Why I chose Real Estate - North to Alaska To Home(s)

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors
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 This synopsis of my journey into Real Estate underscores a sense of adventure that helps me better understand who I am today, and how I got here. Why I chose Real Estate - The road starts somewhere North to Alaska...and leads to home(s).

North to Alaska to Camas WashingtonNorth to Alaska

My dad moved our family to Alaska a few years before it became a state in 1959. Imagine my young parents mustering up the courage to move - with two little girls in tow - to a territory far from home. 


What I remember about life in Fairbanks is moose in the back yard,  darkness for most of the day in the winters, and conversely, bright sunshine at night during the summers.  It was scary, no make that titillating, in a wild sort of way.

North to Alaska to Camas Washington

 

 

Our family survived in Fairbanks on a beginning policeman’s salary, so there wasn’t a lot of extra money. No matter, we found our entertainment in the outdoors. There were many camping and fishing trips within a few hours of home.  Life was pretty good.

 

 

North to Alaska to Camas Washington

 

North to Alaska to Camas Washington

The Juneau Years

When I was about seven, my dad was promoted to Captain of the Alaska State Troopers. We had to move again. This time to Juneau, the state Capital. Don’t let that designation fool you, with a population at that time, of about 9700 people, it was hardly bright lights, big city.

With its many inland salt-water channels and bays, it’s a natural for boating.  So, we got a boat. Dad taught us how to put herring on a hook for salmon fishing, pull up crab pots and halibut from the deep, dark water, and how to drive a boat properly across the chop and roll of rough seas.

We lived life surrounded by eagles soaring above the treetops, bears lumbering across beaches and huge mountains that seemingly fell into the sea. The Alaska adventure continued, and life was pretty good.

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The Kodiak Years

After college, two young kids, and a failed marriage, I moved to Kodiak with some friends to purchase a radio station.

Kodiak is a remote island in the Aleutian chain, so most of my family was pretty disappointed with my decision. Heading off with two little boys for a place far away - kind of crazy. Yet, somehow familiar.

Happily, it was a good move and set me up for a long and successful career in broadcasting. I also discovered that I enjoyed being on the air much more than I liked the stress of being an owner-operator. And I moved again.

The Portland Years

This time, I moved to Portland, Oregon, where my sister and parents were now living. That too, proved to be a good move.

Finally, we were once again close to family, and I landed a great job at a popular radio station.  I quickly moved from part-time to full-time in a couple of months.


I worked primarily for one station in the market after that, as a morning co-anchor and newswoman. It felt right, paid well and life was pretty good.

One of my favorite parts about radio is the sense of community.  Therefore, I especially loved it when we’d take our morning show "on the road" to some neighborhood, place or event.

One of the most memorable of those, was a series of broadcasts from the Portland Street of Dreams.  There I discovered my affinity for construction and all things "housing" related. I actually hosted the event annually for several years thereafter.  If I had to pinpoint a moment in time, when I got bit by the Real Estate bug-that was the one.

Several years later, I finally got my license. However, I continued on the air for another three years before eventually deciding that Real Estate was an acceptable alternative to radio. The the hours were more attractive, (believe it or not!)  plus, I was pretty good at it.


North to Alaska To Home(s)

Camas - Years

We now live in Camas Washington where my husband and I have access to lots of recreation to keep us happy.  We have four fabulous adult children and my parents live next door. It's a pleasant way to share in life's responsibilities.

Much of our free time is spent on a very spoiled dog.  McKinley is a two and a half year old white Golden Retriever who keeps us on the run - literally.  Optimally, about four miles a day.

I have been actively involved in Real Estate for about nine years - six of those full time. I currently work for The Carl Group, a boutique real estate company that specializes in the Camas, Washougal and Fisher’s Landing areas of Clark County.  I sell residential homes and land, and, when my broker is involved in developing a new project, new constructionIt feels right, I love meeting and helping new people, and life is pretty good.

North to Alaska to Camas Washington


Don't you just love happy endings? Me too. That's why I love Real Estate and selling home(s).

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Barbara Todaro
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Hi Debb....what a nice story....I always wanted to visit Alaska....I love winter....my biggest fear is that I'd like it and want to move..

 

Jul 28, 2011 04:40 AM #1
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Debb, I absolutely love your story start-to-finish!! The "early years", both the info about AK and the photos--so so interesting. I loved AK when I did a brief visit years ago via ferry and stopped off to get a quick tour of Juneau from one of the boat employees (he showed me where all the prostitutes used to be housed--hmmmm....cool area, tho). No wonder you're drawn to Fishhawk Lake with all that you've done already in the out-of-doors.

I can't recall who the guy is in your picture--TV or radio personality?  I recognize him. Everytime I read these stories, I think "Man, I oughta get goin' on my story, TOO!"

Jul 28, 2011 04:40 AM #2
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Hi Barbara -

   Yes that's a real possibility - it's an easy place to fall in love with. If my parents and sister hadn't move out to the Northwest, I'm sure I'd still be there - with a different history.

My oldest son has an adventure-guide company and heli-ski operation, so I get back to Juneau frequently for visits and adventures. Part of my heart and soul will always remain there...thanks for reading this and taking a moment to comment. I appreciate it.

Jul 28, 2011 04:44 AM #3
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Gayle,

 I'd love to read your story. I'll bet you've got a lot of adventure in your history too.  The guy in the photo is Jim Donovan (He's a weatherman on channel 8 - he and I were partners for years as "Donovan and Debb in the Morning." 

 Hopefully, you're ready to start writing and digging through old photos. I anxiously await reading "your story."

 Have a good one my fellow "outdoor" friend, and thanks for reading a bit of history.  ;)

Jul 28, 2011 04:48 AM #4
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Hi Debb~ =)

AHA! .......you are a spirited, and delightful creature... but then...guess what?...I KNEW it all along...and this amazing post underscores your talent and your heart...THX

Jul 28, 2011 07:45 AM #5
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Thanks for sharing your story.  My wife, Dolores, lived in Kodiak when she was a kid, also before Alaska became a state.  Her father was stationed there in the navy. She has fond memories of the experience.

 Life is better when there are flowers to photograph!

Jul 28, 2011 08:37 AM #6
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Anita Clark
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What a great story Debb and a wonderful glimpse into the woman behind the fantastic WA posts.

Jul 28, 2011 08:58 AM #7
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I listened to you when you were on the air in Portland and I do have to say I do miss you on the radio, you were good, but being happy is much more important.




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janeAnn, Oh  you are such a sweetie. Thanks for the kind words. I think "like minded" souls attract. Your "why I chose Real Estate story blows me away - it's so well written and poignant.

Jul 29, 2011 04:27 AM #9
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Roy - Kodiak really was interesting. I remember fishing and seeing huge Brown Bears across the stream from us - although, for a young woman with two little boys, the isolation got to me. I missed my family and eventually, homesickness for something more familiar got to me...but I too have fond memories of my adventure.

Anita, what a nice compliment! I hope you're going to write one - i don't think I've missed an entry from you, but I'll check. I'd love to find out more about you.

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Todd,

 There are some days when I do miss it just a bit - but, I do like the freedom of what I'm doing now. Real Estate is a very interesting business, but it too, (as you well know) is about community and people. Therefore, I get that same satisfaction.

 Incidently, I just worked with Penny Bradshaw, a Vancouver Knipe Realty broker, she did a nice job and we had a smooth sale.  At any rate, if I wasn't so happy with my current circumstances, I'd consider Knipe. I like the concept.

 Keep those fabulous photos coming our way and have a great weekend. 

 Debb

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The funny part is I was a DJ for 18 years myself and sold my business to become an agent. That is how I met my wife, she was an employee of mine.




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Aha - now I know the rest of the story.

Have you written your blog post about your history yet? I'd love to read it.  I'll check to see if I've missed your entry somehow - if not, I so hope you'll consider sharing your story. I know it would make a good read.

It's fun getting to know you better in AR Todd.

Jul 30, 2011 02:53 AM #13
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Debb, happy endings are just the best!  And I love the fish stuff - I'm doing Atkins.

Aug 05, 2011 02:54 PM #14
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Love it Debb! Your face was not made for radio anyway! lol...Looks like you had a wonderful time growing up!

Aug 16, 2011 10:28 AM #15
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Patricia - Lovely, fish is good for you!

 

Deb, how sweet of you - yes, we did have a pretty good time. :)

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Debb, love reading about your early beginnings, and how you became the Eco-friendly Realtor you are today!

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Thanks Joan - how nice of you to take the time to read this.

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