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Judy Jaynes Realtor, Elite Realty Experts, Burlington

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate? Well I’ve been a pediatric nurse for over 15 years, so def I would say nursing! There were always new patients, new families, and amazing strength and resiliency that I got to witness!

Where did you grow up? Malden, MA until I was about 9 years old and then Newton, MA from 10 years old on!

Growing up, what did you want to be? I wasn’t 100% sure at a young age, but I always said I wanted to find a job where I could help people.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Walk my dog Loki, take deep breaths and do some yoga,  have a pedicure, and/or listen to music.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? This is hard, but I think I would pick Princess Diana. She was always someone I admired.

What is Boston’s best-kept secret? Where to find cheap parking? I think it will remain a secret forever haha. Honestly, the Arnold Arboretum, it’s outside of downtown Boston, and it’s a beautiful green space that visitors might miss out on! I used to go frequently as a kid and loved it.

What do you love most about the industry? Helping others! I know it sounds cliche, but it is just the most satisfying feeling when I know I did an amazing job and my clients are happy. It keeps me hustling, advocating for them, and with a can’t stop, won’t stop attitude to get the job done so that they know they are my top priority.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I try to always be available and also my calm, but assertive demeanor. I know a lot of agents set boundaries for when they can answer, but I just have been in that situation on the flip end where I feel stressed and want to be able to get ahold of someone I am working with, and they are not available/not returning calls. I want my clients to feel prioritized in that I will show up, answer calls and be there for them even if it’s just to talk out something and listen to them.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Well I guess I can also say on this question it is setting boundaries. I always want to keep my clients happy, so I will be showing them how much I go to bat for them and are available to them!

What’s your best advice for generating new leads? New leads for me have been a combo of my sphere, referrals, open houses, and following up on Zillow leads. I would say volunteer for those open houses, and then follow up. Don’t just think they will contact you, contact your leads and see what they need.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? This one is easy, my family! My three kids Cameron (10), Max (6), and Lorelei (4) are by far my greatest accomplishment. Of course,  I have had a successful career in nursing as well, and doing well in the real estate biz, but my kids are definitely the best thing I have helped give to this world!

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately? Podcasts! CrimeJunkies and ArmChair Expert with Dax Shepard are my faves! I also love Real Estate Rockstars to keep learning the biz so I never miss something! Podcasts are the best for those rides back and forth to showings.

What’s your favorite meal in Boston? Anything in the North End and then end with a Cannoli from Mikes!

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Boston? The Prudential building! I have driven that commute so many times in Boston and just love looking at the building especially when it is lit up!

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you? I had breast cancer at the age of 34. I am doing well  after a double mastectomy and chemotherapy and am happy to report I have been cancer free since!

What is your favorite vacation spot and why? Disney World! I have always loved the magic of Disney before my kids were even born ,it just made me so happy and loved the vibes there.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Find the right fit when it comes to a brokerage.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Canva App!

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media? I love the Broke Agent for the humor … sometimes you just have to laugh! I follow designers and other realtors to get ideas. I am constantly trying to stay on top of what my clients would need, looking at homes for staging tricks, etc. I also follow my friends and family, what better people to follow?!

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