How I became a Realtor. Day #1 of Boot Camp.

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

How I became a realtor.

For my whole life, I have been around people and I consider myself outgoing and positive. I am also hardworking person and have been a piano teacher since 1995, when my husband decided to come to United States to undertake his PhD in Physics. I had no choice but to followJ. My biggest fear back then—was not knowing English. I don’t know if you can fully “feel” the pain I went through the first few years I lived in America. But I have to say that I am confident now that my English is pretty good. What about a little accent? Well, it will stay with me, and give me even more individuality!

By profession, I am a classical pianist with a Master in Arts (piano pedagogy/classical performance). I also have about 15 years of teaching experience but I remember how challenging it was for me to start my piano studio years ago. But hard work, my competitive spirit, and significant desire to succeed gave me strength. Now, I am the director and owner of the South Windsor Piano Studio, LLC, with about 55 students enrolled. I do believe that if you really want to do something and if you work as hard as you can, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Here follows a little story just to share with you why I became a real estate agent:

A few years ago, after moving all over the country (Lexington, KY; Pasadena, CA; and finally settling down in South Windsor, CT) we had a chance to buy our first home! You probably remember the FEELING when you received your keys at the closing table and then went to your NEW home. What an amazing time for each of us.

    Unfortunately, our whole experience of buying a home was not all that pleasant, however. Being complete new to the buying process and not knowing what to look for or how everything should be done, we relied on How I became a Realtor.our agent. I have to say, she was a nice lady, but as it turned out later, she could have done much better in representing us. To give you one example. When we arrived at the home to do our home inspection, the listing agent and both homeowners with their two little dogs were present. I do understand that MAYBE that is okay with some buyers, but I think that EVERY BUYER deserves a private time with the inspector. Our agent didn’t insist (or even suggest to us) than we ask the owners to leave the property. So, it turned out to be a march through the home with inspector, my husband, me and the owners cheerfully following us with quips such as : “Oh, that is okay.... This worked perfect, for us.”

Then on the day of the closing, we went for our final walkthrough and found that the owners were still in the house, moving out. The garage was trashed with boxes, and an old slider door (“Oh! You may need it if you decide to do an addition to your home; Oh! You may use these Halloween, Thanksgiving decorations”). We politely told them that we were not going to do any addition soon, and that we would not use the scary fake flowers and sad-looking turkey for our décor. But, again, our agent didn’t insist (or suggest to us) that this trash be removed or that the former owners provide us with some money in escrow to do so ourselves.

   Well, after all we went through and feeling a bitter aftertaste for some time, I decided that what had happened wasn’t right. I couldn’t stop thinking about what should be done correctly... And a few years ago I decided to become a real estate agent myself. I don’t aim to become wealthy in this business, but what I REALLY want to do is provide people with the service and representation they deserve, to guide them all the way through the process of buying or selling their home.

     So, being a full-time mom to two wonderful boys (ages 7 and 14), and having a wonderful, supportive husband, I continue two jobs that I couldn’t imagine not doing: In both of these positions, real estate agent and piano teacher. I am passionate about what I do; I think that is why I am successful in each. I am still trying to educate myself further and do my absolute best in helping people with their real estate needs. What could be better than to be known as a piano teacher, who is patient and kind, and as a real estate agent, who is knowledgeable and helpful? I am delighted to be known as both. J


Please feel free to call me, Tatyana Nicole (860) 648-9270,,, if you or someone you know is planning to buy or sell a home. I can guarantee you that I will represent you as YOU would want to be represented.

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Comments (18)

Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Welcome.  I see you have a varied and interesting job and educational background.  I wish you well.

Sep 09, 2012 03:42 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Tatyana, Thanks for sharing your story. You are certainly gifted and talented to have two professions that you are passionate about. Hope you are enjoying the classes in Boot Camp.

Sep 09, 2012 07:55 AM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

What a wonderful story Tatyana!  I think that many of us get into Real Estate because of an less than desirable experience...not that it was terrible, just that we knew we could do better :)!

Sep 09, 2012 09:11 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Tatyana I enjoyed reading your blog and now feel like I know you a little better.  I can associate with have to learn a new language, I cam to the US when I was 8 years old.  It is easier as a child than as an adult, but it still presents challenges.  Your English is great, and the accent is enjoyable :)

Sep 09, 2012 09:34 AM
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Tom, thank you. I do enjoy what I do!

Sep 09, 2012 12:12 PM
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Jerry, thank you... I am very fortunate to have two professions which I am passionate about.


Thanks for stopping by.

Sep 09, 2012 12:14 PM
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Brenda, yes, it is exatcly how I felt... I just knew I could provide a better service to my clients if I would be an agent.

thanks for visiting.

Sep 09, 2012 12:15 PM
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Thank you, George, I'll take your word for it... It was nice meeting you in person at our meet up!


Sep 09, 2012 12:16 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Tatyana, you are accomplished in the piano, real estate and in personality as well. And the accent just adds to the mystique.

Sep 09, 2012 12:46 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Tatyana I really enjoyed reading your story.  Having met you, I know you have a great personality and is high energy, so I am not surprised you are successful.


Have a great week.

Sep 09, 2012 02:52 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Tatyana.  Knowledgeable agents with empathy is some important in our business.

Sep 09, 2012 08:26 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm so glad you shared your story!  What a beautiful and inspiring one!  You are a very lucky lady to have two passions and your clients and students are blessed to have you guiding them!

Sep 09, 2012 08:42 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Tatyana thank you for sharing your story.... We each have one.  I think it's good to open up and allow others to see where we've been, who we are today and where we hope to go tomorrow.

Sep 10, 2012 11:36 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
Tatyana, I agree that the is a wonderful story and thanks for the opportunity to know you better...wish I was in your area...I've always wanted to take piano lessons...even at this ripe old age.
Sep 10, 2012 12:39 PM
Uber Concierge
UberConcierge - Vancouver, BC

Hi Tatyana, nice story:) Your passion to what you do definitely shines through your words. Have a good evening!

Sep 10, 2012 01:19 PM
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
Tatyana - Having a passion for representing clients' best interests is a wonderful motivation for entering this field. Your clients are lucky to have you.
Sep 10, 2012 01:38 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Thanks for sharing your unique story. You are such a wonderful addition to the United States of America. You're what makes our country great. You brought us many gifts and talents. Music is a gift for the people, by the people and from the people all over the world. Your career as a Realtor is truly appreciated.

You are a classic!

Sep 11, 2012 12:40 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Tatyana, what a wonderful share of your life and how you integrate it all together for your family & your clients...after meeting you I know you a bit more!

Sep 12, 2012 08:46 PM