Annie Cherry Stays True to Who She Is, and Success Has Followed!
Written by: Allison Parker
Photography by: https://www.kellyklemmensen.com/
Annie Cherry Daughtrey is a fortunate – and ambitious – lady! Chatting with her, we learned she and her husband, Will Daughtrey, were married six weeks before the COVID-19 lockdown. The couple enjoyed their Charlotte wedding followed by a honeymoon in South Africa and Mozambique. After many safari expeditions and time spent relaxing on the beach, Annie returned to Charlotte, adjusting to the new normal of residential real estate amongst a pandemic.
Annie was born in Winston-Salem but spent her childhood growing up in Charlotte. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 with a degree in Management and Society. Her first job entailed business development for a steel company focusing on their nuclear energy sector, with various accounts in the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and nuclear power plants.
“My experience there taught me the values of creating and nurturing relationships, tracking market values, negotiation skills, and the importance of having processes and procedures in place,” Annie says.
Hence, obtaining her real estate license in 2016 was a natural transition.
When asked, “Why be a REALTOR®?”, Annie shares, “Real estate was always in the back of my mind. I enjoy working with people and building relationships. I know Charlotte’s ins and outs, and have been fortunate to watch the city grow and prosper over the past 20 years. I love showcasing our city, and helping people find the perfect neighborhood and house to call home.”
Annie joined Dickens Mitchener in 2017. With a career volume of $14 million and a 2019 volume of $8.43 million, she is on an upward trajectory. Her hard work led to recognition as a Rising Star by the Charlotte Observer in 2017 and a top producer at Dickens Mitchener in 2019.
Annie credits her colleagues and mentors at Dickens Mitchener for cultivating an environment that enabled her success. “When I first started with Dickens Mitchener, I went through their mentorship program. I was paired with Shelly Rydell, who was a top agent at Dickens Mitchener for over 15 years. The knowledge I gained from shadowing her and working together was invaluable! It expedited my understanding of the housing market and the various aspects of the industry that you cannot learn from a textbook, such as pricing strategies, interpreting inspection reports, and negotiating repairs.”
Annie continues, “Within my first few years of real estate, I was eager to assist any of our top agents at Dickens Mitchener to learn as much as possible! I was fortunate to assist Cinda Smith, another agent with 20 years of experience.” Cinda involved Annie in every step of her transactions – showing houses, facilitating inspections, and participating in negotiations and closings. “Working with successful agents provided the opportunity to learn techniques and insights they accumulated over their extended and successful careers, and apply it to my own,” says Annie.
Annie tells us that every house is unique, and that “you never confront the exact same challenges and obstacles.” However, her experience shadowing both Shelly and Cinda exposed Annie to numerous experiences that might have taken years for her to encounter herself. “The more challenges and obstacles you witness early in your career, the more proactive you can be when such hurdles arise again in the future,” Annie tells us.
Leaving the corporate world with a stable salary and a visible career path is never an easy decision, but Annie contemplated the transition for several years. As Annie explains, “I was drawn to the entrepreneurial nature of being a residential real estate broker. The opportunity to work hard for your clients and be rewarded for doing so appealed to me greatly.”
Annie dedicates tireless efforts to each and every client and is passionate about making new relationships along the way.
“I never wanted friends to feel obligated to work with me. I value friendships greatly, so the idea of potentially blending personal and business life was intimidating,” Annie tells us. “I have worked very hard to gain a deep and thorough knowledge of the industry that has allowed my business to grow … so now, when friends reach out, it is because they know me, trust me, and know I will work around the clock to ensure their best interests are looked after.”
Her future goals include developing lifelong clients. As Annie’s clients transition through life and their real estate needs change, she wants to be part of their plans. “I can only imagine how heartwarming it will be to look back in 20 to 30 years to realize I have helped people with everything from their starter house to their ‘forever home,'” she says.
In her downtime, Annie enjoys spending time with her family. Annie and Will both went to UNC-Chapel Hill and love cheering on the Tar Heels. With family homes at Litchfield Beach and Hilton Head, the couple enjoys spending time at the beach, sailing, hiking, and traveling. Recent trips include Hawaii, Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic, France, and Costa Rica.
One of Annie’s favorite mantras sums up her zest within her life and career.
“Stay true to yourself, and success and happiness will find you.”