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Meet Trailblazer Brittany Bouse

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Bouse.

Brittany, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I purchased my first home in 2003 when I was just 22 years old, and it was then that I developed such a love for real estate. Shortly after, I went to school to be an appraiser. But before getting my license to sell real estate, I detoured into being a wedding planner and event manager after moving to Colorado from south Florida over ten years ago. After years of planning, managing, and executing one of the biggest days of peoples’ lives, I decided it was time to circle back to my original passion, and I have been rewriting my story ever since.

I love that I still get to help people navigate one of life’s biggest events, and I get satisfaction knowing I’m the one to helpthem reach their personal and financial goals.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
After getting my license, I decided to go all-in, the only way I do things, so I quit my job. While trying to build a new business, I had to support myself by living off of my savings and credit cards (gasp, I know). But sometimes you have to take a step backwards to propel yourself forward. There was huge risk in doing it this way, but I also understood that with risk there is reward. I am definitely not advising anyone to do this, but I knew it was what I needed to do at the time.

When people learned that I quit the wedding industry cold turkey, they thought I was crazy. But I thought, how could I serve my clients the way I needed to if I was pre-occupied working another job? In fact, I felt it was just what I needed to work even harder. There’s a quote – “The hungry dog runs faster.” As a single woman supporting myself, I would sink if I didn’t hustle HARD. My survival depended on it. I turned down hiking with friends, happy hours, dating, and days off. I had to be willing to do the hard things and put in the work.

One of my very first real estate clients was a previous wedding client of mine. The fact that they were willing to trust me totake care of them, even with no experience at the time, spoke volume. They knew several other Realtors, but they chose me because of the job I did for them previously, and the level of service that they got from me. It was then that I knew I would be okay. I just needed to give it time, continue to work hard, and always do the right thing for my clients no matter what it was.

I wanted to be the best real estate agent out there, and a trusted resource people would come to with any real estate questions they had. I knew that if I made it my mission to learn everything I could about this industry, and did a good job, the business would follow. There were a lot of tears that first year, wondering if I did the right thing, but I kept at it and just trusted the process. Fast forward, I am now among the top 10% of agents in my office and my career is flourishing. Most of my business now comes from referrals from past clients and friends. They know that I will work just as hard for them.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Brittany Bouse of Coldwell Banker – what should we know?
As you’ve learned, I am a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Greenwood Village. I work with buyers, sellers, and investors all over the Denver Metro area. When I started out in this business, I wanted a brand that would align with my morals, integrity, and one that I would be proud of. Coldwell Banker was rated #1 in Denver/Boulder by Real Trends 2019 Market Leaders Report, and my office is the #1 Coldwell office in the state. I am a results-orientated agent, and my office supports me in the way that I need to make my clients successful.

With a background in marketing, negotiating, and hospitality, I am able to effectively navigate my clients through their real estate transaction while minimizing their stress. Real estate is a people business and I enjoy connecting with my clients on a personal level. Part of my process is to listen to my clients’ needs, put a plan in place for them to reach their goals, and communicate through every step. What often starts out as a business transaction, ends in a lifelong friendship, and for that I am grateful.

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well-positioned for?
I think women are well-positioned for all opportunities, just like men. We should seek out whatever opportunity it is that we want to explore. Labeling some as “better suited” opportunities, for women specifically, may discourage someone. I would say be determined, be resilient, and go after whatever it is that you want.

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Laura Lee Anderson Photography, Ali & Garrett Photographers

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