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RISMEDIA, August 24, 2007–After making her way down 36 flights of stairs in the dark after terrorists struck the World Trade Center, and then watching the second tower fall, Donna Hogan’s life changed forever on Sept. 11, 2001. In real estate since 1987, this industry pro knew it was time to seek out balance in her life and work. Read her incredible story and it’s easy to see why selecting her as one of this year’s Realtors on the Rise was an obvious choice.

hogan_donna.jpgDonna Hogan
Metro Brokers/GMAC
Atlanta, Georgia

In real estate since: 1987 Personal motto: “A smile is a light in the window of the soul indicating the heart is at home.” A day that she’ll remember: Hogan experienced Sept. 11 firsthand, fumbling down 36 flights of stairs in the dark at World Trade Center and witnessing the second tower crash. “It was too much to comprehend.”

In 2005, still witnessing military men holding rifles outside of her New York office and orange alert threats were constantly being implemented, Hogan and her husband decided to move. Hogan admits that, “No matter how much you achieve in your career, there comes a time when you must balance out your spiritual journey, your career and your life.” In October 2005, they moved to metro Atlanta.

Agents who want to learn more about balancing work and life should plan to attend this year’s Leadership Conference in New York City on Sept. 5 & 6. With dozens of industry leading speakers and educational sessions and plenty of high-level networking time, it’s an event not to miss.

To learn more about the event or to register, visit

This year’s Realtors on the Rise winners reflect a sizeable showing of quality agents who have entered the market within the past five years.

From their impressive sales figures, to their innovative marketing strategies, to their community involvement, Real Estate magazine’s editors have chosen 50 Realtors on the Rise, selected from hundreds of candidates. We congratulate this year’s winners on stepping up, pushing forward and committing to the real estate marketplace.

For more information or to read the entire feature visit