Jessica Miller has joined our CENTURY 21 Signature Real Estate family. We took some time to get to know Jessica on camera. Welcome to the team, Jessica!
Where are you originally from?
I grew up here in Ankeny, Iowa.
Tell me about your family.
My mom and brother live here in Ankeny. My dad, my sister and her family, along with most of my extended family live in Northwestern Iowa. I currently live on the north side of Ankeny with my boyfriend, Rob, and our two-year-old wheaten terrier, Reese.
Spending time with my friends and family, and dog, of course! I like spending time outside and staying active. I like trying new restaurants, especially restaurants with patios. I also love traveling, whether it’s a long distance trip or weekend road trip somewhere in the Midwest. One of my favorite things to do is to browse for interior design ideas online and then try to make them a reality in my own home. I’ve enjoyed decorating my home and helping my mom build, furnish, and decorate hers. I also watch some terrible reality TV, and some good TV, like anything on HGTV and Live with Kelly.
What are some interesting facts about yourself?
My dog has an Instagram account with more followers than me. I’m a licensed CPA.
What did you do before being a Realtor?
Before becoming a Realtor I was an auditor at a public accounting firm here in Des Moines.
What is your favorite neighborhood in Des Moines/Ankeny/Ames?
I have SO MANY favorite neighborhoods in Ankeny/Des Moines area. As far as Ankeny, I’ve spent most of my life living on the North side of Ankeny, but I also love the Prairie Trail development. Outside of Ankeny I have a few more favorite neighborhoods! (I feel like this is going to get out of hand after I get familiar with more neighborhoods…) After college, I lived downtown in the East Village for a couple years, so I love watching the East Village and downtown Des Moines in general grow. I love South of Grand, Beaverdale, the Neighborhood on 86th in Johnston, and any neighborhoods with big, wooded lots!
Why did you choose the CENTURY 21® System?
I chose Century 21 because of the people I met and the unmatched commitment to training. I felt that Century 21 would provide me with the training and tools I need to be the best realtor I can be.
What do you like about the culture here at C21®?
I love that though we are all independent contractors, we really have an open, team atmosphere here at Century 21. Everyone is open to sharing ideas and both good and bad experiences, so that others can learn from them. The team atmosphere no doubt helps to sell houses, and find homes for buyers, quicker as agents discuss what listings they have and what their buyers are looking for in order to discover if there are any matches within the brokerage.
What do you like about the training/team meetings/C21® Connect/Signature Round Table/etc?
C21® Connect is great for many reasons. It truly does “connect” you with others who are also beginning their career in real estate. It’s also a great way to gain a deeper understanding of best practices throughout the entire home buying and home selling processes. The weekly sales meetings are also super helpful. We begin the meeting by going through general updates, which provide reminders of upcoming events and due dates. These reminders are especially helpful for new agents like myself. My favorite part of the sales meeting is when we go through everyone’s new and upcoming listings and also what our buyers are looking for. Going through new listings is my favorite for a couple of reasons. First, I love how the agents at CENTURY 21® work together to see if there are any mutually beneficial deals for our clients before the listings even hit the market. And second, I love looking at pictures of all the homes!
Why are you passionate about being a REALTOR®?
I’m passionate about being a REALTOR® because it combines two things I love – helping people and homes! I’m so excited to help people find their perfect home and to help make the experience pleasant for everyone!