Sometimes truth is funnier than fiction!

Real Estate Agent with Carolina Realty of the Lowcountry 90426

For years I have wanted to start a blog. I mean why not? Everyone else is doing it right?

Since it's my first blog why not take a moment to start the Real Estate humor off right with the story of how I came to the Real Estate market. Although the story I am about to tell is true, the names have been changed to protect the not so innocent.

My first job was a file clerk for none other than the company my mother worked for at the rightful old age of 15. It was a pharmaceutical/medical supply firm with a knack for retirement homes and interpersonal drama. I moved my way through the ranks and became a 3rd party insurance processor in Accounting. Each day I learned something new about the wiser generations before us but I felt there was more to life than watching people who had worked so hard, spend every dime they had on prescriptions and supplies.

It was 2002, I was now 22 years old with 2 children and a nasty divorce. My best friend had just got her Real Estate license and was making a name for herself in the Real Estate market. Upon inquiry of how to get my license she suggested I go to work for her Broker in Charge (Miss Daisy) as an assistant to make sure Real Estate was what I wanted to do.

When I told my mom I was thinking about a career in Real Estate she replied "Well it's about time". Then my mom informed me that she knew the love for Real Estate had always been in my blood! So apparently the embarrassing story goes: As a young child I would ride in the backseat of our Pontiac Bonneville staring out the window at the houses. Mom said as we would pass a house that was vacant I would cry. When asked why I was crying the answer was always the same, "the house just looks so sad with no family to live in it. It's all alone". Yeah yeah I know corny huh? None the less houses always interested me. I could say archetect at the rightful old age of 4 because I always wanted to know what he or she was thinking when they designed this house. I mean really 4 bedrooms and only 1 bathroom?

I started work that first day hopeful and excited to be Ms. Daisy's assistant. Upon entry into the office I was greeted at 7:50 a.m. that I was 20 minutes late. She expected I be to my appointed time 30 mins prior but I would only be getting paid for the time I was appointed 8-5 with an hour lunch break. Thinking back now about it, I get a chuckle! Even on my first day she was preparing me for the some of the quirkiness I would entertain the rest of my career.

If you have ever seen the movie "The Devil Wears Prada", she was just like the "Dragon Lady" in that movie. Focused, driven, successful, with; an eye for detail and piping hot coffee along with her daily agenda (with maps) on her desk and waiting when she got in. Blood sweat and tears she taught me everything I know. As I watch new agents come into the market daily and most times subsequently leave within a short amount of time, I remain thankful. While she did drive me crazy, without her I would not have been given the proper tools to do my job effectively. She taught me how to properly take photos, how to "beat feet", how to map out my daily agenda, how to carry myself with clients, stay up in a down market, budget, and most importantly how to make sure that in the course of my career, I do not lose sight of why I am doing this job each day, my CLIENTS.

Representing and helping my clients each day gives me the satisfaction of knowing I am, in fact, making a difference which leads me to the excitement tomorrows oppurtunities will bring. I cannot imagine now going back to that cubicle with no windows, watching people spend every last dime they have (or don't have) just trying to survive one more day. I love the feeling I get when my buyer's have found "The ONE". The excitement on their faces, the anxiety of the new step they're making, and subsequently the look of pride and the gleam in their eye that they have made it! They have made the American Dream! Then my sellers anxious about the sale, anxious about getting a buyer, anxious about the unknown and the level of trust they put into me to use my experience and knowledge as a guide. This is their home. This has been their life. This home is no longer their future. The excitement of starting a new chapter and leaving the past behind.

What an amazing feeling! Thank you so much for reading my first blog post. I hope it was entertaining! Stay tuned for next weeks post- Sure to be insightful while remaining mildly entertining.


**JoAnn is a full time Real Estate agent in the Beaufort County, Hilton Head, Beaufort MCAS, Parris Island area.

Comments (68)

Theresa Akin

Great post. Those early days of real estate careers and not realizing it was there all the time. Congrats!!

Feb 16, 2016 09:23 PM
JoAnn Thaxton

Thank you 

Feb 17, 2016 05:43 AM
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Great job JoAnn Thaxton!  Welcome to ActiveRain.  I look foward to reading more.

Feb 16, 2016 10:11 PM
JoAnn Thaxton

Thank you so much!

Feb 17, 2016 05:42 AM
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

Welcome to Active Rain !!! Im in NC so we both have salt in our veins ! Love the Carolina Girl shrimp trawler too !  I look forward to reading more from you !

Feb 16, 2016 10:21 PM
Michele Connors

sweet, what town ??


Feb 17, 2016 07:44 AM
JoAnn Thaxton

Thank you so much! That "shrimpin boat" is docked locally here in Beaufort SC. I'm originally from NC in fact about 20 mins from you! ;

Feb 17, 2016 05:42 AM
JoAnn Thaxton

Kinston ;)

Feb 19, 2016 04:03 AM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

I echo everyone else by saying what a great first post Joann! You will be a great asset to the Active Rain community!

Feb 16, 2016 10:46 PM
JoAnn Thaxton

Thank you so much!! 

Feb 17, 2016 05:39 AM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Welcome to the Rain!!!  Great Story- Love your Devil wears Prada analogy!!!

Feb 16, 2016 10:58 PM
JoAnn Thaxton

She really was just like her! 😂 Follow my blog for more Miss Daisy shenanigans. 😂😂😂

Feb 17, 2016 05:39 AM
NextHome Realty Center - Cypress, TX
The 'Golden' Experience Team!

Congrats on your first post!!  It's interesting how people come into this business and it sounds like you were made for it in more ways than one!

Feb 16, 2016 11:29 PM
JoAnn Thaxton

Thank you so much! 

Feb 17, 2016 05:38 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Good for you.  Getting into real estate young.  I talked about it in High School, but my favorite teacher dissuaded me.

Feb 17, 2016 12:59 AM
JoAnn Thaxton

Thank you! Glad to hear you overcame bad teachers advice 

Feb 17, 2016 05:38 AM
Rebecca "Becky" Joens
Heart of Florida Realty, LLC - Hernando Beach, FL
Broker- Associate, SFR, RE Instructor

Great story, JoAnn!  It sounds like you had a great teacher but it was always in your blood..

Feb 17, 2016 04:03 AM
JoAnn Thaxton

Thank you

Feb 17, 2016 05:36 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Congratulations on getting your first ever blog "Featured!"    Your story was heartfelt, and you're lucky to have  learned many things from the dragon lady.

"Representing and helping my clients each day gives me the satisfaction of knowing I am, in fact, making a difference which leads me to the excitement tomorrows oppurtunities will bring."           


Feb 17, 2016 05:20 AM
JoAnn Thaxton

Thank you very much! 

Feb 17, 2016 05:35 AM
Liane Thomas, Top Listing Agent
Professional Realty Services® - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

I love that you were a REALTOR® in training at such a young age! I was too, wanted to go to all the open houses and "help" the agents. Funny how life turns out!

Welcome JoAnn Thaxton !

Feb 17, 2016 06:21 AM
JoAnn Thaxton

Thank you so much!

Feb 19, 2016 04:04 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I love the personal story as a first blog-congratualtions!

Feb 17, 2016 06:30 AM
JoAnn Thaxton

Awe that's sweet. Thank you!

Feb 19, 2016 04:04 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Hi JoAnn,

Welcome to Active Rain.

What a fun post. Thank you. I look forward to more.

I remember when I was starting out. I couldn’t imagine ever writing hundreds of posts.

There was so much I didn’t know. Surely I didn’t really belong here.

Well let me encourage you to take one step at a time and hang in there.

I’ve made good money via ActiveRain and learned a lot. But the best thing that ActiveRain has done for me is in this post.


Good luck, let me know if I can help.
David Gibson
Broker / Owner Colorado Home Sales LLC

Feb 17, 2016 10:36 AM
JoAnn Thaxton

Maybe one day....for now I will just try to commit to once a week. Thank you!

Feb 19, 2016 04:04 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Welcome to ActiveRain JoAnn Thaxton .

Great beginning and I am sure you'll continue to share with us great posts.

I really am with you when you say ---

"The excitement on their faces, the anxiety of the new step they're making, and subsequently the look of pride and the gleam in their eye that they have made it! "

Feb 17, 2016 01:41 PM
JoAnn Thaxton

:) Thank you

Feb 19, 2016 04:05 AM
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | - Greenville, DE
Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach

Hi JoAnn, I enjoyed reading your 1st post... thanks for sharing! Also, welcome to the Rain! ActiveRain is a great place to share your knowledge, expertise and thoughts, as well as network and learn so much from the vast pool of talent already onboard. I look forward to reading your upcoming posts. If you would like to connect with me on ActiveRain, please subscribe to my blog! Welcome Aboard and Much Success! 

Feb 17, 2016 03:22 PM
JoAnn Thaxton

Ok sure will! Thank you so much! The encouragement here is amazing!

Feb 19, 2016 04:05 AM
Craig Cooper
Chase International Real Estate - Tahoe City, CA
Creating-Preserving-Growing Wealth in Real Estate

Hey JoAnn, congratulations on finding your "place" and on having your very first post published! Great job!

Feb 17, 2016 06:32 PM
JoAnn Thaxton

Thanks so much!

Feb 19, 2016 04:06 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Congrats on entering the business and welcome to ActiveRain!  A great story and obviously you were meant to be in real estate.  Good for you for taking that leap of faith and trusting your gut to realize that this IS a good business for you. Blog away and good luck in 2016! 

Feb 18, 2016 01:38 AM
JoAnn Thaxton

Thanks Jan same to you!

Feb 19, 2016 04:06 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That was great!  Welcome to blogging at Activerain, I think you're really going to like it here!

Feb 20, 2016 09:27 AM
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

Wow - All I can say is WONDERFUL.  I loved this post! Gold Star deserved

Feb 21, 2016 05:58 AM
Berni Kerr
Dominion Lending Centre - Mortgage Professionals Inc. - Port Dover, ON
AMP Mortgage Agent - Port Dover ON

Great first post, continued success to you!!

Mar 07, 2016 12:55 PM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

I enjoyed your informative post, glad I came across it in the archives.

Mar 12, 2016 11:58 AM