If you are reading this and have followed any of my past blogs, then you have probably noticed a HUGE change of address for me. Let me share with you how that came to be.
I grew up in South Florida and moved to Atlanta in 1995. I think I missed the ocean every single day of my life after that. So, About 15 months ago, I woke up one day and decided that I was living in a place I didn't really want to be and there wasn't a good reason for it. I set a goal to move to Panama City Beach in one year. I have always set goals for myself, I have goal sheets dating back ten years or so. I discovered long ago the magic of actually writing stuff down and putting a date on it. I could go on and on about that, but then I would be getting off the subject of this blog.
I want to also say that I had never even visited Panama City Beach before. I just knew I wanted to be somewhere in the panhandle on the beach. Right after I had made my decision to go, I read a Bloomberg Business article that said that by the year 2014, Panama City Beach would be #4 in the Top 10 Real Estate Markets in the US. That affirmed my location choice, and the plan was set in motion. I arrived in April and quickly found my little piece of paradise near Laguna Beach on the west end which is exactly where I picked off the google earth map that I wanted to be. As soon as I had made my decision to go, there was a force outside myself pulling me and pushing me to this place. I knew in my heart that this is the place where I was supposed to be. And I knew that here I would find my place and that God had something big planned for me here.
Little did I know that there awaited for me a wonderful little group of people at Beachy Beach Real Estate. After I had moved and settled in, enjoyed the beach every day for a month or so I was ready to get back to work. I had studied and passed my Florida Broker's exam before I moved, and my license has been sitting there inactive just waiting for me to get busy. I emailed Karen Smith, the broker/owner of Beachy Beach Real Estate along with several other brokers in the area. I actually interviewed with a very nice man at another large firm and I was very excited about the possibilities there when I got an email back from Karen asking to meet me at the local coffee shop. She explained to me that she had no idea WHY she was meeting me, she wasn't planning to hire anyone and wasn't looking for agents. Karen prides herself on her small team and boutique real estate office on the west end. I learned quickly though, that you can't let the size fool you. Beachy Beach Real Estate is kicking butt in Panama City Beach and has just opened a branch on 30A. But again I am getting off track with my story. Karen felt led to meet with me, and immediately I think we both felt that our paths were meant to cross. The day we met, I went to bed with a smile on my face realizing that the door I had been waiting to open for me had opened. I had arrived at my destiny, and it was sure worth the wait. I've gotten to know the Beachy Beach family pretty well now and I can tell you that they are a great group of people. For the past 10 years of my life I have determined to associate myself and spend my time with people who are upbeat, motivated, positive and moving forward. Led by our fearless leader, Karen Smith, the team at Beachy Beach has proven to be just that. 7 days a week, the office is buzzing with excitement and positive energy.
I am so proud and honored to be a part of such a terrific group of people. At the moment I am doing marketing and public relations for the office while I am hanging on the coat tails of Karen and Kelli Sullivan learning the area and the differences between Florida and Georgia real estate. I'll be activating my license shortly and ready to kick butt myself...Kimberly style.
And as Karen always says on every episode of The Beach Show (Panama City's ONLY internet real estate show) ..."you better not go away!"
To Be Continued.........