5 Questions with Sharman Reed
Ask Austin Portfolio Real Estate agent Sharman Reed to tell you the three things that are most important to her in her life and she would tell you family, giving back, and cultivating long lasting relationships with her clients. Having dedicated a large portion of her life to leading charitable events, Sharman has made a name for herself in Austin for her philanthropic efforts. Those efforts eventually caught the attention of a prominent real estate leader in Austin who introduced to a career she is incredibly thankful for.
We sat down with Sharman to find out more about her road to real estate, her passion to volunteer, and why she feels Austin was and still is the best place to a raise a family.
1. You’ve been a Luxury Real Estate agent for over a decade. What made you recently decide to join Austin Portfolio Real Estate?
Essentially, I wanted to be around like-minded people. I started my real estate career with Keller Williams and eventually went to Keller Williams Luxury, but always officed from home. You can’t put a value on being able to work in an office with some of the top real estate agents in Austin and that was the main factor in my decision to join Portfolio. We collaborate with one another on transactions and between all 30 of us, we’ve “been there, done that” with pretty much every challenge that comes up in real estate. Having a group of real estate leaders to turn to when needed has already proven very beneficial.
2. How does your background of working as a licensed mortgage lender for 6 years affect the way you work as a real estate agent?
My past as a mortgage lender gives me experience and knowledge of every step it takes to close on time. I can talk to a lender for my client and understand the terminology and help the lender forecast any obstacles that may come up so we can prevent them. In my opinion, the lender has one job and one job only. That one job is to show up on time with the necessary funds to close on a home. I remind them of that one job often and act as an advocate for my clients to make sure that one job is completed.
It’s interesting because my career has really come full circle. I was an active community member while raising my three boys. My work as Chairman of the Junior League’s A Christmas Affair caught the attention of a well-known member of the Keller Williams leadership team. He became a mentor and suggested I become a mortgage lender to gain experience and knowledge of real estate with the long term goal of one day becoming an agent. Now here I am, a luxury real estate agent with years of proven success. I’m very thankful he saw something in me and gave me the opportunity to create this career.
Real estate fits my personality. I love being around people and am not one to sit at home. I enjoy seeing people happy in their house, growing their families, and then asking me to be part of their lives through the process. When they have babies, I get invitations to baby showers and asked to come meet the baby. I cherish the time I am part of their lives and am thankful to have met many wonderful people through the years.
3. You and your family have lived in the Rollingwood community for over 24 years. Tell us about the community and what has kept you in this same area for so long.
Rollingwood was a wonderful area to raise our three boys. It’s extremely family friendly and has that small town feel, all while being close to downtown Austin. It’s in the sought after Eanes School District which is really nice for families. Little things in Rollingwood make it unique such, and gives it that small town feeling we have loved, as every in or out has a protected left-turn which is really convenient. The lot sizes are much bigger than other areas close to downtown. This all goes back to Rollingwood’s beginning; they had septic system which required larger lot sizes. Now the city of Rollingwood has its own water system which means homeowners can use their full lot. This is why you see a lot of homes in Rollingwood being added on to or being torn down with newer, larger homes being built.
My husband and I know live in Courtyard at Gaines Ranch. We love this neighborhood. It’s on the greenbelt, and as a gated neighborhood with just 58 garden homes, it’s a very tight-knit community. Most evenings you can find me walking our dogs with a few friends in the neighborhood. It’s close to the retail areas of Sunset Valley, has easy access to William Cannon and Mopac, and you can walk to the Austin Bike Trail and Barton Creek.
4. You’ve been really involved in giving back to your community. Tell us why that is important to you and what charities you’re passionate about.
Doing things for the community truly feeds my soul. I’m extremely passionate about this. I’ve served as President and Chairman of several different charities and boards, but most often I prefer to be the person asking for donations. Not a lot of people feel comfortable in this roll, but it’s one of the most important rolls. For instance, The Junior League of Austin funds 25 plus charities per year. We would not be able to do so without monetary donations.
As far as community involvement, I’m a past Chairman of The Junior League of Austin’s A Christmas Affair and Junior League Cookbook, past president of CHAP Club which supports financially and physically the athletic department of Westlake High School, six year Co-Chair of Power of the Purse Luncheon and Board member of the Woman’s Fund for The Austin Community Foundation, I’m a current member of The Settlement Club of Austin which helps remove girls from homes where they have experienced severe emotional trauma, abuse or neglect, and current member of P.E.O. which helps put girls through school. I’ve also held the position of VP of Financial Development for The Junior League of Austin.
5. Tell us about your 3 sons and what it’s like raising children in Austin.
I have three grown boys and I am incredible proud of the young men they have become. All three graduated from Westlake and Texas A&M, and are KA’s. Thankfully they’ve all decided to move back to Austin and we are often all together along with their spouses.
Dr. Graham Reed is married to Lauren. He just bought a dental practice in Rosedale and they’re expecting their first child, my first grandbaby, in late September.
Blake Reed is in real estate development. He’s married to Christine, a CPA, and they have a golden doodle named Tanda.
Phillip Reed is a CPA and recently married to Allyson, who also happens to be a CPA. They have the cutest 10 week old Vizla puppy named June.
My husband and I are both from Houston, but decided we wanted to raise a family in smaller town. Even though Austin has grown a lot, at the time it had the smaller town appeal we were looking for. Rollingwood specifically gave our boys a great education and some of my favorite memories as a mother involve watching our three boys involved in extracurricular activities with the tight group of friends they each made. Austin’s location in Texas made it easy to take family trips that involved driving and the outdoor lifestyle you have in Austin because of the trails and greenbelt really suited our family.
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