Véronique Hval Premier Executive Director

Windermere Real Estate - Madison Park

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?
Writing a collection of short stories based on childhood, France and gardens.

Where did you grow up?

Growing up, what did you want to be?
A fabulous detective like Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
Being in nature or putting my fingers in the dirt.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Coco Chanel for her inspiring career, talent and vision at a time when women were supposed to be in the background.

What is Seattle’s best-kept secret?
Three Tree Point: a charming Puget Sound community 15 minutes away from Downtown Seattle.

What do you love most about the industry?
The diversity of the daily tasks and scope of work: marketing expert, would-be psychologist and architect, cleaner and gardener, analyst…

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I believe in hard work, consistency, persistence and zeroing on a specialty/niche.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
One is always “on”.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
Being oneself, true, honest and once again as specialized as possible in one field. For example, my area of expertise is Puget Sound waterfront in the Three Tree Point-Normandy Park area. I know every aspect of my specialty, every property sold and every stretch of beach with its pros and cons.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Evolving/working in a drastically different profession and culture from the ones I was originally destined to/used to.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?
Watching French detective movies and thrillers.

What’s your favorite meal in Seattle?
Grilled halibut or barbecued King salmon

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Seattle?
The Smith Tower

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
Arriving at a showing and finding what looked like a blue corpse lying on a bed.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?
I was extremely shy as a child.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
The French Riviera where I spent all my childhood vacation… being there brings back so many magical memories.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Find your niche.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
Not sure I have an answer for that.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?
Chateau de Bouceel: a French chateau/hotel in Normandy.

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