July Top Producer – Bobby Downey
By Charlotte Top Producers |Jul 10, 2022

Keeping Real Estate Fun

Bobby Downey of Downey Properties Team at NextHome Paramount

Written by Heather Pluard

“Fun Bobby” loves living up to his nickname, but don’t let it fool you. With more than $100 million in sales in his eight-year career, REALTOR® Bobby Downey is one of the hardest working agents in Charlotte. So, even though he strives to give his clients an enjoyable experience, he’s best known for giving them excellent results.

“Real Estate is not just a career but a passion,” Bobby says. “If you are not passionate about it, you will not last. The most rewarding part of this business for me is the relationships that it allows us to create. I’ve built my clientele by working with friends and friends of friends. Helping them achieve homeownership is a tremendous thing in itself, and then I get to watch the life they build for themselves and their families. It’s a great job!”

A Charlotte native, Bobby attended Appalachian State University before spending 11 years in the mortgage industry. Meanwhile, his wife and current business partner, Jayme Downey, was killing it in real estate. “I was frustrated in the mortgage industry because I didn’t have much control over the client experience,” Bobby explains. “There were too many hands in the cookie jar, so to say. I saw how Jayme consistently delivered a great experience while having fun, and I decided to make the transition. On July 8, 2014, I obtained my license and never looked back.”

Initially, Bobby joined his wife at Keller Williams Ballantyne, and they quickly became the top husband-and-wife team at that office. After three years with KW, the couple left and opened a small independent brokerage, Downey Properties. “We learned a lot in that transition,” Bobby says. “A year later, we bought a franchise of NextHome and opened NextHome Paramount. The company offers superior technology, training, and leadership. Joining the NextHome family was the best decision we have made.”

Jayme is now NextHome Paramount’s Broker-In-Charge and has been Bobby’s mentor since day one. “She is the reason I found success and found it quickly,” Bobby smiles. “Jayme had about 10 years of experience prior to me joining her in real estate, and it made the transition so much easier. The best advice I would give an agent is don’t recreate the wheel. Instead, have a mentor/guide that has been where you are going, put together a plan, and then take action.”

Today, Bobby is passionate about building out his team and helping Jayme grow their brokerage. “What we have built so far is the foundation of bigger, greater things to come,” he says. “Our company motto is ‘Humans Over Houses,’ and I do my best to put that into action every day. Be kind. This business is not about transactions. It’s about people. I think a large portion of this industry has forgotten that, but everything else will work itself out if you put people first. The more you talk to people, the more you see that a lot of us have overcome tremendous things to get where we are. I’m grateful to be where I am and will continue to push forward to be better in life and business.”

Last year, Bobby had $21.5 million in sales volume, but that’s not his top priority. To him, it’s seeing smiles on the face of his wife and their two boys. Cooper is 13 and into basketball. West is 10 and learning the drums. Both boys love going fishing with their dad, and everyone in the family is an adamant Pittsburgh Steelers fan. When the Downey family wants to relax away from it all, they head to the beach with their Pug Rocco in tow.

“Success is a home full of laughter and love to come home to every day,” Bobby says. “I also love seeing smiles on my clients’ faces and want them to have fun throughout the real estate process. Most people don’t know that I like to freestyle rap, and every once in a while, when the mood hits me, I surprise folks and BREAK IT DOWN. They don’t call me Fun Bobby for nothing! When a client is a little sad at closing because they won’t get to see so much of you moving forward, you have done your job.”

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