We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracy Graham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Let me first say that I am not and have never been a huge risk taker. I would much rather be comfortable and just let life move merrily along. However, starting my career in real estate was the ultimate risk for me! A little background…I was a teacher and coach for 20 years in the Dallas area. I loved what I did and I loved working with kids and mentoring young adults. My children also attended the school I taught at so I enjoyed getting to see them every day and be a part of all the fun. To leave that perfect scenario was going to take a huge amount of talking with the Lord.
I had felt a nudge the past year to take a leap of faith and step out into a new career. There were many moments during my quiet times, that the Lord would just reveal different things to me. Finally, after nudge number 3, I was like, “OK Lord, You have my attention.” I was approached by a very dear friend to join his real estate team. I passed my real estate exam shortly after and never looked back.
There is something extremely freeing when you know you are in the will of God. He never said it would be easy, but He promised to be by my side. Real estate is very challenging, especially right now in this market, but it is also crazy fun! I absolutely love getting to meet new people that end up becoming life-long friends. God is good!
What should our readers know about your business?
I am very fortunate to work as a real estate agent with Rogers Healy and Associates. We are a forever growing and changing brokerage that still tries to keep our business simple: take excellent care of the clients. Real estate is a very hard industry, especially now, but it is truly amazing watching our clients win. I have learned that if I am true to me and I carry myself in a professional manner while putting the client’s needs first, good things happen. I want to be the name people think of when they decide to buy or sell their next home. Mainly because they know I will care for them and work harder than anyone else to meet their needs.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have lived in Dallas for almost 30 years and there are so many amazing places to visit. Of course, you have to go see one of our many professional teams whether it be the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Dallas Cowboys or Texas Rangers. When it comes to food, Dallas is unmatched. From amazing BBQ spots like Hutchins and Hard Eight to grand steakhouses like Rick’s or Nick and Sams. Downtown McKinney has a very special vibe and takes you back in time to the old town square. The JFK Museum and George W Bush Presidential library are fun to explore. For a little country flair, it’s a must to visit the Fort Worth Stockyards. At Grandscape in The Colony there are so many fun places to shop, eat and watch concerts.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The very first person I want to shoutout is my Lord and Savior, Jesus. He prompted me and gave me the courage to take a leap of faith. Where He leads, I will follow!
The next person deserving of a huge shoutout is my husband. Brandon has been amazing from the very beginning. He believed in me and was so encouraging as I went on a totally different career path. He has been my biggest supporter and I’m so grateful.
My 4 children have been so supportive of me as well and deserve a huge shoutout! They are constantly cheering me on and sending me sweet messages of encouragement.
The next person I want to shoutout is JP Findley. JP saw something in me that I didn’t even know existed. He saw my will to fight. I have always been a competitor but he helped me see how that could help me become a successful agent in real estate.