TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT IN TENNESSEE AMANDA BELL
“This is not a job for me. It is my hobby. It is my passion. People ask what I do in my spare time, and the answer is always: real estate. I think when you truly enjoy what you are doing, it is not work,” says top real estate agent in Tennessee Amanda Bell, REALTOR and Owner of At Home Realty in Ashland City, TN.
“I’m in the office usually by 6:30 am, and sometimes until after dark. I work weekends, holidays and about every day in between. Being a REALTOR® in some ways is like being a politician. You do a lot of working for free, shaking hands and kissing babies. It is also important to give back to your community, and they will support you in return,” she says.
Amanda does admit though, that her success has come as a surprise. Holding a degree in Textiles, Merchandising and Design with a minor in Marketing, before rising to the top of the Middle Tennessee real estate market, Amanda worked for an interior design company. She began dabbling in real estate part time in 2003. By 2005, she had fallen in love with real estate, and decided to focus all of her efforts on helping buyers and sellers. Less than 10 years later, Amanda was listed in Real Trends’ The Thousand List of best real estate agents in the nation. “I ranked 93 last year in the nation, and 7th in the state. I never imaged I would ever be where I’m at in my career,” she says.
Part of the reason for Amanda’s incredible success can be traced to her sincere love of the area she has the honor of working in. “I’m the 4th great granddaughter of Montgomery Bell and the granddaughter of Thomas and Evie Bell, one of the earliest families in the South Cheatham area. My grandmother was a mid-wife and delivered most of the babies in the area.” Amanda’s deep roots in the area are bolstered by her sincere desire to be helpful. “I’m not an aggressive agent. My job is not to sell you on a property, it is to advise you in order to make the best decisions for you and your family.”
Amanda is also well known for her tireless efforts to give back to the community which has supported her. She serves as the Administrator for the Cheatham County Imagination Library Program, and on the advisory board for Community Bank and Trust. She is the Chairman of the Cumberland Ball for the fourth consecutive year, which raises money for Cheatham County students to go to college. In addition Amanda is a member of the Kiwanis Club.
Yet her office does even more to give back to the community. “At Easter we have free photos and hot dogs with the Easter Bunny. We only accept donations, and all of the money goes to the Easter Seals. In June we collect can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, and at Christmas we buy gifts for foster children and those less fortunate,” she says. “I am truly proud of my agents and my team.”
Beyond being proud, Amanda is also incredibly thankful. “In October of 2007, I decided to open At Home Realty, not because I wanted a company and to oversee agents, but to have an office of my own to work out of. Now I have 14 agents under me and a thriving business. I have been so fortunate. I thank God every day for allowing my business to be prosperous, for blessing my family and for a husband who supports me. I am so grateful, and my main goal is to continue to provide excellent service to my clients, using the latest technology, all the while giving back to the community.”