How I got into real estate

Real Estate Agent with Witt-Fogleman Team 434-941-8847 VA#0225195155

How I got into Real Estate

I may have told this story before here on Active Rain but I couldn't find it so here it is....


I would love to say it was a plan, that I grew up wanting to be an agents (ok in High School at one point I thought it would be cool)but that is not my story.

Before Real Estate I was lost, I was stuck in doing something I hated and had no idea what I wanted to do. I made just enough money to where it was hard to leave but also hard to go to work each day. I felt trapped! Quite frankly, I didnt like it and I didnt put forth my best effort.

Then Wendy and I started dating, she was an agent and she worked really hard. She was great with people but had issues with technology, she needed an assistant but really couldn't afford one due to her financial position after a bitter divorce. So I started helping her with her websites and marketing as I enjoy web design and programming. Wendy had been in real estate for about a year when we started dating, since I had been in sales for 20 years she would ask me sales questions...  As time passed I found myself leaving my real job early to help her. I really enjoyed the web work. One day she suggested "why don't you get a Real Estate license?"  At first,I thought "NO! I just want to help out behind the scenes and be in my own little world!" But as time passed I started thinking about it, I signed up and started to study. I thought we could tag team and I could hold a house open for her on weekends, handle a little bit of the overflow of business when needed but keep my "job" until I found what I wanted to do.

Then it happened! I sold a home to a first time home buyer! I was hooked!

I can't express the feeling of joy and happiness I got in helping that couple! Then I helped someone whose home had been on and off the market several times. We had it sold in two months. The list keeps going! I can say as I near the end of my third year in the business I wish I did thisbefore.

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Scott Fogleman

Bedford Area Real Estate

Lynchburg Luxury Homes

The Witt Fogleman Team


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Forest, VA 24551


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Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Scott, great post.  Commission checks can be very addictive.  Keep up the good work and keep on selling!

Sep 12, 2012 03:37 AM #1
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

I got into real estate almost by default and it worked out well over the last 10 years.

Sep 12, 2012 03:38 AM #2
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Nothing like the feeliing you get when you accomplish something like selling your first home.  Great story Scott.  Congratulations on the Feature.

Sep 12, 2012 04:35 AM #3
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale

Scott.. sometimes we don't really decide things, we just ease on into them. Me too for the Real Estate... it became a part of my life that evolved!

Sep 12, 2012 05:02 AM #4
Scott Fogleman
Witt-Fogleman Team 434-941-8847 - Forest, VA
Witt-Fogleman, Inc.-Bedford, Lynchburg, and Roan

Donald- The checks are great,but the smiles and thank yous frombuyers and sellers are even better!

Chuck- sounds like we are int he same boat..

Rodger- It is a rush, thank you and I hope you are still doing well.

Sep 12, 2012 05:04 AM #5
Andrew Mooers
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Shoot a video on how it happened so they see your expressions, hear your voice and come away with what a real genuine guy that I want to list, market, sell my real estate!

Sep 12, 2012 05:20 AM #6
Ashley Connolly
Northeast Water Wells Inc - Jaffrey, NH

Great post and great story... Do what you love ... love what you do :)

Sep 12, 2012 05:53 AM #7
Amanda and Jared Christiansen
Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Century 21 Bradley Realtors

Great story Scott!  I don't know that anybody knew growing up that they were going to become a Realtor.  I enjoy reading other's stories about how they got into real estate.  Good stuff!  

Sep 12, 2012 06:09 AM #8
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Scott, there is a lot of satisfaction in helping others. Looks like you've found your calling.

Sep 12, 2012 06:09 AM #9
Anna Tolstoy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Natick, MA

Scott, that is a great story! You guys have a winning team, wishing you much success.

I would also add, that the more I work and get to know other agents, the more amazed I am what wonderful people agents are. I am greatly inspired by professionalism and poise. I think seasoned real estate agents have the best people sklills, especially dealing with people who are stressed out in difficult situations, experience emotional breakdowns etc.

Sep 12, 2012 06:24 AM #10
Harry F. D'Elia
Uptown Realty - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio Coach, REOs, ABR

It does not take long to get hooked on real estate. Keep consistent and make it happen daily

Sep 12, 2012 07:03 AM #11
Tammie White
(615) 495-0752 or - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN

I love the ability to work as much or as little as we want. Being able to make my own schedule was very important to me.

Sep 12, 2012 08:19 AM #12
Bryan Robertson
Catarra Real Estate, Inc - Los Altos, CA
Broker, Author, Speaker

That's a really nice story.  It's amazing how quicky folks get enamoured with this business.  You two make a great team.

Sep 12, 2012 11:38 AM #13
Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Scott, I enjoyed reading your story.  The excitement of first time home buyers is the best.  It sounds like you and Wendy are a perfect team.

Sep 12, 2012 04:32 PM #14
Bob Usey
Bob Usey Properties - Gulfport, MS

Good post.

Get a couple of college degrees and begin teaching have five kids in 6 years then figure out that you need a second job, which ultimately becomes the prime job. Amen!

Bob Usey Properties

Mississippi Gulf Coast


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