Life is a Story ~ ActiveRain May Contest ~ Born to sell

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mackintosh REALTORS 82894
                               BORN TO SELL 
Little did I know when my father ( Earl Jr.) snapped this picture in 1964 that I would be following his footsteps and a family tradition established by my grandfather back in 1910.  Earl Sr. was first licensed with Shannon & Luchs in Washington DC before becoming a partner with Weaver Brothers in 1923, the same year Earl Jr. was born.
After serving in the Navy in WW II Earl Jr. began his real estate career with Weaver Brothers which became one of the DMV's premier and most diversified firms offering real estate , mortgages and insurance.
As the Washington DC metro area grew Earl Jr. had the burning desire to own a farm to get away from the rapid city pace. In 1959 he realized his dream and purchased a farm near Sugar Loaf Mountain in Frederick County Maryland. As our family of six kids aged the time was right in 1971 to sell the house near the Capital beltway and move to the farm. My father's philosophy for my older brothers entering the real estate world was " you do not want to be a big fish in a big pond. It is better to be a big fish in a small pond." Instead of having them join him at Weaver Brothers my brothers affiliated with Wolfe , Mattan & Sheehan in Frederick. In the late 1970's our family purchased WMS and in 1980 the name was changed to Mackintosh REALTORS®.
Upon graduating from High Point College in 1985 I jumped on the real estate roller coaster and joined the family firm. My oldest brother Rocky ( Earl III ) decided to open his own real estate company in 1992, which led to Andy , myself and younger Brother Jim taking the reins of Mackintosh REALTORS®.
Putting my History / Political Science degree to use, I became very active at FCAR with local and state legislative issues. In 2003 I became the local board President and helped coordinate FCAR's 80th anniversary celebration. After volunteering on the local level I joined numerous committees at the State Association and became a RPAC Trustee serving two terms as chair.
As we entered the new century my brother Andy's son Drew became the fourth generation to enter the real estate world. In 2016 he was the featured agent on an episode of House Hunters on HGTV. 
Looking back on my nearly four decades in real estate it has been very gratifying knowing and still working with so many of mid Maryland's top REALTORS®, many agents started their career under our roof left and then returned. It has been amazing to experience how the impact of technology has transformed the speed of a real estate transaction over the years. My career in real estate continues to be rewarding in so many ways. From helping families realize their dream of home ownership,  teaching  new agents how to succeed, fighting for personal property rights, dealing with many interesting personalities and making a life time of great friends. The real estate roller coaster ride continues.....
**Main photo is my picture of a photo my father Earl Jr. took in 1964 when he sold our home and moved us to the other side of the Capital beltway in Bethesda, Md.

Comments (26)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Wow!  The Mackintosh family has deep roots in the profession of real estate, Buzz.  They go back over a century.

May 26, 2021 06:47 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Myrl Jeffcoat  ~ Yes, four generations now and my daughter Lindsay is in the process of getting her license in Nashville. I guess this also qualifies me as a true blue member of the Old Farts Club !

May 27, 2021 03:42 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Thank you all for the comments, being a history major I have saved allot over the years, a trait inherited. Glad I was able to find the time in this crazy busy month of May to participate in this contest.

May 27, 2021 03:34 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Wow, Buzz! Awesome story and great post. Who knew that little boy would grow into such big shoes with such a wonderful family history. 

May 27, 2021 04:43 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a fantastic family story! I loved reading about your history, and the photos/articles are great!


May 27, 2021 04:53 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Buzz Mackintosh ,

Love your post! You certainly followed the footsteps of your family in the real estate industry! Well thought out post..enjoyed reading your history and your family tradition and loved the photograph of you in 1964

May 27, 2021 05:12 AM
AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

Hi Buzz, congratulations on your post and the family history, for sure there are many reason to be proud.

Sucess and many blessings to you all

May 27, 2021 05:18 AM
Jeffrey Richman
Immediate Home Solutions - Waxhaw, NC
Creative Real Estate Specialist

Hi Buzz,

What a wonderful legacy to come from and to, it seems, to hopefully go onto many more generations.  The pictures and the stories are a wonderful touch

May 27, 2021 06:07 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Jeffrey Richman, My mothers side of the family while not in real estate has deep roots in Wilkes County, NC, with many interesting tales...a blog story for another time

May 27, 2021 06:52 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Such a great post. I am sure your family must be big-time proud to have you follow in those footsteps.

May 27, 2021 09:49 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Talk about a pioneering real estate history Buzz Mackintosh, you and the brothers have indeed been blessed with a family-led salesman disposition. I enjoyed reading the ads and the cartoon artistry as well. Thank you for the entry to  ActiveRain May Contest - Life is a Story!

May 27, 2021 10:22 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I LOVED reading your story Buzz! You are almost at Emeritus status (does FCAR have the program? I know GCAAR does) and hope you'll celebrate with us all in the Rain!

Your family's history-making Real Estate business is very similar to the brokerage I'm affiliated with - not quite as old, "only" founded in 1946, but still in the same family (not mine but I very much feel like that is where I belong). 

May 27, 2021 10:38 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Andrea Bedard I'm sure the owners of your company would have known my Grandfather & Dad, DC was a much smaller tighter knit community back in the day! FCAR does have an Emerritus status, not quite there yet , but will be knocking on the door in a few years! Thanks for your comments!

May 27, 2021 01:06 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Great post, you did a lot of research in the family archives to get the newspapers articles.  Well done

May 27, 2021 06:08 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

What a wonderful story! All the family history and so interesting to follow the career directions. All the best - Lynn

May 27, 2021 07:23 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Buzz Mackintosh - What a wonderful post highlighting your family business.  I love all the historical images you shared with us.  This is certainly a contender in this challenge.  Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

May 28, 2021 07:21 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

Love the history!  I bought and sold my second home through Shannon & Luchs in the late 80's when I was the Marketing and Planning Specialist for Morrison Knudsen's Eastern Regional Office in Tyson's Corner Virginia before I became a Realtor in Idaho.

I always enjoyed NAR's mid year meetings in Washington, DC so I could go back and visit old friends and referesh my memories of that area.

May 31, 2021 08:41 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Jim Paulson , Shannon & Luchs was one of the oldest elite independent brokers in the DMV area and they sold the brokerage to Weichert REALTORS in the 1990's. Thanks for the comment.

Jun 01, 2021 03:36 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Buzz Mackintosh  love your story Life sure is a story and yours is Fabulous 

Jun 02, 2021 11:28 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Buzz Mackintosh - Please be sure to see the results of the contest on the front page of ActiveRain!

Jun 02, 2021 04:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Buzz I am back and I showed your post to Diane and she said you was robbed:) you should have had the #1 post, Endre

Jun 05, 2021 11:12 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Salesmanship comes from your genes. 

This is an interesting story to share with many.


Sam S

Jun 22, 2021 09:22 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Buzz - as I read your post for the February 2022 Challenge today, I thought the beginning part of your story seemed familiar and going back to this entry proved that to be true.   Nicely pulled together.    

Feb 07, 2022 05:46 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Had to read the Part 1 after reading Part 2. Wow, you came to real estate naturally. Impressive. Enjoyed the photos. D

Feb 07, 2022 08:50 AM