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COLLECTIVE Clergy | Alex

3/7/2017 | Amy Tibbals
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As far as COLLECTIVE agents go, this guy’s one of our favorites. Alex Muzio is a new member of the Clergy here on South Temple, but he’s been impeccably dressed and straight-up werkin’ since day one. He came to us from the styled aisles of Nordstrom, and as you can see, he serves turtleneck realness, the likes of which I’ve never seen before. Alex lives in an adorably-tidy and perfectly-culled apartment near downtown (and our very headquarters), and come warmer days, I picture him strolling casually down South Temple to meet with clients and match them to the homes they so adore. He’s prompt and thorough, to put it lightly, and as a result, he’s likely to become one of my favorite “students” in all matters website-related. Whip-smart, cuddly-warm, and equipped (in this editor’s opinion) with a stellar sense of humor, Alex is all but custom-built for the cityhomeCOLLECTIVE team. We’re thrilled to know him…you probably will be, too. Keep reading.

Describe your perfect home or space. What does it look/feel like? Brass, leather, stripes, and glass.

One thing you absolutely cannot stand: Complaining. Sometimes I hear myself fall into this trap, which is probably why it bothers me so much.  I’ll think, “life is so tough…” then just as quickly I will respond, “shut up, Alex, and live in the solution.” Don’t ask what can go wrong, ask what can go right. Also, add ‘sounding preachy’ to my list of things I cannot stand because I just made my own eyes roll.

One thing you absolutely, unequivocally LOVE: Dancing.  I love being absolutely over the top and ridiculous with music blaring in the background.

You’re a real estate agent. Tell me why. What lead you to this work? The face-to-face, the relationships. Hands down the greatest aspect of being an agent is in the relationships I cultivate. Helping people find their dreams, achieve a life goal. It all makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. I also love being the expert, those lovely feelings come second to knowing my sh*t and going to bat on behalf of my people.

Give me your take on our little COLLECTIVE. It is like walking into a hug. The people who hold this company up are in love with what the COLLECTIVE stands for: community, good design, and the uninhibited pursuit of greatness. This company strives to make the great life accessible to anyone who truly wants it. We aren’t exclusive. In truth, I have never felt more included any other place.

Describe your perfect day. What, exactly, does that look like for you? After watching La La Land (for the second time), I literally skipped, spun and danced my way from my car to my front door. If somehow I could capture that feeling in an entire day, that would truly be perfection. I assume I would do yoga, dine with friends, cry watching a beautiful movie and drink a smoothie. Regardless of what I did, the feeling would be much like that musical high. There would be a soundtrack playing in my mind the entire day, stringing me along…begging me to enjoy life just a little bit more.

Favorite read/watch: Read: The Motivation Manifesto (I’m a cliche). Watch: It’s a tie between La La Land and Beyonce’s Lemonade (it’s a visual experience that needs no justification).

I’m a trypophobe. I can’t tell you what that means (trigger)…but if you dare Google it, you’ll become one, as well. But aside from your severe trypophobia, are there any other strange fears/phobias you have? First of all, how dare you suggest I Google that. I took said dare and I now feel sick. Besides that, I have some random episodes of claustrophobia. When I was little on the playground, we would all slide down those enclosed tube slides. Every once in a while, some little jerk of a child would stop in the center of this slide and trap me in the middle on my way down. The combination of feeling trapped in a giant tube and being out of control has given me a PTSD experience every time I feel stuck in enclosed spaces.

You could be living anywhere, really. Why SLC? I feel like I am a part of a city that is just at the beginning of blooming. I come from San Francisco’s bay area, a place that is already a rose in full bloom. In contrast, Salt Lake City is so fresh and new. We are evolving quickly. In the past 6 years that I’ve lived here, I have been enamored by this city’s progression and expansion. I love to be a part of the movement forward. Maybe it’s vain, but I feel as if I could still make a mark on this young, growing city.

How do you think we can improve this fantastic little slice of our nation? Where are we lacking? We are lacking in community. Sharing is caring, after all. I was just discussing this idea with a friend…why doesn’t every metropolitan area have more large community gardens or farms? Food for free that the community grows and maintains! Couldn’t we have public fresh water wells? I live in a little fantasy where we all hold hands and sing “Kumbaya”. Can’t we all just get along and share a little?

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