It all started when…
A business owner by nature, Colette Dorais’ career began in California where her love for entrepreneurship ignited. Colette spent the earlier part of her career as a marketing executive for a software startup company, and later for a Fortune 500 company before looking for a new business opportunity. She found this opportunity with BHHS Professional Realty and she hasn’t looked back since. Colette’s real estate specialties stretch from one end of the spectrum to another. Her personal relocation from California to Ohio has influenced her to become an expert relocator. She acts as an ambassador for Cincinnati to help clients utilize the best resources to make them happy in their new city quickly. She enjoys learning about client’s needs and which areas fit their lifestyle to provide them with the best relocation experience. Colette is unique in that she is licensed in both Ohio and Kentucky. On the other end of the spectrum, she specializes in first-time buyers. She has a background in instructional design for adults, so she enjoys ushering new buyers through the process and teaching them the ins and outs of buying a home.
As a Californian who grew up with parents of French Canadian descent, you can imagine the depth of which Colette’s personal life is unique. She is a proud mother, dancer, writer and chicken owner. Her dance background reaches back to 15 years of experience as a contra dancer, and ballet before that. However, her most popular social media moments come from sharing her life as a chicken owner as everyone wants to know the ins and outs of how she raises her animals.
Why Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty?
“This brokerage stood out to me for a few reasons. It is dedicated to providing a quality experience for clients. The way I am able to leverage technology and resources ensures my clients can receive a seamless, effortless experience. The brokerage provides national visibility, and first class materials and resources.”
What sets you apart from other agents?
“My past clients have told me it’s my responsiveness. I get back to them quickly if not instantly. I am also very thorough and an effective communicator. I am there with them for every step of the process.”
What is one thing you believe every house must have?
“Every house must have a great kitchen. I’m a cook, so I can live without all the other rooms in a home as long as I have that kitchen!”
How do you maintain a work-life balance?
“I often work 12 hour days, so I’m not sure that I’m a great authority, but I definitely know how to prioritize. I make sure I take care of my clients and provide quality service that is up to my standards while also making time for other activities. I’ve learned to identify those activities in life that bring me joy and I try to make them a priority as well.”
What advice do you have for buyers and sellers in the market?
“Pick an agent that you have confidence in. You will need to rely on them for expert advice about today’s market, which is ever changing. You need an experienced professional with great rapport because the process can become difficult.”
Describe a unique interaction you have had with a client.
“I had a client who was not only a first-time homebuyer, but the first in her family to own a home. Seeing her buy a home was a huge deal to her family. The first deal fell through on a fluke and she was heartbroken. I comforted her by telling her that when the first deal falls through it only means there’s a better one on the other side. Once we found that home that was better than the first she beamed! It was so gratifying to see her face when she received the keys to her ideal home. Hearing the sound of her voice when she told her father, “Dad, I got the house,” was very fulfilling. In the end, I appreciated the trust she put in my expertise to find her first home.”
What is one thing people might not know about you?
I can speak Latin!
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would learn to fly a plane.
Your favorite restaurant in Cincinnati?
My top three are Sacred Beast, Bauer’s Farm Kitchen, and Sartre. One of my favorite parts about specializing in relocation is talking to clients about their favorite foods and making recommendations.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Persistent, warm, and reliable
What is your favorite space in your own home?
I love my outdoor space. I have both a front porch and a back deck that I get to enjoy throughout all four seasons.
What is your favorite way to spend your weekend?
I usually spend my weekends working, traveling, dancing, reading or cooking.
What’s your ideal vacation spot?
You cannot go a day without ______?
Kombucha. It’s a type of tea that has become popular recently.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is surviving cancer. I am so grateful to be here today.
Are you involved in any outside organizations?
I am involved in a few different organizations. I am on the board of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Victorian Society. I am also a former board member of the Cincinnati Contra Dancers and the organizer of the annual event. I am passionate about Unite to Light, a charity run by my brother. They provide solar-powered lights to kids around the globe who would otherwise have to do their homework next to an open fire.