In Good Company: Diane Dickinson
Diane Dickinson serves as an Exclusive Buyer Agent with our MSRE Raleigh team. Diane was born in Springfield, IL. Early in life, she moved to Yorktown Heights Westchester, NY then to Los Gatos, CA. Diane graduated from UCLA and went on to work in Boston and now North Carolina. She joined Mark Spain Real Estate in October 2018, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on our team. We are so excited to spotlight Diane Dickinson!
What drew you to Mark Spain Real Estate, Diane Dickinson?
I was recruited by my friend, neighbor and now mentor, Amy Hiott. After seeing me struggle with real estate, she would say “you need to get on a team.” I even ended up working at Target to get some extra money towards bills. I almost gave up on real estate but instead, I gave into Amy (she’s very persuasive). When I walked into the Mark Spain Real Estate office on my first day, I felt like a celebrity. They were literally cheering for me! The lessons I have learned from my MSRE family are invaluable.
How long have you been involved in real estate?
I’ve been involved in real estate for almost three years now. Prior to Mark Spain Real Estate, I felt like I was floundering. I had been a part of three other organizations but didn’t have the help and support I needed. I wanted to be a part of a team. When I heard about Mark Spain Real Estate, I was ecstatic!!
Why Mark Spain Real Estate?
The way the office was portrayed to me by Amy Hiott really was what made me want to give it one more shot. From Amy and Jay to Danielle, Brenda, Julie, Janna and everyone on our team, the people are amazing. I know I am where I belong, and it is only getting better. The dedication and respect the company shows towards its employees is unmatched. Now with our recent addition of more agents and a bigger space, there are even more opportunities to expand my learning and help others. There is some sort of secret sauce with our team, and I see it across the entire company as well.
What is your favorite part about the people you work with?
Our laughter and experiences are amazing! Of course, helping clients achieve their goals and getting to the closing table are some of the best parts as well. My motto is “I want each of my clients to think they are my only client from start to finish” – even though at any given time I have over six clients!
What have you learned the most from working at MSRE?
I’ve learned that you are never too old to learn in a new environment as long as you keep an open mind. Being with MSRE allows me to learn in an ever-changing workplace always looking forward to what’s next; it is so rewarding. What other companies are you able to interact with the founder, president and all of the executive team? Or suggest training and areas to improve on and they get back to you the same day with a solution, no lie!?!
What are your passions in life outside of work?
My children are my passion! My oldest son is newly engaged, my second son works for Epic Games as an E-Sports Coordinator for Fortnite. As for my twin daughters, one works in DC in forensic accounting and her sister is in Atlanta, GA taking time off before starting again with Cox Communications in the Wellness field.
What is a hidden talent that you have?
Being the daughter of an engineer, I have always liked putting things together: sewing costumes, remodeling my homes and more. Ikea instructions really get to me in a good way, but I especially love the home inspection area. I have built three custom homes and remodeled many others. I do all the repairs in my own home, except for electrical and, also all the upkeep of the landscaping. And yes, I am definitely in a lawn competition with my neighbors!
Who inspires you in life?
My family, my kids, my sister’s family and my MSRE family! They have all made me feel like “I can do it!”
Tell us about the friendships you’ve made at MSRE.
What you see is what you get at MSRE. You never have to second guess anyone. As a team, we are thriving!
What are you looking forward to this year?
The sky is the limit. I have so much self-confidence when it comes to real estate and if something holds me back, there is always someone there to help get me through it. That spirit exudes throughout our entire team and makes me want to pay it forward with others.
It is truly a gift to have come to this company, and now I know where I belong. I am not going anywhere anytime soon!
From the team:
“Diane Dickinson truly cares about her clients and treats them as family! Her love for this job shines through in all she does! I knew she had the drive and wanted to succeed in this business! And the icing on the cake is that she is such a kind soul.” – Amy Hiott
“When Diane enters your presence, you realize you are dealing with a professional who understands her clients’ needs and her empathy allows her to help them accomplish their goals even faster than they anticipated. She truly sees her role as a partnership standing side by side with her customers and walking with them through each step in the process.” – John Christy
“Diane is an incredible addition to our growing team here in Raleigh. She cares deeply about each and every one of her clients and doesn’t hesitate to go the extra mile to make sure that they have a top-notch experience. We’re so thankful to have her positive energy and caring spirit on the team.” – Jay Luebke
“Diane is so positive and cares so much about her clients. I am always so happy to work with her because I know she will take great care of every client and help them purchase their dream home!” – Brenda Simpson
“When I tell clients that Diane Dickinson will take great care of them, it’s absolutely true! She is a great agent and truly has a servant’s heart. We are so glad she is part of our MSRE family!” – Danielle Weeks
Interested in learning more about joining the Mark Spain Team and working with people like Diane Dickinson? Learn more here.