REAL Smart is a podcast about real estate for real estate industry folks — REALTORS®, real estate agents, lenders, closing and title folks, real estate investors, and hey, anyone looking to learn a little more about real estate…and get REAL(ly)* Smart.
Join REALTOR® Maura Neill and Real Estate Attorney Cheryl King as they discuss all things real estate — sometimes they agree, and sometimes they don’t (but it’s more fun that way, isn’t it?).
*Fellow grammar nerds…we hear you.
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CHERYL KING: Cheryl is a real estate closing attorney and the Director of the Infinity Institute. She frequently provides presentations to attorneys, mortgage companies, and real estate companies on negotiation, financing, loan fraud, contract creation, contract interpretation, cybersecurity, and social media. She is a certified instructor for the Georgia Association of REALTOR®’s Partners in Education Department.
She co-hosted the Home Radio real estate radio show on iHeart Radio and currently co-hosts the REALsmart real estate podcast. She published a monthly newsletter on Linkedin and her smartstips.com website.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. While attending the University of Richmond, she was the Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Technology. She was named the University of Richmond’s “Woman Lawyer of the Year” by the National Association of Women Lawyers.
She and her husband are both Louisiana State University alumnae, and their daughter is currently at LSU studying engineering and computer science.
MAURA NEILL (ABR, AHWD, CRS, e-PRO, MRP, PSA, MA): Maura is a second-generation REALTOR® who combines her love for the industry with her passion for education. Before getting into the real estate business in 2001, Maura previously taught at Florida State University and the University of Phoenix. She is an active agent with RE/MAX Around Atlanta, leading her team and representing buyers and sellers on a day-to-day basis, and considers education – both clients and other real estate agents – an important part of her role as a REALTOR®.
Maura is sought-after nationally for leadership training and as a real estate speaker and instructor on subjects such as emotional intelligence, problem-solving and goal setting, negotiation strategies, and customer service and client retention. She was the Lead Instructor and Subject Matter Expert for NAR’s Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification and for the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) elective class, “Generating Buyer and Seller Leads: Capture, Qualify, and Convert.”
In 2021, she was a member of the NAR Leadership Team, serving as President Charlie Oppler’s Public and Federal Issues Liaison, and policy, RPAC, and advocacy are a strong focus in her business and work as a REALTOR® volunteer; she is involved on the national, state, and local levels. Peer recognitions include the 2020 CRS National President’s Award and the 2015 Atlanta REALTOR® of the Year. Maura is a 2016 graduate of the NAR Leadership Academy, a Platinum R RPAC investor, a member of RPAC President’s Circle, and was honored at the $50k level of the NAR RPAC Hall of Fame in 2022.
Maura lives in Sandy Springs, Georgia, with her husband, Ben, and their Beagles, Charlie, Jarvis, and Bebe.