Interview: Tanya Lavoie with Gary Greene Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate

Tanya Lavoie, Real Estate Professional
Tanya Lavoie, Real Estate Professional

Tanya Lavoie is a successful Real Estate professional with Gary Greene Better Homes & Gardens in the Houston, Texas area.  She is the mother of two teenage daughters and the director of a thriving networking group for women.

“Look for support.  Be with people who will support and teach you.  Be gentle with yourself – life has a learning curve. “

MG:  Sum up your business in three sentences or less.

TL:  I am a realtor who specializes in residential homes.  I am a relocation specialist and enjoy finding homes for folks who are relocating from out of state.  I work with buyers and sellers

MG:  Where do you sell your products?

TL: Magnolia, The Woodlands, Spring areas

MG:  Why did you choose to start your business?

TL: Looking to be self employed.  I needed a flexible schedule.

MG:  Where do you find new clients?

TL: Referrals!

MG:  What makes your product or service different?  Why should someone purchase from you instead of your competition?

TL:  5 Star Customer Service

MG:  For whom are you thankful?

TL:  My clients, friends, family.

MG:  What are some of your favorite books?

TL:  Water for Elephants,  Think and Grow Rich

MG:  Define your style?

TL:  CASUAL!

MG:  Tell me about your typical day.

TL: Up at 5am to take my daughter to swim practice.  I make sure the animals are fed and walked.  I check my emails and facebook account.  By 9am I am working with clients, networking, or learning about real estate.  By evening my mom hat comes back on!

MG:  How do you juggle work and family?

TL:  By juggling!  It is not always easy.  A planner and setting boundaries is necessary.  I am not always perfect – especially since I want to be there for everyone!

MG:  Three tips you would like to give to moms who are thinking about starting their own business?

TL:  Look for support.  Be with people who will support and teach you.  Be gentle with yourself – life has a learning curve.  Be good at time management and set priorities.

MG:  How have you grown as a person since starting your company?

TL:  I am still learning.  I have learned to say NO to some clients who might not respect my time.  I have learned to carve time for family and for myself.  I give a lot to my clients but now I have learned to turn off my phone, or take at least ONE day off.  I like to help new business owners grow.

MG:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

TL:  With an assistant and my broker’s license.

MG:  What else would you like to add?

TL:  Have FUN!


Connect with Tanya Lavoie:

Website:  www.livinginthewoodlands.com

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/livinginthewoodlands

Twitter:  @tanyashoutsout

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