We had the good fortune of connecting with Janice Overbeck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janice, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
Showing my children the world through education at home (through TV, youtube, documentaries, reading, etc…) and travels abroad has really opened my eyes and allowed me to see things from different perspectives, and also has allowed my children to do the same at a young age. One of my favorite quotes is “The world doesn’t have to line up to your limited understanding and perception of it…allow conflicts to exist.” This is because when we are not open minded and refuse to see things from others perspectives, we are doing ourselves a disservice to live life to the fullest and love and appreciate the world that we live in. Traveling doesn’t have to be crazy expensive. The flights are by far the most expensive part and albeit they are pricey, accommodations and meals can be done very cheaply to stretch your money, when done the right way. I truly feel the best gift I have been able to provide my children is extensive world travel at a young age.
What should our readers know about your business?
Janice Overbeck is an Atlanta native and is known as one of the most successful agents in the metro-Atlanta market. She is sought after by industry professionals for her real estate tactics and expertise. She has been a featured speaker for several local and national real estate meetings and conferences. In fact, Janice is often quoted on the front page of the Atlanta Journal Constitution for her knowledge of the Atlanta real estate market. She has been named a local real estate expert and has been featured on the following: 11 Alive News, WSBTV Channel 2, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Real Estate Radio Atlanta. At age 29, she was selected by the National Association of Realtors as one of the ‘30 Under 30’ rising stars in the real estate industry. Janice has also served on various real estate panels across the state as a top producer and real estate expert. She is now serving her fourth year on the Georgia Association of Realtors Grievance Panel.
Janice earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in Spanish before obtaining a Masters in Business from Kennesaw State University. She has a good command in German, and Spanish and has basic language skills in French. Janice and her husband, Gunar, have four daughters. She enjoys spending her downtime with her family. Janice and her family attend church at Mount Paran North Church of God in Marietta, GA. She is currently serving as a Child Ambassador for World Vision, and serves on the boards of Fix GA Pets, Georgia Pet Foundation, Keep Cobb Beautiful, and The German School of Atlanta. After Janice’s father passed away from ALS in 2015, she has been passionate about raising awareness about the disease. Not only does she raise awareness, she personally donates and hosts fundraisers to support the Emory ALS Research Center. Some of the biggest events (Celebrity Poker Night and the ALS Art Show) have both been held at her real estate office in Marietta. Since her father’s passing, she has raised and/or personally donated over $200,000 to the Emory ALS Research Center!
In August of 2016, Janice and her husband purchased a Cobb County landmark, Hollycrest Hall, and converted it into a business office. The Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team isn’t just a business to her, it is a community center and she does all she can to provide for our community. Her office sits on the corner of a huge intersection, with over 60,000 cars passing daily. In addition to her fundraising and personal donations, she hosts many community events at this office. Some of these events include: First Responder/Military Appreciation Luncheon, Coffee with a Cop, Pictures with Santa, pet adoption events, art shows, women’s empowerment events and so many others throughout the year. Not only is her goal to raise money/awareness/hope for important local endeavors, but to bring our community together and she will always find ways to give back to her local community.
The Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team, with Keller Williams Atlanta North, consists of real estate professionals and a full-time administrative staff. They have received many awards over the years, from local and national levels. There are too many awards to mention, but in 2018 and 2019, they were awarded the #1 Real Estate Team in Cobb County, GA by the Cobb Association of Realtors. Their expertise is in listing homes and getting them SOLD all while ensuring that the client has a five star experience. Janice and her husband are also avid house flippers and have been flourishing in the market since it tanked in 2007. Despite the economic downturn, their business continued to grow successfully and they have flipped over 120 houses to date!
To bring it all full circle, Janice started a non-profit 501c3 charity, JO Gives, in 2016 and currently raises money for programs she is very passionate about. These programs are the Homeless Pets Foundation, Emory University, Chin Up Foundation, and Project Mexico. The thing that drives Janice the most is the ability to give back to the community she loves and adores so much, and with the help of JO Gives Inc. she’s able to do just that. She holds many events at her real estate office, such as poker nights, wine tastings, art shows, pet adoptions, low-cost vaccination clinics, and more to help pour into her charity. As of summer 2020, JO Gives Inc. has raised over $328,000.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take my friend to Atlanta Fish Market and to ride the ferris wheel in the city. We would go to a neat concert, a play or a sports game depending on the night.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out to Jim Alexander for believing in me and encouraging me for close to a decade.