Why I Chose Real Estate...It Really Was an Accident!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

Why I Chose Real Estate...It Really Was an Accident!


As a little girl, I only wanted to be a nurse so I could take care of my daddy. My mom worked 7 days a week in our restaurant but I spent most of my time with my dad. He was a diabetic, among other things, and I used to give him his insulin shots. Now this doesn't sound like a big deal but you have to understand he passed away before my ninth birthday. See if I was a nurse, I could have saved him. We used to go for ice cream...and I could keep a secret. Shhh...he wasn't supposed to have sugar.                        


  This is a photo of my mother holding me as a toddler.

        Chubby cheeks are part of this contest.    

        Mom and Me ...A long time ago...HomeRome 410-530-2400                            My dad and me              

                                                                                            Dad passed away when I was only eight years old.




                                                                                    My Nursing Graduation

                                                                           Receiving my nursing diploma. Yeah! I am an RN!



 And then I made a wish and Lee came true. The two photos below were from our honeymoon. We have been married 15,766 days! Yes, we still count the days and they are going by way too fast!

My Best Close Ever and Forever

          TLH Lee Rome  My wish came true                                                                        

 Three years after our wedding, we had a our wonderful daughter, Erica, and I stopped my nursing career. That was after being named the youngest Head Nurse at Sinai Hospital. 

Being a 'stay at home mom' I took up my second career..that of a ceramic and porcelain artist. There was a full studio in my home where I custom designed pottery for clients, The Design Center in DC, the Symphony Decorator's Show House, plus doing window displays for fine jewelry stores. My porcelains were used to drape the strands of gold, diamonds and pearls over the art pieces.

I even made closing gifts for some of the real estate agents.

                                         Free Form Porcelain by Margaret Rome

Why I Chose Real Estate...It Really Was an Accident!

Then there was the accident...rear ended while driving and had neck and back issues and was told I needed surgery. Since they could not guarantee the use of my hands...I decided against it. They advised me not to lift more than five pounds. Whoa! My box of clay weighed 50 pounds..no more ceramics for awhile.

During this time I get a "cold" call from a former nurse asking if I wanted to sell my house? I wondered why she would be interested. It was because she was now a Realtor®.

 I had been helping people write ads for their homes and finding houses in the area for friends. For that service, I got beautiful thank you notes.  This former nurse told me...I could get paid for doing that and she wanted my referrals.

That same week, I signed up and  took a Real Estate course  to "tide" me over until I could get back to the clay which I loved. 

That was in 1990 and many of my former patients, their families and owners of my artwork are now my real estate clients. I love walking into a home and finding one of my custom pieces out on display. I love being able to use my nursing background especially the psychology that is needed for the stress of moving. I love being able to incorporate my nursing, my ceramic art and my love of real estate  into my wonderful life!


Why I Chose Real Estate...It Really Was an Accident!



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Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Margaret ~ you do like your mother!  Your artwork is just beautiful!  Do you ever get a chance to still make any?  And how have your back and neck been?

Jul 30, 2011 05:29 PM #10
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

What a great story Margaret - and I'd say, this was a pleasant 'accident' - but for this, I would not have met you here on AR!

Of course from your posts, I did realized that you are multi-talented person. You did not mention anything about your book, btw. You are an author, too.

And as far as pictures go, like daughter like mom, I should say.

Jul 30, 2011 06:05 PM #11
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We believe...there are no accidents...that everything happens for a reason...and it sure appears to the case in your career path.

Jul 30, 2011 11:06 PM #12
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

This is the best "accident waiting to happen" story I've read Margaret..........love the honeymoon photos too and the "chubby cheek" photo.................

Jul 30, 2011 11:50 PM #13
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

That is a terrific way to get into Real Estate Margaret!  Sounds like it ended up being a "happy accident", especiallly to you clients, (your competetion...not so much :)!  )!

Jul 31, 2011 01:35 AM #14
Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868

I see, learn something new every day about your close friends. :) What I want to know is where do I find this contenst!!  I went to "contests" and I don't see any where the rules are posted.  Ugh.  One of these days you'll have to show me where this stuff is.  You know how I love contests. :) Hope you and Lee are doing okay.  Hope yesterday went well with the showing/s. :) Gail

Jul 31, 2011 02:16 AM #15
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Margaret, I digressed and read your other story before coming back to this one.  You have shown us that it really doesn't matter what life throws our way, all that matters it what we make of it!

Jul 31, 2011 02:49 AM #16
Alan Gross
PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company, Equal Housing Lender - Bethesda, MD
Loan Consultant

That's certainly a different path to the real estate field. It sounds like the path was set in motion with the gifts you made and the call from the former nurse. A lot of people are very happy your found your path to the real estate profession.

Jul 31, 2011 04:09 AM #17
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Margaret: Sounds like real estate was the perfect next step in any event--by building up long term relationships first. Love your story.

Jul 31, 2011 11:29 AM #18
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I enjoyed reading your story and seeing your photos, Margaret. You had several dreams come true in that story. I'm a sucker for happy endings.

Jul 31, 2011 01:19 PM #19
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I sure glad that it wasn’t a bad accident, although I’ve had some bad accidents that in retrospect were pretty good!

Jul 31, 2011 01:25 PM #20
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Everything happens for a reason, and most of the time we don't even know what that is until much later. Your creation is beautiful, it looks like porcelain in the photo! Very nice!

Jul 31, 2011 01:37 PM #21
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Praful, So glad we have become AR friends.

Dawn, Have not touched the clay for a while..a bit too busy with real estate

Sally..No accidents. It all happens for a reason.

Roger, I had fun putting it together.

Brenda, Thanks for the nice words.

Gail, At the top of screen..check out the seven buttons. 'Contests' is right in the middle.

Silvia, That is so true.

Alan, I am also glad. Thanks for stopping by.

Hella, Everything has come together.

Elizabeth, Lots of happy endings that we can make happen.

Russel, Accidents happen for a reason but we usually can apprectiate them at the time.

Evelyn, Thank you. I liked to work with porcelain,

Aug 01, 2011 02:05 AM #22
Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee
SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061 - Baltimore, MD
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068

It is so interesting to read the stories of how folks got into Real Estate and your story is no exceptionI gained some insight into my childhood as I wrote, and I connected with yours as I read... "See if I was a nurse, I could have saved him"  Wow, that is a lot of pressure to have put on an eight year old. 

So much of our past shapes our future choices, some conciously and some sub-conciously.  I am so grateful that our paths crossed here.

Thank you for sharing your insight and your artwork.

Mortgage Mama

Aug 15, 2011 08:15 AM #23
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Bridget, This assignment went a bit deeper. And yes, you picked up on the 'why' for my nursing career. I,too, am grateful that we have a relationship and we can blame it on this platform.


Aug 15, 2011 09:52 AM #24
Christine OShea
Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker - Naples, FL

Margaret, Great story and we are all so blessed that you became a Realtor, you are an inspiration!  I know of others that were nurses and then became Realtors, some very successful as you are and others...not so much.  Beautiful story and great photos!

Aug 15, 2011 01:59 PM #25
Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate


I'm a little late to this game, but glad I got a chance to read and learn more about you.

Aug 15, 2011 03:56 PM #26
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Christine,  Thank you for your kind words.

Scott, Thanks for stopping by.

Aug 15, 2011 04:03 PM #27
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Margaret, you are amazing! What wonderful talents you possess. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us. You are quite a gal! I enjoyed this read. Thank you


Aug 16, 2011 01:23 PM #28
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Deb, Thanks for taking time to stop by. Glad you enjoyed a bit of my life.

Mar 12, 2012 11:41 AM #29
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