When real estate agent Andria Clancy decided she needed to enlarge her firm she didn’t have to look far for the right people.
She’s known the backup staff for years: They’re her kids.
Before making her 18-, 21- and 23-year-old her helpers, Clancy was on her own, in spite of calling herself Trinity Real Estate Group. When there were too many things to do, she recruited her children for the errand running and key drop-offs and other chores that were common for the one-woman firm.
Before they pitched in, “I was the ‘group,’ totally the ‘group,’” Clancy said.
Her youngest, Rachel, even got her license this spring, in between finishing home schooling and heading to college.
“Now we have agents,” Clancy said last week.
Clancy was named Realtor of the Year recently by the Teton Board of Realtors, a group of more than 600 agents that covers one of the hottest realty markets in the country and sprawls into neighboring counties.
Realtor Devon Viehman, of Engel&Volkers, said Clancy “has been an incredible asset to our board and our membership” through her board work while running her own business and raising a family.
“She does it all alone,” Viehman said. “That woman is a busy woman.”
Clancy, her husband, Buddy, and the kids came to Jackson in 2004 from Arkansas when Buddy was recruited to take over supervision of construction at the Four Seasons Resort, a job that wasn’t going well. He went from that to starting his own firm, Trinity Builders, specializing in high-end spec homes, including a recent project in the Solitude subdivision.
Clancy got her real estate license in 2009 and started Trinity Real Estate in 2012. The idea was to market the homes her husband built “so I could represent what we were doing.” But that’s expanded since then to handle any property that comes her way, though she specializes in residential and depends a lot on referrals.
Helping locals actually looking for a place to live, often a first home, is a special reward, Clancy said.
“It’s important that everyone who wants a house can own a house,” she said. “It’s all about the community.”
Clancy has served three years as chair of the Teton board’s education committee and two years with the National Association of Realtors’ lobbying group, RPAC. She’s also been on the boards of the Teton Literacy Center and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
Clancy’s work with Realtor training, Viehman said, has been especially important: “She has put her heart and soul into making sure we were well educated,” she said.
Clancy said she was honored to be chosen Realtor of the Year, though surprised as an unaffiliated, independent agent among hundreds much more networked. Her associates, Viehman said, knew she was shy about the honor: “I had to trick her up onstage for the award. ... and sneakily give it to her.”
The lesson, Clancy said, what she always tries to tell people in business and in general, is that “each person can make a difference.”