We had the good fortune of connecting with Heidi Wendling and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heidi, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Commitment. Real Estate is such a competitive industry. It’s not something that can be a side job or even just a foot in. For me, it’s head first and all in! In order to provide the service your client(s) deserve, you must be fully focused, educated, responsive and in-tune with your local market. In growing my team, this is something I take very seriously when bringing on a new teammate. We are here to not only support our clients, but our respective team members. We are committed to being there for each other and carrying on a reputation of professionalism through the closing and beyond.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Becoming a successful Realtor in a crazy market that is already saturated with other real estate professionals was not an easy task. I had to believe in myself and know that this wasn’t just something I wanted to do because I thought it would provide flexibility and income to support my family. I decided to do this because I wanted to be known as YOUR local Realtor and Expert. I love working with people, touring homes and have a passion for decorating – stemming from my days of merchandising following college. The first couple of years were tough as we just had our first baby, Olivia, and have no family nearby for help. I had to learn the juggle of taking her with me to networking events, meetings or balancing with my husband’s job and travel schedule. Fortunately, she was an easy baby and enjoyed bringing her with me! I was determined to see my business take off, but definitely encountered times of doubt and frustration. It was difficult to see other signs go up in neighbors or friends’ yards however, I took that as an incentive to work harder to prove my worth to future clients. Real Estate, like any sales career, takes time to build. It doesn’t happen over night and have to remain committed to a long-term goal of success. Setting short-term goals on a regular basis keeps you on track and engaged with past, current and future clients. Through my years of experience, I have molded into the Realtor I am today and pride myself on prompt communication, positivity, competitiveness, attention to detail and ability to negotiate. I believe these are strong skills that combined, produce a successful Realtor.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The perfect week with my best friend would be kicked off with a day in downtown Denver at the Four Season Spa and outdoor pool followed by dinner on the patio at Rootdown. The next day would entail a long bike ride around the front range and Golden followed by a fun dinner with live music at the Buffalo Rose. After sleeping in and catching up over lost time, we would enjoy a sunny afternoon preparing for a fun night watching one of our favorite bands perform at Red Rocks. One day would be reserved for an afternoon of golf and pool at Rolling Hills Country Club, where we are social members. Another day would start off with a stairs workout at Red Rocks Amphitheater, brunch at the Blue Cow in Morrison and cruising around Tennyson Street where we may grab some gelato from Parisi! Our 6th day together would be a relaxing day at one of my favorite places in the city, Denver Botanic Gardens. We may even be lucky enough to catch one of the summer concert events and enjoy a bottle of wine. Our Last day together would wrap up with a hike in Boulder followed by a calm afternoon at the Farmer’s Market and a glass of wine from The Kitchen.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I attribute my success to a number of people. First off, my husband, John, has been my biggest advocate. We had to take the leap of faith together in switching careers as we knew both income and childcare were going to be an issue for a while. He’s been there from the very beginning and continues to find suggestions to help me and my teammates grow. We are a great together and is always the voice of reason! Second, in playing sports at a highly competitive level, that passion and drive for something never goes away. I find many correlations in the dedication of the sports I played and my success in real estate. The coaches I had directly affected my personal growth within my athletic career and specifically think of one coach, Gina Paolini, my club volleyball coach. She saw my potential and knew exactly how to push me. Because of her, I achieved a personal goal of playing at a Division I college. I’ve always been competitive by nature, but she taught me how to use that competitiveness to be a better, smarter player. Because of this, I am constantly finding ways to win. Whether it’s being hired by a new client or getting an an offer accepted amongst a multiple offer situation, you better believe I am going to do what it takes to win! Lastly, my parents deserve a huge recognition in my success. They taught me work ethic. From working as a Subway “Sandwich Artist” in the 8th grade, to taking on two summer-time jobs in college to pay of student loans and graduate in four years from The Ohio State University, I was taught to earn it! It was never just handed to me. I had to work for it and learned to appreciate it so much more because I had to earn it. They showered me with love and support throughout my childhood, but that is embedded in me and am grateful as it molded me to be a better person in my adulthood.