Most of you know Debe as she has been with Active Rain since 2007, and is one of the AR Ambassadors. Debe likes helping members. For instance, Tom Abbott is a Georgia Realtor and she suggested to Tom to go with a niche, Georgia Tech Realtor. He did, and he is doing great. We, of course, talked about members leaving and how they will be missed. Debe and I agree that AR is not what it used to be.
I actually met Debe in 2009 at a Charlotte Rain Camp, one of the first. I was so new to AR and didn’t know anyone. I knew of Debe as she was one of the first that I followed in the Rain.
Debe was on Margaret Rome’s Sunday radio show a few weeks ago. And, actually got a client from the show. He listens to Margaret’s show every Sunday. After hearing Debe on Margaret’s show he called her. The buyer is thinking of moving to Charlotte and will be using Debe as his Realtor. One never knows where and how we can get clients.
Debe was born and raised in North Carolina and has lived in Charlotte for over 30 years. She would spend most summers in Bluefield, West Virginia. Bluefield is where I went to school. Small world. Her grandparents lived in Bluefield, a sleepy little town, as she remembers it. Debe enjoyed spending her summers with her grandparents and other relatives.
Debe has great memories of her time in Bluefield and with her grandparents. Her 106-year-old grandmother, “Maw-Maw” died in October 2017. She has great memories visiting her grandparents, Lucille and Henry Carter & Carel & Mary Thompson. One memory was going shopping at the boutique stores, and her grandmother buying her ten pairs of shoes. Debe wrote about her Maw-Maw in a blog post. Just reading the post, you know that Maw-Maw was an amazing woman and a joy to be around. Debe and I both reminisced about Bluefield and how it has changed.
Did you know that Debe was a Trauma/ortho nurse for 15 years in Charlotte. She loved nursing but was working all the time. Debe loves to be busy and enjoyed nursing. When there was no trauma cases coming into the hospital she would go across the hall and help the other nurses with patients instead of going out to relax and wait for the next trauma patient. Debe was asked to help open the first home care facility in Charlotte. The facility started out with six nurses and now there are over 100 nurses.
She met her husband, Ray, at Home Care. She had 30 minute visits with Ray and they hit it off from the start. After Ray was discharged, he asked Debe to lunch and the rest is history. Ray and Debe married and have two sons. He is a great husband and a great dad. Debe says she was working too hard and working all the time helping people, and even giving out her home number to patients who would call her for meds and meet them at the pharmacy. She finally retired from nursing, but kept her license.
Debe likes to be busy and realized she had to work. She decided to go into real estate in 2004. She is now the broker for RE/MAX Executive, The Maxwell House Group in Charlotte NC. Ray use to work at a bank and is very knowledgeable with computers. He got his real estate license and helps Debe with photos, videos, writing articles, calling leads, or whatever needs to be done. Ray is her biggest cheerleader.
How is the Charlotte real estate market I asked. “Charlotte’s market is crazy, says Debe. I was heavy on the listing side, but this year I have double the buyers”. I asked if the Government shutdown impacted her business. She said, “No, as most of my buyers went with conventional loans". She has several in the pipeline, and a cash deal this week.
Debe says working at the hospital you work as a team, but real estate is so different. She loves real estate and meeting new people and can’t imagine doing anything else.