STAUNTON — It was a bright day in Staunton and energy was in the air. It ran through the mind, body and soul of real estate agent Jewel Manly as she graced the digital realm with her presence.
On a shiny August day, Manly had just completed a sale and was feeling positive energy. She then shared her hype with members of the Facebook community group named Staunton VA.
She shared a TikTok video with her dancing to the classic hit “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire. Dancing and real estate aren’t typically linked together, but this Staunton real estate enthusiast gave it her all.
Manly believes in the area she works in and loves to do her job. She works as a real estate agent for Old Dominion Realty going on six months now and hasn’t looked back once.
One sale is just enough spark to ignite the passion for hard work. Progress takes time and Manly enjoys every moment of the journey.
“We really have to celebrate the small successes,” Manly said. “The market is pretty hot right now where the higher dollar houses are selling for $500 to $600,000. These houses aren’t selling necessarily in one to two days, but they are still hot if the price is right.”
Manly is in full swing of her career now, however the way she got into the business hits close to home.
Following the footsteps of family
Manly is close with her grandmother Diana Stone who lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. When Manly graduated college, the next step —as suggested by Stone— was to begin real estate school.
Manly graduated from Colorado State University in 2019 with a degree in marketing. To say the least, the degree paid off.
“My father was in real estate and he got me into it,” Stone said. “Now Jewel is in the business so who knows what’s going to happen with the next generation after that.”
From one generation to the next, Stone is proud her granddaughter followed what some would describe as a family calling.
“She took the bull by the horns and ran with it getting into real estate,” Stone said. “She’s a little go-getter that one.”
Manly says she got the itch and her career path unfolded itself.
“My grandmother was a real estate agent and so I kind of just grew up with it,” Manly said. “Working in real estate is a suitable option for me because I’m the type of person that needs to be able to reach certain goals.”
The career that Manly has embarked on has spread its joys to others.
Making real estate pop during the pandemic
Manly performs strongly when selling houses but her assistance to colleagues is recognizable to say the least.
Marianne Evick has learned a lot as a real estate agent in her six months with the company. She contributes her success to Manly.
“I’m a new agent and so she has taken me under her wing,” Evick said. “She has helped me out with things and no matter what time I call her she answers.”
The electric energy Manly brings makes busy days seem like a cakewalk.
“Jewel is very calm and is very good at solving problems,” Evick said. “She is very energized and very charismatic.”
Regardless of the time of day, Manly is there to support her colleagues.
Manly says that houses might not be selling in one to two days but the ones at $150,000 – 200,000 are going quickly.
Manly believes the housing market is stronger than ever and the challenges ahead won’t stop her.
— Matthew Sokol (he/him) is a journalist with The News Leader. Story ideas? I want to hear them. Please email me at [email protected] Follow me on Twitter @MatthewSokol95