Network Real Estate is proud of our talented and hardworking realtors, which is why each month, we highlight one of our agents and give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the people who make up Network. Today, that person is Laurie Smith.

In 2010, Laurie Smith and her husband closed up their 50-year-old family business. When her husband asked her where she wanted to start the next chapter of their lives, Laurie didn’t hesitate. “Wilmington,” she told him. She and her husband had been vacationing here for years, and Laurie knew it was the perfect place to start fresh.

Soon after arriving in the Port City, she decided to get into real estate. She loves people, spent years working in customer service, and has a lifelong interest in houses, so it seemed like a good fit. Laurie’s hunch was right—five years later, she’s still working in real estate, happier than ever to be doing what she loves.

Laurie works with buyers, sellers, and renters, and doesn’t specialize in any single location or area—she’s happy to go wherever she’s needed. Her favorite part of the real estate business, however, is getting to know her clients and discovering their unique likes and dislikes. In fact, she’s so good at bonding with people that her relationship with them doesn’t always end when a home is bought or sold. “Several of the people I’ve worked with have become good friends that I still spend time with, even years later,” Laurie says. “It’s a great perk!”

While Laurie has only been with Network Real Estate since April, she says joining the company felt like coming home. “Bob and Marilyn are the kindest people, and I love working for a family business,” she says. “Network is such a great place.”

In her spare time, Laurie enjoys reading, going to the beach, and boating. She’s also a big NASCAR fan. In the past, she and her husband averaged ten races a year. Now they’ve slowed down, but she still watches the races on TV.

Her favorite thing about Wilmington is the weather. That might be hard to believe when the heat index has been in the 100s, but Laurie just laughs. “We have four seasons here,” she says. “It might not feel like it now, but we do!” As for a surprising fact, Laurie laughs again. “I love playing online bingo!”

One thing is for certain—if you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the Wilmington area, choosing Laurie Smith as your realtor is an excellent choice. To contact Laurie and any of our other amazing realtors, visit our list of agents.