Weddings, baby showers, anniversaries.. Real Estate is personal.

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

2019 marks an important milestone for me - 15 years in the business. 15 years! I have no idea how I got here so fast. It doesn't seem that long ago that I studied for the exam, interviewed to find the best brokerage for me to start out at, had first head-shots taken (don't ask, please!) and took my very first buyers on their very first home-tour. 

For the most part, let's say 97.8% of the time, it has been an enjoyable, educational, motivational and very rewarding 15 years, and I wouldn't want to miss one single transaction nor client (yes, even the challenging ones). It has been 15 years full of firsts, many, many, many homes, navigating contract hurdles, lots of learning, negotiating at all hours of the day or night, sprinting towards deadlines, delivering keys overseas... and not one single gray hair! ;) 

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a successful Realtor in Silver Spring & beyond has nothing to do with contingencies, closings, or designations, but has everything to do with the people. Real Estate is not just business, it is deeply personal. Transactions may end at the closing table. Relationships do not. 

I've attended a wedding, a baby shower, a memorial service, and a grad party and a few other celebratory get-togethers thus far this year.. and countless others in the years past. I have witnessed some of my favorite clients come full circle: recover from a divorce, buy a house as a single woman/man for the first time, navigate the dating world, fall in love, get married, sell old house, buy a new house together, and live happily ever after. I have met extended families, received postcards from abroad and lots of special thank yous, I have helped load moving trucks, lend a shoulder to cry on, and admired teeny little toes. 

To be invited to witness such growth, and happiness, and major life events time and time again is simply wonderful. It's a privilege, and an honor. It's also a huge responsibility, one that deserves my full attention, care and respect. It's what inspires me to become the very best Realtor I could possibly be, so I am able to assist all my special clients in the very best way possible, time and time again.

Here's to the next 15 years, many happy clients, and many happy memories. I'm off to drop a couple of Congratulations cards in the mail because Real Estate is not just business, but deeply personal. 

Real Estate, it's not just business. It's personal. 

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Thompson Company, REALTORS

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 16+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and traveling, speaks German, reads a lot, blogs a little, and drinks too much coffee. 


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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

The real estate business is all about the people and relationships. It's wonderful when a client becomes a friend - what a wonderful benefit! 

Jun 07, 2019 03:25 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

This is a personal business, Andrea. I was reminded of it just yesterday when I received an invitation to the high school graduation of a client's daughter on Sunday and party afterwards. I first worked with these clients when her daughter was still in diapers and for some reason it feels like yesterday to me!

Jun 07, 2019 04:22 AM #2
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

15 years is a great milestone, congrats to you!  I have always enjoyed meeting new people and becoming friends with those that allow me to help them with their real estate needs!

Jun 07, 2019 06:07 AM #3
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

HiKat Palmiotti, getting to meet so many people and making new friends is one of the main perks, isn't it? 

I know what you Nina Hollander. I just had the chance to work with a client for the 3rd time. We have kids that are the same age, when she bought her first house, they were babies, now they are entering High School! It's really special to be part of so many journeys. 

Thank you Brian England! I can't wrap my brain around that thought - 15 years. It just doesn't seem that long ago that I ventured out with my very first clients.  

Jun 07, 2019 08:18 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Andrea Bedard - for sure it is about relationships not transactions.  People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Jun 07, 2019 09:27 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Andrea. I hope you have another successful 15 years and then some.

Jun 08, 2019 08:58 AM #6
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Some clients you can get more personal with than others--and I value those special friendships made through real estate. It's an honor to be invited to the special events in their lives!

Jun 08, 2019 09:10 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Andrea- the personal invitations and calls are the icing on the cake for agents. 

Jun 08, 2019 05:29 PM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Andrea:

I really liked your post and the points you made. Our business really does involve close personal relationships that extend far beyond the transaction itself, with weddings, births, graduations, deaths, new pets, new jobs, and so much more.


Jun 10, 2019 08:06 PM #9
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Thank you for your comments! The relationships are the best aspect of our business, to journey to the settlement table and beyond together, and truly "the icing on the cake"!

Jun 12, 2019 06:12 AM #10
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I agree that much of real estate is personal.  I have formed close bonds with past clients over the years.  In fact, I am still close friends with my second client that I worked with in 1981.

Jul 28, 2019 03:54 PM #11
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

It's the most wonderful aspect of being a Realtor, Myrl. The people we get to meet, the bonds we form, the relationships that develop and enrich our professional and personal lives. 

Jul 30, 2019 07:53 PM #12
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Real estate is personal - I agree - I think the best was being invited to a bris

Apr 17, 2020 06:25 AM #13
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