Starting his own agency in 2016 after 12 years in the real estate business has opened more doors than Jeremy Rayburn first dreamed. He and the three associates of Rayburn Real Estate service commercial and residential real estate clients in the greater Flint area. Here are key facts about the foursome.
“At first, I thought I’d be a one-man show,” he says. “After one year everything fell into place. I was lucky to work with associates Gary, Connie and Natalie, and I enjoy helping clients in commercial real estate because I learn something new every day. Not only do I believe in integrity but building relationships with my clients, going above and beyond a broker’s duty.”
Rayburn owes his success to his mother. “She was a single parent who owned her own business,” he says. “I saw her hard work ethic and wanted to do the same. I also look up to my wife, Heather. Over 20 years, I’ve watched her become a wonderful wife and amazing mother while working full-time as a pediatric intensive care nurse, and becoming manager of the PICU, peds unit and neonatal intensive care unit at Hurley while getting her master’s degree.”
Natalie Fox obtained her Realtor’s license in fall 2017. She loves her career and playing a part in making people’s dreams come true.
“I’m personally responsible for my success and feel rewarded for hard work,” she says. “My parents set a perfect example of working hard without complaining. They were grateful for what they had, and lived by the Golden Rule.”
She says it’s a compliment when someone entrusts her with buying or selling their property. “I recently helped a young family find their dream home after a house fire. It was rewarding to know I made their life less hectic by handling the deal. I got to hand them the keys to unlock the new chapter of their lives.”
With more than 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate, Gary Goad founded Continental Investment Corporation in 1991 while working at Dawk Property Management. He joined Rayburn in 2017, specializing in commercial properties.
Before he was a real estate company founder and broker, Goad was a Flint police officer who led the Flint police cadet program, Activities League, foot patrol and social calendar. He retired from the force with numerous awards and a reputation for bravery and reliability. This all stands him in good stead with Rayburn Real Estate and dovetails with the responsibilities of a real estate broker.
Connie Spack joined Rayburn in October 2017 after a long career as a certified leasing specialist. “I truly enjoy locating the perfect fit for my clients’ businesses,” she says. “Most business owners have a vague idea of where they want to be or what they need, but haven’t considered what ensures success in their new location, or hidden costs and responsibilities.”
As to her inspiration, she points to Cynthia Kratchman, a top commercial agent at Mid-America Real Estate Michigan. “I highly admire her for her class, expertise and demeanor,” she says. “She sets a high bar of standards to reach, which is exactly my style.”