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With what seems to be the heart of a lion and the work ethic of a highly skilled soldier of the most elite, Sheila Vaughn shows the real estate investing industry and the construction world how to lead with compassion and massive integrity.
How long have you been in the building/construction/developer industry?
I’ve been in this industry since 2007.
What appealed to you the most about becoming part of this industry?
I love the property transformations.
What motivates you the most about your industry?
I’m motivated mostly by being a successful female in an industry that’s typically dominated by males.
What has been the most challenging situation since being in
There will always be bad contractors and sometimes bad investors as well. Not all money is good money, but, hands down, recovering from a bad contractor situation is the toughest in my opinion.
In square footage or acreage, what is the size of the largest structure you’ve been a part of (building, constructing, finishing, rehabbing, etc.) and what do you recall being the biggest challenge of that project?
With doing 50-75+ rehabs per year, single-family, multi-family, and commercial, it’s hard to pinpoint the largest. Every project has its challenges, be it a surprise behind a wall, a foundation, a lateral issue, a contractor situation, or waiting on permit approval, the final photos and new families moving in makes it all worth it.
What was the most unique structure of which you’ve participated?
With my favorites being revitalizing old buildings, I rehabbed a commercial building in Old Town Florissant, a pop the top in Brentwood, and currently a two-family to single-family conversion in south city. All amazing projects.
What aspect of this industry do you still love the most today?
Still to this day, I love the before and after photos and stunning refinished hardwood floors.
What trends in your industry do you see on the horizon?
This market shows no signs of slowing down. Gray and stainless are here
to stay for a while and I’m also meeting more women in my industry.
Why do you think real estate investors should utilize your expertise over similar companies?
Simply put, I’m honest, transparent, and loyal.
What key piece of advice would you give “up and comers” in your industry?
Find your tribe. Everyone is not your friend. All money is not good money.
Contact Sheila Vaughn
Company: Vaughn Investments
Expertise: Real Estate Construction & Contracting
Address: 243 Dunn Road, Florissant, MO 63031