It all started when...
Amy Walter is a Northern Kentucky native, mother and real estate agent who grew up in Edgewood, Kentucky. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy prior to attending Thomas Moore College where she received her Bachelor's degree in elementary education. She pursued her masters degree in education reading and writing at Northern Kentucky. Following her Master’s degree, she taught for several years. She gave birth to a beautiful baby boy who was diagnosed with autism. With a growing family and an unexpected roadblock placed in her journey, she decided to leave the workforce to support her son. “It became my life goal to take care for him, advocate for him and be his biggest support,” Amy said. “Life happens and brings us changes we don’t expect.”
Amy’s dedication to her three children for 10 years as a stay-at-home mom bridged her transition from a career in education to real estate. As she entered the workforce again she needed a flexible career that would allow her to continue taking care of her children. As a stay-at-home mom she was an avid fan of HGTV remodeling shows and from there she found her passion for staging homes. Her creativity from teaching for several years would later be translated into staging her own home to be sold. After receiving great feedback from the sale of her home, she admits it felt natural for her to explore real estate as a career. Real estate gives her the flexibility she needs while also tending to her knack for creativity and teamwork with clients. From there, her new career began to blossom.
Amy’s family is situated in Northern Kentucky where she continues to sell residential properties. Amy is one of the twelve newest agents to join our brokerage at the highly anticipated Florence, Kentucky office. Her ability to be a full-time mom to all three children while being a real estate agent is a constant balancing act, but her passion for the industry is what drives her to be great every day.
Why Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty?
“I realized over time I wanted a brokerage that not only had a recognizable brand name, but a name that stood for quality and high standards. Coming from a previous brokerage with a family atmosphere, I was surprised when I met with David, Kim and Carly. This brokerage has already opened my eyes in realizing you can have high standards while still feeling like a family. I knew BHHS Professional Realty was the place for me.”
What differentiates the Florence, Kentucky market from others in the area?
“Florence is a very large city with a wide variety of areas and a diverse population. It serves many different clients from first-time homeowners to buyers searching for a two story home with a patio to fit their family’s needs. There’s something for everyone in Florence.”
How do you maintain work-life balance being a realtor while still being available to your clients?
“It’s an everyday challenge. Some days are much smoother than others and there are also times when I don’t stop working until two in the morning. I love the flexibility that comes with being a professional in this industry, but balancing work with home life is just another part of what we do.”
How do you stay self-motivated being a realtor?
"This is also something I work on all the time. I am a part of several groups online for professionals to share success stories and build each other up. By working with these people and networking I get to learn from them. When I was a teacher I found that my best ideas came from other teachers and that definitely carries over into real estate. These groups help motivate me to continue to grow and remain creative.”
What is one thing you believe every house must have?
“Every house must have a fireplace! For me, a fireplace means “home”. Not to mention, it’s the perfect place for our family to put the Christmas tree each Winter.”
What is your specialty in this profession?
“Staging is my specialty. This is a way for sellers remove themselves from looking at the house as their home. This is a huge challenge for sellers because they are emotionally attached to a point where they don’t want to look at their home through a buyer’s eyes. I walk from room to room with each seller to talk about what should be minimized to make the home attractive to anyone who walks through the front door.”
What advice do you have for homebuyers in their search for the perfect home?
“Remember the items in the home you’re looking through do not stay in the home after purchase. Buyers either get turned off by decor or fall in love with it and they take this too much into consideration when deciding if that home fits their needs. My motto is make, see and be yourself at home. These three core ideas exemplify what a buyer should looking for: a place you can make yourself at home, see yourself being at home and be yourself when you’re at home. If you don’t feel those three ideas it’s probably not the home for you.”
Describe your most unique interaction with a client.
I had clients who relocated to another state after selling the home they built together with the expectation it would be their forever home. They raised their family there and it contained all their children’s favorite memories. Selling this home was very bittersweet.
The wife contacted me after they settled in their new home. She asked if she could share a poem her daughter wrote. The poem brought me to absolute tears. She wrote about every moment they had in their house and what it meant to her. The poem spoke about growing up there to standing on the front porch rail pretending to fly. I had the opportunity to share this poem with the new homeowner. It was so special and I think about them often when I drive down their road. A house does become a home and although you may have to leave it, those memories always stay with you.
Your favorite restaurant in Northern Kentucky?
What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?
Creative, caring and the one who keeps it all together
Large kitchen or large family room?
Both! And I have to be able to see my family room through my kitchen.
What is your favorite way to spend your weekend?
Watching old Hallmark Christmas movies
What’s your ideal vacation getaway spot?
Somewhere cold... Canada or Maine. I took my kids to Hershey Park this fall and it was the best vacation ever!
You cannot go a day without ______.
A hug from my kids
What would be your alternate profession?
I would be a mom who invents things. I come up with ideas all the time, but I don’t have the time to bring them to light. I create ideas in my head for my son with special needs and I would love to bring them to fruition.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Having my three kids
What are you looking forward to in 2018?
I set short-term goals to get to the next point of where I want to be in the next few months. However, my longest goal is to establish the Northern Kentucky office within the next 3-5 years. I want to make the BHHS Professional Realty office absolutely amazing and the go-to place for real estate in Northern Kentucky.
Are you involved in any outside organizations?
I try to get involved with my children’s school and church. I volunteer often, but my main focus is Autism awareness. I am a supporter of anything that raises awareness for the growing cause whether that’s my license plate or on my website. One of my goals is to make the world a more open and welcoming place for all children and individuals with special needs. I often say: