Abigail Wilson is A Steward of God’s Plan!
Keller Williams Charlotte Ballantyne Area
Written by Allison Parker
Photos by Kelly Klemmensen Photography
Nobody understands the old saying, “everything happens for a reason,” better than Abigail “Abby” Melendez Wilson. Suffering a leg injury in a Spartan race, Abby went from an active young mom to an immobile person struggling to walk again. Her story is inspirational and moving with the spirit of the Lord weaved through every moment.
Abby was born in the Bronx, NY, where she lived until she was nine years old. Her parents moved the family to Charlotte in the fall of 1987. Abby attended Wingate University and received her Business Administration degree with an emphasis in accounting in 2000. Currently, Abby is married to Brad Wilson, who is now her business partner and fellow REALTOR®. They have two children, Elijah (9th grade) and Alana (7th grade). The couple is celebrating their 20th anniversary on April 28th.
When asked about jumping into real estate, Abby recalls, “It wasn’t an easy transition and definitely not one I had planned. I suffered an injury while running in a Spartan race on April 8, 2017. I call it my ‘Spartan injury.’ I could not walk for approximately 12 weeks and could only walk with assistance for another five weeks. I had a lot of time to pray, plan, and decide that I wanted to work for myself. Our REALTOR® had mentioned real estate to my husband a few times prior to my injury. When my REALTOR® was made aware of my injury, he called me to recommend that I consider this career path as well. Following my injury, my family was in a very difficult position, and there were fear and apprehension in starting a career that did not have a predictable income. After a lot of prayer and the great support of my family, I started the path towards real estate.”
In November 2017, Abby received her real estate license and joined Keller Williams Ballantyne area on January 3, 2018. Her dedication to her new career has shown in the accolades Abby has received through the years. Among her awards are 2018 Keller Williams Ballantyne Emerging Agent, 2019 Graduate of the Canopy REALTOR® Association Leadership academy, 2019 Canopy REALTOR® Association – Vane Mingle Rookie of the Year, and 2020 NC REALTORS® Rising Star. Abby is rocking the real estate world with a total career volume of a little over $22 million and a 2020 volume of over $12.5 million.
When asked about who influenced and helped her starting out as a new agent, Abby is generous with praise: “Wow, I have a large list of people who have helped me in this business and that have mentored me. Tasha Viney—she was my transaction partner at KW Ballantyne, and she will always be referred to (within my family) as my ‘real estate hero’. Sabra Romeo is my Broker in Charge and another real estate hero. When I hit a very difficult season in real estate in 2019, I almost quit. Sabra encouraged me to keep going. Regina Polk was my first business coach. She made my dreams and goals her dreams and goals. She was passionate about my goals and held me accountable to them. Chip Walton is my current business coach. I can point to conversations with him and detailed notes taken that have helped me catapult my business to new heights. I have many more!”
Abby is very honest about starting out and how it is so important to share that you are starting a new career with EVERYONE. She expanded her sphere by letting folks know through family and friends that she was available as a real estate agent. Her very first listing came from a close friend referral.
Abby’s drive to be a steward of the Lord and help others is evident as she notes, “I am very passionate about helping as many people as I can to build wealth and make dreams a reality. I am most passionate about teaching my children that everything and anything is possible. I have had the opportunity to help many people who thought homeownership was not possible to purchase homes.”
Abby includes her family in the process of dream boarding success planning. A recent reward trip to Disney was the culmination of many hours, days, and months of hard work and sticking through tough times. Even within a period where 11 out of 13-15 contracts terminated in her second year in the business, Abby’s steadfast faith and determination carried her through to be where she is today.
When asked about her thoughts on the amazing journey, Abby smiles, “I reflect on God’s greatness, and I’m grateful to be a steward of His work.”