WE are so proud of our ever-growing West End family!
Today WE sit down with Amanda Ignaut to discuss her career and what she loves about being part of the West End team.
Tell me about yourself: I am very outgoing, extremely organized and a people person. I love meeting new people, bringing people together and helping others. I love everything summer--the beach, warm weather, outdoor activities, cocktails outside, ice cream..I love it all. I come from a project management, marketing and business analysis background which I find really helpful in my real estate career. I'm a lifelong resident of Somerset County but I find myself in Morristown almost every night of the week.
How long have you been in the industry? I have been involved with the building and home remodeling industry since 2014 and received my real estate license in May 2017. I have been with West End Residential since July 2017.
What drove you to become a real estate agent? I have always had a drive to help people and yearned for a career that would be for and about being social and forming relationships with amazing people. I really think real estate is the perfect marriage of those two things. And then of course, like many people, there's my obsession with HGTV shows, home decorating networks and Home Goods!
What made you choose West End? I loved West End immediately and knew I had to be a part of it. When I interviewed with Janis, her personality was magnetic. She was so welcoming and of course hilarious!! Most importantly though, I connected with West Ends ideals regarding collaboration, trusting and working with your fellow agents and not working in a hostile competitive workplace. It definitely feels like a family here and I love that!
What do you love about being a real estate agent? The reason I love being a real estate agent is the same reason I was inspired to get into real estate originally - helping people and forming relationships with great people. There is nothing like seeing the joy on an individual or couples face when they are handed the keys to their dream home and the feeling you get from know you were a part of it. Being able to picture them enjoying many years to come and making endless memories in their forever home, that's just wonderful!
What has been the highlight of your West End experience so far? I don't know if I can say there has been one specific highlight of my West End experience so far simply because I think everything has been great! Knowing that the education I've been provided by West End has prepared me so well for the job has definitely increased my confidence and my abilities to perform and exceed expectations with my clients. Receiving positive feedback and reviews from clients has also been beyond kind of them and reassuring that I was meant to do this. And then of course, completing my first couple of closings and really getting some skin in the game has been so rewarding.
What do you like about the training and environment West End provides? The West End environment is unlike anything I've heard of from other brokerages. WE seems to attract such wonderful and caring people. Everyone wants to help each other to be successful. Everyone shares tips and tricks and marketing ideas. It's really great! The training has been so phenomenal as well. I am confident that with the training provided I am light years ahead of most agents from other brokerages (even seasoned ones). West End is so progressive and really prides themselves on educating not only all of the agents working under their brokerage but also ensuring all their agents can educate home buyers and sellers.
How do you envision your real estate career progressing? I would love to help open a second location of West End Residential but for now am focused on perfecting my sales skills so that when I do get to that point I have seen and done it all and can properly carry on the West End Residential name.
Anything else you think WE should know? I will work tirelessly for all my clients though it doesn't feel like work because it truly is such a passion for me. I am so excited to be doing this everyday and feel grateful to have found something I love to do.