Coming Full Circle ~ A Tale of Different Sales Next Door to Each Other!

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Cahill Associates

When I was only seven years old, I started probably my first business ever.  It was not exactly a business, per se, but really it was me selling my neighbor's trash.  I noticed after school one day that my neighbor was throwing out an old collection of National Geographic magazines.  I thought that since they were in good shape and there were a ton of them just sitting there, I would set some of them up on a table in front of my home and try and sell them to people walking by on busy Columbia Road in Dorchester. 

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It worked far better than I thought.  People who were walking by on their way home from work scooped up enough copies (that I was selling for a mere quarter each) that I made over ten dollars!  To a second-grader, this was like hitting the lottery!  I was thrilled that I was able literally able to turnsomeone's trash into someone else's treasure for very little time and effort.

Recently, I listed a three-family for sale in Dorchester on Columbia Road and it's right next door to where I lived in second grade.  It's the same building that was throwing out the National Geographics!  (I'm not sure if it's the same people since there are six rental units in the building.)  It's amazing how 27 years ago, I was selling someone else's trash and now, I'm selling the very building that trash came from, someone's most expensive possession.  If someone approached me when I was seven and told me that I would be selling my neighbor's house in a few decades, I would have thought they were crazy!  I'm asking way more than 25 cents for it, though!

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David Cahill
Century 21 Cahill Associates
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Comments (7)

Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Loved it, it's like going full circle.  You obviously always seized an opportunity.

Oct 22, 2010 09:43 AM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

A great story indeed.

In New York there are people who drive a track and pick up anything of value...

They make a good living...

Oct 22, 2010 09:44 AM
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

Amazing how small a world it is! I have run into people that I was stationed with after several years.

Oct 22, 2010 09:46 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

David this is a really cool story!  Love it!  It is truly amazing that 27 years later you're selling that house.

Featured in BananaTude!

Oct 22, 2010 12:34 PM
Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

David, What a great post...truly inspiring...maybe we should start grooming those guys at the lemonade stand for their future careers in real estate!


Oct 23, 2010 12:52 AM
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Hi David, I wonder what those Nat'l Geographics would go for today; seems like they would be collector pieces!

Cindy in Indy

Oct 24, 2010 01:51 AM
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

I love having an experience in the same place but in a different role. As a teenager, one of my early jobs was cleaning hotel rooms. Several years later I returned to the same hotel to play music in their lounge ... and was comped a free room, one that I used to clean.

Oct 25, 2010 02:54 AM