We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Schneider and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always been someone that thrives on setting my own path and dictating my own success. I’ve tried working in a traditional office setting for someone else, and it’s just not for me. I feel stifled and unmotivated when I know there is a limit to my growth and earning potential. Plus, I love a good challenge and nothing is more challenging than trying to start a successful business from scratch.
What should our readers know about your business?
In this current market, you can’t walk down the street without running into someone who is a real estate agent, or thinking about becoming one. It’s understandable. The market is really hot right now and there are a lot of opportunities. But not all agents are created equal, and I pride myself in standing out amongst the crowd. Real estate isn’t just a transaction. It’s a major life decision with large financial implications and requires an agent with experience, fortitude and great customer service. Getting your real estate license is easy, but being a great agent is not. It takes a lot of self-driven education, desire to grow, and the ability to listen and understand the needs of your client. Working with buyers in this market can be heart-breaking because inventory is low and demand is high. I’ve had to learn to quickly adapt to the demands of the market and ensure that I am managing buyers’ expectations while also empowering them to be successful.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My husband and I recently renovated a home at the entrance to Palmer Park, so being able to step out my front door and navigate this mountainous urban park in the middle of the city is one of my favorite things to do with friends or family. I love planning an active day in the mountains with a relaxing evening exploring the up and coming food and drink scene in Colorado Springs. Some of the best places to refuel include Cowboy Star, Streetcar 520 and Pig Latin Cocina, followed by cocktails at either The Principals Office, Cork & Cask or Shugas.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, Lindsey Meringer, has been the biggest driver in the success of our real estate investor business and my personal real estate agent business. In 2015 we made the joint decision to explore real estate as a means of building wealth for the future and both dove head first into learning everything we could. We purchased our first investment property in 2016 and as our rental portfolio continued to grow, so did my love of real estate and my interest in making it a full-time career. Lindsey’s encouragement and support is what ultimately gave me the confidence to quit my well-paying office job in hopes of making it as an agent. He’s been there every step of the way: listening, advising and best of all, being my hype-man to anyone that will listen.