That one time I flew to Berlin.

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Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

Remember that one time I flew to Berlin to personally deliver the keys to their new Maryland home to my buyers? If we've been virtually or otherwise connected for a few years, you know the story, if not, you can read it here

Back then I called it one of the highlights of my career which is still true, but its significance has shifted. What was then my Real Estate success of the year - selling a house unseen to buyers overseas and forming an incredible connection along the way - became a springboard. 

That one time I flew to Berlin was not just one event, but it planted the seed for many more to come. Back then I was a single mother committed to raising my two daughters the very best way I could. 7 years later, I am still a single mother and still committed of course, but my daughters are not little anymore. They have grown into two remarkable young women who will - no doubt - reach for the stars, touch them, too, and then go on to move mountains. Both are top of their class and forging ahead on their own chosen paths, which is giving me the space to pursue my passion, my niche within my niche, whole heartedly. 

That one time I flew to Berlin was followed by more sight-unseen transactions, working with international home buyers, viewing property in different countries and selling local listings with my clients residing abroad. That one time I flew to Berlin has now lead me to taking the CIPS® designation course. 

Becoming a Certified International Property Specialist has been a desire of mine ever since. I am now knee deep into it, learning, discussing, connecting, growing, imagining all the possibilities.... and I am loving it! 

Andrea Bedard, Realtor

That one time I flew to Berlin... 

You never know what one chance encounter can lead to. 

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ANDREA BEDARD, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS ~ THOMPSON CO. REALTORS  

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Thompson Company, REALTORS®

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
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andreabedard.re@gmail.com

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, Maryland, who has excelled at assisting buyers and sellers locally and globally since 2004. She always answers the phone with a smile, is fluent in Real Estate & German, pro preservation, and passion & coffee fueled. 

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Comments (18)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Andrea,

Good for you, and I loved your story.  I have dealt with French clients who actually flew in to see commercial properties.   And the paperwork went to attorneys that could speak legalese in French to them, something I could not do as I am not conversant in legal French.   I am sure you will do well with the course you are taking. ?A

Oct 23, 2021 01:11 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Andrea- I'm so happy you got that designation!!! After listening to Christel at our last Zoom meeting, I can see how helpful that is!!! 

Oct 23, 2021 01:31 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

How cool is that Andrea Bedard ? My biggest passioin in Real Estate was to work with builders and developers. My dream came true BIG TIME about ten years prior to retirement. I'm happy for you that yours is happing sooner then it did for me.

Oct 23, 2021 03:42 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Andrea, loved your story, I have a huge international client base, from the Pacific Rim to Western and even Eastern Europe. Now with that said seldom do I meet my clients unless they end up flying to Los Angeles.... sometimes I resell their homes and vacant lots without meeting them... good for you, Endre

Oct 23, 2021 04:58 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - do I see a possible book as a result of this experience?  

Oct 24, 2021 03:47 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You have developed such a great niche and continue to grow within it.  You are someone that others can certainly learn from.

Oct 24, 2021 04:38 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

The course is very informative and inspiring.. I believe that to be the best combination! I am teaming up with other German speaking professionals Ron and Alexandra Seigel, in case there's a need, I know just the person!  

Oct 24, 2021 07:38 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I don't have it just yet Kathy Streib but I will very shortly. I have 3 more days of classes before I can submit my application. There are a number of other requirements - besides the course - but my qualifications/experience are more than enough to fulfill those. I am excited! 

Oct 24, 2021 07:41 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you Bob "RealMan" Timm! I do wish that I could have made this happen sooner but there is a season for everything! My experience up to this point is propelling me forward - I have more than the required prerequisites to submit the application - and I am excited to move forward. 

Oct 24, 2021 07:47 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

You are definitely on my radar when I think of (international) Real Estate in LA Endre Barath, Jr.! Perhaps we can schedule some time to chat and you'll allow me to pick your brain a bit?   

Oct 24, 2021 07:50 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Yes Michael Jacobs! You are tapping into another goal of mine... the books waiting to be written and published.  

Oct 24, 2021 07:52 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you Brian England! You know my real passion are historic and vintage properties and Europe has plenty! Next to my parent's house is a castle (I'm sure I've written about it before) that has gone to auction after auction, has fallen into disrepair and will take vision and resources to restore. It has always been *the* dream to sell it and help/see it developed into this amazing venue! Everytime I go back to Germany the urgency increases. It needs to be rescued ASAP... and maybe I'll have write to another blog post about it now. 😉  

Oct 24, 2021 07:58 AM
Michael Jacobs

Please do, Andrea.  

Oct 24, 2021 11:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful! And you're right - every single new encounter could be an amazing one.. for many reasons!

Oct 24, 2021 03:41 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That could be a remarkable niche and one that Christel highlighted quite well this past week

Oct 24, 2021 05:28 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

You just never know how big something can grow once that seed is planted 😊 I know you can relate Kat Palmiotti

Oct 25, 2021 02:12 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I really enjoyed Christel's presentation Ed Silva! I had the chance to chat with her a few months ago and we talked international business... which is why I am pursuing the designation now!

Oct 25, 2021 02:16 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great story Andrea! I know your daughters must look up to you as well all sure do.

Oct 25, 2021 08:51 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I hope to inspire them Rocky Dickerson, every day. My oldest has an incredible work ethic - she may just put me to shame a bit 😃 Both love to travel just as much as I do! Now I just need to convince one to become an international airline pilot!

Oct 27, 2021 05:48 PM