It all started when...
A product of blue collar workers from Athens County, Ohio, Brenda Carsey grew up a people person surrounded by her family’s 32-acre campground. She moved to Columbus right out of high school without knowing this would be the place she called home; the city she always came back to. Brenda began working for several large, corporate companies in the construction development business including Castro, Taggart Marriott Reardon, and Excel. Her retirement plans landed her in Florida where she decided to pursue a real estate career. After receiving her license in Florida, her husband, Mike Carsey, was relocated to work at Lake Norman in North Carolina North Carolina. The couple traveled back to Columbus often to visit their three grandchildren. After 7 years of living and selling homes in North Carolina, they decided Columbus had their heart; their family.
“You think that you’re ready to move away and get out of the weather, but family is the most important thing. Although we made a lot of friends in North Carolina over those 7 years, we just didn’t have the family there,” Brenda said.
After getting started as an agent in Columbus, she transitioned brokerages to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty. She spends her time selling residential properties, but she also has experience selling commercial. Brenda prides herself on her ability to be personable through her business. She believes being a successful agent has directly correlated to how she has branded herself personally, but the BHHS Pro brand behind her provides the extra support and exposure to ensure she excels in the profession.
“As a real estate professional I’m in charge of branding myself to potential clients, but the BHHS Pro brand supporting me speaks volumes,” Brenda said.
How did you become interested in a career in real estate?
When I retired I was looking for a way to make a passive income that allowed me the freedom to see my family. I have always been a people person and I didn’t have great experiences with the agents who sold my homes. I quickly learned this is not a passive business. You have to give it your all.
How do you maintain work-life balance being a realtor while still being available to your clients?
I have to make my own personal time. I schedule business first then fill in the blank spaces with personal endeavors. My personal schedule can be changed, but business cannot. I frequently golf at The Golf Club at Little Turtle. Golfing allows me to connect with new people interested in my business while having fun doing something I personally enjoy.
What is one feature you believe every house must have?
Any house I’m going to buy has to have an outdoor space. This is my quiet place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine. A lot of houses don’t have that luxury, but I often tell my clients to imagine the possibilities they could create right outside the back door of their new home.
What is it like working in TheCarseyPros group with your husband?
My husband Mike and I work very well together. He helps with open houses, shows homes to buyers when I am double-booked and he shows commercial spaces for lease. Mike is my support system.
What advice do you have for homebuyers in their search for the perfect home?
It’s important that homebuyers are pre-approved. They need to be prepared to make an offer because the houses go quickly in this market. When deciding on an agent, buyers should choose someone who is experienced and who they feel has their best interest at heart. Trust the advice of the professional.
Your favorite hangout spot in Columbus?
We love to hangout at Pastime Pub & Grill in New Albany. We also spend a lot of time at The Golf Club at Little Turtle.
What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?
Fun, competitive and dedicated
What is your favorite way to spend your weekend?
I love entertaining my grandchildren and golfing on the weekends.
Why Columbus, Ohio?
The quality of life here is amazing and the city has so much to offer. It’s the restaurant test market, there’s great shopping, even better food and professional sports. Columbus has so many phenomenal qualities. As a Columbus Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Brenda is very connected to what's happening in our city which is a great asset to new clients moving into the area.
What’s your ideal vacation spot?
I love the beach in Siesta Key, Florida. I also love traveling to outdoor destinations.
If you weren't in real estate, what occupation would you pursue?
I can't say this is an occupation, but I would open a soup kitchen. I used to volunteer at one and I loved being a listening ear to the stories of men and women who came in to receive their day’s meal. For most, the only meal they would have that day. And no one should go hungry in this great country we live in.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My two children. They are both handsome and beautiful, caring, loving and successful adults that any parent would be honored to have.
What are you looking forward to in 2018?
I'm excited to take my business to the next level. I’m also planning a trip for the whole family to Siesta Key in August.
What are your plans/goals coming into the new year?
Personally, I want to get in better shape. Professionally, I plan to grow the BHHS Pro New Albany office and reach a new stepping stone selling $10 million this year.
Are you involved in any outside organizations?
I am a member of the Kiwanis International organization as the annual golf tournament chair. The tournament raises money for scholarships at Gahanna Lincoln High School. I am the past president and current golf outing liason for Gahanna Area Realty Association (GARA). This golf outing raises money for Gahanna Residents in Need (G.R.I.N). I am also involved at Peace Lutheran Church and Little Turtle Golf Club.