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Life & Work with Deana-Kaye Russell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Deana-Kaye Russell. 

Hi Deana-Kaye, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Hi! I’m Deana-Kaye Russell, REALTOR® I grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I attended Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I applied for entry-level jobs in my degree field but never got a callback. That’s when I had to pivot either go back for my Master’s Degree or get a job and figure out the rest later! I choose the lather; I was able to land a Human Resources job in the education sector. 

I choose to move to Tampa, FL winter of 2016 after visiting a friend and seeing the new communities being built and realized that Hillsborough County is truly a hidden gem! At the time, new construction homes were a lot cheaper here in Tampa than South Florida, and I knew that the market was going to go up (Boy was I right!), so I had to get my first piece of property! 

I developed a passion for real estate while going through the process of building and purchasing my first home, and relish the opportunity to assist first-time home buyers and sellers in what is usually their biggest financial decision. I believe in helping people build generational wealth through real estate. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Absolutely not! I got my Real Estate License at the end of 2019. I literally sat on my potential for two years. Most times your worst enemy is YOU. I had to realize that there is no “perfect time” to start my career and it was time to get in the game! So here I am the new REALTOR® on the block! 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a Licensed Florida REALTOR® with Century 21 Beggins Enterprises, I specialize in residential real estate, whether you need help purchasing a home or selling one! I hope to be your one-stop shop for all your real estate needs! 

What sets me apart is that I am detailed oriented, knowledgeable, and very patient, I don’t care if it takes 1 month or 1 year for my clients to find a property they love. I don’t know if it’s my psychology background or just me being such a people person but I am very conscious and want to make sure my clients have a smooth Real Estate transaction. 

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I think the book that helped me get out of my own way, was “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho; I also enjoyed reading “Think and Grown Rich” by Napoleon Hill. 

One of my favorite podcasts is by Myleik Teele, she always dropped great gems in every episode! She gives great advice on work ethic, finances and friendship and everything in between! 

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