Exclusive Interview: HGTV Host Egypt Sherrod On Her Career Path, Part 1
As the host of HGTV’s hit show “Property Virgins” for the past five years, with a new show “Flipping Virgins” on deck, it’s an understatement to say Egypt Sherrod knows her way around buying a home. She not only comes from a family of real estate brokers, she’s been an agent herself for years as the founder of the national real estate concierge company, The Egypt Sherrod Real Estate Group, where she’s helped hundreds of families achieve the dream of owning their own home.
Appealing to all property enthusiasts – from first home owners to long term investors – Egypt educates and mentors clients and viewers alike on their investments with genuine care and expertise.
Not your Momma’s realtor, Egypt is also an award-winning broadcast talent, known as the former host of NY’s Power 105.1 morning show and a range of other popular stations around the country, including V103. Giving her an edge that makes her stand apart from others in the industry, Egypt has mass appeal.
With all that she does, Egypt still found the time to sit and chat with Mommynoire about her life, career and future. We think you’ll be inspired, too.
Mommynoire: Tell us how you got your start in real estate.
I’ll try to make a long story short. I come from a family of real estate brokers, and so you can imagine thanksgiving dinners. When I was young I wanted to do something entirely different so I went into radio, which kinda explains my career path. But as I got older and wiser, I realized you have to do smarter things with that money and I grew up knowing that real estate was the foundation of wealth. When I was in my very early 20’s, with my savings, I got an investment property and flipped it. I was successful in doing that and I did it again, and again. A big part of what was going out the window was commissions I had to pay to real estate agents, so I decided to get my real estate license.
What happened next?
My intention was to sell and market my own properties after I flipped them, but I got bit by the real estate bug. I loved it and what was going to be just a side-hustle turned into a passion of mine, and it’s been both real estate and radio in tandem for many years, right in Newark, New Jersey.
And how did you get to Georgia where you now live and where “Property Virgins” tapes?
Truly, it was a holistic move. I’d been in New York City for a while, over 13 years. When I made the decision, I had already been thinking about it for a year but I was then pregnant and my Aha! moment when I was stuck in traffic, sitting in the same spot at the Lincoln Tunnel. And I said, once my baby is born, what if I need to get to my baby and I can’t? I love new York, but it was not conducive to work-life balance and I wanted a better quality of life. I was ready to start a new chapter in my life where I could have some level of balance. I got a offer to work at a radio station in Atlanta, so I went to the HGTV executives and they jumped for joy at the idea because they wanted to shoot elsewhere as well, and Atlanta was such a hot an popping place for real estate.
Sounds like it was meant to be…
Yes, in my first year here I got situated with my real estate business in Georgia, I was shooting the “Property Virgins,” and working on the radio all at the same time. We’re very happy here, but funny enough I find myself in New York two or three times a month.
Selling homes is hard, is selling homes on TV harder?
Ummm, no. (laughs) I jumped at the opportunity and felt like it was a gift from God to finally have a platform that shows all the different sides of me. People knew me from the radio, some people knew me as a real estate agent. So here was an opportunity to put my broadcasting experience together with my real estate experience to help empower people to become homeowners. Everything seems harder when people don’t know how to do it, but once they understand the process, it’s simplified.
Check in tomorrow for Part 2 of this interview where Egypt talks about being a mompreneur, managing her own household, and her tips from home buying as a parent.