Episode 58

Breaking Barriers in Real Estate with Christina Balas

Published on: 3rd July, 2024

On today’s episode of the Performance Mindset podcast, Amy interviews Christina Balas, Vice President of Servicing and Operations at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. Christina is a fellow Power Beacon and a dynamic leader known for her strategic insight and commitment to driving growth and inclusion in the real estate industry. Christina is passionate about helping underrepresented populations thrive in real estate and is excited about how technology is revolutionizing the industry.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  1. Christina Balas’s role at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and how she’s reimagining what the servicing experience means for their affiliates.
  2. The unique connection people have with the Better Homes and Gardens brand.
  3. How Christina is working to leverage some of the longtime data they have about their customers with the Better Homes and Gardens legacy brand.
  4. Some of the key strategies she’s implemented to support women in the real estate space.
  5. Her role as a Power Beacon and how Christina is helping women earn more money in the workforce.
  6. The confidence the Power Beacons have instilled in her, learning to quash self-limited beliefs, and building a network.
  7. Why diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) matters as much in real estate as in other industries.
  8. The evolution of technology and AI at Better Homes and Gardens and where Christina sees it going.
  9. Getting out of your comfort zone and how upcoming generations may use tech.
  10. Christina’s background and the two life experiences that shaped how she views the world.
  11. Her work’s impact on her leadership style.
  12. Christina Balas’s advice for women in real estate aspiring to leadership positions.

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Performance Mindset
Realizing Excellence in Business and Commercial Real Estate
After more than a decade serving business owners and investors, Amy Calandrino and the team at Beyond Commercial has discovered that our most successful clients have a performance mindset driving them to gain a competitive edge over others in the marketplace. Through helping our clients to execute data-driven decisions, we've found that it's about so much more than property in being successful. Often self-limiting beliefs coupled with lack of information can hinder one's performance in business and investments. By having the right support invested in your success and rigorous follow through by the entrepreneur, creating exponential wealth is possible. The objective of the Performance Mindset series is to not only share insights from our most successful entrepreneur clients and other thought leaders, but also share business and commercial real estate trends. If you want to grow, you're tuning into the right show!

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Amy Calandrino

Amy Calandrino, CCIM is the Founding Principal of Beyond Commercial, a Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) certified commercial real estate firm. Amy leads a team of commercial real estate experts who deliver tremendous value to business owners and investors across all asset classes.

Amy’s clientele includes local, regional, national, and international companies in a wide range of industries and numerous private investors and family offices. Her reputation as a fierce, results-driven dealmaker in sales, leasing, and investment transactions helps to achieve her client’s goals through winning bidding wars or otherwise accomplishing what others often cannot.

Currently, Amy is the Immediate Past President of Florida CCIM Chapter's Central District, Immediate Past President of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Leadership Winter Park Alumni Council, Representative on the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, Associate Member of the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida (MACF), and Board Member on Seacoast Bank’s Central Florida Community Board. Amy also supports many community organizations including Valencia College’s Foundation, the Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Easterseals Florida, and Inspire of Central Florida. Since Amy finds fulfillment helping others to achieve success, her philanthropic efforts are focused on organizations aligned with her personal mission.

Amy’s recent accolades include: 2021 “Winter Park Magazine” People to Watch; 2021 “Orlando Business Journal” Women Who Mean Business; 2021 #CREi Top LinkedIn Influencers in Commercial Real Estate; 2020 Orlando Regional REALTORS® Association (ORRA) Young Professional Network “20 Under 40” Rising Star; 2020 Globe St. Real Estate Forum “Fifty Under 40” Commercial Real Estate Professional; 2019 Connect CRE Next Generation Award; 2019 Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Winter Park Champion of the Year nominee; 2019 ORRA Good Neighbor Award Recipient; and 2018 & 2019 Central Florida Association of REALTORS® Circle of Achievement Award.

Amy lives in the Winter Park / Maitland area with her husband Phil who is a well-respected business attorney and CEO of Forward Law Firm, toddler son Giovanni “Gio”, baby daughter Giulietta “Giulie”, and Duke the whippet (@DukeWhippet). Amy enjoys cooking, knitting, traveling, reading, golfing, playing poker, and spending quality time with loved ones. For more information about Amy, visit www.amycalandrino.com