How have my experiences influenced my professional life....

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 01238708

How have my experiences influenced my professional life as raised by Carol Williams  and Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  our co-hosts, here is part two of our February Active Rain Challenge. In case you missed my first post, I include the link here (My life is not a story it is " My Non-Fiction Life"   ) I have always noted my parents had a huge impact on my life.

Following graduation from Notre Dame Boys High School in Fairfield, CT, I left home for the first time to attend college in Ypsilanti, MI. As you all can remember, it’s quite an eye-opening experience when you leave home for the first time particularly if you head out of state. After a very structured and disciplined upbringing, here I was at Eastern Michigan University with absolutely no structure and no discipline and no parents to watch over my every move. During my two semesters at EMU, I did manage to join the Track and Cross-Country Team where I had the good fortune to run with the Olympic caliber track and cross-country star, Gordon Minty. Let me clarify that when I crossed the finish line, he was already showered.

Once I received my citizenship papers, I was ultimately accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. This was an eye-opener on a completely different level! Even more than at home, every minute and every hour was planned, accounted for, and controlled. The best analogy I can give is one of being on a roller coaster ride, with the difference being that this was now my life. Now-a-days as a Beverly Hills Realtor, I have this same roller coaster ride experience in various transactions having represented clients who could afford $100 Million-dollar vacant land parcels as well as clients who needed to sell a $25K land listings just to mention a couple of examples.

After leaving USMA, I earned my Airborne Wings, my Ranger Tab and become an Infantry Platoon Leader Executive Officer Company Commander. These accomplishments taught me how my decisions bore responsibility not just for my own welfare, but for the welfare of my men as well. When I was promoted to Brigade Headquarters Commandant where I was the Company Commander, every Brigade Staff Officer out ranked me; hence I had to influence them to do what I needed to run a smooth operation. Not an easy task dealing with higher ranking people and egos. This experience greatly helped shape my real estate negotiation skills.

Less than 2% of the U.S. Army achieves Airborne Ranger status. Airborne school has a 60% attrition rate while Ranger school has a 50% attrition rate. This is another parallel of being a Realtor in Los Angeles; while there are over 10,000 licensees, the number of annual sales does not come close to this number.

My various experiences have greatly influenced my success as a Beverly Hills Realtor. My Berkshire Hathaway real estate office sits on the world-famous Rodeo Drive. Ironically, I seldom go to the office as I find working from home more efficient and makes me more accessible than commuting in the infamous Los Angeles area traffic. Unlike my days at EMU, I work very well without supervision or a structured environment as I am the hardest critic of my actions. My consistent annual productions is enough proof for my manager that I’m working, and whenever I do need to pull him in with a question or concern, he is readily available to me. Since I’ve worked remotely for well over 15 years, the Pandemic shutdown didn’t cause any anxiety or adjustment to my day-to-day work life.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the animal farm loves my working from home. Frequently I’ll get a phone call and a client will ask if it is a good time to talk and will get a laugh when I say “of course, I am just walking my dog”. In an instance where a message goes into voicemail, I always return a call quickly which has always been an important secret of my success.

In conclusion, what do I still hope to accomplish in life? The answer is simple, it is not to write a book about my life, rather it’s quite the opposite, that is to read as many of the books in our home just waiting to be read.





Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m) or visit one of my websites at I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath, Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708

Comments (33)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning - come to this country graduate from West Point, and become a ranger and leader.  What more can I say.  Not many have done what you have.   Your self discipline goal orientation also starts with your parents.  I am so glad I got to know you.

Feb 14, 2022 05:25 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Endre Barath, Jr., you continue to "impress" me and others. Now that we learned what you are good at, you shared your story with pride and outstanding accomplishments. Loved it!

I should ask a different question --is there anything that you do not do well or wish you had done better? I know you won't write a book, but would you consider sharing your story and being one of the "examples" of characters in my book? Your life story is fascinating and impressive!! Thank you for sharing.

Feb 14, 2022 09:12 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sir Endre Barath, Jr. - Although I've never been to Ypilanti, MI, I have traveled to many different parts of the State of Michigan. I was in awe by its trees and the strength of its branches holding up fluffy white snow and icicles that dripped like streams of cascading ice crystals. Now that I have a clear picture of who you are, you're very much like the biggest tree in the forest, the one that people look up to and can stand beneath it for hours because of everything it represents in its environment. Yes! Endre the probability of us having a meet-up will never be, but I still I know that when it comes to the essence of who you are, you embody the spirit of courage, strength, and good pride as you remember where you came from and who you are. The difficult lessons learned in school and the military paid off and now your roots grew deep from early childhood on as you continue to grow and prosper. Thank you for your services and for being you.   

Feb 15, 2022 02:27 AM
Miriam Odegard
United Real Estate Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
Real Estate Broker Serving Greater Indianapolis

Wow!! Thank you for sharing your story, Endre--it's amazing! Congratulations on your many tremendous accomplishments. Love reading your posts. They are fascinating!

Feb 15, 2022 03:06 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I have used the real estate roller coaster analogy many times. You have had quite a journey to wind up in Beverly Hills !

Feb 15, 2022 03:43 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

It sounds like you have had a very interesting life.  Congratulations on your success

Feb 15, 2022 05:31 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

Hi Endre,
Your disciplined upbringing and military training & service definitely set you up for success as a Realtor®! I wish the generations behind you were held to the same standards. Our world would be a far better place.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Feb 15, 2022 08:07 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Endre, and you keep impressing me the more I know about you from your past blog and now this one.  You are a special man!!!

Feb 15, 2022 09:08 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


As many have said here, you continue to amaze. I don't know if I would go so far as Patricia, SIR!! but damn close. Who knows, one day I may go to LA LA Land again.  If ever, you are my first call, cheers cvc

Feb 15, 2022 09:31 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Endre Barath, Jr. And after all your experiences up to this point, you end up in Beverly Hills. I guess you have to make the best of it despite all the homes with cement ponds.  Great biography; Thanks!

Feb 15, 2022 09:32 AM
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

Endre Barath, Jr.
Of course, your life was/is/will be EXCITING. The best part of reading about all of it is how you sneak in your sense of humor here and there! All the best - Lynn
"when I crossed the finish line, he was already showered."

Feb 15, 2022 09:47 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Endre Barath, Jr., raised by great parents, you already had a very strong character and the discipline, U.S. Army certainly helped you in many ways. What an honor to achieve the Airborne Ranger status.  

Feb 15, 2022 11:12 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Endre,

Quite the adventurous life you have lived and continue to live. An inspiration to the rest of us.

Feb 15, 2022 07:08 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Endre - I just came back to re read this inspirational story.  So glad for you that it was featured.

Feb 16, 2022 03:31 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Came back to read the new comments, cheers cvc

Feb 16, 2022 09:28 AM
Randy Mitchelson,APR
Marketing Advisor & Squeeze Mortgage - Bonita Springs, FL
First Impressions are made at First Click

West Point is a beautiful campus. Thank you for sharing this story.

Feb 16, 2022 10:10 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Endre Barath, Jr. ...ladies and gentleman...enjoy

Feb 18, 2022 11:39 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

So cool, Endre Barath, Jr.  I always enjoy reading  more and more details about the people I care about in Active Rain. Like you, I have no desire to write about my life, too many great books out there yet to be read. D

Feb 19, 2022 08:50 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I enjoyed reading about the experiences that have influenced your professional life Endre. No wonder your successful, you have the background to be at the top of your game. Great photos too!

Feb 20, 2022 07:44 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OMG, I laughed out loud at the comment about Gordon Minty having already showered at the track meets, Endre! 

While I knew a lot of this story, you filled in some blanks with more interesting experiences. If only real estate brokerages would lose those added-weight agents who don't do anything as the military does. We need a more military style business; perhaps it would help us rise above the used-car salesmen and attorneys of the world if we did! LOL

BTW, I love that frame with your Mom & Dad's picture in it - just beautiful. And that picture of the 3 kitties, perfectly 'staged' in their spots on the couch and the stool is priceless, Endre! I love it!

Thank you for sharing how your personal experiences influenced our professional life. We really appreciate you participating in this month's challenge!

Feb 20, 2022 11:36 AM