By Steve Gamel
Marcie Laird Ehmann didn’t have to cultivate her love for real estate. As far back as she can remember, the longtime Houstonian was one of those types who wouldn’t hesitate to jump in her car and drive around to explore different homes in the area — all the while letting her curiosity run wild.
Needless to say, chasing a career that would allow her to help people find the home of their dreams was a no-brainer.
“I’ve always loved it. When I first started in 2000, I was in my mid-20s, and at that age, you don’t always know what you want to do,” she said. “But I loved looking at homes. I looked at everything from $100,000 to $2 million homes and enjoyed seeing everyone’s tastes. I still love everything about it from the beginning to the end. I love helping people find the right home, and I love sharing in that excitement. It’s a lot of fun. It’s also rewarding.”
Since that time, Ehmann has helped clients buy and sell homes as close to her hometown of Cypress to Spring Branch, Bellaire, the Galleria area, and all the way to the beaches of Galveston, where she and her family have property.
“I’m constantly back and forth,” she said. “I’ve always believed that you have to know the market. I was raised here and went to Cypress Creek High School. We live in Coles Crossing, and my parents still live right down the road. I think clients appreciate this. It’s something they look for.”
When you meet Marcie, it’s easy to see that she struggles to talk about herself or to pat herself on the back for cobbling together such a successful career, adding, “that’s not my personality at all.” She doesn’t have to, though. Clients praise her compassionate spirit, accessibility, in-depth knowledge of the area, and the rapport she builds with every one of them. She worked in residential real estate from 2000 to 2005 before leaving for a management career in human resources, where her excellent people skills came into play every day. Two years ago, she returned to her first love, and her honesty and positive attitude are welcome qualities when negotiating a deal for her clients.
From first-time homebuyers to people looking to downsize or buy a second home, what matters to buyers, sellers, and leasers is that Marcie’s name is attached to their transaction. They rely on her to make sense of the real estate market and her unmatched level of commitment to understanding their needs. Bringing that mantra under the umbrella of RE/MAX Preferred Homes created the perfect marriage between the unrivaled resources and reach RE/MAX has and a Realtor who lives and breathes doing the right thing for her clients. RE/MAX Preferred Homes has been a staple in Cypress for 28 years and is owned and operated by Pamela and Mike Schroeder.
“The key is communication — listening to them, understanding what they are looking for, and explaining the process every step of the way,” Marcie said. “This is especially true for first-time homebuyers because it is a lot. They are making one of the biggest decisions of their life. You have to explain things like the 10-day option, closing costs, and what you have to go to the table with. You have to be able to negotiate the price and pay attention to details. If you go into a house that needs some work, you need to be able to tell them this instead of pretending everything is going to be okay.”
Marcie also excels at being proactive, even when she doesn’t have to be. “I’ve always believed that it’s important to keep clients well-informed,” she said. “There have been situations where I am calling a client who is selling a home to give them a weekly update — even if no one has come to see the house yet.”
A believer in paying it forward, Marcie spends her free time volunteering for organizations and worthy causes. She was recently asked to be on the host committee for The Bryan Museum in Galveston, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork from Texas and the American West. She is also a committee member for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Herb, and three kids.
“We are always at galas and charity events,” Marcie said. “I just love being around people and helping people.”