WITH SUSAN RAINS
Originally from Indianapolis, our second Susan (known affectionately as just "Rains" to prevent confusion with Susan U.) almost moved to Portland before coming down South in 2008. On an early Summer day we met up with her to find out more about her experiences in the Triangle and beyond and to share a cup of joe at Raleigh's Yellow Dog Bread Company where sweet treats abound.
Susan's vast work experience is both impressive and varied: from advertising to marketing, events management, commercial production and creative project management - she knows how to bring a product to market for sure! So what made her want to make the move to Real Estate? A genuine fascination with properties, design, and the inherent potential of space. Helping people find their place is her joy and introducing folks to the community she adores is an extra special bonus. Real Estate can be overwhelming, especially to those who are new to it but Rains finds the process fascinating and educating others, joyful.
In a perfectly serendipitous way, a neighbor Kathleen Dautel of Spark Metal Studio (who we'll tell you more about later this Fall) introduced her to Susan U and the rest was history. RED's collaborative approach made sense and with her background in the creative fields, the design-driven ethos of RED was icing on the cake for Rains. For Susan, Raleigh is an ideal community where diverse peoples come together to populate a city already full of delightful parks, hidden gem restaurants, a fantastic music scene and of course fabulous architecture.
Their dogs Ella and Nomi are natural born explorers like Susan and her husband Dean. From the beach to country back roads, you'd be hard pressed to find a realtor or a realtor's mutt who knows the capital city better. Following her foodie tastes, when Rains first moved to the area she conducted tours for Taste Carolina for 6 years - defining her palette for the locally grown while feeding her appetite for travel. When not treating her senses to the Triangle you can find Susan at the 1960's Atlantis Lodge in Pine Knoll Shores, a throwback building amidst a coastal nature preserve or abroad in Europe (missing the collaboration with her RED team but undoubtedly having a brilliant time) *wink wink*.
Questions over coffee:
Book on the bedside table? David Sedaris, regularly.
Recommends at Yellow Dog: Iced Americano.
Upcoming travel destination? Isla Holbox, Mexico