We’re proud of the team of agents we’ve assembled here at Nest Realty. We think they’re pretty awesome, and we think you will too. During our “Meet the Agent” series, we sit down with our agents to learn more about them, what makes them tick, and why they’re passionate about the real estate industry. In this in installment, we chat with Marlene Clevenger, a Real Estate Broker at Nest Realty Asheville.
Nest Realty: Tell us a bit about yourself! Where are you from? What brought you to Asheville?
Marlene Clevenger: I was born and raised in Asheville.
NR: How did you get into real estate?
MC: My husband and I bought and remolded a house, and after being in it a couple of years, we sold it. We realized that we really enjoyed doing that. So, I got my license to help with this new love of ours. We are in our fourth house now and thinking this will be the last.
NR: What was your previous career? How has that prepared you for real estate?
MC: I managed a high-end, hand-crafted jewelry store for almost 30 years. It allowed me to work with customers on a very personal basis. When doing a custom piece I would lead the customers from a design in their mind to a finished beautiful piece of jewelry that they’ll wear for years then pass on for many generations.
NR: What led you to Nest Realty, as opposed to another brokerage?
MC: I liked the more boutique style real estate firm. Their attention to detail and their customer service is the best in the business. Also, they are leading edge with their marketing. And the people that work there are amazing.
NR: What is your favorite part of being an agent?
MC: I love the clients. You get to spend a lot time with them getting to know everything about them and building life long relationships.
NR: Do you have a specific area of expertise to offer clients?
MC: I am a native of the area so I have seen all of the changes over the years. I have also lived in different areas of Western North Carolina and have spent a lot of time getting to know the lay of the land. This gives me the ability to help guide my clients in the direction that best serves their needs.
NR: What makes you different from other agents? What sets you apart?
MC: I am very passionate about my job and treat each client as if they were my very own family. I am dedicated to working hard and making sure things are as stressless as possible.
NR: What are five adjectives that describe you?
MC: Dedicated, caring, hard working, and witty.
NR: Who would be your dream client?
MC: I would love to work with Jennifer Aniston. She has incredible taste and a deep love for architectural design. I think she and I would be great friends.
NR: If you had one piece of advice for a first-time home buyer, what would it be?
MC: Relax and let me do all the work.
NR: What is your favorite season in Asheville?
MC: One of the things that makes Asheville so unique is that it has four true seasons. Being a native I truly love all of them equally.
Marlene is a Real Estate Broker with Nest Realty Asheville. As a true Asheville native, she offers both her knowledge and love of the area to all of her clients. To learn more about Marlene, visit her agent page.