|Get to Know Shirlee|
From her perspective, experience does matter. With thirty plus years in the real estate industry, she has gained knowledge with up and down markets in regards to commercial, residential, luxury gulf front condos, raw land/lots. With that kind of experience, she doesn't want to ever treat this business like “an order taker” who gets in when times are good and bails at the first down turn. Her focus is to stay in for the long haul, to carry on her mom's legacy of hard work, professionalism and integrity. Shirlee has a great respect for her fellow colleagues and the hard work it takes to stay in the real estate industry. Many times she has heard, "You must make a lot of money." Well, Shirlee's response has been, "Well, we have an opening at Carney Realty, Inc., come join us and work the hours we give to our clients/prospects. But, it's the "life we have chosen."
The years away from real estate took Shirlee into the Telecommunications industry as a National Trainer for Fortune 500 companies. She was certified in many National training programs and excelled in her field.
When returning to the Gulf Coast after her mom, Imogene Carney (founder/broker of Carney Realty, Inc.) passed away in 2002, Shirlee gave the company a make over and built a tremendous inventory in a short time. She was referred by a large real estate company to represent a developer from Jackson, Mississippi with his project, famously now known as, SSB, Shirlee set up an on site sales office and with no other agents to help her sell, she made history with record sales. The project led to the pre-sale of two other phases.
The objective was to carry on what her mom began back in the early 80’s. A company that was built on integrity. Carney Realty, Inc. has been approached to franchise, many times, however, Shilee has always believed that the number of Realtors in a company don't matter; Caring about your client, not the dollar, does matter! Therefore, all Realtors who are licensed with her company are passionate about taking care of their clients and building lasting relationships.
Personal information about Shirlee: she was born in a small town in Alabama. However, she has lived all over the country. Her careers have been with United Air Lines, Radio Oz; GTE, Sprint PCS. All companies have given Shirlee the experience to work with others in an efficient and business manner.
Hobbies include: reading, riding bikes, listening to great music, boating, volunteering for the Child Advocacy Center in Baldwin County, for kids; cooking, Spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren are her best hobbies.
Professional Philosophy: Keep humor in everything you do in life. Also, don’t get greedy in real estate and don’t fall in love with it either. As her mom would say, “leave something on the table for the next person”. Franchising is not for Shirlee's mom's company. Being the oldest independent agency on the Alabama Gulf Coast, since 1983, is "special" and she wants folks who work with her company to feel "special".
She is passionate about the following Non-profit organizations, for which she is/was on the Board/Member: Impact 100; Care House; WCR(Women’s Council of Realtors);BCAR; NAR; Optimist Club; Blue Doom Club, Guardian Ad Litem. All of Shirlee's non-profit focus is on the protection of children against abuse of any kind! She always has donated a portion of her earnings to the Child Advocay Center in Baldwin County and gives to schools, for childen less fortunate.
Shirlee has designations in GRI, ABR, WCR, NAR; NAPW, Who's Who, Clipped Wings, all of which uphold a strict code of ethics and some of the organizations require their members to be up to date on the latest marketing techniques and legislation affecting the real estate industry.
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