Career paths can wind down different roads. One day, during summer break from teaching, Stephanie Schuessler found hers take an unexpected turn. She had an urge to become licensed to sell real estate — and acted on it.
“I sold a home the first day I was licensed,” recalls Schuessler, executive sales director for new developments at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. “Within about 18 months, I found my first new-home opportunity, helping out as a contract writer for one day at the grand opening of Canal Station in Ballard.”
Eighteen years and countless transactions — including an array of sales awards (she loves her trophies) — later, Schuessler still gains satisfaction from solving problems, negotiating deals and being surrounded by action. “I am constantly thinking of the future and my goals,” she says.
A Seattle native, Schuessler works primarily in new-homes sales, representing local, national and international builder clients in Greater Seattle and the Eastside. With more than half a billion dollars in active, pending and sold inventory throughout her career, Schuessler has represented attached, detached and multifamily condominiums, townhomes and single-family residences.
Buyers are always quick to compliment her positive attitude, willingness to listen, professional demeanor, industry knowledge and good sense of humor. Full of energy and willing to go the extra mile for her sellers , she has proven to be reliable, consistent and timely in all of her communication with them. “I do what I say I’m going to do, and relationships are of utmost importance to me,” she explains.
Fulfilling the role of executive sales director for Realogics Sotheby’s International is a wonderful step in her career, she shares. “I have entered a realm with endless philosophies and ways to teach and learn,” Schuessler explains. “This has been a gift for me. I love what I do, and now I get to do my job from a different perspective — with a goal to inspire and motivate our incredible new-home sales division.”
Organized and ready with systems in place to keep everyone on track, Schuessler still has the most fun selling homes. “It never gets old,” she says, “and is just so satisfying.”