In 1984, Linda Jackson was tired of the daily grind.
Working a 9-to-5 job in a sterile office environment, the Douglasville native was looking for a way out and grasped at real estate as her chance.
“I had to do what they wanted me to do and was paid what they were willing to pay,” Jackson said. “I wanted to be my own boss and I already knew I liked looking at houses.”
So Jackson left the rat race behind to become a REALTOR, which paid off this year as she was named Georgia REALTOR of the Year by the Georgia Association of REALTORS.
An agent at Coldwell Banker Jackson Realty since 2002, Jackson said she was pleased to receive the award.
“It’s a real honor,” Jackson said. “They only name one per year, so to have all these other nominees from all over the state and still be named REALTOR of the Year, it’s a real honor.”
Jackson was honored for both her involvement in the real estate world – she served as president of the West Georgia Board of REALTORS in 1997, president of the Walton-Barrow Board of REALTORS in 2006 and is currently the Region 5 director for the GAR, covering much of eastern Georgia – and her business acumen, closing $15 million in sales the past 15 years.
She’s also been honored before, winning the President’s Award and REALTOR of the Year for the West Walton board in 2001 and REALTOR of the Year from the Walton board in 2005.
But Jackson said it is overwhelming to win the statewide award for the first time.
“It’s very humbling,” Jackson said. “When I heard of the number and the names of people nominated, I truthfully never thought it would be me. It’s a wonderful honor.”