Don't Forget the Flip Flops

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ad Vantage Virtual Tours, LLC

During one of my last photo shoots, I realized how incredibly blessed I am.  It was almost exactly one year ago that I moved to Florida and started my virtual tour business.  I came from  20 years in the corporate world of 70+ hour weeks spending most of my time buried behind a pc or locked in conference rooms.  When I came to the Jacksonville/St Augustine area, I was determined to make a change.  Hence, I formed Ad Vantage Virtual Tours to take advantage of one of my passions, photography.  Since then, I've never looked back, but the other week gave me reason to pause.

I arrived about 15 minutes early to shoot a virtual tour for a house down in St Augustine.  The realtor wasn't there yet so I drove to the end of the street to wait for a few minutes.  To my surprise, the end of the street was actually a sand dune.  I decided that, of course, a tour of the house would not be complete without showcasing the proximity to the beach so I wandered up the path - heels sinking in the sand as I made my way up path to the sand dune.  I got my shot, took a few minutes to enjoy the view myself and then headed back to my car to wait and meet the agent.  As I shook the sand out and got back in my car, I had to reflect on how lucky and grateful I was - no longer sitting in a stuffy conference room waiting for a meeting to start - but standing at the edge of the water getting to photograph unique beach homes and beautiful neighborhood homes throughout the area ever day.   

Now, I just need to remember to always keep a pair of flip flops in my trunk !

I am curious to know how many others in the real estate industry first started with careers in the corporate world vs. always knowing real estate was the place for them.

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Rainmaker
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Trish, what a neat story! I, too, love to take photographs as evidenced by the frequency with which I take and share. I'm a novice, but love it still the same. I have more photos to share from the snow yesterday - hopefully to get them loaded up today! ;-)

Pepper

May 23, 2008 11:48 AM #1
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Trish Edmonds
Ad Vantage Virtual Tours, LLC - Jacksonville, FL

Teri,  I love your photos too.  I was amazed by your first post of the May snowfall.  I'll check back to see your new post.  So fun to be able to capture such special events. 

May 27, 2008 01:53 PM #2
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Pam Dent
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Trish - Its great that you have been able to find a profession that you love in such a great area.
Life is too short to not enjoy.

May 31, 2008 12:30 PM #4
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Cathy Williams
Virtual Access Tours Monmouth and Ocean County NJ - Freehold, NJ

Hey Trish those flip-flops come in handy when you stop to get a pedicure too!

I use to work for the largest pharmaceutical company in NJ and I'm so happy to be working for myself. I have the best boss!

Jersey Girl

 

Jun 02, 2008 12:15 PM #5
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Trish Edmonds
Ad Vantage Virtual Tours, LLC - Jacksonville, FL

Pam - You live in a beautiful area too.  I used to live in Charlottesville as a child (out 250W past Boars Head).  Great horse farms!! Great memories of the area.

Cathy - I hear you.  I can be tougher on myself than any boss I had but it is so much more rewarding. 

Jun 02, 2008 02:13 PM #6
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I worked in high tech... fortunately I could dress down quite often but it's so much more fun in this line of work- being able to share in the excitement people have when they take ownership of their new home.

Jun 03, 2008 10:38 AM #7
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