Why I Chose Real Estate | Finding my Beat in Life

Real Estate Agent with RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate

Why I Chose Real Estate | Finding my Beat in Life.  As I talk with clients, family and Ginny Lacey Gormanfriends about my journey in life to my final work destination of real estate, all I can do is smile.  Growing up in a very middle class area of Connecticut with a high powered 'ad man' for a dad and a stay at home mom, I had a pretty sheltered life.  What made me a person to proceed in all I did was the values, truths and respect for people that my family and especially my grandfather instilled in me.

Even as a little girl he was my favorite person
and I was his.  He taught me about financial sense, stock ownership, business success and failure, realities of the Depression and what it was to take risk in life.  I was a very lucky little girl.  I listened intently and learned.  He shared his real estate losses and successes too.

What it led me to do was to shelter myself for a long time by working for someone else -a big Bank.  It was risk adverse was it not.  Banks were revered years ago and what better career could I have chosen.  I did very well at my corporate jobs as the bosses moved me around to more challenging positions working for two banks on my path to a RI real estate career. 

Challenging bumps in life occurred for sure...life threatening illness hit me but my belief in the future did not falter and I was given a reprieve.  You have not done all you need to do was what I felt then...there was a reason to do more in life.

James and John G.-sons of meritIt was becoming a chore by 2002 in banking
and the demands were incessant, the morals in life had left the powers that be, and less integrity and respect for people's lives churned my stomach everyday.  My exit plan had to begin.  I was now a divorced mom of two putting 2 wonderful sons through college on my own and making a jump was risky.  Remember this is the risk adverse woman here who enjoyed playing it safe.  What I did best always was make people feel comfortable, not get rattled at challenges, problems solved to the nth degree and delivered the customer service my banking clients loved.  Why not do this in real estate- I loved restoring homes and did it time and time again.  The treasure and stories a house tells is lingering.

There was not a beat missed in this transition
to a self sought after real estate career that offered me myself back.  I again was able to take charge and direction of how I did my business- my business was me.  Beginning my career centered in North Kingstown (the state's center) made sense - I knew all of southern RI like the back of my hand.

My clients knew I was transparent in all I did.  I was not a real estate salesman ( yes, the ABC- always be closing attitude of realtors was not me) but I was a wealth of information to lead buyers or sellers to make the right (hopefully) choice in a real estate deal.  It has been more than the right choice for me this real estate thing for sure.  I am so sorry it took me so long to find the right career for me and finding my beat in life.

When you do something with passion and love it shows in all you do everyday.  My most important job is that as a Mom- there is no doubt nothing trumps that one and my sons have been my best supporters.  But real estate is next and will take me forward to the end.  I can not see myself in any other profession where I can help so many people.  What a life I have been given.  This has been why I have chosen the path to real estate.  Why I Chose Real Estate | Finding my Beat in Life.

A special thanks to Deb Brooks for holding the

Diary of a REALTOR® Contest: Why I Chose Real Estate!

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Specializing in waterfront, ocean front, vacation, coastal and luxury homes for sale in North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett, Jamestown, Charlestown, East Greenwich, Exeter, West Greenwich RI and beyond ...  I sell dreams!  Because there is no place like home...the RI Real Estate Agent in the Sparkly Red Shoes.


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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Excellent, Ginny.  It's nice hearing your journey into real estate.  Congratulations for standing tall in some very challenging times.  Good stuff!  Suggested. 

Jul 25, 2011 12:59 AM #1
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Wow, it's been so long that it was hard to remember how I came to be in real estate. But the broker that listed my house in 1984 talked me into going to real estate school and going to work for her

She was the best salesperson EVER!


Jul 25, 2011 01:00 AM #2
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ginny, this new challenge is almost like the MeMe that were getting passed around a year ago.   GREAT to know you a bit more.    Raising children is and should be our number one "job" in life, everything else is 2nd.    I wish you the best, as you put your heart and soul into your career choice!

Jul 25, 2011 01:09 AM #3
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Great story Ginny. It is amazing how we know when we have made the right choice in our career path. Everything just seesm to fit nicely even the challenges.

Jul 25, 2011 01:10 AM #4
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Mike, thanks for checking my story out & you should share yours!

Richard..it is great to know what made us all do this crazy stuff isn't it...

Joan, it is my passion both of them but no matter what my kids come above everything..best

Martha, i know i did...hopefully you did as well...thanks for stopping by.

Jul 25, 2011 01:16 AM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Ginny,

Great story..it is always a journey and amazing to me how we end up where we do! Sounds like your career path was headed into Real Estate..thanks for sharing your path :).

Jul 25, 2011 01:22 AM #6
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Ginny.   Loved reading your post.   It is always interesting to hear how others chose this path.   Although I don't know you, I can easily see  your passion for your community and clients shining through in your posts.  

Jul 25, 2011 02:07 AM #7
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Ginny  - I think we have a winner! Your journey into real estate, overcoming a life threatening illness and your beautiful relationship with your dad (and how your were willing to listen and learn) were all part of a greater plan - you becoming the successful Realtor you are today.

Having met you in person at RainCamp, you are one of the most passionate and knowledgeable Realtors I know! Love you story!


Jul 25, 2011 03:15 AM #8
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Dorie,  it is interesting to reflect on it and see the paths followed for all...

Cal, hopefully it does come through in my blog...that's my intent for sure & thanks for your support!

Jul 25, 2011 03:16 AM #9
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Getting a little better glimpse into the lady with the red shoes and finding out she's just as amazing as I thought she was!  Very good why I chose real estate story, Ginny.

Jul 25, 2011 05:48 AM #10
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

This is a very well done personal post. Tough to do Ginny for man or woman without sounding maudlin. This is great and lets people know who you are without emotional baggage attached to it.

Jul 25, 2011 08:13 AM #11
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Kristine, thanks for reading it...it just is me & what i love to do

Anita, oh gosh  i should have really revealed something exotic!

Steve, people do need to know the person, not all the subtleties, and feel they can relate or not...thank you for taking the time to read it!

Jul 25, 2011 12:36 PM #12
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Ginny, Your knowledge and love of Real Estate and your town, always show through. This is a great example that shows exactly why you are the local Realtor to choose!

Jul 25, 2011 02:00 PM #13
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I love this contest because I get to see all the little rugrats that people once were!

Happy Tuesday!

Jul 25, 2011 11:12 PM #14
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Ellen, thanks for the good thoughts..

Russel, for sure it is a cool way to do it...  yess sir i'm working on it!

Jul 25, 2011 11:26 PM #15
Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate



It is good to get to know you a bit better. Learning how a person gets their start in real estate is certainly an interesting way to learn more about them. 

You most certainly had a road to this career, and although you may have come to it through the banking world, it was really here for you all along

Jul 31, 2011 09:39 AM #16
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Scott...thank you...i love it what can i say!

Jul 31, 2011 12:00 PM #17
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