Why I Love Real Estate

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Real estate has been a calling since I was in high school, I just didn't know it. One of my elective courses included building a model home.  The furniture was made from every day sorts of things.  I fashioned a chair out of a wooden spool of thread.  The walls were wallpapered with contact paper and there were drapes glued on the walls from fabric scraps.  My project won second place and I was very proud.  But I had no idea that would turn into real estate.

 

My resume went on to include banking, insurance, securities, property management of a 200 unit apartment complex, and co-owned businesses in Kansas, Alabama and Tennessee before moving to Arizona.   Switching into real estate was a no-brainer as I had vacuumed backwards out the door from Kansas to Missouri to Alabama to Arizona.  When you roll all that together, it's real estate!  

 

Real estate wasn't a first choice, but ti's definitely my last choice.  Through every career choice I was very comfortable helping people to meet their goals and I love the challenge.  

 

Working from home, saving gas, saving time and prioritizing projects helps me to be very effective.  But as the housing market changed, I decided I needed to change.  

 

Switching from multi-family sales to energy efficient homes was another light bulb moment in 2007.  To this day, that "energy" has kept me moving in real estate without looking back. At every turn I focus on what value I can bring to my sale and business to help others.   

 

Real estate now also includes teaching, public speaking events, advocacy work, and volunteering with the US Green Building Council.  I have to be able to process everything and sell real estate, so managing time is critical.   But somehow it all flows together and my clients are smiling at the end of every transaction! 

 

Why would anyone do all of these things?  Because learning more about real estate helps me to stay on top of the upcoming changes and keeps everything fresh.  We've all seen contract changes, but I get to see energy efficiency changes, upcoming changes in new forms, changes in new courses for realtors, and upcoming building code changes.  

 

Why is all of that important?  Because as a NAR GREEN® designee, these things are important to a business model and niche that I've been working on for the last 9 years.  I've become known for this and am the go to person for speaking engagements.  

 

Real estate is only as boring as you allow it to be.  Seek out what is new and upcoming and you'll soon learn that changes are constant!  that is Why I Love Real Estate! 

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Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Wow four states.... incredible... I did two states and told Diane once we are here in Los Angeles this is the last stop I can not keep starting over .... best decision we made...Endre

Feb 28, 2017 10:56 PM #1
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good that you landed in a great place Endre Barath, Jr. !  Yes, relocation is not for the faint of heart, especially with three little girls, 2 of which in braces, and Catholic Schools!  But it did teach my girls to be independent and they are all happy, independent, great Moms.  I just have to get them together from time to time!  Have a great day! 

Mar 01, 2017 07:53 AM #2
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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True indeed Jan, I have moved to three different countries growing up, you are right it does make you independent and probably closer to family,Endre

Mar 01, 2017 08:18 AM #3
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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Tennessee caught my eye. It is an evolution and you are just where you need to be. Jan Green is doing Green.

Mar 01, 2017 09:13 AM #4
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jan, You've carved out the perfect niche for your market!  And I love how we all have different experiences that positively contribute to our success in real estate.

Mar 01, 2017 09:49 AM #5
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Jan - Nice post. Your love of what you do is very obvious from the way that you do it - with creativity, imagination, dedication and a lot of energy.

Mar 01, 2017 12:02 PM #6
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
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Hi Jan - you've had great experiences leading you to a real estate career. I like your "Green" niche, which will only get biger as time goes on.

 

Mar 01, 2017 12:42 PM #7
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Yes, Debbie Reynolds I used to have a micro brewery in Knoxville and Nashville - a stones throw from you!  Tennessee is a great place to be and I love the differences between cities.  Thank you for commenting! 

So true Liz and Bill Spear !  Just like you, I found what works for me.  Congrats to you guys and thank you for commenting! 

Thank you Dick Greenberg !  I appreciate your sentiments and comments :) 

Thank you  Lottie Kendall !  Everyone here has something that contributed to their decision to be in real estate.  Mine just wasn't so obvious!

Mar 01, 2017 02:17 PM #8
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good Morning Jan - you found your passion and change and continual learning is something I love too.  You never get bored.

Mar 08, 2017 05:13 AM #9
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true Grant Schneider !  In fact, my business is evolving this year by expanding speaking opportunities.  Thank you for commenting and have a great day!

Mar 08, 2017 02:32 PM #10
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Jan, can't really add anything new to the above comments other than, I concur. Your passion and commitment to green shine bright. 

Mar 10, 2017 08:22 AM #11
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Debb!  And you, of all agents, gets this and equally as passionate.  Have a great Friday and weekend ;)

Mar 10, 2017 08:49 AM #12
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

What a great post that reveals a lot about you and why local buyers and sellers and builders shoud call you for help. Especially if they want to smile at settlement.

Mar 14, 2017 05:10 AM #13
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you so much Nick & Trudy Vandekar !  Obviously you subscribe to the same level of service for your clients.  Kudos to you! 

Mar 14, 2017 05:34 AM #14
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jan, what a great story and love hearing how you fell into this career.  You were meant to be a GREEN REALTOR, and congratulations on the additional opportunities.

Mar 15, 2017 05:53 AM #15
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Joan Cox !  I appreciate your sentiments and good wishes :) Have a great day!

Mar 15, 2017 08:55 AM #16
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jan Green - You're a natural and a great Real Estate Agent too with many talents and lifelong ambitions and passion for the business. This is a GREAT post! You have the passion, drive, and gumption to always succeed because you're not a quitter. You just keep building on experiences and you continue to become better and greater at everything you do! I like your creativity very much too. 

Mar 21, 2017 12:23 AM #17
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow Patricia Feager !  You bowl me over :)  Thank you, thank you for such positive comments.  Obviously you possess the tenacity to continue working hard and being a success, otherwise you wouldn't recognize those traits.  You rock girl! Have a great day!

Mar 21, 2017 08:10 AM #18
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