Day 2 - Thanksgiving Challenge - Partners In Life and Business

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRDS # 146013739

12 Days of  Thanks Giving 2017 -  Challenge by Debbie Reynolds 


Partners In Life and Business

Rick  Sheri Xmas 1973

I met my future husband in Psych 101 when he and I were just 18 years old! You might think that was an omen and you might be right!  Rick and I got married at 20 years old, just kids by today's standard, and even our parents thought we were crazy! As you read this you notice how real estate runs through the fabric of our relationship.


The difference between us and other teenagers was our focus. We knew what we wanted and had a plan to go out and make it work. This plan wasn't written down, it was just part of our make-up. 

The Cost of Ownership

We bought our first townhome right before our wedding at $16,000. It required $800 down and $800 in upgrades and at a wage of $1.65 an hour, it required 3 jobs between us to make it work. My husband was making $3.50 an hour as a "belt boy" at UPS. At that time, we never realized that this company would be a big part of our future. A conversation for another time!

Renting vs Owning and... "The Bug"

Rick was going to Cal State Fullerton and worked at UPS in Los Angeles and I was working in Whittier and City of Industry (2 jobs)! So we had to live in a fairly central area. That area for us was West Covina. Two bedroom apartments were going for $185 a month and you could buy a 2 BD townhome with laundry room for $165 a month. So the decision was easy. This is how the real estate bug got started. BTW - that 2BD Townhouse is around $250,000 in today's market. 

Real Estate Was In the Blood

So the real estate bug was in our blood. Many huge real estate developments were blossoming in the '70s and '80s and we enjoyed visiting and seeing the latest improvements and amenities in model homes. Besides water skiing on the Colorado River, this is what we did to pass the time and relax! 

How We Ended Up In Sedona

As a couple when you marry young, you have similar and divergent paths as you grow. Lake HavasuMost marriages can't take that that shift but we realized what was at stake and our focus, kept us on path. We raised a family, along the path, we bought and sold our own homes.  Starting the second part of our life, we decided to enjoy that time in Arizona. During our vacations, we spent a lot of time in Palm Springs and on Arizona lakes and the Colorado River! The desert was a great starting point to find our next home. We gravitated to Sedona Arizona and have been here every since! 

A Second Career 

After settling into Sedona, we again started looking for another home.  At that point in our life my husband urged me to get my real estate license. Owning and selling six homes over the years, I was always looking for that next home!  So I took the classes, studied and passed the exam. The bug never left me and you know the rest of the story!

Rick enjoys photography and he minored in marketing and took up web design as a hobby. So he helped me get started and we have worked together ever since.

Thankful  For What We Have Together

I am so thankful for the 46 + years we have spent together making a family and as has been stated others - we compliment each other and work well as a team. Something I NEVER thought we could do! 

45 Years of Marriage In 2017

Wedding Day 1972 

45th anniversary





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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® oh, what a nice story.... and you have much to be thankful for... you and Rick have been Blessed...

Nov 13, 2017 03:49 PM #1
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Sheri, you and Rick are what marriage is about. I enjoyed reading about your life together. Congratulations on 46+ years!

Nov 13, 2017 04:22 PM #2
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


You and your husband Rick have had an interesting journey.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 13, 2017 06:09 PM #3
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,

How wonderful! Congratulations on 46 years..a true partnership in personal and business.

Nov 13, 2017 06:42 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Sheri.

My how time flies.  My wife and I will celebrate our 50th in February 2018.  Seems like yesterday

Nov 14, 2017 03:07 AM #5
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Loved the story of your marital journey, Sheri. You and Rick are a true inspiration!

Nov 14, 2017 04:01 AM #6
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, what a wonderful post, and having a wonderful husband is something to be very thankful.

Nov 14, 2017 05:18 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

What a beautiful story!  When I have been with you, I always thought you seemed so great together!

Nov 14, 2017 06:37 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Just a couple of kids there and congratulations on 45 years of wedded bliss. It took me a bit longer to find my true partner in life and business.

Nov 14, 2017 03:07 PM #9
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  What a wonderful story I enjoyed reading this

Nov 14, 2017 05:57 PM #10
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That is wonderful to be able to enjoy real estate and have your husband as a partner helping your business grow.

Nov 14, 2017 06:48 PM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Such a cool story. And you guys are a lovely couple - then and now. It's wonderful to share life and business with your best friend.  D

Nov 16, 2017 07:30 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheri=- I love your post!!! It is a breath of fresh air to read about couples who meet young and make it work. Love the photo of you when you were younger, what was that...maybe just a few years ago!!!  Happy 45 years of marriage. 

Nov 17, 2017 12:28 PM #13
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