Why I Chose Real Estate - I'm Still That Little Girl

Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

Why did I Choose Real Estate?

Honestly, I don't think I chose real estate.  I think real estate chose me...


I'm the oldest of four children...four children born in four years!

four siblings

I loved playing house with my baby dolls and mothering my baby siblings I could create a "home" from just about anything, anywhere.

 I loved doll houses and rearranging the furniture.   One of my fondest memories was receiving a Barbie dream house from my babysitter...I couldn't sleep the night I received it because I was so excited.

I not only enjoyed playing house, I enjoyed cleaning house too.

 It wasn't just my own house...I used to suggest to my friends that we organize their closets instead of playing outside...I couldn't understand why they didn't enjoy housework as much as I did.

vintage photos

In high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life...but I knew I wanted a home and babies.  I went to a business college, with hopes of doing something creative like advertising or decorating, and ended up working for an architect.

I was fascinated by architecture and thought I would enjoy the creativity and challenge of the profession, but after becoming pregnant, I quit my job to be a full time mom.

 I had three children in four years, spending eleven years at home with my babies.

my babies

Some of the happiest years of my life were playing house for real.

When my youngest went into first grade, it was time for me to return to the workforce.  I worked for many years at a law office, and then at a car dealership...but neither job fed my passion for creativity, organization, and home decorating.

 I knew I wanted more, but I had no idea what it was I was looking for.

One morning a friend, a Realtor, unexpectedly stopped by for a visit.  She was telling me about her new listing that needed help and the next thing I knew we were at the house and I was giving her my opinion on improving it's appearance.   We worked together on that house for two months and the satisfaction I felt transforming it can't be described.before and after

That was my introduction to the concept of real estate "staging" and my life has not been the same since. 

Home Staging allows me to do what I love to do, transform spaces for the better, and help others at the same time.  The concept behind home staging is simple, but the work is not easy.  It's a fairly new concept in New Hampshire, and it may be some time before it's mainstream.  That's ok...here's the really great part...

My flexible schedule gives me the opportunity to once again care for babies. 

Zack and Jack 

 I now watch my two grandsons, Jack and Zack, three days a week.


 Funny how it all turned out...

I'm still that same little girl who loves caring for her babies and playing house and rearranging other people's furniture.  

I'm still trying to convince people to let me organize their closets. 

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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Sharon, I love the part about Barbies house! You have some wonderful family photos. I think you are where you are supposed to be my friend.

Jul 25, 2011 10:35 AM #21
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Love the post and honestly, your writing is as captivating as the photos!  When I played with my Barbie, my cousin and I used to compete about which Barbie was THINNER-so why didn't I become a nutritionist?? Sounds like you evolved into who you are today and very good at it, as well.

Jul 25, 2011 10:58 AM #22
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Janice:  I still remember that Barbie house...it was made of cardboard and nothing really special compared to toys of today...but when she said I could have it, I went right out of my mind with excitement.  I had to wait several days for her to deliver it, it felt like eternity!

Joanna:  I used to play Barbies with my cousin too.  She always wanted to be Ken.  She's gay.  Our childhood behavior is an indication!

Jul 25, 2011 12:31 PM #23
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Sharon - I think how I got into this was a similar story.... I remember having a big 3 section, two story barbie house, decorating it, etc.  I remember I even carpeted my barbie RV... lol.  When I married and had a baby 9 months later, I was also a stay at home mom until my youngest - now 15 - went to school.  It still was many years later that I was a home stager but like you think that I was led here.  I'm glad I was too!!

Jul 25, 2011 02:13 PM #24
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Sharon, I love your story....What great values and Real Estate Staging has allowed you to balance your life so well. I see great-grand children for you to watch one day in the future, you sure do have the love!

Jul 25, 2011 02:16 PM #25
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Sharon, I enjoyed your post tremendously - beautifully written & your passion shows!

Jul 25, 2011 02:50 PM #26
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Hi Sharon -- your post is just like you:  fun -- well put together -- artistic and creative!  There are some very consistent threads running through your life (babies/family, real estate/home decor).  Your parents instilled the right values in you at a young age!  I really enjoyed your photos too.

Jul 25, 2011 08:32 PM #27
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Sharon--I love this contest because we get to learn so much more about each other.  I love organizing other people's closets, too, as well as kitchen drawers, cabinets, linen closets.  Love the photos. 

Jul 25, 2011 08:47 PM #28
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Melissa:  I am sure many of us stagers have similar stories...I know our passion and creativity is something we were born with and are meant to use...staging is the perfect outlet!

Ellen:  Let's hope the great grandchildren don't come too fast....Lol!  I'm in no hurry for that!

Andrea:  Thank you very much!

Maureen:  What a beautiful thing to say, thank you!

Janet:  I've been enjoying the entries too.  I wouldn't want to be a judge on this one!

Jul 26, 2011 01:39 AM #29
Judy Jennings
The Green Company - Ashland, MA
Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA

Sharon - I am the youngest of the four, and we were somewhat spaced apart (4 in 8 years). However, my sister and I share the same birthday two years apart. Not quite twins, but we are very much alike!

Jul 26, 2011 06:51 AM #30
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Laura Baker recommended that I come and read this post! I just wanted to say that she is right! It's a really GREAT story!

Jul 26, 2011 11:49 AM #31
Peter Schattenfield
Turning Point Estate Services LLC - Wilton, CT
Estate Dissolution and Preparation (203)388-8092 CT.

Sharon, I chose my quasi real estate venture due to the rising need here in Southern New England. 

Jul 26, 2011 12:34 PM #32
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Hi Sharon,  Loved hearing about your journey thus far!  How fun to take care of your grandchildren for a portion of each week!  You and I must have grown up in the same era (1960's) - my bangs were every bit as short as yours :)  What I also love about staging is the flexibility in schedule.  I currently have a 19 year old daughter and a 16 year old son.  Their schedules are crazy, so I can work my staging schedule around their schedules and be avaiable. 

Jul 26, 2011 12:53 PM #33
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Judy:  That's cool that you and your sister have the same birthday!

Joni:  Thank you!  And here I thought it was pretty boring!

Peter:  A "rising need" is a very good reason!

Diana:  The teen years can be really crazy...best to be there when you can!


Jul 26, 2011 01:48 PM #34
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Sharon-First...my last line in my post is the first line in yours!  I swear I didn't know.  That being said, what a beautiful post.  It is wonderful that you chose staging as your career! 

Jul 27, 2011 03:19 AM #35
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Brenda:  Beautiful coincidence!  I loved your post...so heartfelt!  I got emotional reading it, and that's a beautiful thing!  I'm so glad you found my post, because your comment here led me to your post!

Jul 27, 2011 01:11 PM #36
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Sharon, love your story. You were playing real house on that lower right collage picture , weren't you? Since I was little I wanted to have a family with babies too which scared away many guys LOL. But I can't imagine having 4 kids in 4 years like your Mom did. You are wonderful grandma and it is so rear that grand parents are watching their grand kids instead of enjoying their own life.

Jul 28, 2011 05:43 AM #37
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Anna:  I'm glad you enjoyed it!  I loved that Thumbelina doll!  My mom had her hands full, and so did I when I had my three.  But for the most part, I loved it!

Jul 28, 2011 07:11 AM #38
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Sharon, so many of us were lucky enough to meet another Realtor who brought us into the business.  Love the photos.

Aug 04, 2011 03:32 AM #39
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Patricia:  Having the support of someone already in the business is so helpful.

Aug 04, 2011 04:47 AM #40
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