We had the good fortune of connecting with Tina Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tina, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Life consists of decision making every step of the way and most decisions consist of taking risks– some greater than others.

In 2016 I took one of the biggest risks I had ever taken. I relocated from Milwaukee, WI down to Dallas, TX. I worked in the banking industry and the department I had worked in for 5 years at the time, was being shut down. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to stay with the company IF I took the leap. It felt like I had hit the reset button. I didn’t know anybody, I had no family or friends who lived here. I had no safety net– just me and good ole GPS, figuring it out.

After staying with that company for a total of 9 years, I was faced with another chance to to take a big leap (aka the nudge of COVID-19 staffing impacts). I was among many who had been laid off as the world entered the crisis of a pandemic. I viewed this as an opportunity to embark on the risk of entrepreneurship byway of becoming a Realtor® (after studying and passing the exam, of course). This decision would come with a plethora of risks in itself: identifying the best methods to build clientele as a new agent, spending time and money on marketing efforts, deciding on which business partners to affiliate yourself with, choosing a brokerage that fits the best, etc. It all comes with a certain level of risk.

While nobody wants to fail and/or make mistakes, I believe that once you’re okay with messing up and accept that it will likely happen, the more prone you are to face each risk with the courage to overcome any obstacles that may present themselves.

I’ve learned to get comfortable with being uncomfortable because in that space lives growth.

Whether in my personal life or career wise, I’d much rather have the viewpoint of, “that didn’t work out” vs. “I wish I would have just gone for it”.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets me apart is that I make it known that Real Estate is NOT always glitz and glam. Despite all of the beautiful homes I may showcase on social media, I know that home ownership is a process and my goal is to encourage, educate, and prepare my clients and prospective clients for their Home Goals.

I do this by making key factors of the home buying process a bit easier to digest. On Instagram create posts and reels that have tips on how to build credit, the different loan options or incentives that may be available, the importance of being pre-approved before we go house shopping, pros and cons of purchasing a new build vs. a pre-existing home. These are just a few topics that I touch on, but I introduce them in a fun and engaging way, to reassure my audience that the process isn’t as intimidating as it may seem and that I’ll be there every step of the way.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As daunting as it could be to plant new roots in a new city, this was the fun part because I got to view the DFW Metroplex from the viewpoint of a tourist and 5 years later, cultivate a list of Dallas spots that MUST be experienced.

If I was hosting my bestie through The Triple D, I’d take them to Klyde Warren Park. In the heart of downtown, the park hosts several different events throughout the year. From Yoga, Zumba, African Dance Lessons, free concert series, Movies in the Park, there’s no shortage of entertainment and activities at Klyde Warren Park. To top it off, right on Woodall Rodgers Fwy is Food Truck Heaven. Pizza, BBQ, ice cream, salads– these are just a few mouth watering options parked in one spot for your cravings.

To further satisfy any sweet tooth urges, I’d go to Val’s cheesecake. Although there are dozens of different flavors, the peach cobbler cheesecake is one of my favorites.

I live for nostalgic vibes; Cidercade and Josey records are just the places to go for vintage goodness. Cidercade is in the design district where you can play over 100 different arcade games all while trying various hard ciders, kombuchas, seltzers, and wines- brewed right on the property.

Josey Records is the place to go to find vinyl gems- old or new. It’s a music lover’s dream.

You can’t go wrong with rooftop views from the 19th floor of the Statler Hotel. Waterproof Dallas has my favorite rooftop pool, perfect for viewing the city’s Skyline.

Last, but certainly not least, I’d take my bestie to Deep Ellum to see all of the murals, eat more, and dive into any and all things music and arts related.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Upon the whole adventure of relocating from the Midwest to the South, there were some aspects that I didn’t think about until I got down here.

Who’s going to do my hair from now on?!
Where should I go to get my eyebrows done?!
Will I ever find another person who will know how to take care of my skin- especially in this heat?!

It may sound trivial, but trust me, these services are a staple in a woman’s life– especially a black woman.

Within my first year of searching for businesses to patronize since I left my hometown, I discovered Phancy Skin owned by Janetria Oliver. She’s the best esthetician I know hands down and I’ve been going to her for all of my grooming needs.

What went from a business relationship grew into a friendship as I admire Janetria for running a thriving, professional, black owned business for years!

Website: tinabrown.realdallasproperties.com

Instagram: @Ask_Tina_Realtor

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