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Check Out Ivy Grant’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ivy Grant. 

Hi Ivy, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I was introduced to the real estate industry at the age of 10 when my mom became a realtor in 1999. My mom established our family-owned real estate brokerage, St. Louis Metro Realtors in 2002. I can remember working the front desk at the office, answering calls, and stuffing envelopes to send out calendars for the Holidays. I can’t forget the many long days and hours riding around St. Louis using paper maps (we didn’t have google maps back then lol) to show houses. Due to the nature of the excessive work hours I had to sit with my mom conducting her real estate business, I always told her I would never do real estate. Not understanding as a child, the sacrifices my dad and mom made to ensure my future was better than theirs. At the age of 18 my senior year in high school I became pregnant with my now 13 yr. old son. I still went on to graduate from high school May 2008 and gave birth to him June 17, 2008. My senior year was rough having to face the reality that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy all the senior activities, prom, and even going away to college like I had planned. I also didn’t know what my future would look like. With the support of my parents, I was able to go away to Florida A&M University in Fall 2009. I was blessed to be able to receive in-state tuition, scholarships and find childcare for my son while I worked and pursued my degree in Graphic Design. By the grace of God, I graduated magna cum laude with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design in May 2013. While going through my degree program I did enjoy learning design programs and all things design but I realized this was not my passion. I had always said I wanted to be a teacher so I applied to Teach for America my final semester of college. I was accepted and taught 3rd grade in what is considered a low-income area of St. Louis within St. Louis Public Schools. During this time my mind and heart started to shift, as I matured the resentment, I had for the real estate industry started to dissipate. I pursued my real estate career and became licensed in 2014. Within the 5yrs of teaching and doing real estate part-time I realized I wanted to do and be more amongst the systems that have been set up to keep minorities oppressed. In 2018 I began my journey as a full-time real estate agent. This is when my path of purpose began to bloom. I realized I had a passion and niche to educate, provide resources and assist my community in building and sustaining generational wealth through homeownership. My purpose to be the change I wish to see in my community, for my family and others is what drives me. I have a passion to help turn the dreams of others into reality when it comes to homeownership. I will continue to push forward through all the trials and tribulations to show up as my best self because my community needs me. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been a cakewalk to grow into the woman/ entrepreneur that I have and am evolving into. Having a child at a young age made me grow up and realize I now had more than me to protect and care for. My son and I have pretty much grown up together. Being a mom is like having 2.5 full-time careers as it is, so being a young mom, I had to push forward with faith that failure wasn’t an option. What has kept me going on the hard days of life is first prayer even when I didn’t have the words, second being around like-minded people who can pour into me when my well is dry. What I have learned and constantly learning is that growth happens in the valleys. When it appears that you are in the lowest darkest places of your life this is where God produces something beautiful. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am currently working as a full-time Realtor/Broker licensed in both Missouri and Illinois. I am the Broker Associate/ Co-Owner of St. Louis Metro Realtors, which is my family-owned brokerage of 19 years. I enjoy educating and providing resources for clients looking to buy or sell their homes. I am a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and in my spare time I love to spend time with family and friends. I also spend many hours giving back to my community by hosting community beautification projects, homebuyers’ workshops, volunteering with the Urban League, Almost Home, and Ready Readers just to name a few. 

My Real Estate Designations include SRS Seller Representative Specialist and PSA Pricing Strategy Advisor. I am affiliated with the National Association of Realtors, St. Louis Association of Realtors, Realtors Association of Southwestern Illinois. 

What sets me apart is that I have a passion and genuine care to educate and help build homeownership in my community. 

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
Please support my initiative by following me on all social media platforms and sharing the resources that are provided to the community. We are always looking to collaborate and connect with other individuals and organizations for community beautification projects and home buying workshops. 

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