Alison Crim, Husky Homes – Keller Williams Realty
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Alison Crim, real estate broker/owner, Husky Homes – Keller Williams Realty.
What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?
The most challenging aspects of the job are also the most rewarding; helping our clients navigate this challenging, local real estate market to find them a home that fits their ever-changing needs. We are dealing with a record low-inventory market and a surge of buyer demand, so coordinating an existing home sale and moving logistics on time of a new home search can be daunting for many. It is, however, extremely rewarding once we’ve realized a smooth transaction and we see the difference that we’ve made for so many on closing day and beyond.
Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?
I have always looked up to my father’s professional business career. He is the hardest working person I know, who never complains about his job, and he is always on the path to be solution-oriented and constantly challenging himself. He is dedicated to self-growth and is 100% committed to everything he does. From a young age, he taught me that you should never ask someone to do a job for you that you don’t know how to do yourself, and this has taught me to understand all of the ins and outs of the real estate market and transaction systems as I scale my local team.
What has been the high point of your career so far?
Every time that our team makes a new hire, I am at a new high for the opportunity to grow new leaders and provide a platform for others to shine. It is incredible rewarding to see eager new hires grow every day on the job, especially when they also become leaders and inspire others around them. June 2021 was our highest volume month ever, and I attribute that completely to the well-oiled systems that our team has developed and the incredible leaders who work diligently alongside me every day.
Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
At 21, I was a college student with anxiety about what career path I should take and what was next for me. The advice I would give to my past self is to not worry so much about the long-term path and to focus on making productive baby steps to continue to grow and challenge yourself, wherever those steps take you. Everyone has a different path and timeline to success; I would tell myself to not forget that the journey is sometimes even better than the destination, and that each step has a new opportunity to learn, grow, and network with someone who can inspire you.
What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?
Dane County has so many incredibly different suburbs, neighborhoods, and outdoor gems spread across the entire county. Each neighborhood has its own unique charm and character, and no town is far away from a bike path, body of water, state park, or other public green space. From a fantastic ski hill in Mount Horeb (Tyrol Basin) to the Capital City Bike Trail and to the thriving downtown Madison isthmus centered between Lake Mendota and Monona, there is something for everyone here — with so many delicious and diverse food options too!
Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?
This might not be much of a secret ability, but I have been an avid snowboarder since I was 12 years old. I love to explore the local snow hills in the area as well as going up to northern Wisconsin and out west. My work schedule in recent years hasn’t allowed me as much opportunity to hit the slopes, but I find it to be an incredibly relaxing pastime and a fun hobby to enjoy with my family, friends, and clients! We had a Husky Homes team client event at Tyrol Basin last year which was a fantastic combination of work and play!
What are your guilty pleasures?
Aside from the obvious guilty pleasure of having a serious sweet tooth for any type of sour candy, I am a dog lover through and through. It is hard for me to walk past any sort of dog on the street without stopping to say, “Hello!” I am a proud dog mom to two huskies, 7-year-old Ramsey and 6-year-old Ranger, and perhaps one of my most guilty pleasures is spoiling them anyway I can! I am my happiest when I am working out of my home office with my two dogs at my side, and I am sure I often bore people with stories about them and the constant posting of their silly faces and mannerisms.
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