Her clients and friends would all agree that Vikki Evans was destined to be a Realtor. Her history as a successful bond broker, a marketing director for a money manager, and a home insurance agent have all led her to her starring role as a Realtor with Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty, where customer relationships are the true measure of success.
She sees her clients' homes as not only a direct reflection of their unique personalities, but as the base point for lifelong memories. Evans' success in the real estate industry has been validated by a coveted membership in the Circle of Excellence for top producers every year since 2013, and induction into the Circle of Excellence Hall of Fame in 2017.
Evans' other "work" is giving back to the Houston community. For 35 years, she has served in leadership positions on the boards of the Jewish Federation, the Houston Jewish Community Foundation, the Women's Business and Professional Group (President from 2015-2017), BNI Greenway Plaza, The Emery/Weiner School, and is a current vice president of the board of Jewish Family Service. In June of 2016, Evans was nominated for Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which culminated in donations of more than $76,000 to cancer research.
Both in 2017 and 2018, she chaired a city-wide film and arts festival in partnership with the Mayor's office and TIRR Memorial Hermann, to promote inclusion and understanding for people with disabilities. ReelAbilities Houston is now the largest festival of its kind in the country.
When she is not working, Evans enjoys exploring downtown Houston, exercising at The Houstonian, traveling, and all forms of art and theater. Vikki and her husband, Rich, have been married since 1986 and are the parents of two grown daughters and their French bulldog, Lola.
We chatted with Evans to find out more about her work and what drives her.
CultureMap: What inspires you to do what you do?
Vikki Evans: The privilege of getting to be a part of this very important chapter in someone's life, and the feeling I get when the magic happens.
CM: What's one piece of advice you'd give to people looking for their dream home?
VE: Dream big but keep it real. If a dream home in your price range satisfies 85 percent of your wish list, you've found the one.
CM: And advice to those who are selling?
VE: Remember that your listing agent is on your team and shares your goal: to get your home sold for the most money in the shortest amount of time. A good agent will help you price the home properly and guide you on what needs to be done to get the home "show ready."
CM: Sum up Houston in three words.
VE: Friendly. Diverse. Cosmopolitan.
CM: What do you consider your "special skill"?
VE: I am a former cheerleader and have been cheering on the people in my life for years. Buying and selling a home can be quite stressful, but having a positive attitude and encouraging those around me is what I'm known for.
CM: What's one thing people might not know about you?
VE: I've lived in six different cities around the country and had many different occupations, including one short stint doing undercover work for a major corporation.
CM: Finish the sentence: "It's a good day when..."
VE: I've been a part of something uniquely satisfying for both me and my client, who is probably now my friend.
See Vikki Evans' latest listings here, or contact her at 713-823-3030 or Vikki.Evans@Sothebyshomes.com.