If you know Jamila Richey of Guntersville, you know she's a bundle of energy with a big personality and is very comfortable in just about any situation in which she finds herself.
Now she finds herself as something of a pioneer. She’s pretty sure she is Marshall County’s first female African-American realtor. She’s also the first female African-American realtor to work in Collinsville, where she grew up.
She works mostly in Huntsville in her role as an agent with Keller Williams. But she is edging back towards Marshall County to do real estate work too.
“I’ve got my first closing in Marshall County next month,” she said. “It’s actually in Arab.”
She got into real estate in kind of a round-about way. She has done a good many things over the year, including getting her Class A CDL, substitute teaching and even doing some acting and modeling.
“During COVID, I worked as a certified mobile notary,” she said. Real estate closings were being done remotely. So a notary would bring the closing paperwork to you and you could sign in your own home or even out on your front porch.
Jamila worked a wide territory – DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison and Marshall Counties.
“It was an easy job really and I met some very nice people,” she said. “One sweet little lady was just so nice. She was telling me she hoped I got a blessing. Things like that.”
The wheels started turning in Jamila’s head.
“Did I want to be a mobile notary or did I want to sell real estate?” she said. She studied and got her real estate license during the pandemic. She has now been working about a year and a half in the field.
She enjoys it a lot, but little kids still tug at her heartstrings as well.
“They keep saying ‘Ms. Richey, are you going to be our substitute this year?’” she said.
Jamila has two daughters, DeZaray and ZaKiya. The girls are clarinet players in this year’s Guntersville High Crimson Guard.
Jamila can be reached at 256-515-3609.
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