Janet Schmidt is more than 40 years into her real estate journey, and has seen the neighborhoods of north Houston through its ups and downs as well as now through an ongoing pandemic.
But if there’s one thing that has never change – and will never change – it is her propensity for telling things like they are with no sugar coating.
“I shoot straight to everybody, and I don’t feed them a line. I just tell them how it is. Simple as that,” she said. “It gets you repeat clients if you’re honest with them.”
That mantra appears to have served Schmidt well for more than four decades. She has been a licensed real estate agent since 1977, and has served the community with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties since 1997.
And though her path was gradual, she wouldn’t have it any other way. After graduating high school in the late 70s, Schmidt accepted her father’s offer to stay home in Timbergrove and attend real estate school. From that point forward, it was a perfect match.
“I like working people, and I like talking – so it kind of worked out,” she said.
Schmidt has been at the top of her agency from 2017-2020 and has been a top producer for years throughout her career.
Clients and customers appreciate Janet's positive attitude, integrity, professionalism, and patience. They also rely on her market knowledge and, she said she tries to go the extra mile to achieve the results her client seeks.
As a native Houstonian, Schmidt said she has extensive knowledge of area neighborhoods such as Oak Forest, Garden Oaks, Timbergrove/Lazybrook and Rice Military along with Shepherd Park Plaza, Candlelight Plaza, Shepherd Forest, Candlelight Estates, and the Heights. That knowledge, she said, is key in connecting with the neighborhood and in turn her clients, helping guide them to the spot best suited for them on their budget whether they’re buying or selling.
Whether it’s looking for background on schools in the area, the best spot to eat or the best spot to grab a drink, Schmidt prides herself on being the one to give clients the lowdown.
“I’ve watched it go from down-to-up and up-to-down,” she said. “I just know the area very well, and I can give them all the background on all the neighborhoods.”
To that end, Schmidt said many of her clients are repeat customers or those based on referrals from family or friends who she has bought/sold one or multiple homes with.
One of her biggest drivers, she said, is that she believes in the importance of maintaining a generational connection with those she has known since before she dipped her toe into real estate.
“Most of my clients, I’ve sold them a couple of houses – so they’ve moved on, and I work with a lot people I’ve known for years,” she said. “I work with a lot of friends and their families, and it’s fun to just be able to work with people that you know.”
Ultimately, she believes clients and customers appreciate the fact that she is not going to sugar coat things, and said the most fulfilling part of the job is seeing a buyer or seller through to the finish line.
It’s a motto that appears to have served her well for more than four decades, and does not look to be changing any time soon. After all, there’s no reason to change what isn’t broken.
“It’s just nice to see people happy when they get a house, and feeling like you’ve done your job to help them out,” she said.
Anyone wanting to buy or list a home with Schmidt can reach out to her at 713-419-7918 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org