Houston is part of the largest fully integrated network of real estate and auction professionals in the nation. The company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. Our Management team knows the needs of agents in urban and metropolitan markets. We address those needs by providing powerful marketing programs along with technology-based services that are unique to the industry.
With more than 20 years experience as a Greater Houston Area real estate agent, and nearly 10 years as a broker, Carol Garcia Drake, Managing Broker of United Real Estate Houston, knows and values the opportunities and big heart the city of Houston offers. From luxury properties to farm & ranch and undeveloped acreage, Carol's expertise expands across the industry and specializes in the Northwest area of Houston, where she has lived since 1998.
As a native Mid-Western, second-generation American with East-Coast roots, Carol's diverse experience in real estate across the country gives her a refined perspective on what defines a home for each individual. She's passionate about instilling and educating the same knowledge into her teams as they proceed with tenacity , honesty, integrity and consistency.
Before entering the professional world of real estate, Carol opened and operated Fine and Fancy Foods, an international gourmet food brokerage where, partnering with her sister, she worked with leading industry companies in the country's largest cities for 12 years. Her self-starter, go-getter and family-oriented personality gave her the advantage in adapting to unknown situations, negotiation offers and contracts that would align perfectly with her future in real estate.
When her children were born, Carol dedicated her life to raising them while helping manage the automobile auction company her family owned and operated for nearly 20 years. As her children entered school, her entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge of the housing industry instilled by her father, an architect, led her to become a licensed real estate agent in 1999.
After more than 14 years leading teams for a billion dollar real estate company, she decided to venture out on her own to lead teams in a way that would not only educate the client but also the agents. Thus, the independent team, Inspired Living Real Estate was founded in 2016, and eventually Carol moved to become the broker of United Real Estate Houston in 2019. United continues to set an industry standard for credibility, honesty and integrity in customer service and client advocacy.
Carol knows that a team is only as strong as every working part, and to ensure her team exudes excellence across their communities, she is devoted to bringing a deeper knowledge and understanding to the home buying experience for every United agent and their client, by providing her team with the most current information, education and training.
Her passion for education far exceeds the workplace. Carol is a founding member of both the Magnolia Education Foundation and the United Ways' "Women who Rock," providing resources for learning and funds for programs that support excellence in education. As a founding board member of Cannon Recovery and Transitional Living which supports the special needs and veteran populations, Carol's heart for serving her community, her team, her family and God is ultimately her greatest motivation. And among the many accolades , achievements and awards she's grateful to have received, her proudest and most prized achievements are her family, children and grandchildren.
Patricia started her Real Estate career in the 80s as a Texas licensed Realtor with her career path evolving to Corporate Relocation Management. Patricia’s background lies extensively in Third Party Relocation, Relocation Department Management, Business Development and Client Relations. Patricia is a recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from Worldwide ERC and is a contributor to Mobility magazine. She is a current member of ERC, RDC, HRP, GHP, NTRP, and TRN. She has served on the Navy Federal Credit Union Broker Advisory Board and is passionate about offering premier service to active military and veterans of all branches. She currently serves on the Texas Relocation Network board and was 2018 President of Relocation Directors Council. She will serve as RDCs Chair in 2019. Patricia strives for excellence in all her endeavors and believes diversification of business streams remains the foundation for growth and success within any department. She specializes in working with Human Resource Professionals and Recruiters to assist them in developing programs to support the employee experience and enhance benefits to relocating employees. Relationships and strategic alliances are the foundation for her long standing business partnerships. Patricia is a highly regarded relocation professional, a frequent speaker and panelist at Relocation Industry events. She has earned her Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designations from Worldwide ERC. She also has her Senior Global Destination Services (SGDS) from Relocation Directors Council. Away from the office, Patricia can be found enjoying time with her family and friends. She is involved with the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, the Northwest Chapter of the American Heart Foundation, and the SPCA.