Tracy Carson, Broker/Owner of MaxWell South Star, is known to so many as the first female Broker/Owner at MaxWell Realty.
She has been in the real estate business for 20 years and we wanted to share her real estate journey with the rest of the MaxWell family.
Here is Tracy’s story:
I have been in Real Estate for 20 years; I’m as old as MaxWell. In the three years before becoming licensed, I worked in sales for new home builders.That is where I met my husband, James.He came in to buy a house from me.In the early days,RECA’s requiredlicensingeducation could be anything that fits into the category of Real Estate related education.I didn’t want to waste my time, so I did retraining courses that would benefit me in the industry.Those courses gave me some form of accreditation.I took the Creb CommercialDesignationfirst, then moved on to my Associate Broker’s Course.
On November 30th, 2002, at the Christmasparty, Ron Stanners approached me and asked if I would like to do some managing.I told him‘no’because I didn’t think I had enough experience to answer questions from the Realtors.I had been in Real Estate for three years by then.It was a good thing that I didn’t acceptthe offerthat night because,five days later, my son, Matt,was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma and was paralyzed from the waist down due to a large tumour on his spine.In the next year, I didn’t have time for anything but the Children’sHospitaland countless rounds ofchemoandradiation.(Matt is excellent now—he’s cancer-free and has relearnedto walk.)
In 2006,Ron asked me again if I’d help him out bybecomingAssociate Broker.This time I was ready.In 2015,Ron retired, and I purchased the office becauseIhadworked with Ron for so many years, there wasn’t muchabout ownershipthat surprised me.If anything, it was stepping out of my comfort zone and handling the business side of the business.I had a great apprenticeship.
My goals for my offices?I joke with my staff that we are going to take over the world, starting with southern Alberta.We’re working on it. Challenges in the coming yearwillbe the sluggish economy and themoraleof the Realtors.I try to help them realize that we can win in any economy; we need to put our clients first and keep a positive attitude.Mindset can accomplish everything.
The MaxWellfamilyis the reasonI survived in the business as a singlemomwith a handicapped child dealing withcancer.Therealtorsin my office came to my door with meals and treats, and they helped with my office fees and some of my clients while we were in the hospital.I am proud to be a part of a family that would do that.At the time, I was only with MaxWell for eight months and didn’t know anyone.The values and integrity of therealtorsmakemeproud to be a part of MaxWell.
The part of my position that I enjoy the most is mentoringrealtorsand watching their business grow.I know we can create toprealtorswith thriving businesses.I love helping them get to where they want to be in their careers.
Outside ofrealestate, I love to travel.Exploring new places isfun.We like exploring the history and culture of other places in the world.I’m not one to sit on the beach.I lovefootballandhockey.This year,I got my first NFLfantasyfootball team.We like camping.I grew up in the North, and I love fishing.Hunting isn’t my thing, though.I have volunteered for the Kids CancerCareFoundation,KidsHelpPhone, and the charitable foundation at Creb.Ihave also been onseveralcommittees, including a stint on theboardofdirectorsat Creb.
Now you know more than you ever wanted to know about me!