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Cheers to 35 Years in Real Estate

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Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

I realized last week that I was approaching the end of my 35th year in the real estate industry.  I've seen a lot of change in the last 35 years. I got into real estate when buyer agency didn't exist! Everyone represented the seller whether they realized it or not. I was licensed in 1988 and buyer agency didn't become a thing until the early 1990s.

Cheers to 35 years of real estate

In those early years, I sold a lot of homes that required lead based paint letters. The government banned lead based paint in 1978 so anytime we sold a home built prior to that, we used the mandated form and gave the prospective buyer the LBP brochure. Now, most of the homes I sell don't require a LBP letter if they are newly built or less than 45 years old.

We used to write offers in sextuplicate and drive back and forth to listing agent's homes after hours getting signatures in order to have an accepted contract. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE in real estate!

I was around when fax machines were installed to make our lives easier. Still, most lawyers didn't want to accept a facsimile and required a "wet signature" in blue ink for a contract to be valid. I still remember those curled up faxes printed on a roll of thermal paper, where the ink would vanish in a file after a period of time. Those were interesting days, to be sure! 

I've been through almost every real estate market imaginable; good markets, slow markets, buyer's markets, seller's markets. Foreclosure years and short sale years. High interest rates and low rates. You name it, I've been there. And I will continue to be here for my clients when they need me.

As we say goodbye to 2023, I looking forward to a productive new year of serving buyers and sellers in 2024.

Cheers to 35 years in Real Estate, and here's to many more.

Happy New Year!

Comments (29)

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

George Souto - yes, I've seen a lot and I'm sure you have also in the mortgage business. Taking care of our clients is what we do best!

Dec 30, 2023 12:49 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 - I have heard that banks prefer to use fax machines instead of email for security reasons. The problem is, most of us no longer have land lines.

I love your Santa pic. Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2023 12:51 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Oh, Anna "Banana" Kruchten - I completely left off the part about pagers. We were so important back then! However, I will never forget our first bag phone by Motorola! 

Thanks so much for the feature!

Dec 30, 2023 12:53 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Oh yes wasn't that exciting to use those 'massive phones'.  Holy moly they were big - and heavy!  But it was exciting!!  I remember my first computer and how I got hooked up to work on MLS from home....that was a big deal! I was ahead of the pack with techie stuff...always fun to me.

Dec 30, 2023 12:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Pat- Congratulations to you and 35 years in real estate!!! You've seen it all and weathered the ups and downs. Here's to many more years of doing what you love. 

Dec 30, 2023 05:35 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Pat, with 35 years in this crazy business, you must have MANY good stories to tell.  Congrats and hope you have many more successful years.

Dec 30, 2023 07:38 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am coming up on 36 years in February - and yes it has been an interesting career hasn't it/ 

Dec 30, 2023 07:42 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Pat,

Congratulations on 35 years in real estate! This is my 32 year and we've seen a lot of changes, haven't we?

Dec 30, 2023 09:22 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty  I follow you and missed this post, congratulations to you and thanks to Kathy Streib  reblog I am here, Endre

Dec 30, 2023 09:37 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

WOW! Now, THAT'S a milestone, Pat! I don't ever really think about my work anniversary either - I think we love what we do so, we're not counting down the days to retirement! 

Happy Anniversary & Happy New Year, my friend!

Dec 30, 2023 11:45 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Congratulations on 35 years!!  You've seen a lot of changes and have tons of knowledge that can help buyers and sellers regardless of what happens in the industry. Whoo hoo!

Dec 31, 2023 04:55 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

There certainly has been many changes in the real estate industry in the past 35 years.  I put in 40 years as a Realtor before my retirement in December 2021.  I remember when the MLS was a book published once a week, and delivered to our office doorstep early on Saturday mornings.

Dec 31, 2023 01:06 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Kathy Streib - I do love doing what I do. I've been a Realtor over half of my life!

Joan Cox - we have lots of good stories to tell. The names have been changed to protect the innocent! It's been a fun run that is continuing on...

Lise Howe - Congrats to you on your long and successful career. Yes, it's been interesting, and challenging, and fun!

Dec 31, 2023 04:30 PM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Colorado Broker / Referral Services

Congrats   ... it is an accomplishment to be proud of!!  This is my 39th year of being licensed as a Broker, as well.  YES, we have seen a lot of changes in the real estate industry, and the changes to how we conduct our business.  The changes of our licensing process, and the agency types!  I believe it is time for myself to take a step back and just refer business while keeping the last 2 yrs of my active license in place.  Happy New Year, and I believe this 2024 year will bring us some very interesting and necessary changes to the financial World impacting many professional activities.  

Jan 01, 2024 04:58 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - it is fun to reminisce about the good old days. It's unbelievable looking back at the years from 1988-1992 when buyer agency came about. Lots of changes and more to come.

Endre Barath, Jr. - you are one of my favorite Rainers so I'm glad you saw the post. I know I don't look like I've been in the business 35 years. I started when I was 12! ha

Jan 01, 2024 09:57 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I normally don't count the years. I just realized this has been my career path for over half my life! Happy New Year to you, my friend.

Kat Palmiotti - sooo many changes, and more changes to come. It keeps us young!

Myrl Jeffcoat - oh, I remember the books, too. We got ours every other week. And by the time you advertised a home in the local real estate publication (there was a 7-10 day wait from submission to publish date) the house was likely sold! And remember checking the status of those listings in the book every time you had an interested buyer? I don't miss those days at all. Technology has certainly made that part of our jobs easier.

I hope you are enjoying retirement and your hobbies and grandkids. Cheers to 2024.

Jan 01, 2024 10:04 AM
Crystal Kilpatrick
Team Leader -Crystal Kilpatrick Group - Austin, TX
CHLMS,CNE, CRS - Austin & Central Texas Home Sales

Hi Pat - Congratulations on 35 years in the business!!

Jan 02, 2024 03:37 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Pat:

Congratulations on the 35-year milestone. It was fun to take a trip back with you to how things were being done years ago in the business. Things certainly have changed, haven't they? And no doubt that will continue.

Jeff

Jan 11, 2024 11:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations and best wishes for continued success!

Have an outstanding year.

Jan 19, 2024 05:11 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty  you cracked me up you don't look like 35 years of real estate beating you up.... I have been at it for 29+ years  and I tell you I do not paint my hair silver it is natural:)) as to the forms yes the good old days... when I finally said I need my own fax machine I cannot be driving to the office or to those stores:)Endre

Mar 24, 2024 07:56 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Endre Barath, Jr. You know you are one of my favorite peeps in AR; thanks for the compliment. But if you look at my photo, that isn't blonde hair you see. ;-) I remember fax machines, writing offers on hoods of cars, and sub-agency! I remember so much more, but that's for another day. Great to see you in the Rain!

Mar 25, 2024 07:31 AM