Getting To Know A Little More About Me.

Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages NMLS #65149

This month Kathy Streib and Carol Williams are hosting the  "May ActiveRain Challenge; Getting to Know You." For this challenge we are asked to answer 21 questions which Kathy and Carol have put together. This challenge looked like a fun, so I have decided to participate, and provide a little more information about me. So here goes.

1. What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

I worked in a factory while in High School making plastic tubing large as for a plastic hose, to as small as plastic tubes used for infusions. The equipment that extruded the plastic tubes produced a lot of heat, and there was no air-conditioning. Room I worded in got very, very hot in the Summer.

2. How long have you been in the real estate or related service industry?
18 Years

3. What is your biggest fear and what have you done to try to conquer it?

I do not like heights, but I have never let it control me.

4. What would you do if you knew you would not fail?

I would have started my own sports collectable business.

5. What is a habit you would love to eliminate or change?

I tend to over prepare. Good enough is never good enough.

6. What is your favorite meal (forget about calories or what you shouldn’t eat)

I love seafood, especially fried whole belly clams. I prefer them even over lobster.

7. What is something you wish you’d done?

I recently have taken up playing golf, and I wish I had started it sooner. I find it relaxing.

8. Who has been most influential in your life?

My father early in my life, but for most of my life my wife. She very quietly guided me to Christ, and into the man I have become.

9. What are your favorite business-related books?

I do not like to read, but "Who Stole My Cheese", "Raving Fans", and "Mr. Shmooze" have been a positive influence on how I go about doing my business.

10. Other than business books what are your favorite things to read?

Like I said above, I don't like to read, so I do not read for pleasure.

11. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

It has been a long time since I have been in a movie theater. The last movie I went to see that I enjoyed was "Numbers". I do not like horror movies, but I do like blood and guts movies like "Death Wish" and "Dirty Harry" "Coman the Barbarian". I also like Comedies.

12. If I came to visit your city for one day what is the one thing I must do or see?

Probably Mystic Seaport

13. If I came to your city to visit for one day what is the one restaurant you would recommend?

Johnny Ad's. It is not fancy. You eat off of paper plates and use plastic ware, but they have excellent seafood at a great price.

14. If I was going to relocate to your area what advice would you give me that is unique to the area?

I don't think there is really anything I would consider unique. But we have very diverse communities, and housing.

15. Do you have any special talents?

Nothing special, but I have always been a good athlete.

16 Do you have any quirks?

I hate to lose!!!

17. What is your best character trait?

I can be trusted with a secret. I am asked to not repeat something to someone else, I do not repeat it. Not even to my wife who is the closest person to me whom I trust most.

18. Have you ever done anything you would never do again because it was too hard or too dangerous?

Yes I did many STUPID things between the age of 18 - 21. Non of which I will repeat!!!

19. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Right now even though I just started, it is golf.

20. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you want to live?

There is a number of places I would like to live so it is hard to narrow it down to even two or three. However, one of them I would consider is the Azores Islands in Portugal.

21. What is something that we don’t know about you that would surprise us?

I was not a citizen when I volunteered to joined the Navy at the age of 18. I love this country, and even at a young age I felt it was my duty and obligation to serve. I became a citizen while in the Navy, because I needed a Secret Clarence in order to advance in the Rating I was in. At the age of 18 I looked like I was still in elementary school ...... LOL

I hope you all now know a little more about me, and had fun reading my answers to Kathy and Carols questions.


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Comments (19)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I enjoyed reading your May Challenge answers.

Have a very special Memorial Day and an outstanding week.

May 30, 2022 05:07 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning George. We must drink at different bars together. I like to read and have given up on golf but I hate to lose and good enough is not enough. Tip one back today! Enjoy your day.

May 30, 2022 05:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, George... I totally get that "the good enough is never good enough." I suffer from that disease, myself. Didn't know you'd taken up golf in recent times... delighted that you are enjoying it so much. I also hate to lose, but I'll never be a sore loser.

May 30, 2022 05:14 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi George,
I'm glad to hear you've taken up golf. You, Ed, and I can play next time I get in your area.  Then we can go for some seafood.

May 30, 2022 05:34 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

First off, thank you very much for your service!  I see that we have in common that we don't really enjoy reading.  I have built up a good library of books bestowed upon me, so I hope that one day I might actually want to read them in my spare time, haha.

May 30, 2022 06:25 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi George - I love the Navy picture.  I live reading that you took up golf.  I never played much and gave it up but you can meet some great people of the gold course.  What type of handicap do you have when you play with Ed Silva . LOL

May 30, 2022 10:27 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Hello George, I enjoyed reading this and remember some things about you from past posts or conversations. As for #18; I think my age range for doing something I wouldn't want to repeat a little greater than yours...even now I still slip up :) I get the feeling Ed Silva had something to do with your golf interest!

May 30, 2022 11:45 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I've learned a lot about people who participated in this challenge.  It's been an interesting journey.  I found your answer to question #20 interesting.  I once dated a guy for over 8 years.  His family originated from the Azores.  My daughter married a guy who was 100% Portuguese.  His parents were born in the Azores.  I've never been there, but photos I've seen are spectacular.

May 30, 2022 03:11 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi George- I am so glad you took part in this month's challenge!!!!  You do look like a kid in your uniform. I like little neck clams on the grill...just as they pop open!!!  Larry and I have often just had the clams, a salad and some french bread. I have got to get you and my friend to connect. Her family is from where your family is from. 

May 30, 2022 05:51 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

This post is an outstanding entry into this month's contest. I enjoyed reading all 21 answers and loved that you shared your photo of when you were 18!

May 30, 2022 07:08 PM
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

It was so nice getting to know you more George. And as far as paper plates and plastic wear, as long as the food is good, it doesn't have to b fancy for us!

May 31, 2022 09:27 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

That was great getting to know you a little more George.  I loved the way you answered these.  Now I need to go back and add a little more charisma to my answers!  Have a great day and thank you for your service to this amazing country we live in!

May 31, 2022 12:52 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi George well I did know some of these things about you as we talked about them well preparing for your zoom preso.  I'm glad you took up golf.  I've been playing for years and I wish I could play a lot but alas not in this moment.  Like you said - always so relaxing being outside and enjoying nature.

May 31, 2022 04:11 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Well, George, all those strange looks you gave me when I talked golf are coming back to bite you, Fore

Jun 01, 2022 05:21 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi George:

I really enjoyed reading this. I totally get what you said about over-preparing. Sounds like you have turned into a big golf fan - good for you, but it's not for me.


Jun 02, 2022 03:42 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening George,

I really enjoyed reading about you and not surprised you love seafood but was surprised you were not a citizen when you joined the Navy at 18!

Jun 02, 2022 07:39 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

George Souto - What a handsome guy you are without the mustache! Great photo of you in the Navy! I am glad you were tamed slowly by your wife and that you are such a gentleman here on ActiveRain. I can understand why you are enjoying learning to play golf and why it is important to get exercise, fresh air, and and learn a new skill. I wish you all the best. 

Jun 04, 2022 03:39 AM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Such an informative post!  Thank you for your service! Even before being a citizen of the USA you defended her and the principles that make her great.  This says a lot about your principles.  Again, thank you!  I am sure you are very dedicated, and diligent in your work as a mortgage professional.  Also, someone that can be trusted.  I would recommend you to my clients.

Jun 04, 2022 10:54 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Great post, George! Really wonderful information. By the way, my family on my mother's side originally came from the Azores. 

Jun 05, 2022 03:15 PM