There is no better way to end a work week than with a spotlight of an empowering woman. This Real Estate superstar has taken Pittsburgh properties by storm since 2008. Lauren Klein of Pittsburgh Property Diva is #Goals. No one gets the job done like a diva, after all.
When thinking about the work ethic of women, a quote that always sticks is “You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.” by Marsha Evans. Every bit of this quote proves to be true with Mrs. Klein. She is a force to be reckoned with in the Real Estate business and her personal branding is on point.
This week, we’re having coffee with Lauren Klein, the #GirlBoss behind Pittsburgh Property Diva. Kick back, grab yourselves a cup of coffee and meet the local business-savvy gal making waves in the Real Estate industry.
Q: When did you begin your business?
Q: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
A: Reading magazines, my imagination & when I’m out working – I have lots of creative moments will I’m driving in the car by myself (which is a lot!)
Q: Do you have any advice for women just starting their first business?
A: Stick with it – don’t give up & give it 100%.
Q: Why Real Estate? What sparked your passion?
A: I grew up in the real estate industry, my dad was a broker back in the 70’s and we had rental properties.
Q: What have been some of your successes and failures in starting a business?
A: I think every transaction is unique – my clients come from all different backgrounds & I consider all closing a success! Even if the road was bumpy J My failures ….wow…there are plenty – it’s how you bounce back that’s important. Early in my career I accidentally gave away my sellers’ stove. They had no stove at their new house, so I had to buy them one – OMG! Mistakes are all learning experiences & I learn something new all the time.
THINK LIKE A QUEEN, A QUEEN IS NOT AFRAID TO FAIL. FAILURE IS ANOTHER STEPPING STONE TO GREATNESS.” -OPRAH
Q: Who are your muses?
A: My husband, my children + I super dig Barbara Corcoran (Real Estate Mogul) & Rachel Zoe (Stylist)
Q: What makes your work different from other Real Estate Agents?
A: I treat my clients (and everyone I know) like my family from start to finish. I’m part therapist, part real estate agent! I have system that I use religiously with every client & it seems to streamline the process for both the client & me. I have a dedication to perfection (or darn near close to it) with every client. I want my clients to feel well taken care of special.
Q: How do you balance business and motherhood? Any tips? Any personal struggles?
A: I think being a mother is the hardest job on the planet. I raised 3 children (2 boys & a girl) and worked full time in town for many years. When my children were in middle & high school I started my real estate career. This job requires so much time & attention with no time parameters, so as the kids got older it got easier to balance. The challenges of balance are always a struggle for me, but I plow through & hope everyone is happy. Thank god for my mom & dad & my husband during the really busy seasons for rides, meals, etc.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: A little silly & quirky, but when it comes to work I’m very type AAA
Q: What are a few of your favorite quotes?
A: “What other people think of you is none of your business” & “Treat others as you wish to be treated”
Q: Any hobbies or outside interests?
A: I love love love to shop. Boutiques, malls, internet, you name it. It relaxes me even when I don’t buy anything. I used to crochet (anything square or rectangle), but I haven’t had much time in the last 2 years.
Q: What are you currently listening too?
A: Little bit of talk radio, Pearl Jam on Sirius XM & some disco at home LOL
Q: What are you currently reading?
A: Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends & Influence People. I read it at least once a year.
Q: Favorite place you’ve traveled to?
A: Tuscany, Italy with my husband
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: Classic with a trendy twist. Love Gucci accessories & Gucci luggage
Q: How would you describe your home style?
A: Very modern, sleek, & a little mid-century.
Q: Where are your favorite places to shop?
A: I love local owned boutiques like No. 14 in Lawrenceville, Carabella in Oakmont, Barrett Boutique in Murrysville + Nordstrom & Banana Republic.
All photos by Nathan Joseph Dodson
If you’re looking to buy (as I am in the next year) make friends with Lauren: