Ashley Roberts walks an altruistic walk. No one should find it easy to tally up the hours she has served on boards, providing guidance and volunteering her time. A servant leader with roots firmly planted in the Franklin community, it is only enhanced by her drive and eye for making people feel at home.
Roberts is a Franklin native and a graduate of Franklin High School, and left the area for a period of time that included college at the University of Alabama. Then she found herself moving back to the heart of the very town that raised her. Her quaint, downtown 1930s cottage reflects her interior design background, with a love of warm colors, antique pieces, and plenty of art. It is here she has created the comforts of home and is in close proximity to the many causes and organizations that have been touched by her dedication.
Her entire family resides here, along with her “friend family.” It was through a strong network that led her to her current role as Affiliate Broker for Daniel-Christian Real Estate. The small brokerage on 2nd Ave in downtown is owned by mother-son duo Dianne Christian and Matt Daniel who have been in business for over twenty years. “I’m incredibly blessed to work with them,” said Roberts. “It’s everything I need, I have a wealth of knowledge right there. They’ve been nothing but supportive of me.”
Support is a gift Roberts herself has given back in many ways. Her professional CV includes an impressive list of positions that include Board of Directors member for Friends of Franklin Parks, a commissioner with the Franklin Public Arts Commission, member of Franklin Transit Authority, past president and board member of Youth Leadership, and alumni of Leadership Franklin, to which she can claim being the first to graduate both leadership programs.
She is also community outreach chairman for the Williamson County Association of Realtors. Accolades include being voted as one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 in 2011, being selected for the ambassador program for Williamson County Schools in 2012, and last year winning Franklin Tomorrow’s Emerging Leader award.
While probably not a fair question to ask, does she have a favorite organization in which to serve? “I love them all. I’d like to be involved with even more, but then I’d have to step off of one to do so,” Ashley humbly affirms.
Youth Leadership, a program for high school sophomores and juniors, has brought her particular joy in watching the students come through, immersed in community service, cultivating leadership skills, and seeing the path that develops for them, which Roberts knows first-hand. “It was through this program I developed a love for this town.”
Prior work for Roberts also includes the Director of A Vintage Affair, a non-profit for women and children. “We helped a lot of charities, and I’m proud to be a part of that.” Adding, “That time I spent as director and working for these organizations, the contacts I’ve made, all have helped me get my career going.”
The career part is now real estate. “I love showing property here, and when your heart is here and telling people why you love it, it’s the best part.”
Roberts stepped into real estate as the market was on a healthy upswing, but recognizes the changing trends. “At times it was heartbreaking for clients, houses going under contract before hitting the market, everything was over asking price; now things are sitting on the market longer, the demand is not as tight. I have shown more properties this year, but then it seemed 100 days ago the market just stopped. But that’s ok, the market needs to correct itself.”
As a witness to the rich growth in the county, Ashley exemplifies what she encourages in others – to stay active where you live and get to know your neighbors.
“I love helping people find their perfect home. Everyone has their requirements, and I can see how a family will fit in a neighborhood and community.” She adds, “It’s just as important to be involved and having that tie where you can go into a coffee shop and know people, that happens when you get involved. It’s how I’ve maintained relationships.” And, “It keeps that small-town feel.”
With her multi-faceted background that includes interior design, her family’s appraisal business, and her heart for the community, clients are guaranteed a trusted and knowledgeable approach to their house-buying and selling needs. “I want to make sure they find the right community and if it doesn’t work with one house, another one will.”
“I’m a firm believer, things happen for a reason. If one house doesn’t work out, if a contract is not accepted, something better will come along.” Wise words to live by.