In our next installment of Agent Spotlight, we’re talking to Samantha Jason of the South End office in Boston, MA. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire, and since becoming a real estate agent in 2009, she has closed over $27 million in residential real estate sales. Read more to get to know Samantha and contact her here!
- What drew you to the real estate industry?
I have always been interested in real estate and never saw myself as a 9-5 employee. I loved the idea of being out and about, constantly interacting with people and of course, viewing all of the beautiful homes in Greater Boston. A few years ago in 2007, I was introduced to two great guys who started a team at newer Boston brokerage in the Back Bay, William Raveis Real Estate. I joined their team as a transaction/marketing coordinator and started to learn the basics about the business. A few short months later I was licensed. In 2010, I met with Scott Johnson and Mark Hand of The Residential Group and haven’t looked back.
- Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard in the small town of Chilmark. I attended the University of New Hampshire and moved to Boston the day after I graduated. I’ve lived here ever since. I currently reside in South Boston (Southie) with my husband and our two dogs, Cooper and Harper.
- Without naming names, tell us the funniest/craziest story from a real estate transaction that you’ve experienced!
There never seems to be a shortage of crazy/funny/horrifying stories in this business. I suppose that’s a given with all the people and places we see as realtors on a daily basis. A few years ago, I had a multi-family for sale in the city. It was vacant, but I sold it in a day with multiple offers and we were closing in 30 days. I went back to open up the house for the final walk through (30 or so days later), turned on all the lights throughout the building only to reach the top floor and hear music playing. I slowly walked in and called out – no answer. I kept walking through the unit and opened the bedroom door to find an old lawn chair set up in front of an even older black and white TV, showing only static, and a small radio on top with the song from The Breakfast Club, “Don’t You Forget About Me” playing on repeat. I promptly shut the door and ran downstairs and waited for the other agent to arrive!
- Name 5 things that most people don’t know about you.
I feel like I’m an open book but here goes. I love to travel, enjoy reading, love the sunshine and fishing with my family. I also ride horses and wish I could find the time to get to the barn more often!
- You are stranded on a deserted island for one year, you get to bring 3 things – Tell us what they are.
My husband, my dogs and a boat. 🙂
- Most used feature on Raveis365? Tell us why!
Zipforms! I love having all the necessary documents for purchases and sales in one easy to find place. Submitting a clean typed up offer or listing paperwork is much more professional than my horrible handwriting.
- What is the best advice you received from your parents or loved ones?
You can do anything you put your mind to.
- If you weren’t in real estate, what would be your dream job?
I would love to be in a role that allowed me to travel and write about different trips, resorts, excursions, food and destinations! OR I would love to be the person who makes wishes come true for the Make a Wish foundation.
- What are your favorite local activities that you participate in?
There is always something to do in Boston. The various farmers market in each neighborhood, food truck festivals on the Greenway, the movies/concerts at the Boston Harbor Hotel, SoWa market, tree lighting on the Common and Blink at Faneuil Hall. Boston is a very charitable town! There are so many ways that you can give back. I recently volunteered with Mass Military Hero’s planting remembrance flags on the Boston Common for Memorial Day Weekend. I’ve held clothing drives (with fellow William Raveis colleagues) for Horizon’s for Homeless Children, The Home for Little Wanderers and sold or purchased pies for Community Servings. I’m also a member of Give Back Homes, a national non-profit of real estate professionals who are committed to creating social change by building homes for deserving families around the globe.
- Fill in the blank: Your day cannot begin without?
Freshly brewed tea, hot in the winter, iced in the summer, and a chocolate brioche (ideally from Flour Bakery).