We had the good fortune of connecting with Carrie Himel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carrie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve been very entrepreneurial in my adult life. For my first business, my husband and I created it together, it was just an idea over a beer with friends. It was one of those things that we had talked about, but this particular night we really felt like we could pull it off. We just decided to go for it! We got to work fast and had our first event in 6 weeks! For my real estate business I knew the end goal was to have my own RE biz and team. I wanted to be able to help people with one of the most important purchases or sales in their whole life, but do it with some fun and creativity. I started my RE career on an established team with the end goal to one day have my own team. I was able to leave the team after two years as a solo agent. One year later I added an assistant, then a year after that I added my first team agent.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
With both of my businesses I’ve set out to really make a difference, to go above and beyond, then add one more little touch of wow. I love exceeding peoples expectations and really taking care of them from a service level. I want their experience from the start to finish to have them feeling happy, taken care of, and maybe even have had a little fun. With Middle School Matchup and Carrie Himel Group, I can really say that I’m most proud that we are building legacies. With baseball we thrive on the testimonials of kids having the most fun they have ever had playing baseball. We know that these kids are going to have these memories forever. In real estate is there anything more legacy building than a home purchase? Being able to be a small part of such a huge moment in my clients lives. I have to say that that things have come pretty easy. Zig Ziglar has a quote that really resonates with me. You can have anything you want in life, if you help enough people get what they want. On the hard days I just remember, everything is hard, every job is hard, I’m so lucky to have the career I have, the clients I have and I choose to be grateful. I want people to know how much I really care. I treat every purchase and sale as if my clients were my own family. I love my clients and they really do become part of my family.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is my jam! I love hosting friends and family and showing them a great time. Living in Frisco we would kick the week off at my highrise with a sunset happy hour overlooking the star in Frisco and lake lewisville. I dont have his and hers bar carts for nothing! We would invite lots of friends and have the biggest charcuterie board you’ve ever seen, another fun hobby of mine. Next up on the itinerary would be brunch and shopping at the star, hip hop brunch at common table, shopping and frose at flea style, or mambos on the patio at MiCocina. A must stop on the tour would be dinner and dj at the super exclusive Cowboys Club. It’s my favorite place in Frisco. We would have to spend a day doing some high end shopping at highland park village or northpark. No weekend would be complete without some sort of sporting event. Currently we would snag some Cowboys tickets and head to Arlington to cheer on the boys!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Daniel Himel! The founder of Middle school matchup, our baseball business, my husband, cheerleader, and supporter of my crazy real estate business. We build MSM together and he pretty much runs it himself these days. Real Estate is a demanding career. He’s super understanding when I have to drop everything and take that phone call during dinner.
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