Military Spouse - AKA "Relocation Specialist"

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Real Estate Agent with !Daley Real Estate GRE# 297541

Fort Rucker Veterans ParkAs a military spouse have you considered putting your Real Estate career on hold while moving from installation to installation?  Just when you find your niche and you have developed a client base its time to up root! Is it possible to have a successful career in Real Estate when you are moving every three years with the military?

 

Recently moving to the Fort Rucker / Enterprise Alabama Area from Augusta Georgia, I was reluctant to reciprocate my Real Estate License.  Being a military spouse and the uncertainties of how long we will stick around on this Army installation, I was not sure that I wanted to invest the time or effort (not to mention the dough) into establishing a Real Estate career in Enterprise.  After two short months I interviewed with Walt Wyatt at Realty World Southern Homes & Properties LLC, filled out the Alabama Real Estate Commission Reciprocal Application, paid my dues and joined the Wiregrass Board of Realtors

 

Now comes the hard part.  I had to develop a business plan that would minimize my marketing cost, become familiar with the Wiregrass area and get acquainted with the market condition.  I began my research on the information highway and to my disappointment I found that there was little information highlighting what Fort Rucker / Enterprise has to offer to the residents of the area.  I also found that marketing efforts were generic and limited. 

 

Meanwhile, I stumbled across Active Rain and became really intrigued by the wealth of information. Level Plains Alabama Water Tower Bingo - this is where I would capitalize on the FREE cost to market myself.  I read and read and read (most of the time staying up until the hubby was waking up to go to PT - physical training for the Army)....took notes and advice from others. I implemented inexpensive marketing ideas from the group marketing for cheapskates.   

 

My next hurdle, to become familiar with the Wiregrass area.  As mentioned above there are very few websites that cover shopping, historical information, events and pictures for Enterprise and the Wiregrass Community.  Cha-Ching for me!  I can now knock out two birds with one stone.  I venture out each day with an empty memory card in my camera, a note pad and a destination unknown.  While out and about learning the area, I document my adventure and snap endless pictures of neighborhood entry ways, water towers, historical markers, churches and shopping plazas.  The second bird - I will turn my adventures into informative blogs to post on Active Rain. 

 

Lastly, the market condition.  Since the MLS provides all the needed information to analyze current and past market history, this is the least challenging. Spending a little time each day to pull different reports will help aid in my quest to understand the market condition for the Wiregrass Area.        

 

The flexibility and opportunity to use my creative side drives me to stay active in my Real Estate Career.  Final conclusion, because I have to move so frequently and learn new areas, I have become a very informative and knowledgeable agent for several different market areas.  "Better known as a Relocation Specialist". 

 

ENTERPRISE REAL ESTATE / FORT RUCKER REAL ESTATE / DALEVILLE REAL ESTATE

COFFEE COUNTY / DALE COUNTY

PROUDLY SERVING / ENTERPRISE / DALEVILLE / OZARK / FORT RUCKER

US ARMY AVIATION RELOCATION SPECIALIST

MICHELLE TUCKER / REALTY WORLD

 

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Linda Coen-Cushman
Coen-Cushman Real Estate, LLC. - Fort Bragg, NC

Thank goodness for "portable" careers!  Even though you have to learn the community just think of the new population of buyers!!  When you get bored it will be time to head out.  Gotta love the military life.......Best of luck!!

Jun 19, 2008 04:23 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

Linda:  That is so true that real estate is a portable career. I love meeting new people (it must come from my entire life has been nothing but the military).  I am very thankful for having an outgoing personality.  I always keep in contact with past clients and let them know I still can help with their real estate transactions even if I am not local. 

Jun 19, 2008 05:24 PM #7
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Marie Westerman
Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate/ Wilson Parker Homes - Evans, GA
New Homes Sales Specialist Evans GA REALTOR

Great Post Michelle. And your go gettiveness will put you at the top no matter where you may go!! And your so right the WEALTH o information here on Activerain is is better than any 3 hour CE I could ever take. Miss you much here in Augusta, and am so glad for you and your sharing with me. Many Hugs to you and hubby.

Marie

Jun 22, 2008 04:25 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

Marie: Thank you for encouragement!  I do miss the opportunity that Blanchard and Calhoun offered for CE classes.  In this area I will have to drive several hundred miles to attend any classes.  How is the Localism working out for you?

Best of luck. 

 

Jun 22, 2008 04:59 AM #9
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Cotina Mayes
Birmingham, AL

Welcome to Alabama you are in an area that is still developing so I am wishing you  luck with your new mover.

Check out the nearest Best Buy and purchase a GPS this will be great to help you learn the area  I have had  my gps for years and I love it

Dec 27, 2008 05:32 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

Cotina:  Thanks for the tip. I actually got one last year, however, I have found that some of the County Roads do not show up.  But I am learning and thats the fun part. 

Jan 01, 2009 09:32 AM #11
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Mike Sackman
HomesFinder Realty Group - Beaufort, SC
Realtor, Broker ABR, CRS. All around good guy!

Moving from market to market must be tough, though being a military spouse is twice as tough! I saw what I put my wife through after 22 years in the Navy and I believe that experience alone helps her conquer mountains as a teacher in todays world. Thank you and and your family for your service!

 

Jan 01, 2009 11:11 PM #12
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

Mike selling Beaufort: Being a military spouse is challenging!  Growing as a military child, I am well equipped to adapt to the military PCS moves.  I have learned so much over the years and I enjoy seeing other parts of the world.  I am sure your wife makes a wonderful, diverse teacher.  Thank you for stopping in and leaving words of kindness. 

Jan 06, 2009 12:02 PM #13
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Margo Willis
Crescent Realty, Inc. - Fort Lewis, WA

Great job Michelle, the military teaches flexibility :-)  Your positive attitude and willingness to learn about your new community will pay off in many ways in the future. After serving 20 yrs in the Army, I have a unique understanding that serving is truly a family affair, and anyone who can take the stress out of a PCS move is a special person :-) 

Thanks for your insight and message.  I'm fortunate to have an Army and Air Force base with in 15 minutes of my office and many of my clients and friends have served,

 

Jan 14, 2009 04:37 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

Margo:  After being part of the military community for several years, I have learned how to be flexible and adaptto my surroundings.  I enjoy being part of the military community here at FT Rucker. I am always looking forward to our next military PCS move.  Thank you for the kinds words. 

Jan 16, 2009 12:59 PM #15
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Clark Cook
1st Choice Realty of Fayetteville, LLC - Fayetteville, NC
Marketing Homes For Sale In Fayetteville NC Area

Michelle, you've figured out how to adapt and that's a good thing. Serving a military community myself (Fort Bragg, North Carolina) I understand the challenges PCS moves present to families. Also I have first hand experience, having served many years as a soldier and still serving as a civilian. The one thing we have to be thankful for is the economic stability the military brings to our local communities.  

Feb 15, 2009 12:44 PM #16
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

Clark in Fort Bragg:  The military lifestyle has given me the opportunity to be a free spirit and adaptive to my surroundings.  My father served in the US Navy and relocation has always been a way of life.  I enjoy meeting new people, helping military families relocate to new installation and I look forward for our tri-annual US Army PCS move.  I agree the job security the military provides for the service men aid the prosperity in local communities near military post / base.  Best of luck with your Fort Bragg Relocations. 

Feb 18, 2009 12:57 AM #17
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Katrina Dangleman
Bob Davis Team First Mortgage - Ventura, CA

You go girl!!  I too am a military spouse and can totally relate to the struggles, but with determination and a PLAN one can accomplish sooo much!  Best of faith to you on all your endeavors! 

Mar 19, 2009 11:43 AM #18
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

Katrina:  Thank you for your encouragement and advice. It can be frustrating moving ever so often and recreating your business.  But it is fun and I get to meet many new people in every part of the world.  Getting involved in community events and groups makes the PCS moves fun and awarding. 

Mar 20, 2009 12:34 AM #19
Rainmaker
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DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones
Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc. - Manassas Park, VA
The NorthernVARealEstateLady & DMVRealEstateChick

I know your pain, married to a 18yr Navy Guy, I have been licensed in California, Illinois, and now Virginia.  With each move you have to start from scratch. Including the non reciprocal license from Cali to Illinois.  Getting to know the new area was always hard until they came out with GPS, then I could toss my paper map. 

May 05, 2009 12:15 PM #20
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Klaus Nicholson
ROSE ANNE ERICKSON REALTY, LLC. Columbus Ga, Ft Benning, - Columbus, GA
Realtor, Columbus Ga Homes, Fort Benning Homes

Michelle,   Investing in the reciprocal license was the best thing you could have done.  The military community is getting smaller all the time.  Networking with wives and staying in touch with old clients will also give your business a shot in the arm.

    I not so recently was the purchasing agent in a transaction, here in Columbus Ga.  The Seller was a military wife who had a real estate license from Pennsylvania.  We spoke briefly and I encouraged her to make her Ga license.  Well 6 months after we closed another AR member contacted me here, to remind me that I sold her house and she is now a Realtor in Savannah Ga.

    I enjoy picture blogs here and post a lot of pictures to Localism.  Good Luck selling Enterprise.

 

Realtor, Columbus Ga, Fort Benning, Phenix City, Al.

Columbus Ga Homes

Sep 05, 2009 12:47 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

Klaus in Columbus GA...Yes the reciprocal license for AL was wonderul.  I was able to get experience doing property management in Enterprise AL and it opened new opportunites for me. 

Oct 17, 2009 11:25 PM #22
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Michelle...I just found this post and will now look for some updates to see how you are doing now. 

Kate

Dec 21, 2009 11:59 AM #23
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Thea Byrnes
BeYoutiful HS - Elizabethtown, KY
Just Tickled Pink

Wow! You are awesome! I'm really proud of you for getting out there and doing it. You didn't allow the move of the military life to stop you from helping those who need YOU! I am from Ozark and I understand what you mean when there isn't much but you can find so much when you do just as you did by getting in your car with an empty card and taking those pics.  Many of us have been to Ft. Rucker at least once in our Military life and it is so nice to see pictures of my home town.  

Thank you and blessings to you this year!  I'm at Ft. Campbell, KY. We retired here this month. So, if you have any clients coming to Campbell and if I have any coming to Rucker, I will contact you.

Thea Agnew

 

Jan 01, 2010 03:01 PM #24
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Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
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Utah Homes

This post is from way long ago but it's timeless. Thank you much for the effort you put into writing it and I hope you have managed to find success in this career.

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