Every REALTOR®, it seems, has the same story. “I love working with people. I love helping people find their dream homes. I love helping people achieve their real estate goals.” They all say they’re the best, hard-working, the smartest, the top agent…Yada, yada, yada.
As a kid, my dreams were fairly common: a teacher, an actress, or a cruise director (call it my Love Boat phase.) For a while, my crush on Erik Estrada made me consider joining CHP upon graduation. I remember breaking a cheap metal towel bar while doing my Bionic Woman impersonation. I don’t think I ever thought of being a real estate agent…
Shortly after the dinosaurs died out, I worked at one of the only 1-hour photo labs in Wayne County, as a film tech, receptionist, and free-lance photographer. Since the Internet was still a twinkle in Al Gore’s eye at that time, only a few REALTORS® brought their 35mm in to be developed quickly. I remember snickering at the horrible pictures and thinking “Man, I could do better than that!” (Working as a film developer was often highly entertaining…I needed to get out more, I suppose.)
Time marched on and I found myself creating websites for local real estate agents. Enjoying the business, I saw considerable success as a real estate website designer. At some point, I decided to sell real estate myself.
It’s been an interesting journey; I began as a real estate secretary and assistant. Growing restless with the limitations of that position, I struck out as an independent agent, eventually landing at WEICHERT, REALTORS® – Paupack Group, a very exciting and energetic office to be a part of. Currently I am the office Internet Specialist along with being a “REALTOR®.” In addition, I was the first Lake Wallenpaupack agent to start & maintain a real estate blog.
Real estate has changed over the years. Photography has graduated from clunky & expensive 35mm to digital (unfortunately, many agents STILL take lousy pictures!) The Internet has virtually turned the real estate world upside down. (But sorry, Al, you really had little to do with that.)
While some things have changed, some things have remained the same. Many don’t realize that real estate agents use their own vehicles and pay for their own gas. Yes, I have my WEICHERT REALTORS® Paupack Group magnets and license plate; but it’s MY car and not a “Company Car.”
Am I complaining? No way! I love my job and I love hunting down properties, either with tax maps, on the MLS, or simply wandering around Wayne or Pike County. I enjoy getting to know people, building relationships, and having fun while doing it. Sometimes I am dressed in a dressy suit, but most times I’ll be in jeans and boots, tromping around the woods searching for the pins and ribbons indicating property boundaries. Either way, I’m always ready for an adventure!
No that’s not a typo – it’s just a way to say I will DO my due diligence for every one of my clients. I will strive to provide excellent service for you. I’m not going to brag about how fantastic I am – that’s not my style. I just want to assure you that I will do my best for you.
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