Kerrie's Blog: Keeping it Fresh with Thom Abbott

Keeping it Fresh with Thom Abbott


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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Comment balloon 46 commentsKerrie La Guardia • August 06 2012 02:05PM


My clients always say that I am my best when I am comfortable. I can't get away with shorts and a Hawaian shirt as some of my friends can in the islands, but a clean cut button down and a good pair of jeans spells success...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) almost 8 years ago

I was told long ago not to outdress your cliental. This area is very relaxed so the office dress is very casual, unless we have a big outside the area profession coming up to look at investments.. Then a little more formal...

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Never out-dress your clients!  First meeting is dark blue jeans, dress shirt. Second meeting faded jeans, button up shirt, from there on it is more casual normally ending up in shorts and a cool t-shirt near closing.  I do recompose for closing to dark blue jeans and a dress shirt.  I've been told to chill out and not be a stuffed shirt about clothes :)

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Love it.  You sound like a man who is comfortable in his jeans, and his own skin.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 8 years ago


Great series and Thom certainly fits the bill for the casual Realtor.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Jeans is my only business attire since I am usually looking at REO/bank owned properties with investors.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) almost 8 years ago

You could never look old, Thom.  Realtors here still haven't completely gotten to the jeans stage here, well at least most of us haven't.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 8 years ago

Great post, and I love to wear jeans too, but not all the time . . . would have loved to see the fashion faux pas!! I am sure I have done worse!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) almost 8 years ago

Love this idea for posts to get to know other Rainers, Kerrie - and Thom, your style looks perfect to me!


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie - this series is so much fun and I love seeing a guy and hearing his thoughts on fashion. Thom looks great in his casual urban hip look. I also love my bluejeans. I dress for consults, but staging in jeans and a white T-shirt. It's like my uniform. Can't wait to see who next on your list of Keeping it Fresh series!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Excellent, Kerrie.  I definitely follow Thom's plan.  I spent 30 years in a suit.  Today, I'm dressed up if I have jeans, a button down shirt and a blazer.  It's rare to catch me in a suit today.  I love it.  

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 8 years ago

Thom would fit in great in SE Oklahoma where jeans rule!  When we wear what we feel good in, the day goes well. 

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 8 years ago

We don't see a lot of people wearing jeans to work around here, but I have been known to wear shorts when working on a hot day. Maybe a little shake-it-up is in order

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 8 years ago

Thom you look fabulous and I love the down-to-earth approach you have.  I love a crisp button-down shirt and the belt (w/o suspenders) pulls the whole look together.  Marvelous!! 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 8 years ago

Thom, did you say 30's? I was going for 29ish! Stay cool and be who you are!

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago


Thom is a great guy and a real hoot in person. He's one of AR's true personalities and we're proud to have him here in GA!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 8 years ago

Looks good to me, but then again, jeans work just fine in Riverside, Texas. That is what I am used to seeing.

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 8 years ago

I think you have hit the nail on the head.. you are yourself and that self is one great agent.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 8 years ago

Fun!  Kristine

Posted by Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors (Compass) almost 8 years ago

I see.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) almost 8 years ago

yup, that's my Thom alright.  And of course he is still in his thrity's.  :)

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 8 years ago

This one was a really fun read. I do not know Thom too well, but he seems to be young at heart.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie, thanks for this series that make us feel we know more about them....

About Best Fashion Advice --- Be Yourself, true for our business, too.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie - This is fun!

Thom - I'll buy 30's no problem!  You look great!

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 8 years ago

I like his style. I like the casual vibe. Some people are more comfortable that way :)

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i (Aloha Kai Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

What a fun series you are doing here Kerrie!  I know Thom Abbott.  Kinda.  Seems like a cool dude to me.  I like his style.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 8 years ago

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

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

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

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 8 years ago

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.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) almost 8 years ago

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?


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( almost 8 years ago

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!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 8 years ago

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.

Posted by Tatyana Makarov, Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

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

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 almost 8 years ago


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:-)

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) almost 8 years ago

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

Thom, being yourself is the best!!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) almost 8 years ago


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.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) almost 8 years ago

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!

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) almost 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

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

Posted by Digital Digital, full service almost 8 years ago

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

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) almost 8 years ago

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

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 8 years ago

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

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 8 years ago

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

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 8 years ago

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

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 8 years ago

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

Posted by David Grbich, Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484 (Realty One Group - almost 8 years ago

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.

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

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

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) almost 8 years ago