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SHEFounders: Courtney Mevs

Courtney Mevs

• Name: Courtney Mevs
Industry: Real Estate
Age: 43

SHEroines: I love strong women, and trailblazers are a plus. That being said I would have to start with my mom (Yvonne Moon Stevens), my late mother-in-law (Dr. Jeanne Adair), my grandmother-in-law (Thelma Adair, who really is a dynamic trailblazer), Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey and every woman trying/striving to do it all (having that work, home, spiritual, fitness, friend balance), striving everyday to learn more, be a positive force, staying true to themselves and being their best self.

Tell us about yourself: who are you, where are you from, what do you do?
I am a native of Savannah, Georgia.  My family relocated from Washington, DC, to Nashville in 2007, and I immediately fell in love with the culture, camaraderie, and character of the city. Today, my passion for Music City has grown along with my passion for serving the community through my 15 years of real estate expertise. I genuinely love helping people through the home-buying, home-selling or investing process.  I really could not imagine doing anything else that would fulfill me as much. I used to work in corporate America, analyzing data to forecast trends and inventory as well as negotiating the pricing and terms, now I analyze the real estate market to determine how to help my clients better. What I like most about my job is watching my buyers fall in love with the Nashville area as I did and helping them make wise decisions regarding their home buying, selling, or investing needs. Whether buying or selling, I always have my clients’ best interests in mind. Perhaps my most important attribute is my strong negotiation skills in a highly competitive market, and my willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure each client comes away with a positive experience.

I am a member of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, Tennessee Association of Realtors and Nashville Association of Realtors. I have received my designations in the following areas: ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative), CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert), ASP (Accredited Staging Professional), CRS (Council of Residential Specialists), RCS-D (Divorce & Elder Real Estate Specialist), SRS (Seller Representative Specialist) and GRI (Graduate, REALTOR Institute). I would love to be able to help anyone needing my services now or in the future with any home-buying, selling, and investing needs.

I could not work harder for anyone else; I had to work hard for myself

What was your path to becoming a founder?
I worked extremely hard in corporate America and then found myself entering the real estate profession and knew that I could not work harder for anyone else; I had to work hard for myself.  Then when we moved to the Nashville area I had to work hard in a different way because I was no longer trying to learn the real estate business as I was in the Washington, D.C. market but I was trying to gain the reputation of an effective real estate agent with having no real ties to the Nashville community.  I still had my real estate license in Washington, DC, and Maryland so I would continue flying back and forth to help my clients there until I was able to develop my Nashville business to the point where I needed to be a full-time Nashville Real Estate agent. It was tough to find people that were willing to give me a chance, but over time, I started to develop a referral network.

How did you build your base, grow your following, and fund your company?
I created my base by helping each client I had as if I were helping myself, always going above and beyond and still do because that is how I would like to be treated. This led to an increase in word of mouth marketing about my capabilities that eventually helped establish my solid client base.

What about being a founder brings you the most joy?
Being able to think outside the box, use the knowledge and negotiating skills I have learned from my past career to be able to help me in my current one, helping my clients get the best possible outcome. I truly thrive on working to make my client’s dreams come true.

What is the most challenging part of being a founder?
You have to solve the problems, whether there is one or a multitude. And most importantly, I develop proactive strategies for clients to ensure “plan b”, “plan c” or “plan d” is implemented seamlessly. Contingency plans are a must!

What’s the personal or professional achievement that makes you the proudest?
Being able to help, whether it’s someone who thought they would never achieve the American Dream of home ownership, a growing family needing more in a home or someone trying to add to their investment portfolio. I am able to assist them with what they need at that current stage in their life.

What and who has motivated you the most in your journey as a founder?
I guess I would have to say my Aunt Sonjia who used to own her own event planning company in Atlanta, GA and taught me you can have your own business and through hard work and determination grow it to a successful enterprise.  While I could see for her, it was a lot of work; I could also see that it was gratifying to her at the same time. I learned early that the old adage “anything worth having is worth working hard for” is so true and it’s something I never wavered from.

I learned early that the old adage “anything worth having is worth working hard for” is so true and it’s something I never wavered from.

If you could go back in time and offer yourself sixty seconds of advice, what would you say?
Learn how to say no sooner.  As more gets added to your plate in life, you have to be able to say no and not feel bad about it.  I find when I over commit, my work life balance is disrupted, and I end up never having enough time to keep a healthy balance.    

If you could give any advice to young women considering starting their own business, what would you say?
Find something you love or are passionate about, be ready to work harder than you have ever worked before, know your strengths and hire out when and where you can see in regards to your weaknesses (you’ll end up wasting too much of your time trying to do the things you aren’t good doing).  Be patience with yourself and if others don’t have good things to say or don’t believe in you, continue to believe in yourself, work harder and surround yourself with others that are doing great things and are able to be a support system and also hold you accountable.

Who are some other founders to watch?
Your very own Hope Cooper, who truly is AMAZING at all things, never tires and never gives up.

What are some resources for women and femme founders? I always like music that pumps me up, motivational sayings and speeches which help keep my mind in the zone to be great.

My contact information is:
Courtney Mevs
615.596.5585   Mobile
615.383.6964   Office
1033 Demonbreun St, Suite #300               
Nashville, TN 37203

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