Thanksgiving Challenge: Grateful for Education

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Thanksgiving Challenge: Grateful for Education


ActiveRain Ambassador Debe Maxwell has challenged blogger members to post a blog each week during November as we express our gratitude during this season of Thanksgiving.

If you want to enjoy business success, it is good to know what you are doing. Most of us learn from practical experience and by classroom training. I am thankful that my parents owned rental properties. Our normal family life included dealing with tenants, maintaining properties, hiring maintenance people, and purchasing appliances and furniture for furnished units. 

When I attended college, I majored in finance. My graduate studies were in law school. In the fall of my third year of law school, I passed the bar exam and the examinations to be licensed as a real estate broker and in multiple insurance lines. This background helped prepare me for the opening of my first real estate and insurance office during the summer after graduating from law school.

When I was a young broker, we sold many farms, building sites and land for development. I took the courses become designated as an Accredited Farm and Land Broker. Some of those land transactions helped prepare me for business with builders and developers. I worked my way through the officer positions and eventually became president of the regional builders association and well being a board member of the state and national associations.

Developing a property management portfolio was one of my goals and I took the classes to combine with my practical experience to become a Certified Property Manager. This experience lead to the management and development of garden apartment communities as well as the management of office buildings. I also served at the president of the regional chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management. We sold that business to a major regional property management company.

Taking appraisal courses was helpful and the training and experience provided the background for me to serve as an appraiser for the Veterans Administration.

My legal background was also helpful when we had the opportunity to purchase regional licenses to franchise real estate offices. We developed a network of over 100 offices before the sale of that business to a financial institution.

Our insurance business grew over the years and we acquired several other agencies before selling that business to a major company. 

Over 50 years of continuing legal education and decades of real estate continuing education classes also added to my knowledge and provided practical information for growing my businesses. I am grateful for my education and for my practical experience.


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Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

Send an email message if you need my phone numbers. I will be happy to recommend a real estate professional if you are moving to the area.


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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Totally agree, Roy. Your background gave you the skills and knowledge and experience to excel.  Bernie also didn't practice law for long - went into legal technology instead. 

Nov 22, 2019 07:41 AM #29
Stephen Turner
Gemcraft Homes (TriCorner Realty) - York, PA

I love hearing the background and your story. And I couldn't agree more; Constant Education and improvement help drives us forward!

Nov 22, 2019 07:59 AM #31
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

With your education Roy, it's no wonder why you have always been successful in your businesses!

Nov 22, 2019 08:14 AM #32
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Education is definitely a great thing to be thankful for. There is education in classes and on-line, and on-the-job education. It's all very helpful!

Nov 22, 2019 09:24 AM #34
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Always enjoy the opportunity to learn from education, and today there are so many different ways to learn as opposed to the old classroom method. Your education certainly allowed you to grow and experience success.

Nov 22, 2019 09:34 AM #37
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Wow, what a background!  Your clients a lucky to have someone like you to represent them.  Thank you for sharing your background.

Nov 22, 2019 09:56 AM #38
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Thank you for sharing your educational & professional journey in one nutshell, I mean blog post :) Very impressive Roy! And I couldn't agree more, education is the foundation on which to build, prosper, and thrive.

Nov 22, 2019 10:25 AM #39
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy, where would we all be without education.  I think back to one room school house and Pennsylvania and wonder house they taught so many grades.


Nov 22, 2019 11:56 AM #41
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m grateful for my education and all the friendships I’ve made because of it and the fact that I don’t have to pay an arm and a leg all that much.

Nov 22, 2019 02:21 PM #42
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Will Hamm I don’t know where I’d be because so much of what I do is informed my education l both academic and otherwise.

Nov 22, 2019 02:23 PM #43
Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

Roy Kelley  - Having known you for so many years, it's nice to hear more of your story. I knew you went to law school, but I never heard some of these details of your career. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2019 05:38 PM #45
James (Jim) Lawson, DBA LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE

Thanks for the interesting reveal Roy. It seems the more you learn the more you realize that there is so much more to learn. It's a never ending journey to be enjoyed, especially the part about helping others. Happy holidays to you, Dolores and all the other Rainers.

Nov 23, 2019 09:37 PM #57
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

What an amazing curriculum vitae you have, Roy Kelley. Your extensive education combined with your experience clearly set you apart from your competition and led you to a illustrious career.

Nov 24, 2019 03:06 PM #60
L. Scott Ferguson
Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional

I'm thankful for all my mentors.  I've made mistakes and continue to do so, but I always fall back on who got me there for advice.  Enjoy this awesome holiday season!





Nov 25, 2019 08:47 AM #70
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


You are a wealth of information with a strong background in real estate and law. I always learn something from you. Thank you for your years in the business and being a great supporter and contributor here on ActiveRain. I really do believe, everyone knows your name!

Congratulations on your FEATURE on ActiveRain!

Nov 26, 2019 12:07 PM #71
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Simple but effective way to look at our business!!!

If you want to enjoy business success, it is good to know what you are doing. Most of us learn from practical experience and by classroom training.

Nov 27, 2019 03:36 AM #75
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Congratulations on being a lifetime learner. Nice entry.

Nov 29, 2019 09:54 AM #77
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Great post!

Dec 01, 2019 12:19 PM #79
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Law makes excellent realtors...;)

Dec 01, 2019 12:21 PM #80
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your feedback. Your comments are much appreciated.

Dec 01, 2019 12:51 PM #81
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