In Good Company: Tammy Johnson
At Mark Spain Real Estate, one of our core values is to lead with a servant’s heart. Tammy Johnson, one of our Exclusive Listing Consultants, has really done well in exemplifying that value. Tammy started with the Mark Spain Real Estate team at the beginning of October 2020, after being laid off from her job due to the covid shutdown. As she began evaluating career paths, she knew she was capable of more. After speaking to one of our talent specialists, who saw in Tammy infinite potential, she decided to pursue her goal of becoming a real estate agent. We cannot wait to see her thrive!
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Tell us about you, Tammy! Where were you born, and what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I was born in Houston, TX then my family moved to California when I was very young. I was raised as a Preacher’s kid and grew up singing in church with my family and in a trio with my two sisters. Our family traveled throughout the United States for a good part of my early years holding evangelistic revivals at countless churches. We would open the program singing as a family followed by one of us being featured as a soloist, then Dad would preach. This was our routine for several nights in a row then we’d go to the next town and do it all again. Later, I traveled with my own children’s ministry with what we called “Kids Crusades”. This included life-sized characters, puppets, and illustrated sermons to capture the attention of the younger audience; their parents enjoyed it too. Our travels led us to Dallas, TX where I was a part of a major television ministry singing with the ensemble, choir, performing solos in the annual Christmas Musicals, and was the featured soloist in Israel during the television broadcast from Caesarea located on the banks of the Mediterranean. (There will be a book out one day to tell the rest of the story…)
Free time? What’s free time? I’m now a Mark Spain Real Estate Agent. Well… I’m working on my book and new music that I hope to have completed by next year. I also enjoy going to concerts and sporting events with my handsome husband, Shawn. The best part of my day is relaxing and watching our favorite shows on a variety of streaming services with our fur-babies; Diva-doggie, Roxey Starr, and the mischievous cat, Manny. We’ve learned to just enjoy the journey of life regardless of what we’re doing or even if the “agenda” is doing nothing. On Oct 14, 2017, we got married in New York City’s Central Park and that has proven to be the best decision I have made in my life!
When and how did you become a part of Mark Spain Real Estate?
Like many other people, I was laid off from my job due to the covid shut down early in 2020. I had been a Senior Executive Assistant supporting CEOs and CFOs for 2 decades but found myself unable to find a new job when covid took over the world. I had been actively looking for anything to get back to work to no avail. I then decided I needed to reinvent myself. I had worked in the mortgage industry earlier in my career but had never been on the Real Estate sales side of the business. I was contacted by a Mark Spain Real Estate recruiter, NiTasha, and after a few conversations, she shed light on my skill-set that has NOW proven to be a HUGE asset as a successful Agent at Mark Spain Real Estate – Administrative and Organizational skills. This recruiter was proven to be like my angel from heaven that saw in me what I could not see. This past year working for Mark Spain Real Estate has been LIFE-CHANGING for me, and my family, and has changed the trajectory of my future. I must say – THANK YOU!!!
How long have you been involved in real estate and where?
I’ve been working with Mark Spain Real Estate for just over one year as a full-time Exclusive Listing Agent. I have worked in the mortgage business as a loan processer earlier in my career and more recently in other capacities of the mortgage industry but this is my one and only brokerage as a REALTOR®. Mark Spain Real Estate believed in me, has given me opportunities I never dreamed I could have, and now I’ve closed over 50 houses in ONE YEAR!!! Not too shabby for year ONE.
Why Mark Spain Real Estate?
The sky is the limit with this Brokerage. You can work at your own pace to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself. The company is constantly growing so there will be many future opportunities to come. The training department provides a variety of courses and online zoom classes to get you started in order to set you up for success. The rest is up to you to go out there and grab it. I love having control of my life in my own hands with the support of a company that cares about my future. I see it as a great partnership and a recipe for my success.
What have you learned the most from working at Mark Spain Real Estate?
There are new ways to sell properties and I’m a part of a company setting the pace for the way of the future. My clients enjoy the benefits of the Guaranteed Offer while having the option to list on the market if they choose. They love having the options and I enjoy guiding them through the process. I’ve learned that every client is different and their scenario is unique. Caring for my clients and my teammates is an essential part of my day. I love my job and having the chance to meet so many amazing people.
What are your passions in life outside of work?
I put God first in everything I do and hopefully it shines through as I strive to encourage anyone and everyone I come in contact with. I believe my ministry background and heart for helping people are the HUGE reasons I have found success in this business. I believe that if you CARE for people then you can truly help them navigate through the biggest sale or purchase of their lives – their home. My passion? I want to be an encouragement and help others realize they can achieve their goals and reach their potential. I hope that through my music, ministry, and as a Real Estate Agent I can inspire someone to live their best life.
Who inspires you in life?
Dr. Laura, Joel Osteen, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, & books. I listen to satellite radio every time I’m in the car. Dr. Laura is a HUGE inspiration to me to be a better person, make the right decisions about LIFE, and (as she says) “do the right thing”. She often says “between now and dead is THIS how you want your life to be? If not, then change it”. So I did. I made a huge leap and moved from California to Nashville in 2015 to reinvent my life. Now, I’m a top agent at a top brokerage in the United States and found the love of my life waiting for me in Tennessee. I listen to the music of The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir because it’s uplifting, worshipful, and reminds me there’s more to life than my day-to-day stress and it keeps God very present on my daily drive. Joel Osteen is inspiring and gives me encouragement as I listen to his sermons in the car on my way to my appointments. His words uplift and remind me that with God’s help I CAN be all I want to be while staying positive about my future. The book “The Obstacle is the Way” describes how to take the things that were meant to destroy you and turn them into your greatest triumph. That is MY STORY….I was laid off during covid and was FORCED to reinvent myself, yet again. Now I’m a successful Real Estate Agent. Who knew? My only regret is that I didn’t choose this career sooner.
Tell us about the friendships you’ve made at Mark Spain Real Estate.
My Nashville teammates are unmatched. I enjoy the fact that we are not competing against one another but are always there to help in times of need. This is truly a team that I’m proud to be a part of. We are #1 for more than just our closing #’s, the “Nashville Ninjas” are a caring group of people helping our clients find their way to their dream homes.
What are you looking forward to this year?
I’m looking forward to meeting more amazing clients to help them through the process of selling their homes. On
a personal note, pre-covid I joined a fundraising event with the American Lung Association where we climbed a 45-story building (over 850 steps) in Nashville and Atlanta. I’m looking forward to participating in “The 2022 CLIMB” and hope some
of our Mark Spain Real Estate Nashville Agents will join me where we will be climbing the steps of Tennessee Titans Nissan Stadium in March. I’m also looking forward to traveling again exploring areas of the country I have not visited before plus going back to a few places I have been to share those sites with my husband, Shawn. Perhaps I’ll find some time to finish writing that book I mentioned and record some music again. Most importantly, I’m striving to be a blessing somehow, someway to everyone I meet wherever my journey leads.
From the team
“Tammy is one of the hardest working and most detail-oriented people I’ve ever met! She sets lofty goals for herself and runs after them with a tenacity that is unmatched. Tammy also has a huge heart and cares deeply for her clients and teammates; she does everything in her power to help them achieve their real estate goals!” – Brett Huelsman, Nashville’s Director of Sales.
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