Local real estate broker, Clea Whitney, grew up in Moapa Valley, and has deep roots in the area—her grandfather was a policeman here and her grandmother taught school locally.
“I’m really a country girl,” says Clea. “The stars here are so beautiful. There are practically no streetlights—and I really enjoy the peace and quiet. It’s one of the best towns in America.”
In 2005, Clea was a young mother of two small boys, and was bumping up against the glass ceiling in her career with a company that made concrete pipes for storm drains. Privately conducting her own research, she discovered that the real estate industry offered a great career path for women, a path she wasn’t finding anywhere else—and she jumped.
“I thought it would be a job where I could just work when I want,” she says, laughing. “But really, you just always work. We start at 7:00am, we end at 9:00pm. If you want a set job with set hours, this probably isn’t the job for you. It’s really intense.”
Today, as the owner of Clea’s Moapa Valley Realty, with offices in Logandale and Overton, she’s at the top of her game—consistently ranking in the top one percent of Southern Nevada realtors, managing more than 100 real estate transactions per year, and featured on a recent cover of My Vegas magazine. She’s also a co-owner of Ryder’s Gym in Overton, and is currently in the process of achieving a master’s degree in Business Administration.
“I love what I do,” Clea says about her real estate business. “I love the people and the challenges. I don’t plan to ever retire. I think I’ll do it forever.”
Update from 2023:
The real estate industry continues to be kind to Clea, who was recently inducted into the Women’s Council of Realtors Hall of Fame after receiving their “Top 25 Women in Real Estate” award for three years in a row. She remains passionate about helping people find their dream homes and is currently working on finishing her MBA degree. Born and raised in Moapa Valley—and descendent of a family that has been here for generations—Clea loves the friendly community where everybody knows each other. The rural lifestyle—no traffic lights, she raves!—suits Clea well, and she loves having her family nearby. She loves that, like the community itself, MVT is a family-oriented business.