Few people can say they have been in the real estate business since elementary school. Marlene's uncommon situation placed her into the thick of the industry at a young age. As the youngest daughter of a husband and wife home-builder team, she "supervised" construction projects on summer breaks from childhood. Traveling with her parents building apartment complexes were her summer vacations as a child. Her mother became a real estate agent when Marlene was 11 years old. Her mother also was deaf. With a 97% hearing loss, she could read lips and speak, but could not hear on the phone at all. Marlene became her mother's ears for all business calls and conversations. She doesn't remember learning real estate, but she has a unique gift of teaching it to others. Marlene now owns a successful brokerage (Douglas Lane Real Estate Group) as well as a thriving real estate school (Georgia Academy of Real Estate) in Augusta, Georgia. She has also spoken on a national level for Zillow, training other brokers on how to run successful lead conversion teams. She was also recently invited by a national real estate school to record live instructional videos to accompany an online pre-license course. Her lifetime of learning is passed along to any who attend her educational sessions.