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COLLECTIVE Clergy | Jewel

11/16/2017 | Amy Tibbals
D'Arcy Benincosa

Jewel Maxfield is precisely what her name might suggest. That is to say, the girl's a gem, by all definitions. She's been slinging homes with our little COLLECTIVE for nearly four years now, and I assume I'm speaking for all of us when I say that we want this gal around for the proverbial long haul.

In the (relatively) short time we've known her, Jewel has seen some significant change in her life. She married her fella, Eric--a dude I consider to be "chill" and "party" in equal parts--in 2014, and they are easily one of my favorite couples, TBH. A while later, they had their first wee one and named her Scout (think: adorable, charismatic, wildly-independent toddler), and Jewel is currently expecting a little boy in less than two weeks (eee!). For my part, I know that Jewel gets endearingly nervous when she speaks at team meeting, and she is a romantic-comedy-level, real-life clutz. But make no mistake...her real-estate skills leave no room for error, and her concern/care for clients is unparalleled. Read on...

Describe your perfect home or space. What does it look/feel like? I I love simple spaces with added oddball tchotch·kes that make you take a second look. Comfy and casual with added Andy Warhol-ish, pop culture touches. Any space with my hubs, kid and pups definitely feels like home. It’s not so much the perfect space that makes a home in my opinion but the synergy of space + breathing beings + love.

One thing you absolutely cannot stand: Matchy-matchy, themed decor and fake plants. They're the worst. You know, the overly rooster-themed kitchens and seashell bathrooms. Maybe I am recalling speckled childhood memories, but rooms with perfect vacuum lines that no one is allowed in are downright wrong. Every square inch of a home should be lived in or what’s the purpose? You're paying to heat and cool spaces you don’t necessarily need.

One thing you absolutely, unequivocally LOVE: Natural light. I’ll say it again. Natural light. I hear it all the time as a real estate agent. "We want a space with tons of natural light!" It gives a feeling of effortlessness, it invokes a calmness and warmth that cannot be purchased in any bulb. Bringing the outdoors in through light and plants brings life to space like nothing else.

You’re an agent. Tell me more. What lead you to this work? I really love to help people. There is no greater joy than helping someone work through a huge life-changing event. Buying and selling is typically the largest financial decision people will ever make. It may sound a cheesy but it’s an honor to be part of such a huge event in peoples lives.

Give me your take on our little COLLECTIVE. Oh, cityhome, how I love thee. We are a melting pot of sorts. Any and every label applies but every label can be scratched off and replaced. Our differences are what makes the COLLECTIVE great. Everyone here is free to come and go as they please, and encouraged to follow their flow. After all, a happy home/personal life is directly related to business productivity.

Describe your perfect day. What, exactly, does that look like for you? Easy-breezy mornings and hitting it hard in the afternoon. Something like sleeping in at a minimum 'til 7am. Savoring a lovely cup of coffee before my daughter wakes up and I have to shift into mom mode. Playing with her is the best.

Favorite read/watch: What can I say, I’m on the run so often with clients or after my kid that I rarely make time to find a quiet place and read. I can say that I am 100% a coffee table book kinda gal. Something thick and heavy with a beautiful image on the front sucks me right in. I am such a visual person that I find myself really drawn to color and imagery rather than words. I also LOVE anything Netflix that can be binge watched on a lazy day. Historical documentaries are definitely my favorite. People of the past are so intriguing.

I am genuinely freaked out by walking up a dark set of stairs. Like, I don't know that I believe in ghosts...but I feel certain that something is there. And I'm not sure what it will even do. Just, like, shove me further upstairs? Or hurt my back? I don't know. But what creeps you out? This a weird one...even weirder, maybe, because I'm a real-estate agent. Houses on hills freak me out. The angle from a hill always makes it look crooked, like it’s going to fall over.

You could be living anywhere, really. Why SLC? Born and raised. My people are here and it’s home. I lived in Carlsbad, San Diego for a bit and still kick myself for leaving (80 degree weather year round) but SL was always calling me home.

How do you think we can improve this fantastic little slice of our nation? Where are we lacking? Air quality. Ugh, it is really bad out there during the winter months. 

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