The American Mansion by Marcus Langford

The American Mansion by Marcus Langford

The American Mansion by Marcus Langford

The American Mansion by Marcus Langford

The American Mansion by Marcus Langford

The American Mansion by Marcus Langford

The American Mansion by Marcus Langford

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October 24, 2018

ADDRESSING THE AGENT: Debra Johnston of Atlanta, GA

This past August, when I contacted Debra Johnston (who I refer to as Miss Debra) about being featured in my new blog series 'ADDRESSING THE AGENT', I was very surprised that she 1) responded and 2) agreed! I mean, here's a successful entrepreneur taking time out of her busy schedule to tackle questions presented to her from a relatively unknown blogger. More than a few of her luxury listings have appeared right here on The American Man$ion, so I consider it an honor to be able to share more about her on a personal level. Debra Johnston is one of the most sought after real estate agents in Atlanta, GA and has a clientele network that reaches from Fortune 500 executives to entertainment and film celebrities with a portfolio that is valued north of $50 million. Without further ado, please enjoy this casual Q&A-style interview with Atlanta's super agent Debra Johnston!
Marcus Langford: Let's start with a little about your background Miss Debra. Where were you born and raised? How many siblings do you have, if any?
Debra  Johnston: I was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan and later moved to Gaylord, Michigan. After college, my first job was with KPMG in New York City. I traveled with my job and moved to Dallas, Minneapolis and then was recruited by Coca-Cola Enterprises and moved to Atlanta. I have four siblings; three sisters and a brother.
Marcus Langford: What did your parents do for a living?

Debra Johnston: My Dad was a financial planner and my mom raised five kids and was also in real estate.

Marcus Langford: When did you begin your career in real estate?

Debra Johnston: Around 2004

Marcus Langford: What was your motivation for launching a career in real estate?

Debra Johnston: My motivation was that I have always wanted to be in business for myself and that I love real estate, architecture, and design.

Marcus Langford: What has been your biggest success in your real estate career thus far?

Debra Johnston: The sale of 421 Blackland for for $7,200,000 in Tuxedo Park in Buckhead and the sale of 1325 Monte Carlo Drive for $6,500,000.


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The American Mansion by Marcus Langford
The American Mansion by Marcus Langford
The American Mansion by Marcus Langford
The American Mansion by Marcus Langford

Marcus Langford: What adversities have you faced in life and how did these adversities shape your career in real estate?

Debra Johnston: Growing up as a kid in a family with very limited resources, I went to work very young in life. I was 10 when I had my first job washing dishes because my family was in the restaurant business. I worked through high school and college. I feel like that growing up and coming from nothing created a drive and persistence that is still with me today.

Marcus Langford: Are you married? Do you have any children?

Debra Johnston: I am single and have an 8 lb yorkie named Alex.

Marcus Langford: Have you ever done anything that was out of your comfort zone? If so, how did it affect your life?

Debra Johnston: After growing up in a small town and taking my first job in New York City. Not knowing anyone taught me that I can do anything.

Marcus Langford: Do you have any hidden talents?

Debra Johnston: I love to downhill ski and used to race slalom and giant slalom in high school and college.

Marcus Langford: If you were not a successful real estate agent, what other career path would you have chosen?

Debra Johnston: I would still be in Corporate America.

Marcus Langford: Wine or mixed drink? And Why?

Debra Johnston: Just a little wine. With cooking and eating. It's relaxing.


40 CATES RIDGE ROAD, ATLANTA, GA 30327 | 15,100 SQ. FT. | BEDS: 6 BATHS: 8.4 | $7,950,000

Marcus Langford: Steak or lobster? Why?

Debra Johnston: Both! Protein!

Marcus Langford: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment in life-both personally and professionally?

Debra  Johnston: Personally, helping my parents and professionally, taking the leap into real estate.

Marcus Langford: What did you spend your first real estate commission check on?

Debra  Johnston: Most likely bills.

Marcus Langford: If you were going out for lunch, what does favorite casual outfit include?

Debra Johnston: Jeans and a tee.

Marcus Langford: If you had one day left on earth, what would you do with your time?

Debra  Johnston: Tell the people I love how much they meant to me.

Marcus Langford: What are some of the most memorable places that you have traveled to?

Debra Johnston: Italy and France.

Marcus Langford: What is your all-time favorite movie?

Debra  Johnston: Wolf of Wall Street. DiCaprio should have won an Oscar for that performance!


1325 MONTE CARLO DRIVE NW, ATLANTA, GA 30327 | 12,900 SQ. FT. | BEDS: 6 BATHS: 7.1 | $5,400,000

Marcus  Langford: You look like you read a lot, what are you currently reading?

Debra Johnston: Think and Grow Rich and The Law of Attraction.

Marcus Langford: What's your biggest pet peeves as a real estate agent?

Debra  Johnston: Unqualified buyers posing as qualified!

Marcus Langford:  Is there something that you've done and you told yourself that you'd never do it again?

Debra Johnston: Work in Corporate America.

Marcus Langford: What makes you happy in life?

Debra Johnston: I love being an Entrepreneur and creatively helping others find their dream home. 

Marcus Langford: Any final words that you'd like to share with the readers? 

Debra  Johnston: I am passionate about real estate, particularly luxury real estate. It's all about the details.


3500 Lenox Road NE, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30326
404-312-1959
debra.johnston@bhhsgeorgia.com

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