November 2022 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage MD RE License 579412

November 2022 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge

My final contribution to this challenge.  

In 1984, I moved to Manchester England to go to graduate school to study Archaeology.  I loved England, the history, the interesting architecture, being able to travel around a foreign country easily, and more importantly, the people.  English people, stiff upper lip aside, are very welcoming and inclusive.  

During my second year there I decided to take a part-time job to make a little extra money.  Looking around I saw an advertisement for a part-time secretarial job 3 afternoons a week.  How perfect, I thought.  

Little did I know that answering that advertisement would start not just a lifetime friendship but also catapulted me into a career that I have loved ever since, and that is real estate.  

The company was a small property management company, Steven Martin and Co.  The owner, Martin, and I worked well together.  As, Martin's wife, Sonja puts it, I became Martin's right hand and even after I went on to other full-time work I continued to do work for Martin as he liked the way I did things.   

A few weeks ago I returned to England, from my first visit since I left in 1989.  I flew to London and spent a few days there, then took the train to Manchester and stayed with Martin and his wife.  When I told them I was coming, they insisted that I stay with them. We had an amazing visit catching up from where we left off and touring the Lancashire and Yorkshire countryside before I returned home to Baltimore.  

Over the years, many people have entered and left my life but my friendship with Martin and Sonja has been enduring.  We have maintained contact, at first writing letters and a few phone calls but now with technology being what it is, it is much easier to email and pick up the phone and call using apps like Whatsapp.  But, the continuing thread here is that I consider this man to be the reason I started down the path in real estate and into a career that has been as enduring as our friendship, and for that, I am very grateful.

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June Piper-Brandon ~ Associate Broker ~ MRP, AHWD, CDPE, ePro

Coldwell Banker

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June Piper Brandon - Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

June Piper Brandon - Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

Comments (5)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello June - isn't it interesting how things seem to happen at times?  The many experiences we have in life can be the source of an overwhelming amount of gratitude.  Of course, at first, I thought you might surprise us with a story of how you met that wild & crazy guy, comedian and all-round nice guy, Steve Martin.  

Nov 29, 2022 10:35 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

How fortunate to have had the opportunity to find a career when looking to find a little side job. The bonus was the enduring friendship

Nov 29, 2022 10:37 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I love how your unsuspecting property management job turned into a wonderful career for you, June! What a great opportunity they gave you and I love that you keep in touch with them too.

Thank you for participating in this month's challenge. I've truly enjoyed reading your posts of gratitude!

Nov 29, 2022 09:54 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, June... I loved this story. I, too, have had an opportunity to live overseas and to have made lifelong friends from that experience. It's a special experience we were lucky to have.

Nov 30, 2022 05:27 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon June - that is such a great story and nice that you can maintain your relationship with our global technology.

Dec 01, 2022 01:07 PM