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Community Highlights: Meet Shaka Walker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shaka Walker.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I moved to Atlanta almost a decade ago with almost nothing to my name and only knowing a small handful of people. I started my career in sales because I knew it was a good way to make money and meet people in doing so. I found a lot of success working in sales and eventually started consulting which was great because I got to help people and companies fix problems all day long. However, something was still missing for me. I knew I could be more and I wanted to make an even bigger impact on people’s lives and help them achieve their dreams.

That’s when I decided to become a real estate agent and I knew that if I could help people create wealth through real estate, then I would be making a real difference in their lives. Becoming a real estate agent was also a childhood dream of mine so this was big for me. My first few years have been nothing short of amazing, to say the least, I have helped so many people and have had a lot of personal success.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
My first day as a Realtor was the day we all went into lockdown due to COVID. My initial reaction was that I had made the worst mistake of my life, I planned for there to be a time in which business would be slow at first but I did not prepare for this. When I decided to switch careers I “burned my boat” as they say and now the world as we knew it had shut down and I was told that I couldn’t leave the house let alone come in contact with people. I felt like I had failed before I even had a chance to start.

Lucky for me my partner, who is a real estate agent as well, encouraged me and assured me that we would find a way to adjust and continue the business. The pandemic brought about changes for all of us and as the world pivoted so did I. The biggest challenge was giving people confidence in me and in the market in a time that was often described as “unprecedented”.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
For me it’s all about the experience, that’s why I use a consultative approach to Real Estate instead of following a one size fits all model. Every individual is different and has their own problems and goals they want to achieve; my aim is to provide the best-personalized experience and produce the highest results for each of my clients. Last year I joined forces with my partner Bru Krebs after recognizing the unique opportunity we had to amplify the level of service we are able to provide each of our clients by working together. During the initial meeting with clients we focus on getting to know them, how they like to operate, what results they expect, and of course what they are looking for in their next home. We then build the experience around them; some clients want a little more attention and education while some clients just want us to handle everything and tell them when it’s time to sign and pick up their check. Working with Bru we are able to even match personality types with our clients since he is more type A and I more type B. Whether our clients are buying or selling we want to make sure they remember and want to talk about how great the experience was.

How do you think about happiness?
The thing that makes me happy is knowing that I have added value to the life of someone else. I love helping people, it makes me feel like I am fulfilling my purpose in life. I believe happiness is contagious so if you make enough people around you happy then it’s hard for you not to be happy yourself.

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