“Change challenges us, helps us to grow and to never become complacent.” These words, by Ellie Shorb, of Compass, have never seemed more necessary than today, or even this year (seriously, 2020, what the heck?). This perspective has kept Ellie moving enthusiastically forward, adapting, and progressing, not only in real estate, but in life as well.
Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma City, Ellie attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a degree in journalism and political science. While in college, she interned in DC on Capitol Hill for a senator from Oklahoma and fell in love with the area.
After graduating in 1990, Ellie moved to the DC metro area and worked as a defense contractor in Crystal City, in foreign military sales, assisting allied countries, such as the United Kingdom, Japan, and Greece, with the delivery of AEGIS weapon systems.
She met her husband, John, a year after moving to the area, at a football-watching party. “Neither of us watched the game, but we had great conversations!” she says.
Real estate came onto Ellie’s radar when she and John purchased a vacation property on Gibson Island, with no REALTOR® representation. She discovered very quickly how important proper representation is during a transaction. “Buying and selling homes is a big deal and having a solid team in your corner is critical. Realtor, title rep, lender, inspectors…everyone has a key role to play. I thought I could really be of service to others in that way,” she says.
Ellie decided to enter real estate in 2005, around the time their two children, Jack and Catherine, were in middle school. “I decided the time was right for a change,” she says. “John and the kids fully embraced my new career, and I could never have done this work without their patience and support.”
As a REALTOR®, Ellie learned to embrace change. Energetic and enthusiastic about learning and improving every day, her commitment to continued education includes attending real estate educational events, networking conferences and retreats, earning designations, such as ABR, RSPS, and CRS, and weekly coaching. Ellie has also read countless books on mindset, negotiating, and personal growth in recent years.
“To me, these interactive events are one of the keys to ‘sharpening the saw.’ If I had to do it over, I’d have gotten a coach early on. I’ve had lots of wonderful mentors — brokers and other agents too. Monthly masterminds have been a key to growth as well. I’m so grateful for Real Producers, GCAAR, CRS, Ninja, and Tom Ferry, among the many organizations that pull Realtors together to collaborate and learn from one another,” she says. “It is such a treat to get to share new concepts and skills with my fabulous team and to learn from them, as well, during our weekly meetings.”
In addition to seeking out new ways to grow her knowledge, Ellie continues to be fully invested and involved in the industry. Having decided to “put herself out there,” she became involved with Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR), serving two years on the board, and on several committees. She invests annually in the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and also serves to support Compass’ DMV philanthropy. Ellie was elected by her colleagues to serve on Compass’ Agent Advisory Board, where she is finishing up a two-year term at the end of this year.
Ellie’s involvement within the community and giving back has been an essential component to her life and business. While she has served a variety of charitable organizations in the past, recently, she and her son Jack created and released a series of YouTube videos called, “Doing Good in DC,” spotlighting community leaders and their worthy causes. Recent videos feature Open Door Sports, Hope for Henry, Comfort Cases, DC Diaper Bank, and A Wider Circle.
Between all of these activities, Ellie finds time to enjoy long bike rides with her husband on the C&O Canal. Most of Ellie’s self-care is done early in the day as part of her morning routine. She has found that starting every day with gratitude, affirmations, then coffee, yoga, and walking her dog helps her to roll with whatever changes come her way.
“Success is a mindset to me,” she says. “Some days I feel like I nailed it, and other days I know I could have done better. I’m learning to step back, reflect and try to listen for insights so I can continue down the path to help myself and my team to continually adapt and grow.”