Rising Star

published in February 2020 issue of Cleveland Real Producers

written by Chris Menezes

Fear holds us back from our true potential. Learning to get out of our own way, to let go of our comforts and take a step into the unknown, can open endless possibilities. Allie Carr knows this better than anyone. It took her four years after becoming a REALTOR® to let go of her of a steady paycheck and see what could happen if she committed to her business full-time.

 

Allie’s first taste of working as an independent contractor was when she started modeling part-time at age 18. Making relatively good money early on (on a per-job basis) made it difficult for her to get excited about the limited entry level opportunities available post-graduation from Denison University with an Economics degree, especially during the recession.

 

Instead, she went to business school at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, thinking perhaps she would run her own company one day or find a calling there. She took a number of leadership positions there and ultimately became more focused on learning investment banking at her father’s boutique firm.

 

After obtaining her MBA, Allie thought it best to join a larger company like KeyBanc Capital Markets and was excited about working on the trading floor. About a year into her tenure, she felt the corporate structure wasn’t for her. It took another year for her to abandon the position she worked hard to obtain, in hopes of pursuing a career she could be passionate about.

 

Without a plan in place, Allie moved in with her in-laws-to-be in Aurora to figure out her next move. Her cousin (more like a sister), a successful agent in Boston, invited her to move and join her team, but Allie and her fiancé were committed to Cleveland and in 2014, she got her license in Northeast Ohio instead.

Fear holds us back from our true potential. Learning to get out of our own way, to let go of our comforts and take a step into the unknown, can open endless possibilities. Allie Carr knows this better than anyone. It took her four years after becoming a REALTOR® to let go of her of a steady paycheck and see what could happen if she committed to her business full-time.

Allie’s first taste of working as an independent contractor was when she started modeling part-time at age 18. Making relatively good money early on (on a per-job basis) made it difficult for her to get excited about the limited entry level opportunities available post-graduation from Denison University with an Economics degree, especially during the recession.

 

Instead, she went to business school at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, thinking perhaps she would run her own company one day or find a calling there. She took a number of leadership positions there and ultimately became more focused on learning investment banking at her father’s boutique firm.

 

After obtaining her MBA, Allie thought it best to join a larger company like KeyBanc Capital Markets and was excited about working on the trading floor. About a year into her tenure, she felt the corporate structure wasn’t for her. It took another year for her to abandon the position she worked hard to obtain, in hopes of pursuing a career she could be passionate about.

 

Without a plan in place, Allie moved in with her in-laws-to-be in Aurora to figure out her next move. Her cousin (more like a sister), a successful agent in Boston, invited her to move and join her team, but Allie and her fiancé were committed to Cleveland and in 2014, she got her license in Northeast Ohio instead.

 

Allie entered real estate cautiously and became an assistant to learn the business while hopefully getting a few sales under her belt. She did that for two years and then welcomed the opportunity to lease up an 81-unit apartment in her favorite Ohio City neighborhood while it was being historically renovated. Listing and selling properties was always her focus, but it was difficult for her to give up a steady income. “I was always nervous to leave a steady check,” she says.

 

Even after making the decision to finally focus fully on real estate and leave her management position, Allie allowed fear to creep in and she became an Uber Eats driver for a single day wondering if house sales alone would be enough to sustain her mortgage. In that one day, she finally concluded she would simply have to make business happen for her in real estate.

 

On a dreary December day in 2017, she picked up her phone and started calling For Sale By Owners. Those calls over the course of a week turned into a listing and things started to pick up from there. She has never had to make another cold call since having grown a loyal customer base and steady referral business.

 

Once Allie made the commitment to building her business, she sold almost three times as many homes as she had the prior year. She made it a goal to continually sell more than the year before while maintaining the same high level of service, which she has consistently done ever since. Last year, she sold $13.25M and this year she’s on track to sell over $15M.

 

While Allie has enjoyed growing her own business, she has recently found a new passion in helping to build the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty presence and experience, on Cleveland’s west side, as the lead agent of their Gordon Square office.

 

“I love our company and believe in it. I think seeing our agents gain and grow their success makes me happier than building my own numbers! Growing business alongside others is much more fulfilling than doing it on one’s own,” says Allie.

 

When Allie isn’t focusing on clients and the office, she loves spending time with her daughter, Logan, her husband, Alex. She also loves going on runs, bike rides, kayaking during warmer months, skiing during the colder months, and yoga regularly.

 

Giving back is also very important to Allie. Her favorite non-profit is Project Preemie, which supports NICU nurses and families with children in the NICU. They supported Allie just this last year, when Logan was born five-and-a-half weeks early and spent a month in the NICU.

 

“It was the hardest month of my entire life, but it instilled in me a deep sense of gratitude, as well as a commitment to helping others,” she says. “That’s what life is all about.”

 © 2014 by Allie Carr  ©2020 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity.

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