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Ten: Emily Beare on Mentors, Career Changes and Drive-In Movies with Ringo

Agent Insight // Aug 09, 2011

Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE agents. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being on the hot seat.

coretalks_072611_beareI met Emily Beare five years ago when she joined CORE to work on our project at 520 West 19th Street, a high-profile West Chelsea condominium designed by Annabelle Selldorf and located steps from the High Line. She sold that project out in record time, and has built a business and reputation that is one of the best in the industry. Now she’s a busy Managing Director at CORE, but she still found the time to chat with me about her career.

1) What did you do before going into real estate?
Believe it or not, real estate is actually my fourth career! After studying art history and photography in college, I worked for several years at a museum and with photographers, before a total departure to work on the Commodities Exchange trading gold. After I got married, my husband started his own watch business. He handled the creative, while I ran the business end for 15 years.

2) Why did you go into real estate?
I was at a point in my life where I wanted to do something different and my daughter, Elizabeth, suggested I get my real estate license. I always had a passion for real estate and I was already involved with sales and marketing so it seemed to make sense. My friends and family all encouraged me…telling me I would be great at it since I loved working with people.

3) Who is your mentor?
In my personal life, I would say my mother and my grandmother. They were not only very strong career women, but also amazing mothers who knew how to do it all at a time when not many women were in the work force. In business I would have to say it is you, Shaun. You have been an inspiration in your knowledge, creativity and your focus and of course, your endless support.

4) What is your greatest daily challenge?
Trying to sleep past 5:00 AM.

5) What is the one value you admire most in a person?

6) Name one place you find inspirational?
South Africa…It is where I met and fell in love with my husband and every time I go back I get that special feeling.

7) What is your favorite book, artist, or movie? Name just one.
This is such a difficult question because I have had different favorites at different points in my life. I guess if I had to choose one, it would be the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night.

8) Why did you pick that?
My mother was a huge Beatles fan. When the movie came out, she piled me and my three sisters in her Malibu convertible and took us to the drive-in to see the movie. I just remember how exciting it was getting into her sexy car with the top down and seeing the Beatles on the big screen.

9) How would you like to be remembered?
As a loving daughter, sister, wife and mother….not necessarily in that order. [laughs]

10) Do you have a question for me?
I’ve often heard you mention that you want to write a book someday. Have you been diligent about keeping notes on your adventures in this biz, and when might we be reading the “Shaun Osher Memoirs?”

If there is a book of my memoirs, it would be one of my personal life and challenges growing up in South Africa, and coming to the United States with a dream. I have given this some thought, and perhaps one day, when I find the time, I will put pen to paper…or fingers to iPad.