After ending a chapter in the high-tech world, she pondered her future. Friends recommended real estate, and after a time, she decided it was a perfect blend of all of her experience and passions. “It combined all my skills,” she says.
Written by Crystal Ward Kent
For Marianna Vis of VIS Global Realty/Bean Group in Bedford, New Hampshire, being a real estate agent is almost a calling. “I love working with people, land and homes,” she says. “I truly understand the importance of having a home. A home is our rock, our fortress. If you’ve had a horrible day, it’s the place where you can rest and renew. It’s your part of the universe. Knowing that you have this haven is what allows you to get up and go towards our aspirations every new day. Everyone needs a home.”
Vis is used to calling many places home. She hails from Australia and previously lived in California before coming to New Hampshire. She fell in love with the Granite State’s landscape and its people’s connection to the natural world. “New Hampshire is very real, not like Los Angeles which is too much about ‘how do I look and what do I own,’” she says. “Still, I did meet great people there and was fortunate to work with some top charities and meet many caring celebrities.”
After ending a chapter in the high-tech world, she pondered her future. Friends recommended real estate, and after a time, she decided it was a perfect blend of all of her experience and passions. “It combined all my skills,” she says. “I did marketing and PR in LA; I have a technology and legal background; I’m outgoing and I love working with people. I love gardening and fixing properties. Real estate really brought it all together. I think I’ve succeeded because I have all of these skills, but also because I’ve stayed authentic. I put everything I am into my work, and for me, it’s never been about the money. It’s about doing an outstanding job for my clients and fulfilling their purpose. I’ve learned that if you do your job to the best of your ability, and strive for amazing, then success will follow.”
Vis has seen many changes in real estate since she started her career, and is excited about the field’s evolution. “It’s really a global market, in real estate and in other areas,” she explains. “Real estate agents need to be able to reach their buyer or seller globally, because buyers are looking at property worldwide and consumers want you to be able to find the right buyer wherever they may be, not just locally. Because it’s become a global market, we need to gain a better understanding of other cultures and customs. I’m fortunate because I grew up in a multi-cultural environment. New Hampshire property is very sought after, because of the lifestyle, property values and the low taxes. Doing business internationally is only going to increase.”
Toward that end, Vis has been building an international team of real estate agents, comprised so far of American colleagues with Korean, Irish and French backgrounds. She is also using her technical skills to expand her reach. “We need to embrace all the tools at our disposal, including Facebook/Zillow and other services to reach customers. With technology, the world is literally at your fingertips, and that makes it an exciting time to be in real estate. We are truly able to serve our clients’ needs anywhere in the world.”
Vis admits that she is a workaholic because she is passionate about what she does. However, she “disappears for the summer sun” in the winter months, returning to her native Australia to visit family and friends. She is also passionate about learning and fascinated by where technology is taking us. “The advances are incredible, especially in the medical field,” she enthuses. “I’m a huge supporter of St. Jude’s Hospital for Children and when I see the progress they are making, I’m thrilled. I wish I could live to be a million years old and see all the changes that are coming. I trust that the future will be better than today and I can’t wait to see it!”