Keeping it Fresh with Thom Abbott

Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain, Community Manager


This week's Keeping it Fresh is brought to you by Thom Abbott.


How long have you been in business?                                                               

Been in RE since 2004 -- 8 years.

Describe your style.

I describe my style as urban hip....I deal with all types of people, but Midtown Atlanta is the "Heart of the Arts" and home to Georgia Tech University...I'm in my zone in jeans!

What outfit do you own that makes you feel invincible?

Weather here plays a big factor in my the fall and winter, I love my jeans, long sleeved plain t-shirt and a blazer. But the summer heat and humidity leave the blazer in the closet and I go for fun style in a dress shirt atop my jeans. Finish the outfit with a classy belt and hip dress shoes...and I'm IN!

What is the biggest fashion faux pas you've made?

Have I ever made one? Yeah..years ago I wore a belt and suspenders at the same time. But only for like 5 minutes till someone told me. I get red just thinking about that!

What celebrity is your style doppelganger?

I really can't say any ONE celebrity...but look at country western artist and how they can dress up in a pair of jeans and just fit right in.

Best Fashion Advice?

BE YOURSELF....wear what makes you feel good...and look good. I don't look good in dress slacks...I look OLD! But when I dress like I'm in my 30's, well people think I'm in my 30's! Shhhhh, don't tell anyone! 



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Previous Keeping It Fresh Posts:

Jane Peters
Ed Silva
Kristine Ginsberg

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Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Feeling comfortable and confident in your clothes is the name of the game.

Aug 06, 2012 10:40 PM #27
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Kerrie making merrie...(good merrie) and this man is a double OO agent no problem...good post

Aug 06, 2012 11:57 PM #28
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Terrific.  When we first started in this business we were showing a unit for over $3m.  The agent had to meet us there.  When he showed up, we were dressed to the nines, the customers looked like they were going to the beach and the other agent was in shorts.  Fast forward 10 years.....  everything the same except we're now in shorts as well.

Aug 07, 2012 02:13 AM #29
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

You look handsome Thom in anything you wear! Regardless, it's your stellar personality that separates you from the others.

When are we having coffee?


Aug 07, 2012 02:32 AM #30
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

30's?  Gosh, I'm feeling YOUNGER by the day!  Thom is a true friend and I can honestly say that no matter how he is dressed, his clients LOVE him!  I've sent people his way who just rave about him--his knowledge, compassion and attention to detail is unsurpassed.  I love me some Thom Abbott!

Aug 07, 2012 02:53 AM #31
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Hello Kerrie,

Thank you. It is a fun post to read. I have to admit, I am a city girl, and feel comfortable wearing high-heels and suits :)

But when I am home-- jeans.

Aug 07, 2012 04:45 AM #32
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Dont know Thom outside of Facebook posts, but I feel like I know him a little better today. Good stuff Kerrie!

Aug 07, 2012 04:45 AM #33
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Great update on Thom!  Love it and it fits who he is.  Knowing yourself and feeling comfortable helps your customers. 

All the best, Michelle

PS - Although, it's too hot here to wear Jeans:-)

Aug 07, 2012 05:03 AM #34
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Kerri, this is a great, fun series you're doing on AR.

Thom, being yourself is the best!!

Aug 07, 2012 05:47 AM #35
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Most of the time I dress in good slacks and a long sleeved tee shirt or shirt.  I occassionally wear jeans and a nice shirt or nice tee shirt.  Most of my clients dress like I do or they wear shorts on a very ward day.  I think Thom looks great.

Aug 07, 2012 06:45 AM #36
Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

I love it!  I too live in my jeans.  It is only when it is too hot during the summer that I am forced to wear sundresses. We don't have the luxury of showing property here in cars, so we all have to walk.  So when the humudity is high, we need to keep as cool as possible!

Aug 07, 2012 07:30 AM #37
HGNL Digital Marketing Agency
Detroit, MI
We are a full service real estate marketing agency

Hi Kerrie,

This is a cool idea. Nice way to keep it fresh during these hot summer months.

Aug 07, 2012 02:06 PM #39
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Dress makes the person, so go with what is comfortable and don't overdress is the rule.

Aug 07, 2012 02:41 PM #40
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I did not know that you had a series going. I will check out the prior posts. I enjoyed reading this one.

Aug 07, 2012 10:18 PM #41
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

I did not know about the series either and will also check out other posts.

Aug 08, 2012 12:27 AM #42
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Kerrie -- this is really a fun series and a chance to gain some insight into the members of Active Rain. 

Aug 10, 2012 11:08 PM #43
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

About to take off for the day and wanted to wish you a wonderful weekend in the sun!

Aug 11, 2012 12:14 AM #44
David Grbich
Realty One Group - - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Being comfortable is key - I also like the jeans and dress shirt approach but often after the first meeting. All the best, Dave

Aug 11, 2012 12:53 AM #45
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Kerrie~ Thom is definitely comfortable and confident in his jeans, wish I could get away with that.  Maybe if I'm showing property in the country, but not in town.

Aug 13, 2012 12:30 PM #46
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Great post Kerrie... I love his photo-- it looks so natural and unstaged!  Kathy

Aug 14, 2012 09:00 AM #47
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