We had the good fortune of connecting with Marie-Noelle Metseye and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marie-Noelle, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I had a well-paid IT corporate job, and I was climbing the corporate ladder. At the same time, I felt that the fuel inside me was slowly dying, because I was not developing my full potential as a multi-faceted individual. I love my young kids, and I wanted to be supportive of them in school and their other activities. I also am passionate about advocating for children with special needs. I wanted to be able to pursue these personal goals, as well as have a challenging career. So, I wondered how my tech industry strengths and skills could transfer to something more meaningful. My Master’s in Computer Engineering shaped analytical thinking. I understand numbers, statistics, facts and figures. Additionally, I’m outgoing, and I love working directly with people. On top of that, I love home designs. After considering different career opportunities, I decided the real estate industry was my top choice. I started selling real estate part time for 3 years, while still working at my corporate job. It wasn’t easy to juggle between 2 jobs, on top of the family obligations, but my husband chipped in and supported me all the way. As I became more comfortable and confident about my new career, I made the jump to selling full time. I never looked back!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I love helping my clients invest in their future by buying or selling real estate. My clients work with me because I build the type of relationship where they’re able to trust me 100% and have complete faith that my number one priority is looking out for their best interests. I help them look at the big picture and focus on the most important things, whether it is buying a new home, selling the one they currently own or buying an investment property. Being a mom of a special needs child has taught me two key components that are very important skills in the real estate business: patience and resilience. I am able to leverage these skills when negotiating the best deal possible for my clients. I’m proud to work with RE/MAX Northwest because the company is transforming the real estate lifestyle by guiding agents like me through the process of building a consistent, sustainable, and profitable business that helps me achieve my life goals. At RE/MAX Northwest, the mantra is simple: “Work Hard. Be You.” There are many challenging aspects of the real estate industry, and I feel strongly that these two rules can conquer any obstacle. I don’t regret for a second that I made this career change when I see the smile and excitement of happy clients at the end of a transaction and I really love this lifestyle of entrepreneurship as it allows me to support my family and create freedom while making an impact in people’s lives.
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?
During the pandemic, I discovered hiking. Thankfully, my closest friends share that same passion with me. The Pacific Northwest has lots of beautiful places to hike. Therefore, we would probably go for a hike. I like Poo Poo Point trail and Granite mountains, though the ladder is a tough one! Depending on the time of the year, we would hang out at one the beautiful beaches in Kirkland. I would take her to Pike Place Market in Seattle downtown, and we will stop at Le Panier to enjoy awesome French pastry. Then, we’d have dinner Monsoon or Daniel’s Broiler in Bellevue downtown or Revolve in Bothell. I love the food and atmosphere there.
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My husband has been and is my greatest supporter. I always have his back, and he motivates me to keep pushing forward every day, and not to limit myself. We are a team and I count on him! My older sister has been in the real estate industry for 15+ years. Her motivation and mentorship helped ease the transition, even though she lives on the other end of the country. She knows the real estate industry ins and outs. She is always there to lift me up when I’m about to give up. She is a mentor and cheerleader. She especially taught me how to set boundaries in this business when people tried to take advantage of me.
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