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I LOVE selling real estate! After spending years in the legal, financial and customer service fields, I never dreamed that I would be in such a fun, demanding, exasperating, rewarding, and all-consuming field as that of being a realtor. As is true for many of us, real estate snuck up on me. I was organizing a major donation drive for Staten Island residents who were victims of Hurricane Sandy, collecting much-needed items from Aquidneck Island residents in a campaign "from Aquidneck Islanders to Staten Islanders." Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth residents, as well as people from the rest of the state of Rhode Island stepped up to the plate and provided new items, cash and donations of gently used clothing, household supplies and baby items.
As I became consumed with the cause, I realized how absolutely amazing people can be in the face of adversity. Meeting so many people from all walks of life, I thought about how I'd like to give back to them. Granted, I continue my volunteer work for those who are in greater need than I, but I also realized that people need to have a home that they love, a place to come back to at the end of each day that feels like their little piece of heaven.
I sought out the real estate exam, and connected with Keller Williams Realty, a company that has given me the education, technology, resources and tools necessary to assist individuals looking to buy or sell a home. Looking back, I am amazed with the amount of time, energy and dedication this field prefers in its realtors. I suppose I am a workaholic, but I love being available 24/7 for my buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords. In those early days, I often used the word "overwhelming" to describe my day, as it could involve such diverse activities as writing a rental lease, showing an out of state buyer an array of homes while introducing my town to them, sitting in on a technology class, writing my blog, seeking out new leads, setting up a website, connecting on social media, sitting for a professional picture for business cards, developing marketing materials, branding, farming, networking and so much more, often happening on the same day! Never a dull moment, which continues to this day.
Having closed within days on two homes, I walked out of the closings, tired, but with such a rewarding feeling of satisfaction that I gave 100% of myself in helping clients (and new friends) take their leave of one residence, only to find a new, now-perfect-for-them home. Their referrals and testimonials only add to the rewards this field brings to me. I guess what goes around, truly comes around. We all can find our own ways to help people, but we shouldn't then be surprised when it comes back to us in positive ways.
Did I mention I LOVE selling real estate?