty team. She started with a bang in 1994, earning the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award.
- What’s the strangest/scariest/funniest thing you’ve experienced on a showing?
Scariest: “When I was with clients, their mother and their young daughter looking at rentals and a tenant who had been told about the showing was asleep. When we came in, he almost attacked us, his big scary dog too!”
Happiest moments on showings: When you are with clients who fall in love with the right house. “Having been in business for 24 years, seeing families and kids grow up.” That’s pretty neat.
- Why did you choose to sell homes?
“Because it was an incredible way to be involved in my community.” [The Select Realty] Community Fund was a collective decision. “I have been involved with the community my whole life and I have been with Select my whole career.” One of the reasons is because we’re a team and a family. Another reason is because Select has the same commitment to the community that I have.
- What is your favorite thing about working in/with real estate?
“It’s the people.”
- What are your hobbies outside of work?
I am very active in the community, active in real estate (locally, state and nationally. Locally, I’m active with the LSCP (Lake Superior Community Partnership), the Econ Club, (VP of Econ Club, Marketing Chair for LSCP,) and through Pathways, the group South Shore Place (community of opportunity for those with mental illness). Other hobbies of mine include my dogs, watching Marquette youth sports as my son played basketball and soccer for Marquette. My 22 year-old son is going into the air force this year!
- Where are you from?
Marquette, MI. Actually born in Detroit, but only there for a few years.
- What’s your favorite thing about the U.P.?
- If you could live in any type of home, what would it be?
A ranch home in the City of Marquette with a view of Lake Superior—“If we’re talking anything, a Ridge St. ranch overlooking Lake Superior.”
- How would you describe your style? For anything and everything?
“My nickname is Julie the Cruise Director. From that, I like to organize and create meaningful memories.”
- What are the top 3 things/ pieces of advice you’d give your clients, who are either buying or selling?
1. Listen to me. 2. Get pre-qualified first (to buy) 3. De-clutter your home (to sell)
- What’s the hardest deal you’ve had?
“When someone else dropped the ball and I couldn’t fix it.” It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it’s agonizing. “But luckily, I feel like I have such a good working relationship with most REALTORS® in Marquette, it keeps it from getting too bad.”
- What are a few things people misunderstand about real estate?
“They think it’s easy. And that there’s often times nothing logical about it.”
- Any special neighborhood stories you want to share?
“Going into homes that I grew up in is always a ‘memory bomb.’” I lived in 4 homes growing up around Marquette.
- What’s your favorite type of architecture/ building style or home style/ architecture?
I think I can be fascinated by just about any architecture.
- Which building do you think is the oldest in Marquette?
There is a house in South Marquette-the John Burt house. This is the center of our ‘Doors of Marquette’ poster. Stephanie and fellow Select agent, Carol Brady, created this cool marketing idea as a fundraiser for the Marquette History Center, where it is still available.
- Are you excited for all of the change and growth in and around the area?
“I love that Marquette has fairly controlled growth and our infrastructure is keeping up with it. Until we have bullet trains we are still 7 or 8 hours from any major metropolitan area.” I miss the lake when I’m gone from Marquette. “I feel like Lake Superior is the soul of Marquette.” One of my favorite real estate things to do is give local tours to prospective Marquette residents (buying or renting). “I am good at it because I truly love Marquette and all it has to offer.”
- What’s beneficial about having your own business?
“We always joke that we’re our own boss, but realistically, each client I have is my boss.”
- What’s something no one knows about you?
I’m not always perky. There are times I really enjoy being alone.
- What are your future aspirations?
“I want to sell real estate until I die…no don’t print that!” Continue to be involved and continue to make Marquette the best place it can possibly be.
- What’s the most common issue or problem you face or come across as a real estate agent?
Communication problems. So I guess that would be miscommunication!
- Anyone or company in particular you enjoy working with through the real estate process?
“ I learn something from everyone I work with.”
- What’s your take on flipping and fixer uppers?
“Like a chef who can’t watch Food Network, I can’t watch HGTV.”
- In a perfect world, would you prefer all new construction or old buildings/ homes preserved & renovated?
A mix. “A well-balanced mix makes the best community.”
- What are some current issues in the real estate world?
REALTORS® Association has been very active in many issues at the state and national level. Some include: short term rentals, tax deductibility, dark store legislation, flood insurance and health insurance.
- Why choose a REALTOR®?
“Because in one of the single biggest investments of your life, having a professional on your side is incredibly important. And the consumer doesn’t know what they don’t know until it’s too late!”
- What’s your competitive edge?
My competitive edge is my years of experience and my ability to work well with all types of agents and consumers.
- What’s a myth about real estate?
“That it’s easy.”
- Who is your role model?
Paulette Lindberg. She was a business owner active in the community when I was in high school. She is a strong, female, business person role model. ‘Adventure Travel and Tour’ was her business.
- What’s your mission statement?
“To better my community, both Marquette and real estate, in every way I can.”
- Who serves the best food in town?
My 3 favorite restaurants are: 1. The Marq 2. Lagniappe 3. Stucko’s. My brother David has the best beer at Blackrocks Brewery.
- What is the one thing you’d like to make your mark on in the real estate world?
“I believe in the teaching that I do; I help make all the agents I come in contact with better.”
- What’s your favorite company/ business/ organization in town or nearby? Why?
Select Realty because of our commitment to Marquette and Alger Counties.
Thank you Stephanie for taking the time to chat. If you’ve got any more questions for her, she can be reached at 906.362.3823. Or send her an e-mail through her bio page.