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Realtor's Love for Architecture Leads to High Sales " Adrian Grant shares her secrets behind the trade. By Michele Lu Adrian Grant has mastered the skill of selling homes. She has been in the real estate businegs for 14 years. Grant began her career at Coldwell Banker then moved to Fred Sands where she was vice president. She eventually proceeded to Prudential John Aaroe and Associates where she has been working for the past four years. She is an Estates agent in the President's Circle which is the highest honored position at Prudential. Grant has specialized in Beverly Hills estate properties for 12 years. Her list of clients is impressive; it consists mostly of entertainment and sports figures. Grant says that she concentrates on West L.A. properties because of her clientele. "Most of my clients are international or from the entertainment and sports indus- tries. When they are looking for property, I bring them here. It is the center of Adrn Grant to put people into these wonderful prop- erties. In the process, I become closer to people because buying a home is one of the biggest investments people make in their lives," Grant said. $1 ieally enjoy the beauty of architecture. And being in real estate allows me the opportunity to see homes up close and personal. $ -- Adrian Grant everything," Grant said. Grant believes her success as a realtor is largely due to the personal attention she devotes to each client. "Most agents delegate the job to an assistant, but not me. I provide personal service to each and every one of my clients. I return every phone call. I also do extensive marketing for my clients which is high promotion and exposure of their homes through such means as col- ored brochures. This is not the norm for most agents," Grant said. This year's production including list- ings and sales is $45 million. But for Grant, her motivation as a realtor is not so much the money as it is her love for architecture. "I really enjoy the beauty of architec- ture. And being in real estate allows me the opportunity to see homes up close and personal. I love tile idea of being able Grant also stresses the importance of having a business plan in the real estate profession. "It is very important to focus on what you want to obtain. You need to know what you wa.nt out of your job. You have to make real estate a career. You definite- ly need a business plan. Set up your goals for the year, the month, the week, and each day. Through each day, you have to follow up on your plan. That way I see how I can help my clients accomplish what they're looking for," Grant said. As for her future goals, Grant plans on using the internet for business. "I've been getting a lot of business through the internet. By using web pages, I can refer clients throughout the world," Grant said. 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