My first blog....an introduction!

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Real Estate Agent with ERA Henley Real Estate

     Well, I guess it is about time that I start blogging.  I read a ton of blogs, on a daily basis, but I never thought I would be a "blogger".  Since this will be my first, of hopefully many, I am going to take this chance to introduce myself, my wife and tell you a little about our family.  After that, I'll tell you the story of how Real Estate found me and a little bit about how we do business.  To start with, I am 28 years old, born in February of 1980.  My wife is the same age, but more beautiful than I ever thought I could catch.  Brains and beauty, I don't know how I keep her.  We have one HANDSOME little sonAJAustin (AJ) and he is our world!  I would go to the end of the world for them both and will do absolutely all that I can to keep a smile on both of their beautiful faces.  AJ is 2 years old and growing ever more inquisitive.  He makes me proud on a daily basis and he always keeps me smiling.  I think my favorite thing in life is just being in our back yard, relaxing with my wife and playing baseball with my son.  As you can tell, we are all HUGE Razorback fans and I plan on taking my son to his first Razorback football game this coming fall...RazorbackGo Hogs!  I am ecstatic about getting to share a passion with my son and if you are from Arkansas, you probably know where I am coming from. 

     Kathy and I met back in 2001, the week after I came home from Basic Training and AIT.  Sparks flew from the moment that our eyes met and boy did I ever make the catch of a lifetime.  We were married in June of 2006 just before I deployed to the Middle East for a year in the sand box.  Not to mention 3 months of training in Southern Mississippi before that.  That is a total of 15 months away from my beautiful wife and brand new baby boy for those of you keeping count.  Once I got home it did not take long to get caught up and my son came right to me when I got off the bus.  That was one of the greatest feelings in the world!  I am truly blessed with a loving wife and the smartest little guy in the world.  I thank God for the many blessing in my life on a daily basis and sometimes I wonder how I could ever be so blessed.

      My other passion, besides my family and the Razorbacks, is Real Estate.  One night I was up late, watching TV, living in a fraternity house when all of a sudden there was an infomercial that caught my eye.  I had thought about Real Estate all of my life, but if wasn't what I was in school for.  Well, the next thing you know I'm on the phone, package is in the mail, on my doorstep, ripped open, read, read again, and stuck in my closet.  Nope, didn't even cross my mind to get my Real Estate license.  I was going to buy and flip houses with all of that money I had, wait, I was a broke college student. How was I going to manage that again?  So, my first venture into Real Estate was a bust as I didn't pick that program up EVER again.  Then one day as fate would have it, I needed a vehicle.  So there I was...sitting in a small mom and pop used car dealership when I noticed that the wife of the dealer had Real Estate cards sitting on her desk.  So, being the inquisitive mind that I am, I asked her if she was a Realtor.  "Yes I am, are you looking to buy or sell a house" she replied.  I kind of snickered and then I told her that I was interested in "getting into Real Estate".  I talked with her for a while and she suggested I take the week long class and see if I liked it.  I not only liked it, I loved it.  I took my test shortly after the class and the rest is history.  The sweet lady at the car dealership would become my mentor in Real Estate and I could not have found a better one.  I truly learned a lot from her and I still send everyone I know looking for a car to her husband. 

     My wife received her license about a year later.  She went and got her license because it was better for us to do that, then to refer our clients that we had at the time.  We would have lost more than it cost us to get her started.  It was a smart choice to have her take over while I was deployed.  We now both work at ERA Armstrong Team Realtors in Little Rock and we make a great team.  We both truly believe the market is heading in a direction where most of the process will be done online.  We strive to find new ways to better help serve our clients in any way that we can.  We are working constantly to find new ways to get our listings exposure both online and off.  We have both worked hard to expand our knowledge of the local market and general Real Estate knowledge overall.  We now currently reside in the Cabot area just north of Little Rock, AR.  We really enjoy working Cabot and the surrounding areas.  Arkansas has always been my home and always will be.  Therefore I will be ever diligent to increase my knowledge of the area and keep up to date with what our market conditions are.  Hopefully in the process see a lot of these>>>> Smiley Sale

     I am going to close with an acronym and the meaning as I see it. I learned this acronym while I was at basic training.  It has stuck with me ever since and will always be a code that I live by.  LDRSHIP:  Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.  I will always be loyal to God, my family and my clients.  I have a duty to my country, my family and a fiduciary duty to my clients.  I will always respect my wife, my son and my clients.  I will serve my God, my country, my family and my clients selflessly.  I will honor all of my commitments.  I will carry myself with the highest of integrity toward my family and my clients.  Finally, I will have the personal courage to face all adversity that may lye before me.  The acronym is something the military instilled in me, but the code is something I wrote myself and something I will always live by.  I would rather lose a listing or a sale than break any of my values.  I live a truly blessed life and I believe in the old adage that what goes around comes around.  God Bless you all and hopefully I didn't bore you to bad with my first blog.   

 

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Cissy

Nice Josh.  Good luck to you and Kathy.  The baby still is beautiful.

May 26, 2008 01:42 PM #80
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Wow!   I don't even know where to start.  I was going down the list individually saying thanks to everyone.  Then, we had a wonderful weekend to relax and spend some time together.  I come back to work today and this is what I find.  Unbelievable!  I just want to thank everyone here for stopping by and I'll say thanks in my next blog in case some of you don't come back and read other comments.  I did not expect such a big response to ANY blog I will ever write, especially not my first one.  Thank you again to everyone that stopped by and I'll be working on my next blog soon.  Thanks!

Josh and Kathy

May 27, 2008 06:54 AM #81
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Josh & Kathy, congrats on the turnout on your first post! WTG! Glad to see how well it went, you will love this site, everyone is so helpful. Looking forward to your next post and glad your holiday was a good one.

Duane

May 27, 2008 09:25 AM #82
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Dennis Beckner
Beckner Mobile Notary - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Wow! You're for sure doing something right to get that many comments on your first post! Welcome to Active Rain!

May 28, 2008 09:27 AM #83
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Aida Pinto
Independent Real Estate Broker - Los Angeles, CA
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Greetings from California!

Joshua and Kathy--great post and congrats on your first post.  I'm new to AR as well and am very impress!

I've been here for 10 days and I've yet to learn how to use pics on my post--but I'm a very slow learner when it comes to tech!

Good luck with your business and if I ever have a client who wants buy in your neck of the woods--well--you got!

May 28, 2008 12:04 PM #84
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Thanks to those of you who have posted since I last have.  It has been great to see the turnout of my 1st blog.  I am working on #2 as we speak and hopefully it will be half as successful. 

May 29, 2008 10:58 AM #86
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Todd Clark
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First of all, welcome to the rain and I have to say this is got to be one of the best first posts I've every seen. So you should be proud of your blogging ability, your wife and your son.

Second, I would like to thank you for your service to our country and I really look forward to reading your future posts.

Keep up the awesome writing!

Jun 02, 2008 05:06 PM #87
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Joshua - what a great and interesting first blog. Especially what a beautiful family. I am going to copy your closing paragraph and put it with other things I read often. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

I am sure it was just a typo and you meant to say "Go Dawgs".

And if your sleepy that razorback can look a little like a bulldog. Yeah, that's it.............

Jun 03, 2008 08:05 AM #88
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Dana Forster
AHome4Sale - Fredericksburg, VA
Realtor, A Home 4Sale Inc, Va

Joshua and Kathy- Great first post.  I completely understand the Razorback thing, my husband grew up in Little Rock, went to Catholic High School. The hogs were called at our wedding reception, go figure!!

Jun 05, 2008 02:50 AM #89
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Todd-Thanks for the props and I am glad to serve.

Mike-Definitely wasn't a mistake, you seen HAWGS!  Thanks for the kind words.  At least we can agree on cheering on the SEC to their 3rd consecutive BCS National Title.

Dana-Once a Razorback always a Razorback.  I believe my sons first three words together was Whooo Pig Sooiee!

Jun 05, 2008 08:20 AM #90
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Michael and Cheron Lange
Solutions Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
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Joshua & Kathy....  Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging.  It's alot of fun and everyone blog you read and post to has so much to offer.

C. Lange

Invite us to LinkedIn:  Michael & Cheron Lange

Jun 05, 2008 11:01 AM #91
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Michael Ragsdale

Josh very nice blog with some great pictures.  I wish you and your wife the best of luck in real easte.  I hope that we may be able to work together many times.

 

Thanks

Mike Ragsdale

Pro Land Title

 

Jul 08, 2008 12:50 AM #92
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Patricia L. Hoskins

Joshua & Kathy,

Congratuts on your first blog. 

I agree the Chapel is a fanciful and inspiring place.  its a perfect combination God/Man/Nature.  The beauty of the Chapel has to take a close second to the beauty of your family.  I admire your committment to integrity and know blessings are instore for you and yours.

Patricia L. Hoskins

Jul 08, 2008 12:59 AM #93
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Michael-Thanks for the invite. 

Mike-Thanks for the kind words, believe me we will be working together again.  Thanks for a smooth transaction and quick turnaround.

Patricia-Thanks!  Yes the Thorncrown Chapel is definitely a place of beauty.  I hear they are building a replica in Hot Springs.  I will have to check that one out once it is finished.  As a matter of fact, I believe I heard it is close to done, or already complete.  Maybe our next weekend trip.  Thanks for stopping by.

Jul 11, 2008 05:01 AM #94
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Joshua - Good for you.  Keep to your code - you have a wonderful family and I wish you all the best.  You're both obviously willing to work hard but still keep the important things a priority, like that wonderful little boy!

Jul 30, 2008 11:40 PM #95
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Penny,

     Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind comments.  You could not be more correct in saying we always keep the important things a priority.  Our little family is our life!

Jul 31, 2008 03:28 AM #96
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Just wanted to give everyone an update on my original blog.  Kathy and I have moved offices to ERA Armstrong Team Realtors in Little Rock.  We will still be working Cabot as our primary area, but we will(as always) work all of the Central Arkansas Area.

Oct 09, 2008 03:43 AM #97
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Art Kruschka
Administrative Manager - Manassas, VA
Manassas Woodbridge Dumfries Real Estate Sevices

I certainly wish you the best with your new firm.  My wife and I have been a real estate team for 33 years - we wouldn'y have it any other way,  Art

Oct 14, 2008 03:04 AM #98
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Art-Thanks for stopping by.  Wow, 33 years.  That is great!  I know we will get there one day and I look forward to the experiences along the way.

Oct 14, 2008 04:11 AM #99
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Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL
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Joshua - 99 comments to your original blog post.  I need to come along and give you one more.

Best wishes to you and your family - and good luck with new firm. 

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