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Leaders of Cobb: Tom Andre

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Associate Broker, REALTOR®, & Licensed Professional Counselor

THE STORY: I am originally from southern Connecticut, where my father and grandfather operated a real estate brokerage for a combined 75+ years. I spent my youth in and around real estate, whether that was at a construction site, a home flip, an open house, or my dad’s office.

I went to college in Boston and moved to Atlanta just two weeks after I graduated. I earned a bachelor’s in organizational and interpersonal communications, and later in Georgia received a master’s in counseling. I am a full-time REALTOR at Atlanta Communities in East Cobb. Prior to going full-time, I worked two jobs as a licensed psychotherapist and a REALTOR. It’s a great combination when it comes to negotiations — it helps me navigate through so many “people” issues that can arise.

While working both professions, I had an epiphany; behind most every real estate transaction is a transition, such as marriage, divorce, relocation, retirement, or even a death in the family. Regardless of what’s going on in their lives, good or bad, it most often is a significant personal and family disruption. Those emotions can spice up the tone of a transaction. Basically, I am trained to diffuse situations so my clients can think and process decisions more clearly rather than just respond emotionally.

WHY I CHOSE TO LIVE IN COBB: I lived briefly in Fulton and Gwinnett prior to moving to Cobb. I immediately fell in love with Cobb County and have been here 24 of my 26 years in Georgia. The draw was the quality of life, the park system, and the accessibility to the major highways, city, and airport. My decision to invest in Cobb also was influenced by the school system, the socioeconomics, and the strong real estate market. I give credit to the way the county is run and to the people who live here.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? I approach real estate in a similar fashion to my work as a therapist and that involves three things: trust, credibility, and being very good at what you do. You don’t ask someone to trust you, when they prove it to themselves they do it on their own. Credibility is built with the approach to handling each step, process, situation, and problem as they arise. When the client gets to their best results because of your efforts, that’s the best feeling. My most important award is the reward of a happy and satisfied client.

LEISURE TIME: I enjoy exercising, socializing, and volunteering my time, which like most people have suffered from the many adjustments due to the pandemic. I also recently bought a classic car, a convertible Porsche that has quickly become my latest passion.

BEST ADVICE: My best advice comes from the mantra of my family’s business. Honor your word. Your word is everything because sometimes in life it can be your only thing, your last thing of value.

WHAT’S NEXT? Aside from managing my real estate business, I’ve appeared on The American Dream TV show, a national television show that weaves its storylines between topics like lifestyles, entrepreneurship, charity, neighborhood, and family. Currently, I am writing a proposal for my own show. Imagine Dr. Phil with an HGTV component; that’s my latest dream, which is really just reflective of a day in my current life — only recorded.

Atlanta Communities • 678.472.1934 • www.consultingandre.com