February 2022 Challenge - What's Your Story? Part 2

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

You would think, given my background growing up in the outdoor lifestyle of Alaska, that my employment choices would have been far more exciting. An outdoor guide! A marine fisheries biologist! A bush pilot!  Although, my work history does have some familiar twists and turns. 

Other than temporary summer jobs, my first serious job was as a Dental Assistant in Juneau. There was an element of adventure to it,  as the oral surgeon I worked for likely wanted some tax benefits for his yacht purchase. Therefore, several months out of the year, we island-hopped to small communities and welcomed patients onboard for treatment. In retrospect, it was pretty exciting. One time the dentist and his wife wanted to stay on the water longer to host out-of-town friends. To get me home, they hired a float plane pilot. It wasn't the best weather day,  and forty-five minutes later, it was great relief to feel the pontoons hit the water.  Glad I didn't choose bush pilot as a career. 

The next memorable career change came about four years later,  following a divorce. Feeling the need for a fresh start,  we (me and my two little boys), headed to Kodiak, Alaska to help run a radio station. It turned out to be a very good move financially and professionally. The station was well-received and plenty of local advertisers were willing to support our venture. Kodiak is an island in the Aleutian chain and is known for its commercial fishing. It’s a mainstay of the local economy. So, it makes sense that one of our most popular on-air programs sent messages to the fishermen/crabbers from friends and family members. We told them, first, about births, deaths, and other pertinent, personal information. 

Radio got in my blood.  After Kodiak, the next major stop was Portland, Oregon, where most of my family members were now living. Fortunately, I managed to do very well in the industry and am thankful for the  opportunities it gave me.  For example, there were working trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, with my kids, now numbering three, in tow. More travel for listener promotions, and numerous car shows, helicopter reports, frequent speaking engagements, and T.V. appearances kept me busy. It forced me out from behind the microphone and onto the stage. While it didn’t transform me into a lover of large parties and events, I did perfect the art of being an extroverted introvert. 

In Portland, I met Bernie. We got married the next year on my son’s boat in Juneau because low clouds nixed our plans for a glacier-top wedding.  The weather did clear, and the next morning we celebrated on the ice. Since we met later in life, in 2001,  we wanted to find work to do together. Doing live broadcasts from Street of Dreams events had piqued my interest in real estate. And Bernie had a background in law, start ups, and developing investment properties. Voila! Our career in real estate was born.  Although, the real estate industry didn’t ring true for either of us until we found our niche, Nature As Neighbors. Thanks Ron and Alexandra.

As most of us have discovered, if you don't love what you do, you’d be wise to find something else to do. 

 

Great thanks to Carol Williams  and Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker for this month's challenge,  Part 2 of the February 2022 Challenge, What's Your Story?

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Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
Brokers/REALTORS®
Call or Text 360-608-4900

We help buyers and sellers in Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie/Hockinson, Salmon Creek, Felida, and other Vancouver, Washington Areas. 


We bring our passion for nature and beautiful environments to Real Estate. Multigenerational and family estates, country land and homes, and small farmsteads are our speciality.


We agree with our clients, "The true luxury of rural living is having elbowroom for the soul.

 

Comments (38)

Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, I truly enjoyed reading your story. I must say, your job history sounds very exciting. Thank you for sharing your photos as well, they're beautiful.

 

Feb 07, 2022 03:35 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat Alaska - Land of the Dabblers. :)  Thanks for reading the post and for the feature. I appreciate it. D

Feb 07, 2022 03:39 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist I met Bernie in Portland. One night a girlfriend and I went out to listen to a local group and he was there. He teased me about drinking herbal tea...  turns out his daughter and my daughter knew each other and played soccer together. My girlfriend was familiar with him and invited him to sit at our table. 

Feb 07, 2022 03:41 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you. Sounds like it was an instant connection. So happy for you both Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Feb 07, 2022 03:49 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You're welcome Roy Kelley - you read so many great adventure books and mysteries, this story had to be a real snoozer. Lol. 

Feb 07, 2022 03:42 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Beth Atalay I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. I was sick of "me," at the end of the Part 2. Hahaha. Thank so much for the feature in BananaTude too.  Have a great night. D

Feb 07, 2022 03:43 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Debb... the dental assistant gig is not one I knew about. Radio, yes. I totally appreciated your comment about becoming an extroverted introvert. Because that's what I am... most people think I'm a total extrovert, but I'm nothing of the sort. But I play on in real life!

Feb 08, 2022 03:46 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Working in radio sounds like a lot of fun.  I have heard that it isn't very financially rewarding though.  Perhaps it was back then but became different?

Feb 08, 2022 04:53 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How interesting! Thank you for sharing your journey to where you are today. I love the extroverted introvert comment.. I think there are quite a few of us who fit that bill!

Feb 08, 2022 04:58 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, even meeting you in person, did not know about the dental assistant, but the rest was familiar.   You have had some great experiences.

Feb 08, 2022 07:25 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Nina Hollander, Broker You got it, I can fake an extroverted personality if I need to. ;) 

Feb 08, 2022 09:20 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Brian England it was for me. Mainly because I managed to become a morning show personality ( highest paid positions in radio broadcasting )  and had what's called a high "Q" factor.  Apparently, many folks knew who I was and connected with me "on-air." Therefore, I was compensated quite well. Plus, I was also paid for endorsements and appearances - it all added up.  My 15 minutes of fame. Lol. 

Feb 08, 2022 09:24 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Kat Palmiotti I sensed that you might share that trait with me. 

Feb 08, 2022 09:25 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Joan Cox at the time, it doesn't seem very exciting, but in looking back, there were some good adventures. 

Feb 08, 2022 09:25 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - What a great Part II.  You tied the bow around some missing points that I have read about in your blogs such as the radio station and how good you are with video and marketing.  Also, cruising islands in a yacht while working!  Talk about exciting,

Back in 2003, my husband and I did an impromptu cruise to Alaska and we did a pilot's choice landing in a couple of spots on the glaciers and also a pilot's choice seaplane adventure landing in an area with bald eagles nests.  We were hoping to see the Northern Lights but not that trip.  You have had a wonderful life so far and I wish that you have continued success and happiness. 

Feb 09, 2022 09:08 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Sounds like you had a good trip, Sheri. I think Alaska is worth visiting. 

Feb 10, 2022 06:58 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb not sure what I enjoyed more your life story or the photos of your dog:) Endre

Feb 09, 2022 11:37 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

The dog for me. Hahaha. My first Golden. 

Feb 10, 2022 06:57 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Debb and Bernie - that is really quite a nice career development.  And if you love what you do you never work.  Congratulations of hitting your right niche!

Feb 10, 2022 09:44 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Debb:

You are such a good story teller. Having a great story to tell along with wonderful photos made this such a fascinating read, and more of a glimpse into who you are.

It was also fun to hear about you and Bernie and your transition to the real estate world.

Jeff

Feb 10, 2022 04:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Debb- what an amazing life you've had and are still having. Dental Assistant! Wow!!! The phrase "the best is yet to come" suits you and Bernie!!!

Feb 10, 2022 06:24 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well I am back since it was such a wonderful post and to learn about your twists and turns to where and how you got here:) I always thought of you as having two niche markets and one of course was Nature's Neighbors.... total winner Endre

Feb 17, 2022 10:44 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb and I am so impress with your history and glad I got to know more about you from your story.  Thank You!

 

Feb 25, 2022 10:17 AM