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Knowledge of marketing, housing essential to Real Estate business

September 25, 2012

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Terri Hunter

By Kyle Siegel
Staff writer

Terri Hunter is a busy woman. Many around the Sedalia area may know her as a successful real estate agent with Re-Max of Sedalia, but many do not realize that she has several time consuming activities that she is just as passionate about.

Hunter was born at the U.S. Marine Corps bas Camp Pendleton, California.

“I was only there until I was two. My dad was a Marine and we moved around every three to five years,” Hunter said.

She added, “From there my dad transferred to Memphis, Tennessee. I went to school for a year in Memphis,” Hunter said.

Like most military kids Hunter and family relocated again, this time to Beaufort, South Carolina.

“From there we moved to Sedalia for a year while my dad went to Okinawa. From there we went to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and then my dad retired from the Marine Corps in May of 81. Then we moved here,” Hunter explained.

Hunter ended staying in the Sedalia area and she graduated from Smith-Cotton before moving on to State Fair Community College, where she received an A.A.S. in Accounting.

Hunter was asked if she had a chance to play any sports while moving around so frequently.

“In North Carolina I was the only girl on the baseball team. They didn’t have cheerleaders so I tried to join the football team. They decided to make a cheer leading squad,” Hunter said.

Hunter was asked if she got involved in real estate early on in her work career, or if that was something that came later.

“In real estate I would have liked to have gotten into that earlier, but I thought you had to know a lot of people.

“You really just need to know the marketing and housing,” Hunter explained.

She added, “I was the office administrator for Re-Max for almost three years. Just seeing the different people that do real estate, I thought I could do that.”

Hunter has been a real estate agent with Re-Max for five years now, and when she first started as an agent in January of 2008 the housing market was in the beginning of its downturn.

“It was a tough year, but it taught me not to get bad habits. You can’t just wait for people to walk in. You have to do the work,” she said.

When asked if she still enjoys the real estate business as much as she did when she started, Hunter replied, “I do. As a matter of fact I am taking classes for my broker’s license. It is a roller coaster. No two closings are the same.

Not only does she sell real estate, but Terri also trains people for the West Central Association of Realtors.

“I am on the Education and New Member Orientation Board. I train all of the new members that come into the association. I have done that now for three years.

Hunter, ever the busy woman, has also served as the treasurer of the Sedalia Lions Club for nearly two years, and she is also the treasurer for the Sedalia Landlord Association.

Terri and her husband Donnie have two children, both girls. Her daughter Holly is going to college to complete her master’s degree in Speech Pathology. Her daughter Heather is following the footsteps of her mother and taking real estate classes.

Terri and Donnie are also involved in owning and managing properties.

“We have been doing rental houses since 1992. We are just buying more in the last three to five years. It is not too bad. You just want to make sure you have quality properties and maintain good upkeep on them,” Hunter explained.

When asked what she does for fun in her downtime, Hunter gave a surprising answer.

“I have a small hobby farm. It is 40 acres. We have cows. We used to do pigs and chickens, but we don’t have time for that anymore.

“It is very stress relieving. Most of the time the cows don’t talk back. They are always glad to see you,” Hunter said with a smile.

With what little time she has left over in a week, Terri finds time to do a radio show twice a week on BobFM and KIX Country 105.7.

She airs live on Thursday mornings at 8:50 in the a.m. She also airs every other Friday on BobFM. She then pre-records with Becca on Kix Country.

“I always do statistics; Pettis County residential listings, how many are pending and how many are sold each week.”

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