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Rising Stars: Meet Marcie Casey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcie Casey.

Hi Marcie, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Where I grew up, there were only a few places that would hire a 14 year old. As a result, my first part-time job was at the grocery store. There I was blessed to take on a fair amount of responsibility at a young age. It was this experience and connection to my mentor that lead me back to the industry after college. For the first 15 years of my adult life, I went headfirst into the grocery business. I learned everything from cuts of meat to earning my pharmacy tech license. During that time, I moved all over the Midwest with various roles climbing the corporate ladder and making my way to my goal of Store Director. It was a great career with lots of wonderful people helping me along the way. In 2020 I decided that while I enjoyed my job at the grocery store, I had never really ever considered anything else. The retail industry is extremely competitive, high stress, and physical work. All things I loved when I started. After some deep soul searching, I decided that I needed a change away from retail life. I still to this day sometimes wonder why or how I decided to walk away, but I continue to come back to a quote I read later in the summer of 2020. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” John A. Shedd

In July 2020, I started a new journey in the real estate industry. My first stop was to pass my Realtor exam and sign on with ReeceNichols. I have enjoyed their “hometown” feel while still providing access to resources and companies throughout the world. The year has gone by so incredibly fast and I’m excited about the direction my business is heading. While I still have much to learn and opportunities to explore, real estate is really not much different than selling groceries. I am passionate about going all-in for my clients and making sure that we leave no stone unturned throughout the process. The thrill of marketing a listing and getting top dollar for my client, along with educating first-time homebuyers, have quickly become my favorite parts of the business.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
This question makes me smile. I still have dreams about making sure the produce is fresh and that there’s a checker at 5am. That will always be a part of me. Taking on this new challenge has been such a shock to the system. At first, I was totally focused on the training and setting up my business all over the internet. Then came my first clients and closed deals. Life was good. Then I hit a big LULL. Buyers wanted to wait until summer and my listing pipeline was low. What have I done?! Thankfully, my business background of planning and budgeting has served me well. I stayed dedicated to the marketing and growing my circle of influence (a new term for me). As of today, I have a solid pipeline and am looking forward to a busy summer. More than anything, I’ve learned to trust myself and enjoy making my own path.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My role as a Realtor thus far has been a very rewarding and motivating career change. While there are a large number of agents all over the Kansas City Metro, I find that each agent has their own unique way of doing business. I have found my experience in opening grocery stores has proven to be handy when marketing properties and coaching first-time home buyers. When it comes to listing properties, I put a lot of focus on the presentation of the property for both in person showings and virtually. I’ve been known to clean windows, leave fresh flowers on the counter, provide rental furniture, and do a mid-day floor sweep to keep the home in top condition for potential buyers. I truly believe that these extra touches will equate to even more money for my seller clients. When it comes to coaching first-time home buyers, it’s important to me that I not only spend time with them to find the home that is best for their needs, but to also have them walk away learning valuable information for the future. We meet for a buyer consultation before we ever get started viewing properties and take the time to really understand the process. It’s an extra touch that not all agents provide but makes for a much smoother transaction down the road.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
I was fortunate to grow up on the edge of town with salt of the Earth neighbors. Georgia, one of our elderly neighbors, was one of my best friends. After school, I would head directly to her house for my daily turkey sandwich and peanut butter Twix. We played countless games of Old Maid and Uno. We were loyal viewers of The Wheel of Fortune and Kansas City Royals baseball games. As I got older, after school activities took the place of visits to Georgia’s house. Today, I think of her often as I cross paths with young people. I can only hope they enjoy their time with me as much as I loved my time with Georgia.

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