'Real Estate ? I Never Thought I Would do it Again....

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Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

 In what seems like a lifetime ago...I owned a marketing company ...Clients ranged from local retailers to national manufacturers and service companies.  I became certified as a woman owned business and enjoyed the diversity of the services I provided from marketing plans to graphics, the Marketingwholesaling distribution of imprinted items, special events and product introductions. Media from television and radio to newspaper and magazine ads both in terms of production and placement was a part of this interesting career path.

    The diversity of clients and their requirments kept me busy, fed, dressed....I loved what I did.

    I was married to my business....and it was a wonderful relationship.  Marriage in the traditional sense of the word was not a goal ...or even a thought...I had a diverse social life as well and that served me well.

     Somehow the friendship I had which began with an introduction by one of my vendors and grew into meeting for pizza...sharing a drink ....and mutual sharing ofbride & groom our sometimes "less than perfect" dating partners....became a different relationship.  Just as the Psychic in Salem, Massachusetts predicted, that friendship became a marriage and Sally K. Repa became Sally K. Hanson.  

    David had a job in the private sector which took him on the road...often for weeks at a time without coming home. We had a number of rental properties and of course every time the usually "very handy" Mr. Hanson stepped out the door on an extended trip..a tenant had...a sink  that leaked, a furnace that didn'sold signt heat, rent that had excuses rather than payments...and the reason anyone was involved in real estate escaped my logical mind...too many headaches where I could not forecast a "happily ever after" at any point in the future.  David claimed this was part of our retirement plan...and when I announced this would be a great retirement plan....with his next wife....we sold the properties.

      His travel continued with me finding I had the worst part of being married for a weekend social life...I couldn't date and I had no mate...this was no fun...time to find something else to do that challenged me and filled time.

     I decided that "do the open house" put a sign in the yard real estate thing might be just the thing to fill some idol weekend hours so I went to school...got my license and joined a large local firm...making it clear to the manager house soldthat this was not my passion..not  my "real job"...just something I had an interest in and would use to make extra money and fill time as it became available. She was satisfied with that half hearted effort ....and so was I....briefly.  The office had a lot of well established Realtors not anxious for a newbie to "share the market" even part time...and I began to wonder...was it the company, the office or real estate that I didn't like.  It didn't matter I could just quit and I would have learned it was just not what I thought it would be...OR ?? I decided before I threw my license in the trash I would test out my theory...maybe it was the office...so I moved within the same company to another office. The office was bustling with activity...had anxious agents who wanted you to hold open houses...the business I didn't like started to become one that I enjoyed.  Then I figured out it was not just about holding open houses....I could actually employ the marketing skills I had from my still "primary career" to real estate....and they worked !

Piggy Bank     The more marketing I applied...the more success I had and the better I liked what I was doing...the more money I made.....and the upward success spiral continued as I "graduated" to another brokerage that took less commission and offered more....and on to Keller Williams, the brokerage we both call "home" in our real estate careers.

     What began as something to "fill in the time"....kind of like when I think about it....my "greasy cheeseburger and pizza dates with David"....has in both a professional and personal aspect...become full time passions...with success on all fronts. ...and backs ! 

    I "did over" my career path....and my single life....to find fulfillment in both areas to be more than my imagination could ever have conceived....You just don't know where another path can take you unless you begin the journey.

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Rainmaker
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Good morning Sally.  Well now just like you I had not planned on going into real estate.  My love was law enforcement.  After 29 years it had lost its appeal so I retired.  M next job was real estate as a hobby. Now my how times have changed. Love it just love it

Dec 03, 2016 03:46 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I enjoyed reading your story and about how you became a successful real estate agent.

Dec 03, 2016 03:52 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

What a great story Sally. So glad it worked out for both of you and no do-over is now needed!

Dec 03, 2016 03:53 AM #3
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Sally.  That's quite the fascinating story of your background and entry into this business.

Dec 03, 2016 04:30 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

I enjoyed reading your story! Isn't it amazing how partners meet, fall in love and lifestyles can change? Thrilled it worked out so well for you two!

Dec 03, 2016 04:43 AM #5
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Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC
Realtor/Broker

Many of us found ourselves in a real estate career without planning to get here.  Life has a way of surprising us, when we step through those open doors!

Dec 03, 2016 05:40 AM #6
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Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Great life story Sally...the doors open and closse and revolve ...and yours have fit the bill!

Dec 03, 2016 06:10 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Sally. What a great story about entry into real estate! Enjoy oyur day!

Dec 03, 2016 06:21 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Thanks for the insight into your past that helps your transparency and for your AR buddies to know about you, the person.

Dec 03, 2016 07:39 AM #9
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson , Sally this is quite a story of a real estate do over.  You proved that you can have your cake and eat it too.  Great inspiration for us all.

Dec 03, 2016 10:02 AM #10
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Sally(and David too) -- a well-written and very interesting journey.  Thank you for sharing your great story.  

Dec 03, 2016 11:10 AM #11
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thank you very much for sharing some of your personal real estate journey.

Best wishes for continued success.

Dec 03, 2016 05:41 PM #12
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Great story Sally K. & David L. Hanson and it proves that point that one must always be open to explore opportunities!

Dec 04, 2016 10:53 AM #13
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sally what an interesting story, clearly there are opportunities all around us we just need to find it.... in some ways it reminded me when I switched Brokers....Endre

Dec 04, 2016 05:39 PM #14
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Love knowing more about you (and David's) history, both from a personal and business view, Sally K. & David L. Hanson.  Glad that you found joy and satisfaction in both ...

Gene

Dec 05, 2016 07:57 AM #15
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Vickie Teel
Allison James Estates & Homes - Punta Gorda, FL
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Thanks for sharing your story. Love your writing style!

Jan 01, 2017 10:09 PM #16
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality

Sometimes we have to start over look at something new to find what we really need and want.

Dec 06, 2017 07:05 AM #17
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