Paris J. Pinkney Realtor | eXp Realty

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?
When I was in college, I worked as an orientation student coordinator, so I was able to plan orientation for the incoming classes coming from all over the world. I was able to meet people from over 90 different countries and help welcome them to the university.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up on the West Side of Chicago.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
When I’m stressed I like to go on a walk on the walking trail by my house and listen to the “Hamilton” soundtrack. For some reason it really helps me wind down.

What do you love most about the industry?
What I love most about the real estate industry is being able to interact with so many different people — from prospects, clients, other agents, lenders and more! I’ve cultivated so many amazing relationships that will last a lifetime.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I make sure to distinguish myself by focusing on what I can do for others. So many times agents tend to focus on what other people can do for them, like becoming their client, but I try to make it all about the clients.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
The most difficult aspect is being able to manage your time, between working with clients, attending networking events, making time for marketing and more. It can get to be a lot.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
Always be your most authentic self and don’t be afraid to tell people who you are, what you do and what you have to offer! Authenticity is the most powerful frequency, and it gravitates people towards you.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment was graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2021 with honors. This is one of the top 20 public universities in the world!

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?
Any time I get some free time, I binge-watch “Grey’s Anatomy.” I love it; it’s like a comfort show for me.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
I know this is cliche, but, of course, the Sears (Willis) Tower!

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
When I showed a four-unit building in the city, there was a family of squatters, and I honestly didn’t know what to do! My clients and I were so surprised, they didn’t want to proceed with a property that had squatters.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
Cancun! You can never go wrong there. I love the energy, I love the sun and it’s always a great time!

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Make yourself and what you do known! Spread the word.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
My favorite real estate iPhone app is definitely HomeSnap. It makes the job 10 times easier, and who doesn’t love receiving accolades for their hard work!

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?
My favorite people to follow on social media are Stormy Wellington, Carrie Little and Daphne Pinkney.

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