Kathy Morris &
Robin Smith Douglas
Kathy Morris & Robin Smith have the unique distinction of being a sister-in-law real estate team with a back-ground in new construction. Kathy grew up in a construction family, and her very first real estate sale was a new construction home in Redondo Beach 14 years ago. Robin teamed up with Kathy in 2015 to complement the construction company she and her husband own.
In addition to their family background in construction, they both recently oversaw their own home builds. Their firsthand experience led to them heading up Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s South Bay new construction sales team. The firm’s Redondo Beach office opens next month.
What is the most important skill you need to be successful in your field?
“Communication is by far the most important skill. We always have an open line of dialogue with our clients. Also being able to effectively communicate agent-to-agent is extremely vital during the entire process to make the transaction as smooth as possible for everyone involved.”
What is your favorite networking activity?
“We belong to many agent networking groups in the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles. We feel it is so important to create and nurture strong relationships with the agents who will be on the other side of the transaction. Creating a positive real estate experience for all parties involved means that there has to be a mutual respect and professionalism to make sure everyone wins and is happy on closing day.”
Tell us about your motto “Hustle and Heart.”
“We work tirelessly to help make clients’ real estate dreams reality, procuring the best deals and creating wealth for them. With superior service, attention to detail and a positive attitude, we keep the process free from unneeded anxiety. As experienced professional businesswomen, we excel in accurate pricing, strategic marketing and being skilled negotiators.
Additionally, we handle all aspects of the transaction, make sure all the paperwork has the I’s dotted and T’s crossed, and work hand in hand with title, escrow and all parties involved to make the process as seamless as possible. We take immense pride in representing our clients, and we promise to be by your side every step of the way.”
What is the #1 way you support your clients?
“Staying calm and positive and thinking outside the box.”
What challenges are specific to your industry?
“Being someone’s trusted real estate consultant is an around-the-clock job. There are so many time-sensitive issues and huge emotional roller coasters to navigate during a home purchase or sale.”
How do you combat the fear of making wrong decisions from day to day?
“We are always striving to be the best and do the best for our clients. In every trans-action there is something new to be learned. We have to think on our toes and problem-solve all the time. It’s helpful that we have each other to be a sounding board. We believe that as long as we are acting with integrity, we can’t go wrong.”
Has motherhood made you a better entrepreneur?
“Having kids has taught us both how to multitask very well. We are motivated every day by the fact that we want to be strong role models for our children and teach them the value of hard work and perseverance.”
What projects do you support to help those in need?
“We are big supporters of Mychal’s Learning Place and hire them to cater our open houses. Mychal’s Learning Place believes that children and adults with developmental disabilities deserve to be challenged with opportunities that build self-esteem and independence, creating long-term success for life. They believe that no disability should ever hinder the growth, passion, success or independence of those who are willing to try.”
Tell us about your ideal day off.
Kathy: “I love doing yoga with my daughter and going to my son’s hockey games. But my favorite thing in the world is hanging out at home with my family, reading a book and watching the sunset.” Robin: “I love to do anything active—from golf to snow sports to running on the beach. My favorite time to unwind is playing with my two active boys, whether it is baseball in the backyard, jumping on the trampoline or scootering down the street to my in-laws.”
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