Before entering real estate, Debra McElroy, of Century 21 New Millennium, spent 20-plus years traveling all over the world with her husband, Antonio, who was a chaplain for the Army. Not only were they constantly on the move, but they were also raising a family at the same time. These were formidable years for Debra, deepening her faith, her love for all people, and shaping much of who she is as a person.
“Through the military, we were able to meet some of the greatest people, see some of the most beautiful places in the world, but most importantly, we had the joy of serving our country as well,” says Debra. “However, I believe God sends you to people more than places. I believe in order to have a great life you have to make room in your heart for new people.”
Having room in her heart for all people is one of the things that has made Debra such an effective real estate agent. While Antonio had told Debra that she would be great in real estate for quite some time, it wasn’t until they had finally settled and built their first house that she started to really consider it. Plus, both their builder and real estate agent told her that they thought she would be good at it.
“I stepped out in faith and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” says Debra. “I love meeting new people and helping them navigate the home-buying process, being able to lead people out of confusion, despair, and chaos into a place of peace and purpose.”
As Debra focused on helping as many people as she could and her business began growing, one of the biggest challenges she encountered was asking for help herself.
“I tend to be a perfectionist and I make things a little harder than I should. One of my major personal turning points was fully embracing the fact that I can’t do everything on my own. It is okay to ask for help and admit that others are better than you at some things. I have learned that there are many people who want to help you to succeed,” she says.
While Debra has had great success within real estate, she places being a mother at the top of her greatest successes. “The joy of raising kids has been one of the proudest moments of all. The enormous responsibility of raising children with the help of God and my husband can’t be overstated. To see them grow up spiritually, emotionally, physically, and psychologically has been an exciting, scary, adventurous, humbling, and growing experience,” she says.
Debra and Antonio have four children and two grandchildren. Debra loves spending as much time with her family as she can, and hanging out with friends. She enjoys going out to find a great coffee shop, reading, shopping, traveling, listening to Christian music, serving with her local church and small group, and cooking when she has the time to do so.
“Success isn’t about how much money you make,” says Debra. “It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”