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Life and Work with Dr. Lee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Lee.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dr. Lee. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in a real estate family — my parents were real estate investors. They purchased homes and apartments that they also managed. That taught me a LOT!

A couple of years after graduating from college and moving to Atlanta, I mimicked what my parents did in Michigan and began buying apartments. Things went well until the crash and recession of 2008. Most of my tenants lost their jobs and could not pay and then ALL of my properties lost their value in what felt like was overnight. I felt like I was drowning, so I had to find a different way to supplement my income.

I was “young and dumb” in my twenties, so I mistakenly thought being a real estate agent would be the right and stable career decision during the REAL ESTATE crash. Go figure! All I can say is I was “young and dumb.” As a new real estate agent, the traditional methods of sales (cold calling, door knocking, etc.) were not working for me. I am not against those methods but they just weren’t working for me as the crash was ensuing. But I got on a little, fairly unknown network called Facebook (it was only a couple of years old and it was not close to what it is today). My business flourished so much so that I had to form a team to help me keep up with the leads I was generating.

My real estate brokers/managers at the time took notice of what I was doing and asked me to come in and do some trainings to help the other agents in the office. I come from a family of educators (my great-grandmother, grandmother, granddad, and mother all have been educators), so teaching for me is something I have always done and enjoyed, from teaching ESL to working with Sunday School children. As a result, I realized that my path in real estate would be best served to educate others.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Based on my journey, my advice is to follow YOUR instinct. Each of our journeys is our own and we often have a vision or a vantage point that other’s just cannot see. Just like in a car, the backseat driver may not see the conditions on the road like us as the driver, people in our lives, even if they mean well, can’t see all that we see. I remember several people flat-out discouraging me from using Facebook in its early days. They said, “that site is just for kids/teenagers”, “You need to focus on your number of calls” and the like. But on my journey, I have learned that there is more than “one way to skin a catfish” as the “old folks” would say.

As a result, all of my business teachings revolve around helping people to “get in where they fit” — to Profit with their Personality. I 100% believe that we all have very unique God-given giftings that when we “play to those strengths”, we flourish. I saw it happen in my life and I see it happen every day I work with a client who has that “lightbulb, aha” revelatory moment.

Please tell us about Learn with Lee Coaching & Consulting.
Armed with degrees in business administration and legal studies, Dr. Lee is an award-winning real estate educator and thought leader. Dr. Lee speaks across the nation at various business meetings (including ToastMasters and Fortune 500 companies), universities as a guest professor, real estate associations, realty firms, and real estate conferences.

Additionally, Dr. Lee has article features in both a peer-reviewed publication (The Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education) and consumer reads including the Huffington Post, South Philly Review, the Detroit News, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Moreover, Dr. Lee has been a contributing writer to numerous trade publications including (to name just a few):

REALTOR® Magazine,
Training Magazine,
Real Estate Magazine,
Atlanta Agent Magazine,
RE Technology,
Arizona Realtor Voice,
KatieLance.com,
Follow-Up Boss (named a top 30 real estate coach),
RealEstateBees.com (named a top 25 real estate coach),
ActiveRain,
RESAAS (named one of the top 5 bloggers and top 6 real estate coaches)
Inman News (named one of the top 25 real estate coaches)

What Makes Dr. Lee’s Coaching So Uniquely Effective?

Praise for Learning with Dr. Lee.

To obtain her doctorate, Dr. Lee studied some of the top 1000 real estate agents in the U.S. and scientifically identified some key traits of top producers. From this innovative scientific research, Dr. Lee has developed personal and group coaching training classes and programs to help audiences grow their businesses based on today’s technology and their unique personalities.

Dr. Lee’s groundbreaking research has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of Real Estate Education and Practice (check out the abstract by clicking here). A less technical version of her inspiring research, available for everyday readers, can be found in the 5-star rated book, Profit with Your Personality: Learn How Top Producers Win at Lead Generation, and How You Can Too.

Praise for Dr. Lee’s Book

Dr. Lee adamantly believes: “Your business needs your personality!” You are ultimately the key ingredient to your differentiation and success; and, Dr. Lee helps you manifest the best you in business.

Dr. Lee’s Back Story
Dr. Lee, a Lifelong Learner

During the aftermath of the 2007 housing market crash, Dr. Lee desired to better serve those devastated by the crash. As a result, she obtained REALTOR® certifications as an Affordable Housing Specialist and a Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource. She helped numerous families emerge from “The Great Recession” with their housing needs met.

Furthermore, she has served as managing broker and mentor for one of Atlanta’s top RE/MAX franchises, RE/MAX Around Atlanta, at the time, home to over 90 of Georgia’s most successful real estate agents (who averaged over $140,000 in sales commissions at a time when the industry average was just around $40,000). At the same time, Dr. Lee was honored with a position on the advisory board at Kennesaw State University’s Center for Professional Selling, allowing her to impart into the program and its students during her management tenure with RE/MAX.

Dr. Lee is Nationally Acclaimed.

Now, Dr. Lee weekly helps sales professionals and organizations use today’s technology to work smarter, especially in real estate. She is honored to have training clients throughout the U.S. that have been recognized as the Top Thousand salespeople in the nation, making over $500,000 in income.

Personally, Dr. Lee has volunteered with her local REALTIST and REALTOR® association in several capacities, having been awarded the Five Star Circle of Service for exemplary service. Also, Dr. Lee is a licensed minister that has served in the ministry since she was a teenager in various capacities, including volunteering as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and Vacation Bible School (VBS) leader both locally and abroad in Asia and Europe.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Again, I would say follow your instinct, not backseat drivers!

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