These 30 rock
The 30 Columbians
For Stacey McClaren, continuing the family legacy in construction wasn’t enough. She didn’t want to build homes; she wanted to sell them.
McClaren’s father was a builder, and her brothers followed in his footsteps. Her father owns McClaren Construction Inc. Her brothers Billy and Michael own McClaren Builders, LLC.
McClaren grew up in Columbia and graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 2000. She says there’s no place she would rather live. Bright and full of energy, McClaren has had her broker’s license for only three years. Working as a salesperson for Remax, McClaren is a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors and the Columbia Board of Realtors. She’s also a graduate of the Realtor Institute.
McClaren says she always wants to keep learning more about selling homes. “I go to workshops, classes all the time to refresh and gain new knowledge,” she says.
“Whatever her secret is, it’s working,” says Melissa Blackwell, who has worked with McClaren for close to three years. “She sells millions in real estate every year. That’s pretty ambitious for such a young woman. There aren’t many people doing that.”
According to the National Association of Realtors, the average realtor sells only five homes per year.
“Stacey treats every client very well,” Blackwell says. “She sees their investment into a new home as the biggest potential purchase they will ever make and takes that very seriously.”
Her favorite part of her job, McClaren says, is helping first-time buyers own a home. “I love it when I prove wrong a couple who has always rented and doesn’t think they can own a home,” McClaren says. “I hold their hand and walk them through the process. At the end sometimes they’re in tears. Yeah, that’s what keeps me going.”