Today is my 1-year Anniversary!

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty, LLC TN RE Lic# 323112

champagne toastWow! You wont believe this, I can barely believe it myself! Exactly 1-year ago today, the Tennessee Real Estate Commission issued my Real Estate License. Yessiree bob, today is my 1-year Anniversary!


And boy, has this been an interesting first year. From feeling like an octopus going in a zillion different directions to learning which directions fit best for me. From feeling completely lost to learning (and deciding) how I want to grow my business and implementing that. From feeling ill-at-ease talking with folks about the market to feeling confident while talking about my market. I have learned a tremendous amount this past year, so much so that making a list of everything I learned would be quite long.


I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with some truly wonderful people. Through these folks, I have also learned that my biggest thrill is working through the contract to close (the most important part) of a deal. Making sure all the cogs are greased and working sure does get my adrenaline flowing! There is nothing more satisfying than handing over a new set of keys to your client. The next most favorite part is negotiating. I was afraid of that at first, negotiations can be a pretty scary concept to a newbie. But, not to sound egotistical or anything, I have found that is also something that gets my adrenaline flowing. I really love these parts of the business.


It has been an amazing ride, this first year in real estate. Please join me as I celebrate my 1-year anniversary!

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Chiara (KEY-r-ah)...Your KEY to Home Sweet Home

Realty Executives Associates

109 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919

(865) 588-3232


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Comments (14)

Cynthia Grimes
Coldwell Banker Realty - Westminster, MD
"With You Every Step Home!"

Chiara, congratulations to you!!!

Mar 22, 2012 10:50 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Wonderful!  Congrats and here is to many, many years of success!

Mar 22, 2012 10:50 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Chiara, congratulations on a successful first year!  You are smart to have found and joined ActiveRain early in your new career, I know it helped me with a lot of insight, expertise, and fun things along the way! 

Mar 22, 2012 10:52 PM
Jon Eliason
EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - Pagosa Springs, CO

Chiara ~ Happy Anniversary! Congratulations! The A/R community is, to me, a valued resource and I am glad I came across this wonderful association of Realtors® and others that are  affiliated, in one way or another. To many, many, more years!    :)

Mar 22, 2012 10:58 PM
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

Assuming your married you have been negotiatiing for years. 

How did you do in your first year?

Mar 22, 2012 11:03 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Congratulations on your first year!  Wishing you continued success.  :)                                                      

Mar 22, 2012 11:38 PM
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

Congratulations. I can not believe that you like the negotiating part the most.   That can be pretty nerve wracking  for most.

Mar 22, 2012 11:50 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Chiara. Congratulations to you on your First Year in the real estate industry. I know you have learned a lot this past year, and I look forward hearing about your continued success in this business. Negotiating those deals can be exciting for anyone, but especially someone new to the business.

Mar 23, 2012 02:21 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Chiara.    Hats off to you girl!  Take the time to celebrate.   It was a  tough year to start out!   Congrats!

Mar 23, 2012 05:35 AM
Chiara Petro, Broker
eXp Realty, LLC - Knoxville, TN
Commercial Investment Specialist

Cynthia, thank you so much! I almost forgot about this anniversary, and it really isn't one to miss. :)

Thank you, Paula!

Silvia, you are absolutely correct. I have learned an swful lot at AR.

Thank you so much, Jon! I agree with you completely about the AR community.


Mar 23, 2012 06:47 AM
Chiara Petro, Broker
eXp Realty, LLC - Knoxville, TN
Commercial Investment Specialist

Erv, yes, I've been married for almost 29 years, and have raised three boys. I believe what I learned most from that is how to "pick my fights" which, if you really stretched it, could be a first step to negotiating. For my first year, it was a rough start. Little was selling, even during the height of the spring/summer, but I'm ending the year with a bang. (Actually, I'm feeling a bit proud of myself, with another offer just accepted)


Thank you so much Christenson Team!


Edward, perhaps the love of negotiating comes from having worked for attorneys for a while. I may be a terrible poker player, but I know when not to blink!


Jerry, you are so sweet. You know I'll keep you updated on year 2!


Carol Ann, you bet it was a tough year to start, but I made it, and am ending my first year on a high note! I always figured if I could hang on through the first year, things would come together, and boy are they! Having met so many great people here on AR is the cherry on top. ;-)

Mar 23, 2012 07:01 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Congratulations ,Realtor, John McCormack, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Mar 23, 2012 10:45 PM
Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn
Sell with Soul - Pensacola Beach, FL
Author of Sell with Soul

LOVE IT!!!! And I'm SO proud to have been a part of your making it to your One Year! Now... onto the next!

Mar 24, 2012 08:57 AM
Chiara Petro, Broker
eXp Realty, LLC - Knoxville, TN
Commercial Investment Specialist

Thank you John!

Jennifer, you should be getting something in the mail. Let me know. I'm looking forward to an amazing 2nd year. :)

Mar 24, 2012 11:59 PM