Lorri Loggins had to sink or swim when starting a new career in real estate a decade ago.
Ms. Loggins said she worked in bookkeeping and accounting for years when life changes made her start over both personally and professionally. As a single mother to a 16-year-old daughter in 2003, Ms. Loggins decided to pursue a real estate career because she didn’t want an “8-to-5 job sitting behind a desk,” she said.
She didn’t realize how hard getting into the real estate field would be. She began taking courses online from the Texas Real Estate Commission and worked hard to earn her certification. “I had to sink or swim,” she said.
Ms. Loggins started working at Pirtle Real Estate, which was sold to Coldwell Banker United. She received her broker’s license in 2005, and in 2006, began working for Cornerstone Brokerage. She became the broker of record there in 2008.
She said she is one of eight partners in Cornerstone Brokerage that serve several East Texas counties from offices on Grande Boulevard.
Ms. Loggins has been involved with the Greater Tyler Association of Realtors since 2003 and began serving on its board in 2009. She has served as director, treasurer, vice president, president-elect and now president.
The board works to educate real estate agents, runs multiple listing services of homes and property for sale and works to protect owners’ property rights, she said.
“For 2013, I think we’re looking forward to a positive year,” she said of the association. The local real estate market was in a “slump” in 2009-10, while 2012 was a good year, she said. As they see home sale numbers grow, they look forward to 2013, she added.
Ms. Loggins has a 26-year-old daughter, while her husband, Jason Waller, has two daughters, ages 15 and 18. They have a 4-year-old grandson. Waller is a professor and chairman of the Criminal Justice Department at Tyler Junior College.
Ms. Loggins is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Texas Association of Realtors. In her spare time, she enjoys her family, cooking, baking, gardening, laying in her pool, blogging and interior decorating. She is a member of Green Acres Baptist Church.
“I always say God, family, real estate is the order I conduct my life in,” she said. “I give Him all the credit of where I am today.”
For more information, visit www.lorriloggins.com.
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