2021 Q&A from Notable Residential Realtors: “My Goal is to Lead with a Humble Heart”
Life came to Candice Eberhardt quickly in 2020. In July, the woman who opened her own real estate company in 2012 went to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for a six-hour procedure to remove an invasive brain tumor. , but benign. Four months off and a strong desire to recover brought her back to the end of 2020. Eberhardt proudly says she has now made a 100% recovery.
You are the president-elect of the Akron-Cleveland Association of Realtors and will be the first minority president in 2022. What does this mean to you?
I honestly can’t believe this is happening. For so long it seemed like a long way off. I am extremely excited, but also extremely nervous because I want to make everyone proud. Two things that reassure me are knowing that I have a great support system and that I am surrounded by people who genuinely care about me.
Can your example inspire others?
I didn’t do it for the “wow” factor, but that’s what I’ve heard quite often: “Wow, you make history.” And yes, I’m making history, but I’m still the same old person. I’ve never necessarily liked the spotlight, but it comes with the territory and my goal is to lead with a humble heart.
What prompted you to sell real estate?
My grandfather John Eberhardt was one of the first African American brokers in Akron. He owned an Eberhardt Realty in the ’70s and’ 80s. I thought, “Why wouldn’t I do this for the extra money?” So I got my real estate permit. For 10 years, I worked as a third shift at Roadway and then FedEx, and I sold houses during the day. In 2009 I started to get in trouble for falling asleep on the third shift, so I was placed on days. I started to lose clients. I made the decision to quit my job at FedEx to devote myself full time to real estate. I dated Hondros, graduated, opened an office, and it all took off from there.
What is your philosophy when working in real estate? Is it just dollars and cents?
It really is not. I help people make one of the biggest decisions of their life. It is the biggest investment they will ever make. I want to make sure they have everything they need to make this dream come true. I have customers from all walks of life and all income brackets and everyone is treated the same. About 10 years ago, I helped a client in her 50s buy her first home and she cried into my arms as it closed.
Can real estate generate wealth and can it help minority communities?
Absoutely. Homeownership creates immediate wealth for those who take the plunge. As we know, the homeownership rate of African Americans is much lower than that of other groups, and I am proud to have worked for the past 20 years to change these statistics. Many minorities are not in the position where we have finances or housing passed to us like others, so providing them with an education is essential. They think it’s impossible to achieve and I help them overcome all inhibitions in order to achieve this goal.