Real Estate...Winding Roads...Winding Down

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Real Estate Agent with Bucci Realty, Inc. BK3064647

Today is my first  day in over one and a half decades of not being a full time practicing Realtor.

While I will maintain an active Florida Real Estate Broker license I will only act as a referring broker.  It is not meant to be a living income but rather continued service to loyal clients.

A big part of the last ten plus years has been my daily ActiveRain experience.  As you can see, on this first day of "retirement," I am still here.  That is my plan.  I have made too many friends and learned way too much to walk away.

ActiveRain has been, and will continue to be, a positive influence and addition to my daily routine.

My last real estate transaction was not the clean, problem free pathway to a closing.  That is pretty much the was the business has been since the early 200s.  My first transaction was a fierce (parties to the transaction), emotional roller coaster ride.

That is the real estate business - up and down, a winding road, but quite rewarding.

 

 

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Gary L. Waters, is a Florida licensed real estate broker associate with Bucci Realty, Inc. in Melbourne, Florida.  

 Call or text me directly at 321-693-3850.

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Enjoy your retirement ... after working hard for years you certainly deserve it.

I can vouch wholeheartedly for the joys of semi-retirement .. tbe best of both worlds!  More time to do things that you've been putting off, spend more time with family and friends, and travel to places that you want to see 

Jul 01, 2018 03:40 PM #14
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Richie Alan Naggar
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I am in that mode now as far as Real Estate goes.......Its more fun this way

Jul 01, 2018 06:17 PM #15
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Gary

Good for you!! How exciting to be moving into this next phase. Glad to see you are still going to be here and sharing with us.

Jeff

Jul 02, 2018 07:17 AM #16
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John Marshall - FORE!
The K Company Realty - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Congratulations, it is nice to see good agents with an exit plan, and what better way than to just refer transactions.

Jul 02, 2018 08:19 AM #17
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
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Nobody really leaves real estate all together, Gary. We have many retired agents on AR, still keeping in touch, still chatting about real estate.

Congratulations to you, though, for making the change. I hope when my day comes, I finally cut the cord. It's like an addiction, you know.

Jul 02, 2018 09:12 AM #18
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Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

Congratulations on your new Journey! Glad you have what it takes to retire and keep offering referrals to others.

Jul 02, 2018 09:52 AM #19
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Mr Fred Dorsey
Douglas Realty LLC - Rockville, MD
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Hello, Congratulations, Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC , on your "semi-retirement.

Jul 02, 2018 11:10 AM #20
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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Lucky you - congrats and have fun with the new outlook on life.  Best wishes for plenty of referral business.

Jul 03, 2018 12:10 AM #21
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Gary, congratulations on your semi-retirement. You've earned it! Referrals are a great way to stay involved and service your clients while still enjoying life.

Jul 03, 2018 05:31 AM #22
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Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
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Congrats on your semi-retirement. If you have anyone looking in Polk County, give me a shout!

Jul 03, 2018 08:12 AM #23
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

When I first got into real estate, someone told me that those that start easy stay that way and those that are difficult from the start stay difficult all the way through. I guess I can let you know when I get to an easy one.

Jul 03, 2018 05:35 PM #24
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Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Hi Gary, congratulations on your semi-retirement! I hope you enjoy the new lifestyle. Have a great evening!

Jul 03, 2018 07:05 PM #25
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Marte Cliff
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Wishing you well - and glad you aren't going to leave us. Can we look forward to reading about your adventures in retirement?

Jul 03, 2018 10:01 PM #26
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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Enjoy your new role...and glad you are still running thru the rain...!

Jul 04, 2018 02:14 AM #27
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Walt Fish
Bay Area Home Inspection, LLC - Marquette, MI
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Best wishes Gary. Yes, there is a lot of wisdom on this forum. I've been here since about 2007 or so.

 

Jul 04, 2018 05:49 AM #28
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gary, the choices we make is great when we are in control, it is better than the choices that are forced on us, enjoy your part time status and we will miss you on the rain if you cut back here too... we can only hope you stay close to us, all the best, Endre

Jul 08, 2018 11:14 PM #30
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Edward Thirlwall
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I can relate to your situation whereby you decided to still linger around in the industry without fully committing to past jobscope. Sometimes being in a certain sector has created such a deep impact on our lives that we can no longer move out of it without feeling a little guilt. This is especially when you have had to deal with people from all walks of life whom you have managed to help throughout those years of service. You would miss out on how much the whole experience truly means to you and not just about drawing an income at the end of the day.

Jul 13, 2018 10:50 PM #31
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Congrats on your retirement, Gary.  I am also transitioning into this state slowly, but still doing some active work.

Aug 13, 2018 05:27 AM #32
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JoAnn Young
Young & Young Properties - Melbourne, FL
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Enjoy your retirement!  You've earned it.

Sep 21, 2018 03:35 AM #33
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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Well, I saw in Q&A that you were retiring and neglected to pop over to see if you posted about your retirement until today, Gary! Yes, I'm late to the party - as always! LOL

Congratulations on your retirement and I see you're moving to be near the grandchildren. Where are you moving? Do you have future travel plans set also? 

You SO earned this, Gary! I'm so excited for you!

Oct 28, 2018 08:07 AM #34
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