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Life & Work with Kristin Mudgett

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Mudgett.

Hi Kristin, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My name is Kristin. I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and Realtor. I married in Vegas and had 2 of my three kids in Las Vegas. We moved to KC in 2004 from Nevada. This is my life “after having kids”. I remember sobbing in the back of my parents’ Lincoln. They were moving us from St Louis to a small town in Indiana my junior year of high school. This was my 7th move, my 7th house. I was 16.

I resigned when my daughter was born to become a stay-at-home mom. Before I knew it, I had 3 kids under the age of 3, and moved to KC where I did not know a soul. I was lucky to shower every other day, sleep-deprived, and not have friends or family around. I was blessed. I was lucky for these three beautiful babies, but I was lonely.

Probably had some post-partum, but this really was not talked about too much at the time. So, I fiddled around and tried to keep myself busy with a hobby for myself. Played with furniture arrangement, how space was used, paint colors, and decor. Read about the latest trends, and learn about the housing market and styles of homes. I loved it. I soon realized this helped my mood. I had joy in making my house a home. This became a strong value for me.

Fast forward 4-5 years and it is the beginning of the market crash. I knew it was bad but not the gravity the next few years would show us as I am taking the classes to get my real estate license. Ha. That was crazy of me. Here I am dreaming of showing and selling grand homes, everyone will be happy, and my business will be great. In reality, I sold 1 home my first year, and 3 my second year. I was spending more in fees to be a Realtor than I was making in commissions. The challenge for me to be profitable lasted another 3-4 years. But it was during this time that everything came together for me. I had an ‘ah-ha”. I am not selling.

I am not pushing anyone to buy or sell a home. This is not even about the “home”. It has and will continue to be about the people. The families. Just as I take pride in making my house a home for my family and the village we have made in KC. Your home is personal. This journey is your story. I have worked with families that lost their homes and had to sell, there were divorces, burying a loved one, a downsize because their kids are grown, selling because they lost their job, upsizing because they could, and first-time buyers.

Real estate is more than houses. It is the emotion that comes with it. Happy or sad. It is about the people. The journey, like my 7th move before graduating high school. It is not always easy.

I love it. I love being able to meet new people. And, if I have done this correctly, you trust me and we walked together to sell or buy your home. I would not change that. Most of my business is referrals and repeat clients. That makes my heart happy. I am grateful for my clients and lucky that most of them are friends today.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Realtor for 12 years, KC metro on both sides of the state line. I am most proud of the friendships and relationships that have formed during the process of buying or selling their home. The greatest compliment is they trust me, refer me and we are friends today. The majority of my business is referrals and repeat clients.

You have to be a good listener. You have to be able to communicate well and, in this market, you need to be patient and help your clients understand what to expect so they have the tools and information they need to make a decision that is best for their family. The market is a pendulum. It will always swing back and forth- so you are there to guide them. If you are not good with people, they will not trust you and they will walk away from you. And they should.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I am not sure luck is the word. But I have been fortunate to meet or run into some incredibly successful Realtors, lenders, inspectors, appraisers, and trade experts. You name it. Any time I can put myself around successful people, it only helps me learn, grow and be more well-rounded for my clients.

So, seek out those opportunities that might put you in a position to meet some talented individuals that are doing their job well. Learn from them.

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