In Good Company: Lori Parrish
At Mark Spain Real Estate, one of our core values is to lead with a servant’s heart. Lori Parrish, one of our Exclusive Listing Consultants, has really done well in exemplifying that value. Lori has had a passion for real estate all her life. Her family has been in the industry since 1940 and this has nurtured her love for real estate from a young age. She started with the Mark Spain Real Estate team at the end of February in 2021, after reaching out to us regarding our Guaranteed Offer program and our career opportunities.
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Tell us about you, Lori! Where were you born, what do you enjoy in your free time?
I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, a true Native Unicorn! I grew up on the East side of town off of Monroe Road by East Mecklenburg, in a
neighborhood called McClintock Woods.
In my free time, I love to read books and most of the time I’m reading 2-3 books at a time. I am also a Certified 200hour yoga instructor and owned a yoga studio for 2 years before covid. I work out three times a week (a MUST) and I love going to my neighborhood park. I love to grill out with friends and spend time with my dog Duke! I love to walk and travel, I was a flight attendant for 9 years.
When and how did you become a part of Mark Spain Real Estate?
My father passed away in November 2020. I called Mark Spain Real Estate to see if I could sell a property he owned quickly. My colleague, Elizabeth Whetstone, called to set up an appointment to go over my options. I informed her that I was a licensed agent and since it didn’t qualify for a guaranteed offer, I would list it on market myself. We started talking, and an hour later she said, “I really think you would be a great fit with us at Mark Spain Real Estate”, 6 months later here I am writing this!
How long have you been involved in real estate and where?
On Sundays my parents and I would drive around Charlotte looking at houses, I was 8 years old when that started. My grandparents had a Real Estate Company in the 1940s in Virginia called Key Realty. My father was the youngest person to obtain his real estate license in Virginia at the age of 16. I have had a passion for real estate all of my life, and I tell people it’s definitely in my blood!
What have you learned the most from working at Mark Spain Real Estate?
The best takeaway I have learned from working at Mark Spain Real Estate is that I love working with a team! I love being held accountable. Going through the grieving process is unexplainable, and to be able to see people on a zoom meeting who truly care about each other is such a blessing. To be able to take nuggets from every meeting and add value to my business is priceless! I am forever grateful to my Director Rachel, ADOS Suzi, all my teammates (even the Nashville Ninjas) for believing in me when sometimes I don’t believe in myself.
What are your passions in life outside of work?
My passions include obtaining my General Contractors license, and I hope to live out my dream by developing land one day… I also want to travel and of course, help my clients reach their goals when selling and buying real estate. I absolutely LOVE helping people, not just my clients, my teammates as well. I really want to get back to Volunteer work and look forward to Realtor Care Day every year in Charlotte and helping Habitat for Humanity build houses.
Who inspires you in life?
The people that inspire me the most are my team, clients, friends, and of course my dad, who inspired me while he was dying to always do your best and give whatever you are doing your all. To never forget where you come from and resilience.
Tell us about the friendships you’ve made at Mark Spain Real Estate.
The friendships I have made here at Mark Spain Real Estate have literally been life-altering. I know that all the people here at Mark Spain truly care for each other and my friendships here will last a lifetime. The kind, and understanding support through real estate and life, in general, is truly a blessing. All my friendships here will be treasured forever…To know that you can reach out anytime and someone is always there, you can’t put into words what that means.
What are you looking forward to this year?
This year I am looking forward to helping as many clients get to their next adventures in life, obtaining my General Contractors License, and be a mentor for new agents to the team. I want to encourage everyone to love life, never ever take a moment for granted! Every second counts! BE Present! The sky is the limit! Be the light in someone’s life!
From the team
“We were excited when Lori joined our Charlotte team as an Exclusive Listing Agent. It was clear very quickly that Lori led with a servant’s heart, and was going to be a great addition to our team and the company! Lori is going to make a big impact as we continue to grow to serve more clients and markets in the months and years to come!” – Rachel Alles, Charlotte’s Director of Sales.