Patricia Adams

Marissa Dick | March 22nd, 2021
Patricia Adams (Photos by Still Shot Photography)

Patricia Adams (Photos by Still Shot Photography)

Dreams. Dreams can be a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that usually occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. Often, these images are not fully interpreted by the dreamer. Then again, some dreams come true even when we have no clue that God has preordained your future. “I never dreamt any of this could have happened to me. I’m just a little black girl from the projects who was raised by my grandmother. She worked in a furniture factory until she was 73-years old just so I could have health insurance while I was in college. She taught me about making change instead of excuses. I believe I am making her proud because that’s exactly what I’m doing”. Meet Trish “Sells Houses” Adams also affectionately known as Patricia Adams, owner and operator of Dream Builders Realty located in Greensboro, NC.

Trish never dreamt of becoming a business owner. Instead, her initial thoughts were to graduate from college, get a full-time job, and retire from that position, but that is not what life prescribed for her.

According to Trish, “This was never a goal or a dream of mine. I always thought you go to college, graduate, and then get that full time job in corporate America. When I finally did get that job in corporate America, I hated it. I hated the grind, and I was always overlooked for promotions.” How many of you can identify with “grinding” for someone else’s vision? “Initially I was working for Wells Fargo in accounts payable, then I was moved to the flood team where I worked with FEMA to certify properties that had been in a flood zone and I was miserable.” Thank goodness she had a family member who, unbeknownst to him, spoke this business into her life. “So, I had a cousin who worked for a custom home builder. Well, he had this idea that we would use my good credit to flip and build houses. While we were trying to do that, he encouraged me to get my real estate license. I thought about it and it made sense, so I enrolled in school and earned my license. You know, I was operating in the blind. I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t have a mentor to show me the ropes, but what I knew for certain was that I felt my passion returning. I started thinking how hard I worked every day for people who didn’t value me and compared it to how working in real estate part-time made me happy and was actually more lucrative. It was a no brainer, so I took a leap of faith, resigned from my job, and I haven’t regrated that decision.” Ever wondered about that cousin who sparked the flame? “Well, we never did flip or build any houses,” she laughed.

What do we know about process? Well, we know that a process is a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end, process. Even though we don’t think of it this way we operate in “process” daily. For example, when we get up and prepare for the day, we follow a routine to begin our day. Some people may pray first, then shower, then brush your teeth, then prepare breakfast, and so on. All of that is a process. Trish discovered just how challenging her process would be. She says, “Let me share something with you, I have an undergraduate degree in management and marketing from UNC-Greensboro and I have a master’s degree in leadership studies from Grand Canyon University, so I understand education and I know how to study. But I have never been as challenged as when I was taking those courses for my real estate license. It was really difficult, and I am not ashamed to say that I actually had to repeat some classes, but I did it. This whole process is very intense and very rigorous because you’re cramming a whole lot of information into a compact time frame. So, you have to be very focused and intentional and also be able to absorb and regurgitate that information so you can pass the exam. You cannot get discouraged if this is what you really want to do. Again, I had to retake classes to pass that exam, but I was finally able to pass it and I received my license in 2006. I got so good at helping people study for the exam that I now teach those pre-licensing courses! I literally went from being a student to being the instructor. None of this was ever in my plans. I never wanted to be self-employed or own my own business. I never wanted to be responsible for a team of employees, but I am doing all of that because I enjoy it and God gave it to me to do. I just threw up my hands and said, ‘God it’s whatever you want me to do next because I really don’t know what I’m doing.’” Sounds like Trish is trusting in God’s process for her life.

For those of you who may be considering a career change during these times you may want to investigate how real estate can be beneficial to you. “Being a Realtor has benefited me tremendously because I’m not obligated to a 9-5 schedule and I have more quality time with my son, Isaiah. When I was working for the bank it was hard for me to volunteer at his school or go on field trips with him. You know I couldn’t do those little pop-up visits or even afford for him to attend book fairs and stuff like that. Since I started Dream Builders in 2015, I’m able to do all of those things that I couldn’t do while working at the bank. Being my own boss affords me the opportunity to really have the type of personal and financial freedom that I never even knew to dream about. I grew up in the projects and I knew we were poor which is why I didn’t ask my mom for much. I don’t want my son, to share that same emotional burden as a child. That’s not something children should be concerned about. When Isaiah tells me that he needs money for the book fair I’m able to give it to him. Before, that would have been a struggle for me. You know this has been a whole life change for me. When I was growing up, we didn’t talk about owning our own homes or financial management. That’s just not something that was done. I’m able to have these discussions with Isaiah so he understands the benefits of having and owning your own property and making sound investments. I wish someone had exposed me to these things earlier in life, but it’s never too late to follow your passion- – look at me.”

There are many real estate agents soliciting your business so what makes Dream Builders Realty stand out from the rest? That’s simple, it’s the personal connection. Trish shares, “Unlike other companies Dream Builders Realty doesn’t hold your past against you. I work hard to help make our clients dream of becoming a homeowner come true. I’m passionate about helping people from public housing or Section 8 become first time home buyers because I was one of them. I know what it’s like to have challenging credit or hiccups in your past. A lot of agents walk away from people who have filed bankruptcy or experienced foreclosure, but my team won’t walk away. God has blessed me with the ability to work with clients that other companies don’t want to work with. I’m going to help you work through those hiccups that could prevent you from getting a home because what I understand is, ‘Man’s no can just be God’s not right now.’” What a holistic way to think of the word, no. Dream Builders Realty is a minority owned business and has 14 licensed and professional agents ready and willing to assist you in purchasing your home. “I’m really excited about being a minority owned business. I actually have former clients who are part of my team now. It’s overwhelming to think about sometimes. I have a team of people who trust me to lead them because they believe in me; they believe in my vision. For now, I’m not a national firm, but they came in spite of that and they want to work with me. I actually have a team of people who believe in me and look to me as their leader to provide direction for them in this field and I feel obligated to provide them with all of the information I have. I didn’t have a mentor to help me avoid the pitfalls of this industry. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, but I’m glad it happened that way because of my past experiences I can advise my agents on what to do and what not to do. I can share my experiences with them, so they don’t have to step into the holes I fell into,” she shares.

Trish is also connected with her community which is important for a real estate agent. She serves as the vice chair for the Greensboro Redevelopment Commission which looks for ways to 
Lexington, High Point, and Winston Salem. These organizations provide home buyer education courses which helps with down payment assistance.

“I think it’s important to remain connected. So, I’m originally from Lexington and I still do business there because people know me as the local girl, they can trust, so they come to me. I’m always thinking about how I can help my community and that’s one of the reasons I partner with Seafood Destiny in feeding first responders, the homeless community, or whomever Pastor Knotts may be feeding that particular week. My team is always thinking of ways to give back to the communities we serve.”

Jeremiah 29;11 tells us, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” and that’s exactly what God has done for Patricia. She shares, “When I say that God has been amazing in blessing me with this business He has. All of this had been prophesied to me many years ago. My pastor told me I would have a brick-and-mortar building and that I would have a team working with me. At the time I couldn’t envision that happening, but the prophesy came to pass. I was content being a party of one but that’s not what God had in mind for me. Now I understand why I endured so much hardship. I went through it so I could sympathize and empathize with those people who are where I used to be. Somebody has to help them and now I know that person is me. I got the keys to my office at the end of December and we’ve spent this month moving and getting furniture. I mean how is a major realty company going to close its doors due to COVID-19, but God has blessed me with their furniture and a place to put it all in during the same pandemic. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to be able to help others. I mean, it only makes sense to invest in yourself. Why pay all that money to rent a place when you can purchase a home and pay the same amount of money for something that’s yours. Buying a house allows you to file that interest on your taxes and studies also show that children who are raised in homes that their parent(s) are buying are more stable because they see the grind that their parents are doing to keep that roof over their heads. It’s a different type of grind when you’re buying a home it’s a different mentality. You know when it’s yours that hustle feels different and it makes you think differently, too.”

If you’re interested in purchasing your new home from an agent whose passion and mission is to help your dream of being a homeowner become a tangible reality, then visit Dream Builders Realty in Greensboro, NC. Their office is located behind Krispy Kreme in the Holden Executive Center, right off of Gate City Boulevard.

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