Ashlee Prudhel struggled to make ends meet as a single parent. But when she became a real estate assistant, she saw her future unfold. Prudhel, 29, knew she had what it takes to sell, describing herself as honest, reliable, and an extremely hard worker. Her bank account was nearly empty the day she became licensed, which gave her added motivation. “I had rent to pay. It was not an option,” she says. Her first lead was a buyer who needed seller financing, so she called every listing in the MLS until she found one with potential. “It was a miracle to put together,” says Prudhel, who accomplished the task in her first two weeks on the job. “I’m an extremely hard worker who will do what it takes to make clients’ goals a reality.” She ended up closing 17 transactions within her first six months.