821 North Main St., Wallingford, CT
When she was only 7 years old Amina Blake already had the knack for sales. Walking down to the local village market in her home town in Trinidad in the West Indies, she would spend her weekends selling rare and exotic spices to locals and tourists alike gaining a reputation for her winning personality, honesty and integrity.
In 2001 Amina left the warm tropics for the harsh New England weather of Connecticut to move in with her family and as she explains family is more important than sunny skies and palm trees. She enrolled at Central Connecticut State University and while taking classes also split her time working as an office administrator in a local real estate office. The environment immediately appealed to her and as soon as she could she obtained her real estate agent license and went to work.
This approach has served her well. Still young for the real estate industry Amina has already established herself with one of the top real estate companies in America, Coldwell Banker, making the esteemed Top 50 units sold list for Connecticut and Westchester County, a group that includes over 2,200 realtors. Amina also estimates that 93% of her sales come from past clients and referrals, solid proof that her integrity and honesty go a long way. She can also list on her impressive resume that every year she has worked as a licensed realtor she has sold at least 20 homes, well above the average agent.
"In this business you really do get as much as you put in to it", she says. "You need to be confident in your ability or the person you're dealing with will lose confidence in you. I always keep the lines of communication open because being honest with one another is the only way the deal works."
"The reward for me isn't about the money," she says, "it's about knowing I was able to help people find a home they want to live in and that I was a part of a families dream."
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