Born and raised in Springboro, Ohio, Carrie Robbins has become an influential figure in her community. Carrie is extremely passionate about her career and making meaningful connections with her clients, something she learned from her father, Charlie, who was also a real estate professional. She wakes up every morning with a driven attitude and a grateful heart. She has been with our brokerage for twenty years and has grown with us as Keyes Gateway Inc, Prudential Realty, and now, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty.
Not only is Carrie an extremely successful and compassionate agent for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty, she also continues to serve her community as a co-host of the local news show, Springboro 45066 and is a member of the Springboro Community Theater Board. She truly has made an impact on the town of Springboro as she helped plan the first Juneteenth festival, Art Fest on Main, and hosts many local events. We were lucky enough to catch Carrie the morning after she emceed for the Springboro Chamber of Commerce 45th Annual Dinner Awards Gala. After months of preparation for the gala, she is excited to work on her next project of the season--the Springboro Ghost Tours.
Carrie jokes that her passion for the community is a bit nerdy, however, we find her hard work and accomplishments very inspiring. We are so lucky to have Carrie on our team and loved talking with her about her career and hobbies!
“I was born and raised here in Springboro. It’s really cool to live, work, and kind of represent the city that I love. I consider it such an honor!”
Why did you decide to sell with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty?
“Well I’ve only been with one company my entire career. I started out as one of the Keyes Gateway Agents, and then Keyes Gateway morphed into Prudential Realty. Then as Prudential, we were rebranded as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. I love the Berkshire Hathaway brand; it is top notch. Anytime you can say you're a Warren Buffett company, that will make someone sit up and give you their attention.”
What is something you love about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty?
“One of the things I love about my job is having our Springboro office downtown in the heart of historic Springboro. That is something that is so special to me. We are coming up on five years of being there. David (Managing Partner) took a chance on us, and allowed us to open the little boutique office on Main Street. That is something that I am thankful for everyday.
I also really love that even though I've been in the industry for 21 years, and I'm considered a more experienced agent, I still feel like I have the support that I need and I want. I still have questions; I don’t know everything. I'm able to mentor a lot of young agents, which is awesome, but sometimes there are questions in my transactions that I don't know the answer to. It's so refreshing to have our brokerage services staff or even David available to me on a Saturday afternoon or even a Sunday morning to answer a quick question. That’s what is so wonderful and incredible about our company!”
What sets you apart from other agents?
“Well, I am out in the community every day. I have got a good finger on the pulse of the community. I don't just hear about these things, I'm involved in them. So I can help with all aspects of the transaction and all aspects of the search.”
How do you maintain a work-life balance?
“I don’t--would you like to see my laundry pile? I am just kidding. I am able to do these things because I love what I do, and I'm passionate about it. So I find time, and I make time for it because it's a priority to me. It's a passion of mine, so I wake up every day and I realize how fortunate I am that I get to do this. I wake up, and I don't think ‘Oh gosh, I have to do this today.’ I think ‘I'm so fortunate that I get to do this today.’”
What is a special moment you have shared with a client?
“I don’t think I can pick just one. I think I could pick a special moment with every transaction, because there's something truly beautiful and special and heartwarming in every transaction. I try to really connect with all my clients. My clients are not just a number or a transaction to me. I take the time to build relationships and really get to know them and their family’s their situations. I try to get to know them well enough so I can try to anticipate their needs and what will work for them. I really like being with them instead of just kind of being on the outer edge of the transaction. It is a big purchase and sometimes, something life changing can happen and they're embarrassed or feel uncomfortable telling you. So you need to establish that level of trust and open communication with your client.”
Do you have any advice for agents that are starting in the industry?
“Jump in with both feet and don't hesitate. If you have the opportunity to have an open house, do it. If you can show a home at 8:00 AM on Saturday morning, do it. Take the opportunities and say yes!! Don’t second guess yourself!”
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
“I’d probably like to learn how to sing really well. I spend so much time with a microphone in my hand, so it would be cool to be able to do something other than talk.”
Do you have a certain hobby or passion you love?
“I really love the arts and theater, which ties into why I said I wish I knew how to sing. I am also on the board of Springboro Community Theater, the Springboro Arts Council, and on the Art Fest on Main planning committee. I helped create the Springboro Art Fest—Art Fest on Main with three of my talented friends.”
Is there a certain project that you have worked on for Springboro that is especially important to you? “I got to work with the Juneteenth committee this year, which meant a lot to me and was really cool to see. Springboro has a deep history with the Underground Railroad. Most of our buildings in historic Springboro have Underground Railroad tunnels. So, seeing Springboro have a true Juneteenth celebration was really something special and warmed my heart. I was one of the few non-POC on the committee, so it was really special to be a part of the project.”
What is your favorite restaurant in the Springboro area?
“Oh gosh! There are so many that I love--it would honestly depend on the day!”
3 words to describe yourself?
“I would say I am compassionate, hardworking, and unique.”
Favorite way to spend your weekend?
“If it is a weekend, I am either selling real estate or working on one of my community passion projects. It could be a festival, Springboro 45066, a parade, or a chamber event. Or I might be working at Massie Produce and Pumpkin, which is my better half’s business. He typically only gets me 4 weekends out of the year with my schedule!”
What is your ideal vacation spot?
“Oh my goodness, well I haven’t been out of town in about 10 years! But I’d like to go somewhere warm, and it doesn't even have to be a beach. As long as there is sunshine and it's warm, I'd be happy.”
What is your greatest accomplishment?
“I think it's just being a successful realtor and having my dad watch me succeed now that he's out of the business. I love having him watch what I'm doing and telling me he's proud of me. After being a broker for 44 years, he and I still talk all the time about what I'm doing on a daily basis and how the market is doing. Just hearing that he's proud of my successes in an industry where he was one of the greatest in our area is very special to me.”