Introduce yourself and profession to our readers:
I am Sherkica Miller-McIntyre and by profession I am a Realtor and Property Manager, based in Charlotte, NC. Our firm facilitates the buying and selling of properties, in North and South Carolina, as well as provides property management services, in North Carolina for clients across the globe.
Additionally, apart from Carod Properties, I am the DIVA behind, Divas Doing Real Estate, serving as a Mentor, Financial Coach and Accountability Partner. Divas Doing Real Estate is an organization designed to encourage and empower women to pursue real estate ownership, investing and brokerage as a means of financial stability and freedom. AND most importantly, I am a wife and a mother of four incredible young people.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest?
Really…life and all of the dynamic lessons I have learned though my own experiences and those of my Real Estate clients and Property Management customers. The hills and valleys of my life, my own ill-fated first attempt at purchasing a home, my steer in investing and several key opportunities presented to me through what I can only explain as divine intervention, are my inspiration for everything, including real estate.
A series of life-changing circumstances that I had faith enough to take advantage of brought me to real estate, and was only fully realized through what is now Divas Doing Real Estate.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit?
If you’ve considered ownership, investing in Real Estate or making a career in Real Estate brokerage, dismissed the thought yet keep returning to it, just do it. Don’t let fear of the unknown be a deterrent. If it’s something you’ve truly thought through, weighed the pros and cons, and still have that desire.... then just do it scared! Don't wait for anyone to co-sign on your dreams and goals and just begin to take intentional action.
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it:
As I’ve stated, I’ve begun a separate venture called, Divas Doing Real Estate. Time and time again in my professional career, I would encounter tenants of properties my company managed who exhibited the same misconceptions about what it takes to buy real estate as I once did. They would talk themselves out of exploring the ability to buy and thusly resign themselves to paying someone else’s mortgage by renting, indefinitely. That coupled with the fact that women, especially minority women, are so drastically underrepresented in real estate ownership, weighed on my mind for years. I was that person, many years ago and I had both a DIVA-friend and mentor introduce me to both homeownership and investing in my mid 20's. And I have been intrigued ever since.
As a Property Manager, I work for property owners and could not ethically counsel their tenants about foregoing being a renter for the pursuit home ownership. And as a Realtor, with a passion for working with investors, I found myself mostly assisting male clients in portfolio building. So, I changed the game…for me anyway and hopefully for the women’s lives I’ve touched. In 2017, I established Divas Doing Real Estate to speak to, counsel, and motivate women in the pursuit of the completely attainable goal of, not only home ownership, but real estate investing. Divas Doing Real Estate was launched to Empower, Enrich, and Encourage women to achieve their financial freedom and build their legacy through Real Estate. For me, it has been more than overcoming a professional challenge. It has been destiny fulfilled.
What is next for your brand/business in 2017?
In short…BIGGER and BETTER! I have had an overwhelming response to Divas Doing Real Estate, in a relatively short time. I can only imagine and plan for a greater response and continued positive results for the women that seek out my services and professional guidance and intervention. I feel as though I am nestling into both my true passion and my purpose.
I am solidly committed to both my corporations. However, a greater awareness of Divas Doing Real Estate is my focus for the remainder of the year. Building a tribe of like-minded, Divas Doing Real Estate is my goal.
I want to do whatever is in my power to bring a consciousness to those that would otherwise deny or delay their homeownership or investment goals. Everyone has their pathway to financial freedom, security and wealth building, real estate is mine and I want to share the possibilities with as many women as I am capable.
How can readers connect with you online and through social media?
I would absolutely love to connect with the readers. Scheduling a Dream Session online is the best way to connect with me one or one @ www.divasdoingrealestste.com/services
Also, we may connect on Facebook and Twitter. Instagram is a work in process but we are getting there!