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Kyara Gray has always been fascinated by transformations. Growing up in small town Pennsylvania, she watched farmland routinely sold and turned into housing developments. “As we drove around town, I’d point out the window telling my parents to buy this land or that house,” says Gray, who now runs a multi-seven-figure real estate company, Charm City Buyers, with her husband, Khalil Uqdah.

After graduating from college in 2011, the plan was to climb the corporate ladder, get a dog, and invest in real estate as a side hustle. In just one year she had a well-paying job in insurance, a Lhasa Apso named Duchess, and her first rental property. Less than a decade later, she stepped out on her own. She and Khalil have grown their real estate empire to include developing several blocks of residential housing in Baltimore in addition to over 20 rental units and a construction company.