As a Native Texan who grew up in Dallas with a second home on Lake Austin and a third home in Houston, you could say Texas has always been my home.  My parents were immigrants from Europe.   They met while attending Texas Tech back in the 1950s.  My father, born in Sicily, Italy, was an Engineering Headhunter for NASA with three Master’s Degrees.  My mother, born in Tubingen, Germany, ran a very successful marketing department for Texas Instruments until she retired.  I grew up assisting my father with clerical duties and watching my mother in her professional environment.  Both taught me business skills beginning at a very early age.  With driven European parents, I was inspired to become a business owner… more particularly a Real Estate Professional.
Why a Real Estate Professional?  As I grew up in Dallas / Fort Worth, my love for real estate developed.  I was always intrigued by the beautiful homes and buildings.  My parents and I would admire the architecture and their unique designs, reflect on the land and wondered who may have roamed the property before that property was constructed.  I was raised visiting my grandfather’s home… a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright design on Abrams Road in Dallas as seen here:  http://cdn.significanthomes.com/4019/1523_abrams.jpg . 
Also, at a very early age, my love for staging and interior design began.  My parents would allow me to rearrange furniture and paint the walls of my family home whenever I felt the need for a change.  I also enjoyed creating artistic decor out of things lying around the house which they put on display.  They were very supportive and allowed me to express myself.   
Passionate about the various aspects of real estate, I was elated to learn in college that I could become a Realtor.  Initially, I received a Real Estate Certification through Dallas County Community College’s two year program.  I continued my studies in pre-law, business and psychology at DCCC and University of Texas at Dallas. 
Also, while attending college, I worked for RE/MAX as an Office Administrator for a few years followed by running the sales office of the Tybrisa Beach Resort located in Savannah, Georgia.  When I returned back to the Metroplex, I continued with my college studies while working six years as a Legal Assistant / Paralegal for a prestigious Downtown Dallas law firm.
In 1997, I obtained my Real Estate Salesperson’s License through the Texas Real Estate Commission and immediately began working for RE/MAX All Cities, where I earned the Top Producer, Top Selling Agent and Top Listing Agent awards for the year.  This continued until I obtained my Real Estate Broker’s License in 2005, where I immediately opened the doors to my boutique brokerage, Tina Leigh Realty. 
During my real estate career, I’ve obtained certifications in the following extended areas:
NHC – New Home Construction (2004)
ePRO – Internet Professional Certification (2008)
CNE – Certified Negotiation Expert
GRI – Graduate of the Realtor Institute (2004)
ABR – Accredited Buyer Representative (2004)
SFR – Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource Specialist (2009)
SRES – Senior Residential Specialist (2004)
Texas Association of Realtors (Since 1997)
National Association of Realtors (Since 1997)
Luxury Home Specialist (Coming in 2016)
Additional real estate studies include:
How to Prepare Your Listings to Sell Quickly (2008)
Agents Gone Wild: Don’t Try This at Home (2007)
Life in the 6 D’s: Defects, Discovery, Data, Disclosure (2007)
Property Management (2005)
Law of Agency (1997 & 2005)
Real Estate Principles II (1997 & 2005)
Successful Buyer Representation in New Home Sales (2004)
Texas Tech University, CPD – All About Mortgages (2002)
TREC Mandatory Ethics Update MCE as required (1997 to present)
TREC Mandatory Legal Update MCE as required (1997 to present)
Selling to Your Sphere of Influence (2016)
In addition to working as a Real Estate Broker, I have served or am currently serving with the following:
President of the Windy Hill Farms Home Owners Association of 450 +/- homes (2014 – 2016)
Volunteer for the American Red Cross (Since 2015)
Member of the Colleyville Chamber (Since 2015)
Member of the Colleyville Women’s Club (Since 2015)
Board Member and Supporter of GoMAD Ministries (Go Make a Difference) (Since 2014)
Member of the Plano Chamber of Commerce (Since 2013)
Member of the Murphy Chamber of Commerce (Since 2001)
Prior TA for Inspired STEPS (an at-risk teen ministry)
Prior TA for Pathways Family Teen Camp (an at-risk teen ministry)
Prior Connection Group Leader for Chase Oaks Church middle school students
Attended mission trips to various areas, including Dominican Republic and Arizona
Designated All-American Scholar (1995 – 1996)
Selling real estate is in my heart.  I’ve been truly blessed to enjoy such an amazing career, which I plan to continue throughout my lifetime.  I’ve made wonderful friends along the way.  I’ve enjoyed watching families make houses their homes.  To me, there’s no greater joy than being surrounded with family and friends, sharing life while having a home to make beautiful memories in.  I always give thanks to the One who provides, as He has provided me with a blessed marriage, amazing son and a comfortable home.  I cherish every moment I have with them.
As one who has a heart to serve, it would be a blessing and honor to have the wonderful opportunity to be your Real Estate Broker for life. 
Assist Buyers, Sellers, Landlords, Tenants,
Investors, Relocation Companies with all aspects of Residential Real Estate
Certified as:  Negotiation Expert * Buyer
Representative * Short Sale & Foreclosure
Specialist * Internet Professional * Senior
Specialist * New Home Construction  *
Luxury Home Specialist
Contact me for all of your residential real estate needs.  I'm here for YOU from morning to evening, 7 days a week, 12 months of the year!  
Native Texan . Real Estate Broker . Selling Dallas / Fort Worth for nearly 20 Years!
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