Amelia Chavez Realtor & Neighborhood Expert

John L. Scott Bellevue Main

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?
I worked for the U.S. Geological Survey trapping and tagging migratory bird species in Eastern Washington.

Where did you grow up?
I moved a lot growing up. I was born in Kirkland but moved to the East Coast and then to Tokyo, Japan before returning to Bellevue in my teenage years. I then moved to Capitol Hill where I attended Seattle University.

Growing up, what did you want to be?
As a child I was set on being an astronaut. I even went to space camp and got to meet Neil Armstrong!

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
I relax by spending time in my garden, tending to my vegetables, my fruits and my flowers. When the weather doesn’t allow for that, I cuddle up and spend time with my animals.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Hands down Mr. Rodgers. I grew up with his teachings of compassion, kindness, fairness and morality and I think he really mirrored that in his own life.

What is Seattle’s best-kept secret?
That we live in such a beautiful part of the world. Yes, it rains a little more often than most places but it gives us our lush forests. I love our snow capped Cascades and Olympic mountain ranges that peek in and out of view around the city, or that you can hop on a ferry and escape to a cavalcade of beautiful Island and Peninsula towns full of charm.

What do you love most about the industry?
My favorite part of the job is the moment a client falls in love with a home and wants to make an offer. That’s when my job carries its greatest value as we negotiate the sale or the purchase on our client’s behalf.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
Through results. Our clients stay with us and continually refer us because we work hard to match or exceed expectations at every measure.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
I think it’s the anticipation of waiting for a response on a deal you’re working hard to get wrapped up. I feel so invested in every deal I’m working on!

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
The best way to great leads is through satisfied clients. If you focus on your clients’ needs they really see that and share that with their friends and family.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Besides marrying my husband, the love of my life, my greatest accomplishment has been growing as an agent under the tutelage of Grace Lazarus and through hard work and dedication becoming her partner in Real Estate.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?
I’ve been listening to a podcast called This is Love, hosted by Phoebe Judge.

What’s your favorite meal in Seattle?
The whole menu at Annapurna in Capitol Hill, it’s a little basement restaurant with amazing dishes from India & Nepal.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Seattle?
It has to be the Rainier Tower. It demonstrates a feat of engineering and is a confluence of modernist and brutalist design.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
There are a lot of emotions and aspirations attached to managing a client through one of their biggest life purchases, suffice to say I’ve seen a lot. But a fun one was when a client needed their dog to give their stamp of approval before making an offer.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?
That I lived for 7 years in Japan.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
Anywhere in the Caribbean. I love the water, the culture and the food.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
It’s okay to say “I don’t know, I’ll find out.”

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?
The Agency of course!

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