Kerrie's Blog: Keeping it Fresh with Joni Staples

Keeping it Fresh with Joni Staples


This week's Keeping it Fresh is brought to you by Joni Staples.


How long have you been in business?         

I have been a Realtor® since April of 2004 and a broker since 2010. 

What outfit do you own that makes you feel invincible?

Business suits always give me that feeling, but I rarely wear them. I am more into being approachable and helpful. Nothing against being invincible, it's just not my "style." ☺

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

Although you may think that my greatest faux pas was the day I wore the 70s outfit to a Father Daughter Dance, you would be wrong! That was NO mistake! ☺ My greatest faux pas was buying into the media thing that you have to be a certain size, dress sexy enough, etc. to be valuable. BIG mistake and totally NOT true! You are valuable just the way you are!

What celebrity is your style doppelganger?

I have no idea which celebrity would be my style. Comfortable, and FUN, is how I like to dress. Whoever that may be!

Best Fashion Advice?

Do not worry about what is in style. Wear what looks good on you and DO NOT wear something that looks bad JUST because it is in style. Don't be afraid to be yourself. Even if it is a little quirky! Be your own style! Let the Jones' keep up with you!

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Comment balloon 33 commentsKerrie La Guardia • September 24 2012 01:46PM


Kerrie, how fun that interview would have been with Joni --- Ms. Style!     Hopefully someday we shall meet face to face, as she is one great lady, whatever she is wearing!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 6 years ago

Joni is a woman of style and substance!  Thanks for a great profile of a cool agent!  Kathy

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 6 years ago

Kerrie:  Looks like Joni is going to be the fashion leader for the fall.

Enjoy the colors of the season with your camera in hand.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, Just being yourself is the best advice. Feel good in whatever it is you wear even flashy bell bottom pants. They look like fun to me.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

I'm with Debbie (the real Debbie) and just be yourself! Feel good whatever you wear and don't dress for other people..dress for yourself! Those are some flashy bell bottoms Joni! Your'e such a trend setter:).

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 6 years ago

Kerrie~ That Joni Staples is one smart lady!  I like what she said about being approachable.  That's so important.  You want your clients to be comfortable.

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 6 years ago


Joni is adorable and an interesting and dedicated lady.  I think she could start her own on JONI line.  Happy Monday to you, and I hope Henry is doing well after his dental ordeal. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie...

Debbie and I both think the world of Joni.  She is a friend both in and out of the Rain. A true professional as well as a lady of her word.  She walks the walk not just talk the talk.  Joni rocks!

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 6 years ago

Right On, Joni!  She has such a great attitude!  Be yourself and enjoy your own style ... I like it!  Nice "Keeping It Fresh" profile, Kerrie :)

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Great job, Joni.  Just be yourself and let it shine through.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 6 years ago

Sounds like some great advice in the comments here...Be yourself is the key.   It is the only thing that makes us US.  So why not stay US.   Hope all of you are having a great day and thanks for being FRESH!!

Posted by John & Irma Nelson, San Antonio Real Estate Agents - San Antonio Homes (San Antonio Real Estate Broker/Agent with Get It Sold Realty) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, generally were a shirt an tie everyday.  I am the only one in the office that does, but that is me and that is how I feel comfortable talking to my Borrowers.

Now I would feel invincible if I wore that outfit that you have in the picture, or let's say I better be invincible, or be prepared to be beaten up on a regular bases ........... LOL

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 6 years ago

This is my favorite thus far.  I just adore her and love the outfit and the attitude.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 6 years ago

Great advice Kerrie.  To sum it up, MARCH TO YOUR OWN BEAT and don't be a follower, be a leader.

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 6 years ago
Lol! I was pretty sure you had trashed that fashionista photo! BAHhahahaHA! :) You're the bomb! XOXO
Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 6 years ago

Good Morning Kerri,

Thanks for sharing this interesting article with the active rain community! Have a nice day!

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) over 6 years ago

Love Joni and she's got the grasp on what's important in life and in style. 

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 6 years ago

Cute, Kerrie!  I think I have Joni's outfit hanging in my closet!  I never throw anything away!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Is this a new feature? I may have missed it in the past, but I'm glad you featured Joni! She's the most positive force you'll find on Active Rain!

Posted by Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area (David Tracy Real Estate) over 6 years ago

It is important to be comfortable in your own skin.  I can tell Joni is

Kerrie this is going to be a a fun series, can't wait to see more.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 6 years ago

Real estate is about being a real person and just make it happen. Great post on being yourself

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 6 years ago

Dare to be different ..... dare to be true to yourself ..... Joni knows it's not the clothes that count it is the person wearing them that people will relate to.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 6 years ago

If the lime green color of your car is your favorite then we are kindred spirits! I love the color green and I got a hoot out of your bell bottom pants! I remember the 70's well and I do miss them. Great post!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 6 years ago

I say wear anything you know your kids will shirk at - ha ha.   Just kidding, my daughter is my fashion designer and I  rely on her heavily.   I enjoyed seeing the photo - fun fun fun.   Good luck.  Shanna

Posted by Shanna Day Team Leader (UT & AZ), Keller Williams Realty (Keller Williams SLC (UT) and Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ)) over 6 years ago

Joni, good words to live by. I agree it's better to be who we are rather than dress like someone we are not. Just because something is in style, doesn't mean it's the right style for us.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 6 years ago

Nice to know little more about many of my favorite members, including Joni Staples. 

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 6 years ago
Cute interview and great way to get to know Active Rainers on a different level! Definitely keeping it fresh! Thanks for sharing and letting us get to know Joni a little more!
Posted by Tiffany Sniezek, Tiffany Sniezek 713-594-9639 RE/MAX Woodlands TX (RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, TX 713-594-9639 direct,) over 6 years ago

That's my girl Joni...........she's the bomb!  So yourself and wear what makes you happy and what you're comfortable wearing, my philosophy too.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 6 years ago

Joni is fantastic! I think she also gave some great advice on fashion. Always best to wear what makes you feel comfortable and look good. Dont just wear something because its in fashion.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 6 years ago

I wear what I'm comfortable in that gives me a feeling of professionalism. Thank goodness that criteria has changed over the years, Kerrie.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 6 years ago

I can't take my eyes off Joni!!  Each of us must decide what works best for us ... and with our clientele.  Here in Chicagoland, at least for lender, it probably sways a bit towards the more formal yet.  Heck, even as an appraiser in years gone by, I had to wear suits.  Just expected at the time!  I've got a few pics from that former era that would make everyone cringe, Kerrie ... Joni's nothing in comparison!


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 6 years ago

Joni is one great person - her personality always shines through!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

I love this photo! Joni is fearless to let you post it here in the Rain!!!

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) over 6 years ago