I started following Brenda Mayette last year when I discovered she was an agent servicing where I grew up in Schenectady N.Y. (yes I remember how to spell that). My mom worked as a home economics teacher in Niskayuna High School and my dad worked for General Electric. We lived in a suburb called Scotia and I graduated from Scotia – Glenville H. S. I still have by “tartan” letter from my cheerleading sweater and my megaphone charm!
Well guess what Brenda’s daughter Kelly is a sophomore where I went to HS “Go Tartans” and is a softball player just like her older sister who is a junior in college. Brenda graduated from Russell Sage College with a Bachelor’s degree and worked in the Health care field as a Director for Nutrition and Purchasing and Receiving (a big time job )! When Bellevue Women’s Center and Ellis Hospital (where I was born) merged to form Ellis Medicine they downsized and outsourced Brenda’s job! Pink slips are never fun.
This smart lady said she simply viewed this situation as: “One door closed and the windows opened.” LOL!! She had an “Ah-Ha” moment after not finding anything in her field and opted to get her real estate license. She is a licensed agent with an independent firm: The Miranda Real Estate Group that has 80 agents and they are #1 in the Capital area..pretty impressive!! By the way she had her best year ever with $7 million in sales with an average sales price of $180,000. Congratulations Brenda!!
I really enjoyed our conversation! She is energetic, witty and fun to engage. I can see why her clients would enjoy working with her. Brenda and her family have lived in Glenville since 1982 and she remembers many of the same things I do. Jumping Jacks Drive-In an ionic place and is still there and now they have a ski team!! The little Library where my dad took me every Tuesday night to check out books is also still there! However our beloved Candyland (where we hung out as teenagers) is gone.
Brenda says she blogs when either “inspired” or “sulking” (needs to vent). She loves to work with first time home buyers and always gets along well with their parents (that’s an important plus). With her experience in running a business it has helped her tremendously in building her own real estate business within the framework of her real estate company. Brenda prides herself on exceptional customer service and loves what she does!
Knowing the area and what drives her community is an asset when working with clients. She promised me she would blog on what is happening to the land along the Mohawk River where GE housed so many buildings. I’m looking forward to reading and seeing what is in the works on some of the land where my dad worked for 38 years.
Active Rain is a community filled with so many interesting and remarkable members. I love how when you call someone you easily feel like your old friends! Thanks Brenda for calling me back so quickly I enjoyed our chat and look forward to reading your blogs (especially since you said its going to be more of a priority this year). If you haven’t followed Brenda please pop over and subscribe to her blog!
I’ve been meaning to call Brenda but the challenges this January pushed me to make time and dial her number. I’m so glad I did!