My 3 Firsts - All Roads Lead To Real Estate

Real Estate Agent with Best Connections Realty, Inc.

My 3 Firsts - All Roads Lead To Real Estate


It was the first time I've been bitten by a dog.  How does this relate to real estate?  Hang on, I promise to connect the dots.  

ButtonsThis particular dog who bit me is owned by a fellow agent who lives a few houses from me.  Since we moved in last year, she rarely speaks to me.  I don't get it, but what can I say.  I didn't know she lived there when we bought the house.   However, there are over 7000 agents in Palm Beach County and they all need a place to live!  The way I look at it is, there is enough business for everyone.  We should be helping each other, not the other way around.

But I digress - back to the dog bite.  I was taking my older dog, Buttons, who is close to 14 and deaf (see photo) for her last walk of the night.  It was dark.  In seconds, this other dog came flying down the street.  While I scooped Buttons into my arms to protect her, this dog was jumping up and bit me on the butt.  Definitely a first for me!

I told said agent, Your dog just bit me.  She said, "My dog doesn't bite."  Seriously?  So I texted her a photo so she could see.   I came to learn this dog's rabies vaccine had expired middle of September 2016. It was overdue.

Long story short - I was advised by my vet to go to a walk-in clinic for a tetanus shot, which leads me to my next first - real estate, that is!

I went to walk-in clinic and requested a tetanus shot.  I was given antibiotics but refused the shot because of my  hyper sensitivities.  I was told to see my allergist.

I called my allergist, but he was swamped because of backup from Hurricane Matthew.  So the next morning I went to his office, but there was a wait.  Which leads me to my next first - real estate, that is!

margaret romeWhile in the waiting room, I struck up a conversation with another woman.  During the course of conversation, she told me she was originally from Baltimore, and her family still lived there. I said to her, I have a friend in Baltimore, and asked if she knew Margaret Rome.  She told me - yes, she knew Margaret and that Margaret had shown her some condos.  She went on to say she reads Margaret's ads in the Baltimore newspaper every Sunday and, if I wanted to see them, she'd save them for me.  


Now, what are the odds of sitting in my allergist's office, almost 3 days after my first dog bite, and I meet someone who happens to know Margaret Rome?  You can't make this stuff up!  Wait, it gets better!


My allergist researched preservative-free tetanus shots, wrote a script and added two specific companies he wanted me to use.  It's not common, so he sent me to Passport Health, "Vaccine Specialists."

My appointment was for 1:00.  I had my shot (all this just to get a tetanus shot!)  The staff were all nurses and very professional.  I was talking to the manager telling her why I had been running around all day (but that's another blog of non-disclosure.)  I went on to tell her I had a woman and her daughter sitting in a hotel, and I needed to find them a condo asap.  



You're not going to believe this!  The nurse took me to the back of the lab to meet her daughter, who was working on a computer - who just happens to have a 2/2 condo for sale.


Now, I ask you again: What are the odds that from my first dog bite, from a fellow agent's dog, I will go on to meet someone who knows Margaret and find yet a third person selling the type of condo I just happen to need?  Like I said, you can't make this stuff up!


That's 3 firsts for me.  It started with real estate and it ended with real estate (and don't forget Margaret in the middle.)


What did I learn?  Well, my butt is sore but healing - thank goodness I have plenty of padding!  I learned that, although dogs and real estate are my passions, I have to watch my butt (pun intended!)  I also learned all roads lead to home or, in this case, to real estate.


This was written for Patricia Kennedy s An October Contest: Your First Time – The Real Estate Edition!

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Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

Even bad things can turn into great things. You just never know. Must be open to the possibilites and where the road will take you. 

Oct 18, 2016 03:04 AM #34
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

That's one first I never want to share! Your experience is one more reason why I'm glad I live on plenty of acres where my dogs can run free. I'd be paranoid about putting them on a leash and walking through a neighborhood with who knows how many mean dogs. 

Oct 18, 2016 03:19 AM #35
Theresa Akin

How do they say; things happen in threes?

Oct 18, 2016 03:37 AM #36
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Hi Elyse. Sorry to hear about the bite. I was once bitten many years ago on the leg. I've always been of the mindset that there is enough business for everyone but it's absolutely amazing to see how few agents feel that way. Margaret sure gets around. We've also spoken many times. Glad you found what you needed.

Oct 19, 2016 02:43 AM #37
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Her dog does not bite what a xxxx Glad to hear all worked out well  ..Great story

Oct 19, 2016 04:01 AM #38
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I always thought Margaret Rome is an agent from Baltimore.  I guess people do move around.....

Oh, now I get it she is a past client of Margaret.....

Oct 19, 2016 11:22 PM #39
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Elyse, this is so funny!  Glad that little Fang didn't have rabies!

Oct 20, 2016 01:50 PM #40
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I love this story!  It's almost like whose on first!  And I get that you just can't make this stuff up!  Good for you!

Oct 22, 2016 11:58 AM #41
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

What a funny story and enjoyed reading it. This job has twists and turns we never dreamed would happen.

Oct 23, 2016 12:20 PM #42
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, I LOVE this story, Elyse!  And, your day started with and ended with real estate and the Margaret in the middle, well, her middle name IS 'real estate!'  

Nov 02, 2016 09:53 AM #43
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Amazing story Elyse Berman 

I really enjoyed reading your amusing story that included Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland.

I was at my allergist's office on Monday BTW. 

Nov 08, 2016 11:36 AM #44
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Congrats on the win for your entry, Elyse. Well done. It's a super fun read and I love all the twists and turns. 

Nov 11, 2016 11:19 PM #45
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Elyse, Congratulations on winning The First Time Real Estate Edition - well deserved!

Nov 12, 2016 01:08 AM #46
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Elyse, interesting story. I can relate to the dog-bite. A Seller's tiny one (chihuahua) tried to bite me when showing a home to a Buyer. Maybe, because I didn't honor it with my attention, but was just focusing on my Buyer client. Needless to say the Seller said that her dog doesn't bite, and I lost any interest in selling her house, too. My Buyer client wasn't thrilled with the house, either. We left in a hurry. Congratulations on the award!

Nov 12, 2016 08:22 AM #47
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Elyse, it's only fitting that a win for you involves a dog although, a gentler one may have been less painful for you but not as profitable. LOL

Nov 12, 2016 09:19 AM #48
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

I always love parents and dog owners who live in denial about their children or pets. Glad the result was so positive for you. Congrats on being a winner in the October contest.

Nov 12, 2016 10:14 PM #49
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Elyse

Congratulations on your win! I came back to re-read this as it was such a good story.


Nov 12, 2016 11:34 PM #50
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

Congrats Elyse on placing in the contest. This was a very interesting "first".

Nov 13, 2016 02:40 AM #51
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Elyse Berman ,

I loved your story! Congratulations on placing in the contest..your witty post deserved the recognition! Your day started and ended with real estate and Margaret in the middle! It doesn't get any better than that!

Dec 12, 2016 04:31 AM #52
David Wright
Benchmark Realty, LLC - Brentwood, TN
Real Estate Refined

Oh I love your story ! So intriguing and full of twists and turns. Nice drama unfolding. Congrats on winning the Firsts article!

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