Serenity Barren Realtor

A. Progeny Global LLC

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?
Working as a radio personality highlighting underground music and entrepreneurs. I was called the Unicorn of Radio.

Where did you grow up?

Growing up, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be just like Raven Symone. Singer, dancer and actress. But I also wanted to be a lawyer lol.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
I podcast and I go to festivals in different cities.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Rihanna because she’s unapologetically herself and a mogul in business. Anything that she does, she succeeds at and it’s very inspirational.

What is Chicago’s best-kept secret?
The underground music scene is so vibrant and refreshing! You have to be in the know with the local DJs to find out about where the popping spots are for new music.

What do you love most about the industry?
I love the challenges that come with the drastically changing market. Everyday it’s something new to face and it really makes you a stronger agent. Coming in as an agent during the pandemic was scary but it’s really teaching me how to teach people about how to actively participate in a volatile market.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I’m 1000% the unicorn in the room. My vibrant style and unique approach to the real estate industry definitely turns heads. Looks may be deceiving but I thrive when I don’t look like or move like others.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
It may be gaining a good pipeline. I didn’t graduate from college, so I don’t know a ton of successful people who are ready to purchase. I have to work super hard to get people involved, but I guess thats the thrill of it.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
Get to know people. Social media is cool, but getting out there and networking in real life is still a vibe. Don’t start off being transactional because then you’ll only be seen as transactional. You want to be invited to the baby showers and cookouts.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
I would say having my investor clients has been the greatest accomplishment. I help them buy the properties, I project manage their rehabs and then I list them. Working all sides of the deal. I helped my first investor flip seven homes in a year-and-a-half and we are still going strong! They even referred me to my Atlanta client who’s flipping tons of properties, and I’m their boots on the ground!

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?
I’m binging “House of the Dragon” for sure, as well as “Raising Kanan.” I love a good drama. I’m reading “The Four Agreements” and “Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter” and of course, listening to Beyonce’s “Renaissance” daily.

What’s your favorite meal in Chicago?
I really love the dim sum in Chinatown as well as the small Chinese restaurants over there.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
I love the Marina City building! No matter what floor or side of the building you live on, there’s a spectacular view. I still want a home in there.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
A client who was securing a commercial property never showed up to the closing after six months of preparing her close. It was dreadful! We were all there and ready for it to be a grand celebration, and soon, all became awkward turtles lol.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?
I’m so prissy and delicate, it seems crazy that I actually put on flannels and steel toe boots to help renovate properties. It’s always a shock when I ask for the hammer or power drill. My family has a background in construction so it’s second nature to me.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
I really enjoy Puerto Rico and staying in the El Yunque forest. It’s a bit scary to get up the mountains, but the peace and fresh air is worth it. Wild horses, baby lizards that don’t bother you and the views are amazing.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Be the unicorn in the room. Always be yourself.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
Homesnap and Remine.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?
flippinheels, chicagoagentmagazine, ryan serhant and all pages that are about renovating properties!

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