More Insight into Select Ann

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri MO Salesperson#2004006871

More Insight into Select Ann

What have been your interests / hobbies, how did you become interested in them, and how have they impacted your life?

Real estate has always been an interest in my life.  When I was  younger, my mother worked for a builder in St. Louis.   I would accompany her to work.  I loved seeing the floor plans and new ideas the builder implemented. 

Later, I married my husband who then became a union carpenter.  We bought and  a 1930's house.  After 10 years of remodeling, we built a house with me serving as the general contractor.  The process was difficult since I was also taking care of our three children and home schooling them. (yes, this was before it was cool to home school :-).  All the things I know now about real estate could have helped in the building process.  Hindsight is 20/20.  

After several years, I decided to take the real estate exam.  Funny story, I was sitting in the waiting room with a bunch of people and all of them were discussing how many times they had tried to pass the test.  In my mind, all I could think was, if I have to take this more than once, this is not the business for me.  After 45 minutes in the room, I began to cough and sneeze (at this point in the world, I would have been banished).  My left eye was watering.  I decided to finish up and get out of this allergy producing environment.  I closed my computer and walked to the moderator outside of the room.  He looked up and me and said, "Did you give up?"   I replied, "No, could you please grade my test?"  He said, "There is no way you passed.  You didn't spend enough time on it.  Where did you go to school?"  I replied, "I did my classes online."  He then said, "Oh, those people NEVER pass it the first time."  Again I said, "Please grade my test."  He was incredibly rude!  But I was young and composed.  

Upon grading the test, he looked up with a surprised expression and said, "You passed."  I said, "Thank you and left."

On the way home, I stopped at the Prudential Select office on Manchester Road and met my first broker, Sharon Huber.  She was a very calm person.  She taught me so much.  I am grateful for her ability to share her experiences and skills.  She was instrumental in my real estate career.  Your hard work and your personality mean so much in this business.  I am doubtful that I would have stayed in this business if it was not for her.  Thank you Sharon!

What do you still hope to accomplish in life?   I hope to be an inspiration to my grand children.  I hope to inspire love and kindness to all those I come in contact with.  Life is short!  BE KIND!  Smile!  You never know what someone else's journey is about so instead of being critical, be understanding.  Try to picture yourself in their place.  It may change how you act and re-act.  Don't let issues in your life go Global.  Breathe.  Live your life as if, this is all there will be.  

This book would be about being an inspiration to others.

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Comments (6)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ann - kindness matters.  It always has.  Hopefully always will.  Definitely always worth acknowledging too.  

Feb 28, 2022 08:08 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Michael Jacobs ,

Kindness matters so much and it is lacking in our world.  

Thank you for stopping by.

Feb 28, 2022 09:50 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Ann what a story about taking the RE exam.  Wonder why that guy felt the need to be so rude to you (and most likely others) - terrible role model.  Of course you passed the first time and it took you no time really.  You knew the answers because you did what you knew you needed to do to pass, right!  Good grief, you home schooled your kids and I can't imagine them not learning and getting things right! It's so great to hear agents talk about their first broker and how great they were.  You've got a lot to be grateful for (and you already know that)!!


And this is great advice:

Life is short!  BE KIND!  Smile!  You never know what someone else's journey is about so instead of being critical, be understanding.  Try to picture yourself in their place.  It may change how you act and re-act.  Don't let issues in your life go Global.  Breathe.  Live your life as if, this is all there will be. 

Feb 28, 2022 09:07 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

I call those types 'kill joys'!!   My pleasure, always fun to host a contest.  Come on back in the rain when time permits Ann!

Feb 28, 2022 01:40 PM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker ,

The moderator was very rude.  I was so happy to be out of that room and building.  It probably had some mold issues.  

Sharon was the best!  She was so intelligent.  When I grow up, I want to be like her.  

Thank you for commenting.  I miss everyone in ActiveRain.

Feb 28, 2022 09:52 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ann Hayden 636-399-7544 this blog helps to fill in information from the last one.  Thank you for sharing.

Feb 28, 2022 10:56 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Thank you George Souto .  

Mar 03, 2022 04:23 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

"Put yourself in someone else's shoes!" Great advice. Thank you for your life story and a beautiful one!!

Feb 28, 2022 12:25 PM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Aura Alex ,

I try not to judge people.  Walking in someone else's shoes is the only way to understand their journey.  Thank you for stopping by.

Mar 03, 2022 04:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ann, for sharing some of your personal story.

Have an outstanding year.

Mar 01, 2022 02:24 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Roy Kelley ,

Thank you for reading it.  :-)

Mar 03, 2022 04:35 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ann, great story with your path to the real estate world!   Most who take the test do have to take it at least one more time, KUDOS!  

Mar 01, 2022 07:15 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544

Joan Cox ,

People end up taking the test more than once?  I had no idea.  My sister had tried but after the second attempt gave up.  I guess I was lucky.

Thank you!

Mar 03, 2022 04:38 AM