Patti Nelson Luxury is Growing! Meet Tanner.
I could not be more excited or proud to announce that my son, Tanner Nelson, has joined the Patti Nelson Luxury team.
My family has always joked about Tanner being my mini-me (although 6’5” is not that mini; I am standing on a step in the photo above). Our personalities are very similar so I always knew that he would be great in real estate. Because we’re a close-knit family, I wanted to be thoughtful and transparent about my expectations leading up to Tanner joining the team. The conversation surrounding him coming on board has been an ongoing one for a couple of years. When he and his wife moved to San Antonio last September, we knew it was the right time.
Tanner and his wife Hillary.
Our goal as a team has always been to help our clients with one of their biggest decisions, whether it be a personal one or an investment. With so many moving parts and details, it’s been extremely beneficial to have Tanner step in as an additional set of eyes and another knowledgeable person caring for our clients.
And while some may wonder what it is like working with family, I can honestly say that it’s been a seamless transition as well as fun and rewarding. His kindness and positive energy have made him a joy to have around the office. Getting to see first-hand how quickly he learns and how determined he is to reach his goals and help our team makes me extremely proud. My husband Randy and I have always said that the greatest thing we’ve ever accomplished is raising our two children so it has been rewarding watching someone I love succeed.
To help you get to know Tanner a little better, below is a Q&A.
What made you decide to pursue a career in real estate?
Growing up, I watched my mom, Patti, thrive as a real estate agent. She was Rookie of the Year her first year in and consistently a top producing agent after that. My competitive side was always drawn to real estate because of how well she did and how interesting of an industry it can be. I enjoy working hard (and winning) and, in real estate, you really get what you put into it.
How has your background prepared you for your role as a real estate agent?
Being a commercial project manager, I had to be detail-oriented and communicate effectively and clearly. Both of those qualities are needed to succeed in the world of real estate. You must also be able to manage people and expectations; doing so allows for a great transaction for all parties.
How does the “real deal” compare to what you were expecting?
I’ve discovered that real estate is much more hands-on. You aren’t just showing or listing houses and writing contracts. Attention to detail is imperative, which means that you are constantly reviewing and revising everything from contracts to amendments and addendums. With Patti Nelson Luxury, we strive to provide the highest possible service to our clients, so going above and beyond is commonplace. That can mean late nights and early mornings for a successful transaction.
So far, what’s your favorite part of being a real estate agent?
The people. You constantly interact with unique and exciting individuals. Not only clients, but title companies, other agents, all the way to inspectors and trades. Not a day goes by that you are not meeting or communicating with someone new.
Has anything surprised you about being a Realtor®?
How hands-on you must be through the entire process. Many times, we are double or triple checking ourselves as well as others. I am constantly reviewing contracts and amendments to make sure everything is copacetic.
What's it like working with your mother?
People will call me a liar, but it has truly been great. It’s not every day that you get to join the team of one of the top agents in south Texas. I was able to do that and the agent just so happened to be my mom. Her experience and wisdom is invaluable and I am perpetually learning more and more from getting to work with her.
Do you have any specific goals for your first year in business?
I want to become one the most successful and recognizable agents in the city and hill country. So, I have set small goals for myself that get larger and larger as I continue in real estate. This year, my main goal has been to learn as much as possible and be as much of an asset to Patti and the team as I can.
What’s your favorite thing about San Antonio?
Besides having most of my family here, it is definitely the city itself. San Antonio is one of the largest cities in the nation, but still retains a small town vibe. Everyone is friendly and you can constantly meet new people.
Favorite local shop or restaurant?
Left: Bohanan's Prime Steaks & Seafood Right: Hello Paradise
Bohanan’s is hands-down my favorite restaurant in the city. For a more laid-back place to grab drinks and hang out with friends, I really enjoy Hello Paradise - outdoor arcade games and a killer Asian inspired menu.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a die-hard soccer fan. Before moving back to San Antonio, I was a season ticket holder for FC Dallas. I am a massive Manchester United fan and hardly miss a game; even the 6:00 AM kickoffs!
Favorite thing to do in your free time?
I really enjoy spending time with my wife and family. Outside of that, I play competitive paintball. San Antonio actually has one of the best professional teams and fields in the United States.
Which is your favorite room in the house and why?
I love a good game room. When I have some down time, you will likely find me playing FIFA or Call of Duty on my Xbox in my own game room.
Any favorite books or podcasts we should know about?
I am a huge fan of the podcast How I Built This with Guy Raz. The host talks to successful entrepreneurs and details the trials and tribulations of starting a business. Everyone has to start somewhere, and that podcast sheds light on the reality of it all. One of my favorite episodes was with Herb Kelleher, probably because both of my parents worked for South West Airlines when the company was in its infancy.
My favorite book is Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. It gives a glimpse into Bourdain’s life as a young chef all the way to becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the restaurant industry. It is a little crude and unrefined, but I enjoy reading books that don’t sugarcoat things. We all could use a little more Anthony Bourdain in our lives. He is truly missed.