2021 Notable Residential Real Estate Agents Q&A: “My goal is to lead with a humble heart”

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Life came to Candice Eberhardt fast in 2020. In July, the woman who opened her own real estate company in 2012 checked into Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for a six-hour procedure to remove an invasive brain tumor but benign. Four months off and a strong will to recover brought her back to late 2020. Eberhardt proudly says she is now 100% recovered.

You are the president-elect of the Akron-Cleveland Association of Realtors and will be the first minority president in 2022. What does this mean for you?

Honestly, I can’t believe this is happening. For so long, it seemed so far away. I’m extremely excited, but also extremely nervous because I want to make everyone proud. Two things that reassure me are knowing that I have a great support system and that I am surrounded by people who really care about me.

Can your example inspire others?

I didn’t do it for the “wow” factor, but that’s what I’ve heard quite often: “Wow, you’re making history.” And yes, I make history, but I’m still the same old person. I’ve never necessarily liked the spotlight, but that comes with the territory and my goal is to lead with a humble heart.

What led you to sell real estate?

My grandfather John Eberhardt was one of the first African American brokers in Akron. He owned an Eberhardt Realty in the 70s and 80s. I thought, “Why wouldn’t I do this for a little extra money?” So I got my real estate license. For 10 years, I worked third shift at Roadway and then FedEx, and I sold houses during the day. In 2009, I started having trouble for falling asleep on the third shift, so I was placed during the day. I started losing customers. I made the decision to leave my job at FedEx to go into real estate full time. I attended Hondros, graduated, opened an office and it all took off from there.

What is your philosophy when working in real estate? Is it just dollars and cents?

This is really not the case. I help people make one of the biggest decisions of their life. It’s the biggest investment they’ll ever make. I want to make sure they have everything they need to make that dream come true. I have a clientele from all walks of life and all income brackets and everyone is treated the same. About 10 years ago I helped a client in her 50s buy her first home and she cried in my arms at closing.

Can real estate produce wealth and can it help minority communities?

Absoutely. Home ownership creates immediate wealth for those who take the steps. As we know, the homeownership rate for African Americans is much lower than other groups, and I’m proud to have worked for the past 20 years to change those statistics. Many minorities are not in the position where we have finances or housing handed down to us like others, so providing them with education is essential. They think it’s impossible to achieve and I help them overcome their inhibitions in order to achieve this goal.

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