Anything Is Possible
Written By Eli Pacheco
Photos by Kelly Klemmensen Photography
For the active person, Lake Norman is a great place to be.
That’s not even a sales pitch for someone looking for a home. After experiencing all 50 states, that’s why Michele Weaver chose the area for her home and established Michele Weaver Real Estate with eXp Realty.
“In four hours, you can go from the Atlantic Ocean to the Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway,” Michele says.
Her knowledge and love of the area put Weaver, a veteran REALTOR®, in a good spot. And it extends beyond real estate. Michele wants her clients to not only love where they live, but also know all they can about the market and what is best for their family’s financial situation.
For Michele, it wasn’t your typical foray into real estate. She worked in an equestrian barn at age 15, then as a bartender and server after high school.
“My options were the food industry or a factory worker,” Michele recalls. Instead, she ventured into real estate, and has never looked back.
“We are proof you don’t need formal education or a fancy degree to make six figures, soon to be seven,” Weaver says with a smile. “As a result, my mindset is different than most agents.”
Michele helped her client Lauren Edwards not only buy a home but also ensure she could have everything she wanted in it — bringing a tape measure to ensure her dream of an eight-person dining table would fit, and meeting every inspector and surveyor during due diligence, no matter how many trips it took.
“These things matter when you’re trying to buy a home in a competitive market,” Lauren says. “I don’t know of any other person who would’ve been more available for us than Michele was. She advocated for us and kept us informed every step of the way.”
Another client, Mitzi Boles, says Michele puts her heart and soul into making dreams come true.
“After working as an admin in the real estate industry for several years I have met a variety of agents, but never one as dedicated and caring as Michele,” Mitzi says. “She will get things done and get them done right! Not only is Michele an amazing REALTOR®, but she went above and beyond the call of duty.”
This included feeding chickens that came with Mitzi’s house, meeting a fencing company for a quote, and driving more than an hour to rescue the family when their RV had a blowout on the way to their new home.
A Temporary Stay Became Permanent
Michele and her husband, Dana, took two and a half years off to travel the country. Michele is licensed to sell real estate in the Carolinas and Florida. As perfect as this area is for them, they might not be here if it wasn’t for a temporary stopover made years ago.
The Weavers left Pennsylvania for Denver with two dogs to satisfy their adventurous side. Colorado wasn’t exactly what they wanted, so they ventured back east and stayed with Dana’s sister in the Charlotte area. It was meant to be temporary…
“Although we liked it out there in Denver, I now live in North Carolina, at Lake Norman,” Michele says. “We have lived here for more than 30 years and have never looked back.”
“We are very grateful for this turn of events,” Michele says. “I love the area and am proud to work daily for my clients, helping them to be as happy as we are in the Carolinas.”
They are also grateful for eXp Realty. The company has afforded them training and contacts since Michele joined in early 2018.
“Anyone can do anything they put their mind to,” Michele says. “It took me a little bit longer to believe this. Working for a company that allows you to promote yourself is a game changer.
Contacts have become friends and mentors to Michele. She has a strong support system in place for whatever she needs. “They are always there to give me encouragement or even a good kick in the butt when needed,” she chuckles. And she is a strong support system for others.
Building a Team
To build an agency, finding a building isn’t as difficult as finding like-minded people.
“You want to complement each other for strengths and weaknesses,” Michele says, “deciding which business model, splits, and values you would follow. It needs to be a win-win for both parties.”
Michele didn’t want to be like some other teams out there. She wanted people to buy in — and want to stay.
“I didn’t want to be a revolving door,” she explains. So she’s building a small but mighty team. They’ll soon add skilled and unskilled showing agents and buyer’s agents. The staff will have the Weavers’ knowledge and expertise to help them succeed.
“Success is when people think of you, they smile, laugh, and have nothing but nice things to say about you,” Michele says.
“In real estate or life, in general, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything,” she says. “Anything you can dream of is possible; you must work hard and, most of all, believe in yourself. It’s that simple.”