In My Other Lives........

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Referral Group Incorporated

I listed and sold real estate actively for about 30 years. I still do stand up training and make referrals all over the world. But before I was involved in real estate, I did a number of other things.

Out of college, with a degree in education freshly minted, I got a job in Newark New Jersey as a pool substitute. In those years it was not uncommon in big cities to not hire a full staff when schools opened. In my case I was visiting in NJ with college friends from Wisconsin when someone rooming with one of these friends suggested I go to Newark, because they "hire off the streets." I did and I was hired at about half of what a first year teacher would earn. I was assigned to a high school where I was but one of six Caucasians in a totally Black place. It was tough and I was soon stolen from and verbally abused. After a couple of months there I was able to find a job teaching English in another district for full first year salary. I stayed there for nine years and acquired a Masters Degree at that systems expense.

I went onto to accept a counseling position (my Masters was in that area) at a middle school because someone I hardly knew who coached speech and debate in that districts high school knew me from that arena and referred me to the middle school principal. This came from out of nowhere and even though the school was far from home, I went because someone went out of their way. I really hit it off with that principal and wound up taking the job, and the guy I hardly knew had himself a feeder program for his high school team.

I spent several years at that school and only left to take a job in government as a training professional for the biggest county in New Jersey. I came in as a trainer and left as the director of training. It was a political place and I lost that job. I moved onto a position with another county where I worked in a rehab facility that was also a hospital for those in the last stages of life. It was a tough place and I did contract negotiations with the nurses.

I bought a new car and was laid off. Life is funny. I started working for a guy who did big time functions mostly with the elderly. I had waitressed early in life, but at 38 it was tougher. Eventually I was offered more there but couldn't see myself there long term, so I went to real estate school. 

I had been an investor for awhile. My accountant told me to buy something as I was getting killed by taxes. I knew an investors mentality and once I was licensed my first transaction was the sale of a multi-family. I had both sides and the property closed in six days for cash.

I have always believed that anything I have ever done has prepared me for anything I will ever do. Being open to opportunities is something I learned early on. Listening and speaking thoughtfully matters in anything and everything. So that's my story and I'm sticking to it. 

 

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When you think about real estate, it is time to focus. I have helped people for close to thirty years in all areas, and made the process not only simple but enjoyable. Why should you go it alone or settle for less? Call me and find a partner to help, direct and get you where you want to be.

Sheila Anderson

The Real Estate Whisperer...... Consultant, Trainer, Facilitator 732-715-1133

 

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Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Wow!  That's quite a fascinating history you have Sheila!  I love this contest of Jeff Dowler's which allows us a more thorough glimpse into our lives.

Oct 04, 2019 01:12 PM #17
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Sheila, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Oct 04, 2019 01:12 PM #18
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Sheila Anderson
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Good afternoon Myrl. I am enjoying this challenge too. TY   Sheila

Oct 04, 2019 01:22 PM #19
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Hello again Myrl and thank you so much for the feature.    Sheila

Oct 04, 2019 01:23 PM #20
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Hey Sheila what an interesting history and journey!  What a fun contest this month - learning about everyones earlier life.  Have a great weekend!

Oct 04, 2019 03:06 PM #21
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Sheila Anderson
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The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Thanks very much Anna. I agree. Have a wonderful weekend.      Sheila

Oct 04, 2019 03:09 PM #22
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James Dray
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Morning Sheila.

That is a fascinating story, loved it.  Do you still have some of those investment properties?

Oct 05, 2019 01:27 AM #23
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Sheila Anderson
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The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. I don't have any of properties now my friend. I live in my own home but that is it. TY    Sheila

Oct 05, 2019 04:16 AM #24
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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I'm loving this challenge because everyone's stories are so interesting! Thanks for sharing yours!

Oct 05, 2019 05:50 AM #25
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you Wayne and Jean.    Sheila

Oct 05, 2019 06:48 AM #26
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I loved reading this about you Sheila. I'm glad this your story, and glad you're sticking to it. ;) 

Oct 05, 2019 07:36 AM #27
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Sheila Anderson
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The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Thanks very much Debb. :)          Sheila

Oct 05, 2019 08:38 AM #28
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Lise Howe
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it is fun to read about what each of us did in our previous lives - and for many of us there have been several iterations! 

Oct 05, 2019 10:29 AM #29
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hello Lise. I understand and have enjoyed reading these too. TY   Sheila

Oct 05, 2019 10:36 AM #30
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I love your story AND that you are sticking to it, Sheila! They say teachers and nurses make the best real estate agents and at this juncture, I TOTALLY believe it! Being on the other side of deals with teachers is ALWAYS a treat. 

And, this is my favorite line, "anything I have ever done has prepared me for anything I will ever do."  SO true!

Oct 06, 2019 06:33 AM #31
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Thank you very much Debe. I believe that line and live by it. Hoping ray is doing well at home with you and the animal gang.    Sheila

Oct 06, 2019 08:11 AM #32
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Sheila Anderson - You have done a lot with your life and you're still finding new ways to do things and still adopt your fur babies making them a home too. I admire those qualities in you. I do believe Teachers are the fruit of the earth that keeps giving back without expectations. Without teachers or instructors, where would any of us be?

Oct 06, 2019 12:38 PM #33
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Thanks very much Patricia. You are very kind.       Sheila

Oct 06, 2019 12:42 PM #34
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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great background and i also love that quote of yours!

Oct 06, 2019 04:51 PM #35
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you Georgie. Enjoy the evening.     Sheila

Oct 06, 2019 06:23 PM #36
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