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.