Chelana Allen

by Terry Watson | January 16th, 2018
Chelana Allen

Chelana Allen

There are many adjectives that could be used to describe Memphis Tennessee resident, Chelena Allen. She might say that she’s dependable and rock solid, where others who are close and dear to her would exceed that accolade with loyalty. She has an unwavering passion to give and help others achieve their goals; a loving duty of a Christian woman who strives for excellence in all she does, whether as a wife, mother or friend.

“I love to grind. I am a go-getter and set high goals for myself. Even more, I hope that my actions are a great example for others who are watching me,” she says.
Allen holds a bachelors degree from Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University) in Springfield, MO. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a member of The New Olivet Worship Center at Woodland Hills. She is also a Broker Associate for BenchMark at Southwind Realtors, LLC and specializes in residential sales in Memphis and the surrounding areas.

“I have always had an interest in Real Estate. My background is in sales, marketing, and public relations though I have worked in the banking, healthcare, and education industries as well. After several years of corporate America, I decided to take a step away and work for myself. Once my son was born, I knew that going back into the corporate world was not an option for me, so I decided to take a leap of faith and follow my desire of becoming a Real Estate agent,” she says. Her prior experience made the transition into being a full-time entrepreneur very smooth. Now her career provides more flexibility in regards of scheduling for everyone in her family.

Chelena plans to eventually obtain her Real Estate Broker’s license. In addition to earning various real estate certifications and credentials, she also plans to expand her services and receive real estate licenses in multiple states.

Helping people achieve their goal of home ownership is the primary objective for Allen as an agent. When someone’s face lights up after finding their dream home, or the moments when sellers receive an offer that’s above and beyond their expectations, Allen knows that she has done her job. “I love real estate because it’s never the same. I’m never bored in my career. Every single client and situation is different and it allows me to uniquely adapt to every client,” Allen says.

Allen’s life has been impacted mostly by past corporate America experiences. Those jobs gave her invaluable experience, however, she saw a lot of what she did not want to become. “I did not want to be one of those people who woke up dreading going to a job five days a week and living for the weekends. I did not want to become a whiner, a complainer, or miserable,” she says. Those experiences coupled with a belief in herself pushed Allen to make several changes in her life. “When I was younger, I pictured myself in high powered corporate positions. As reality set in, I realized I had less and less in common with most of the people with whom I worked. I faced jealousy, intimidation, and harassment. I heard God telling me, “you don’t belong here”. He had given me everything I needed to create my own success. Obediently, I decided to walk away and haven’t looked back,” she says.

Allen offers a bit of sound advice for others who may possibly follow in her footsteps. “If you are considering a career in real estate, I advise you to thoroughly study the industry. There are so many facets to consider and areas you can pursue. Find out what interest you. Is it residential sales, commercial sales, or property management? Don’t be afraid to step out and do something different. Follow where your heart is leading you and don’t ever give up. You can create whatever you want if your desire is in tact. Being an entrepreneur is not easy. Be ready to put in the blood and tears to achieve your goals because there will be sleepless nights and self doubt. Yet, remember that there is always something bigger,” she says.

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