Certified Residential Specialist, Broker
John L. Scott, Anacortes
Anacortes, WA, USA
Industry: Real Estate
Field: Luxury Real Estate
As a certified residential specialist and broker of John L. Scott, Anacortes, Drina L. McCorkle has 29 years of real estate experience. Possessing a strong work ethic, Ms. McCorkle’s day begins at 7:30 a.m. every day, and ends when business is concluded, regardless of the hour. At the beginning of the real estate sale process, clients usually ask Ms. McCorkle what the value of their home is. She gathers the necessary data and gives clients a reasonable estimate of what they should expect to be offered. From there, she either continues with the sale process as per the clients’ preferences, or recommends that the client not sell at that particular time. She feels that honesty is truly the best policy, and she does her best to ensure that clients get the most value for their homes, even if it means they must sell at a different time than they had expected.
Ms. McCorkle considers the most rewarding aspect of her career to be the appreciation that clients show for her work. As an example, she recalls a house that was owned by an older couple, and after selling the house for them, she was able to take the original owners back to their former home later on to see how it looked renovated. The thrill that they experienced when they saw their home remains with Ms. McCorkle to this day.
When asked about her mentors, Ms. McCorkle recalls Jim Colley, with whom she worked for six months. In their time together, Jim taught Ms. McCorkle that one can ever know everything, and she has always kept that in her mind. Jim taught her everything that she knows. Looking ahead, Ms. McCorkle plans to work for another three years until her adopted grandson graduates from high school. From there, she plans to continue working, as she has a great passion for real estate, and loves what she does.
Conversation with Drina L. McCorkle, CRS
Worldwide Publishing: On what topics do you consider yourself to be an expert?
Drina L. McCorkle: High-end real estate.
What characteristics help to separate you from your competitors?
My availability — I start at 7:30am and I don’t stop until my day is really over, no matter what time it is.
What motivates you?
The enjoyment of the people I represent; I care about them.
What lessons have you learned as a professional in your field?
A gentleman with whom I worked when I got started taught me that you never know it all, you are always learning.
What short-term and long-term career goals are you currently pursuing?
I plan to work for another two to three years until my grandson who I adopted gets out of high school, and keep working with the energy I have because I just love it.
What is the most difficult obstacle or challenge you have faced in pursuit of your goals?
I don’t remember anything difficult, as each experience has made me learn something new.
What is the most significant issue facing your profession today?
Real estate is more difficult because financing has changed. We live on an island, so availability is limited.
What are some questions that an individual interested in your services can ask to ensure a more productive relationship?
The number one question is, What’s my house worth? And I give them an honest answer; if I don’t feel they should put it on the market, I tell them not to. I just did it the other day. I know being honest will pay off in the long run.
Did you ever consider pursuing a different career path or another profession?
Absolutely not — as soon as I started, I fell in love with it and never looked back.
What do you find to be the most rewarding aspect of your profession?
The appreciation of the clients and the fact that they come back to me. I had a house that was owned by an older couple, and I sold it for them. My client bought it through me, and I took the original owners back to their house to see how it looked renovated. They are in their 90s and it was so rewarding to see how thrilled they were when they saw their home.
What is your favorite or least favorite work-related task to do and why?
I love meeting the people and showing them homes and educating them about this lifestyle.
I don’t have a least favorite task, I have an assistant that helps with paperwork.
Who have been your mentors or people who have greatly influenced you?
A fellow named Jim Colley who I worked for for six months. He and his wife lived here and I learned through him. He told me that you never know it all, and I always keep that in mind. I listened to him, followed him and he taught me everything I know — I have the biggest respect him.
What changes have you observed in your industry/field since you started?
It has changed a lot for everyone. It’s a different market and there is more computer work and paperwork. When Jim Colley was 73, he couldn’t handle the paperwork and retired because of it. I tend to like these changes.