|The Birmingham Business Journal released its first annual Rising Stars of Real Estate. SW broker, Ali Wilburn made the list! Ali focuses on retail and office leasing as well as investment sales.
At Shannon Waltchack we value leaders who aim to positively impact the city of Birmingham, and the commercial real estate community. Congratulations to Ali and all of the other rising stars!
Check out her interview in the Birmingham Business Journal:
What do you do in the real estate industry? Retail and office leasing, investment sales.
Why did you choose to go into your profession? It combines creativity with the essence of business. Every day brings on a fresh set of issues, new people, and new businesses.
What is the biggest challenge facing your industry? Another potential market downturn, perhaps? Besides that, advances in technology affect real estate and the way business is conducted. Also, the multiple ways consumers are shopping affects retailers and their future store trends.
What do you think makes Birmingham special? I grew up here, and Birmingham has changed drastically – it has been really exciting these past few years to see the landscape change in the city. There is certainly a sense of camaraderie among the folks who are making this city a better place.
What can employers do to attract more young professionals? Commercial real estate is a tough business. It’s hard to get your foot in the door, and it takes years to really put some experience under your belt. Having a mentor is necessary. Any company who is going to help guide through the business is attractive.
What do you think will be the biggest difference in real estate 10 years from now? We will have to be more creative with the land we have and the adaptive reuse of properties.
What’s the next hot area/neighborhood in Bham real estate? We all see the newer developments in the Parkside district, Second Avenue North strip, Lakeview, and Avondale. Those areas change almost daily with how much activity is happening. I think they will just continue to expand and fill the ‘tweener’ markets.
Read more about Ali Wilburn.