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Ten: Michael Garr

Agent Insight // Apr 28, 2011

Garr @ Home

Michael has been a staple of the Chelsea condo market for years. He lives in The Chelsea Mercantile, and has sold more apartments in the building than anyone I know. His attention to detail and a dedication to the industry is refreshing (even after all these years)…

Shaun: What did you do before going into real estate?

Michael: Two jobs: Commercial leasing by day then I moonlighted as an actor in commercials, corporate films and small independent films.

Shaun: Why did you go into real estate?

Michael: Commercial real estate is a “do the numbers” type of job and acting wasn’t affording me the life style I wanted. Residential real estate is a much more personalized transaction: one on one advice to owners, giving emotional support in stressful times to buyers and sharing the knowledge I’ve gained throughout the years. It’s a great feeling to be a part of that type of teamwork at the end of the day.

Shaun: Who is your mentor?

Michael: My grandfather, Maurice, or “Pop”, to me. He constructed roads throughout the Southeastern United States and built the Garrland Motel in South Carolina, twice. The first time, the structure was demolished by a tornado, but he re-built the Garrland again on the same lot. He was a passionate man, who always seemed fearless to me.

Shaun: What is your greatest daily challenge?

Michael: Time. Always wanting a few more extra hours to enjoy life.

Shaun: What is the one value you admire most in a person?

Michael: Authenticity.

Shaun: Name one place you find inspiration?

Michael: The wetlands of Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Nature’s beauty and strength as far as the eye can see.

Shaun: What is your favorite book, artist, or movie. Name just one.

Michael: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. It has a permanent place on my nightstand.

Shaun: Why did you pick that?

Michael: Deepak Chopra, the author, provides incredible wisdom and practical guidance that you can apply in both your business and personal life. Amazing.

Shaun: How would you like to be remembered?

Michael: As a guy who tried to do the right thing.

Shaun: Do you have a question for me?

Michael: What is the best time management tool that you use in your everyday life?

Shaun: My alarm clock!