Today, we continue our series highlighting and thanking HAAR Leadership for the work they do every day on behalf of our members and their clients. This week, we’re thrilled to hear from Incoming President Sha Jarboe.
Thriving on Huntsville life since birth, Sha is the mother of three girls in a family of five, and is the third generation of her family in the industry! She’s thankful that her path from college to the workforce led her to other areas before becoming a Realtor. This gave her much more appreciation for the important role of a Realtor and evrything they do for their companies, their coworkers, and their communities. Her experience and career trajectory proved her passion for the growth of her hometown, and gave her an opportunity to give back to the community she loved, as she helped others find the place they can begin the next chapter of their story! She believes it’s far more than “work”, it’s what she loves to do.
Sha is honored to be a Realtor with @Homes Realty in Huntsville. She is so thankful for such a supportive, close knit office whose culture supports the kind of work that is done, which is “more than houses”. Sha began volunteering at a young age finding a great connection in several events with Madison County Special Olympics. She found a love for politics as she had opportunities to participate in local campaigns for friends and family running for office.
There’s not a lot of down time in this industry, but when Sha can escape she likes to head to the lake. She feels the only thing more perfect than being with family enjoying a sunset over the water as the waves hit the bank, is watching her girls perform, using their passion and talents for dance, and to worship the Lord.
Sha believes in giving back to the industry that has supported her and continues to serve her local and state Realtor Associations from committee work to leadership roles. She says these opportunities have provided a deeper, more intricate insight of the industry that has helped her grow personally and professionally. She feels strongly that the time spent volunteering with colleagues builds relationships that make working in what can be a tough industry, so much easier.
Question: What inspired you to get in to this business?
I was determined real estate was not a “real career” and being self-employed was just crazy! I came from a family who owned several local businesses, I married a business owner and I would become the 3rd generation in our family in this industry. I’m proof of why you should “never say never”! Exploring other fields before I became a Realtor helped me have more appreciation for exactly what it is a Realtor does. It helped me realize my passion for the industry, which was driven by my love of our amazing community, and like my parents and their parents, the want to keep our community strong for future generations! It fulfilled my love for helping others and gave me the opportunity to put my knowledge of the community and love of history, statistics and trends to use.
What’s the most important piece of advice you would give about your business?
Be prepared to always be learning. Each transaction is unique and can present things that you’ve never dealt with before, no matter how long you have been in the business, and that’s okay! It’s a great opportunity to seek advice from your broker and trusted colleagues who may have experienced something similar and can help you navigate the situation. We bring strength and professionalism to our industry when we help each other and create great relationships that make future transactions easier!
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the industry today?
I believe there are several. There’s one simple, but big one that stands out to me. People aren’t talking! Technology is a vitally important piece of our job and industry that I am so thankful for. I believe it can however make people forget the seriousness of what we handle. Sometimes a text can be taken out of context or an email misconstrued. Maybe it’s a situation needing to be de-escalated or a tough decision to be made. Sometimes that short conversation by phone, or sitting down across the table from someone can make all the difference.