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My Love for the Outdoors led me to Real Estate!

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Real Estate Agent with Environmental Visions

Who would hve guessed that catching tarpon in the surf at the west end of Dog Island, Florida, or standing in a longleaf pine forest, the wind blowing softly through the trees, birds chirping high in the sun drenched branches would have led me down a path to a career in real estate.

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My life has been filled with wonderful adventures: trips to exotic places like Africa, Australia and the Galapagos Islands.  Or more mundane explorations like the great national parks out west:  Yosemite, Sequoia, Bryce Canyon and Arches to name a few.  I've even enjoyed the splendor of Yellowstone in winter white, breathtaking in the beauty of her vast wilderness.

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 I have a passion for the outdoors that I can feel in every cell of my body.  When I am there, I feel as though I am one with this Earth... it is an amazing feeling.  I decided some time ago, I don't remember exactly when, that I wanted to work towards improving the earth.  Leave it in better shape than when I found it.  My career over the years has worked towards that goal, in different ways sometimes, but always towards that goal. 

My last job was directing Florida's real estate program.  I had the wonderful responsbility for eight years of buying conservation lands for the state.  By the time I left, we had acquired 1.1 million acres of land throughout Florida.  The land was bought for parks, greenways, wildlife corridors, forest, etc., but all of it will be protected for today and future generations to enjoy.

  

 So when I left public service in January of this year, I felt my connection to real estate was to be continued but from the private sector side.  I have always enjoyed being of service to people, but I especially want to continue to help landowners seeking to preserve their lands.  I can help landowners sell them to the state, local governments or non-profit agencies and feel connected to those wild and scenic places while I'm processing all that paperwork!

 We all benefit when we protect the wild and scenic places that draw us in or connect us.

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I hope you enjoy your own sunrise tomorrow! 

 

P G
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA

Now those are some beautiful pictures! thank you for sharing.

Peg

Sep 20, 2007 09:36 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Goodness Eva.  You've had some truly exciting experiences.

I, too, have caught Tarpon in Florida, in the keys.  But, never had any interest in living there.  Who knows, I could change my mind tomorrow. 

Lovely photos and message.

Sep 20, 2007 09:42 AM
Sam Chapman
Lakeway, TX
It looks like you may have not been to Alaska.  That is an awesome state for photos.
Sep 20, 2007 10:04 AM
Gary Smith
Agent Marketing Today - Commerce Township, MI
Eva,   That sounds like a very strong background for assisting your future customers!
Sep 20, 2007 10:45 AM
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

Eva - there's nothing like nature - there's nothing like land preservation.  My biggest beef with big cities is the replacement of everything green with asphalt and concrete.  I'm glad we are surrounded by nature preserves and by people who care.  Thanks so much for sharing and I am sure you will do beautifully in the private sector.

Ines

Sep 20, 2007 03:50 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
I love the pictures -- You certainly have been on a very wonderful journey.  I hope the private sector proves just as exciting.   It is great that you have been able to follow your passion.
Sep 20, 2007 04:18 PM
Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate
Great Post Eva, and great pictures too. You obviously are getting the hang of this. I look forward to your posts every day.
Sep 20, 2007 11:19 PM
Eva Armstrong
Environmental Visions - Tallahassee, FL
Environmental Visions

Hi Sam- I have been to Alaska-- Fabulous!  I didn't want to bore everyone with a long list!

Rick & Ines, we are soooooo fortunate in Florida!

Joe - This is more fun than I imagined and it's challenging me to use my creative side.  Now, what to write today! 

Thanks to everyone for the support!

Sep 21, 2007 12:50 AM