Living and working in North Atlanta is my life! My name is Mary Ellen Vanaken and I was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, I worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City. For the past 20 years, I have been living in the Alpharetta, Georgia area with my husband and daughter. International travel and business are my passions. I love to go to as many different countries of the world as possible and to indulge in the culture. I joined Bigger Pockets to learn and share about the best practices in real estate.
My professional associations and certifications include Atlanta Board of Realtors, Leadership Council for Keller Williams Realty, CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist) and CFIS (Certified Foreign Investor Specialist) as well as being a member of KWGPS (Keller Williams Realty Global Property Specialist). In the past several years, I have worked to achieve several additional designations including CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist), SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Specialist and is e-Pro Certified.
welcome to BP
Welcome to the Bigger Pockets community. It is a great place to learn about real estate.
Cool introduction.. It sounds like you have great experience and we can certainly learn from your experience. Curious on how you decided to transition from JP Morgan to Real Estate. Are you currently seeing a strong influx of foreign investors in the Atlanta market? If so what areas and price point? What are some of the best practices/advice you provide to foreign investors looking to invest here in Atlanta?
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I schedule bi-monthly meetups here in Atlanta and looking to schedule one next month. Hopefully, will get a chance to meet you in person. We have a very strong community of REI professionals here on BP.
Welcome, Atlanta is a great place to be
Well I am a newbie looking to connecting with seasoned realtors, planning my move to the peach state in a year, two tops, so welcome. I'm paying attention to all local BIG players in Atlanta.
Great intro I'm an Investor in Atlanta as well ,Welcome!
Hello! Welcome to bigger pockets! We have so much in common. I too was born and raised in Long Island, N.Y. (for the most part) and I'm going to start college in the spring for finance (I go for business right now). I love to travel and I would love to find a way to blend travel and business without being a travel agent.
Good luck on your rei career!
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