Hello SOTGCY community,
I had the pleasure of meeting Teri when her son Joel (who was our first SOTGC interview) referred me to her when I was looking for a real estate agent. When Joel first told me his Mom had been in the industry for years and was excellent, I looked him in the eye and said “Joel, you know how I am. I don’t want anything to affect our friendship so I need to know, honestly, if your Mom is going to be aggressive when I find what I want”. Joel laughed, looked me in the eyes and said, “Marney, my Mom doesn’t _______ around!”
I contacted Teri and we went over the typical information that one goes through when starting to look for a place. Teri spent hours sending me listings and going over ideas and suggestions. Then I hit a point where I needed to really be sure I was making the right financial decisions and so I stopped the process.
What impressed me the most with Teri was that she gracefully, and with no irritation, supported my decision to wait until I was more comfortable moving forward. She never pushed and never expressed anything but helpful ideas even though she had spent a good amount of her precious time working with me.
A year later we started the process again, and once I found what I wanted I realized that Joel was correct. His Mom made the process seamless and 45 days after the offer was put in I was moving into my gorgeous new condo. I would HIGHLY suggest Teri’s services for anyone in the greater San Diego who is looking to buy/sell their home.
Over the last few years I have gotten to know Teri as more than just my “buddy’s Mom” and my real estate agent. Teri has a huge and kind heart, is always superbly dressed, and her manners and etiquette are everything that CoCo Chanel described as “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”.
A big thank you to Teri for doing this interview, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed getting to know her.
What is the one trait you admire most in others?
What is the one trait you admire most in yourself?
Looking back at your career, what is the one thing internal to yourself that you believe held you back?
Looking back at your career, what is the one thing external to yourself that you believe held you back?
Nothing held me back!
Which inner most quality do you believe has helped you the most in your career?
Sensitivity to feelings of others
Which internal quality do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
Priority of family over work
Which external quality do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
What is the hardest lesson for working women to learn?
Life is not always fair
Favorite quote at the moment?
“The only real elegance is in the mind. If you’ve got that, the rest comes with it”.(Diana Vreeland, editor of Vogue magazine)
Which book is on your nightstand?
Daughter of Fortune by Isabelle Allende
Who is your favorite heroine in fiction (or on television/movies)?
The quality you admire most in a man?
In a woman?
Sense of Humor
A virtue you believe is underrated?
What is your idea of happiness?
A warm puppy
What do you value most in friends?
A good ear
What, in your mind, would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Loss of a loved one
What is your greatest fear?
I am claustrophobic
What is your greatest extravagance?
Jewelry ( and sheets )
What has been your most precious journey?
The past 41 years
In your career, what has been your greatest regret?
Not having more children
Which talent would you most like to have had in terms of your career?
To be able to anticipate the needs and concerns of my clients
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Where is my…………………?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising 2 wonderful and loving sons
What do you think is the greatest difference between our mother’s generation and our own?
Greater freedoms and opportunities
One piece of advice to young women in the workplace
Be sure of what you really want in life