Fun: Seven Things You May Not Know About Me

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX 4000

 John Jones, my  Marketing Rep at Advanced Access has tagged me. The idea of the game is that each person gets to share a little about themselves that not everyone might be aware of and then tag several other people to do the same.  It was a little odd, because I have had a script running through my mind for about a week now, very close to this theme, so, John has forced me to write it.



When I was 13, I started writing poetry and dreamed of being a journalist.  In high school I took journalism and creative writing and wanted to be a top-notch reporter.  My essays always earned an A or B and I spent almost every night at the library reading.


At age 22, I sold my first home as a FSBO.  My then husband and I had bought it as an FHA foreclosure, lived in it 3 years, sold it and bought another home. At age 30, I sold our  home again as a FSBO and this time we moved to Denver, Colorado.


A bitter divorce and a few extra pounds caused me to take up running.  My anger raged and my therapist told me to "put your anger to work for you", so I started competing.  In the very first 5K I entered, I placed 2nd in the 40-45 age group. I was hooked, and then ran 12 races in 9 weeks and placed in the top three of all of them.  The 12th race was sponsored as a benefit for the U.S. Ski team and by then I had very painful shin splints.  The running continued for 24 years.  I retired from competition in 2006 after two first place finishes and one third place in the 5K (60+ age group) at the Gran Maraton Pacifico in Mazatlan.


I have had a real estate license since 1984, but at various times worked in the construction/development field.  In 1990, I went back to college and majored in Civil Engineering and was employed as a construction project manager for an indian tribe and became involved with the local building officials.  In 1995, I was licensed by the state of Florida as a building inspector.


After exactly 20 years of being single(parent), I met my current husband Dave on  Dave lived in Elko, NV which was a four hour drive from my home.  We commuted on weekends for 12 months and were married at Lake Tahoe on August 7, 2004.


A reckless local city government where we live, compelled my husband and I to "speak up".  I became very outspoken at local city council meetings and ran for a city council seat in the summer of 2008.  I gave some very tough speeches and exposed many of our problems to the citizens.  It was a huge risk as a Realtor in this small town.  But, it was one of the best things I have ever done for myself.  I still speak up at city council meetings (I didn't win the primary), and I publicly supported the winner of the seat.  Through this, I have made many new friends and allies.  At meetings, other citizens are constantly approaching me asking for my assistance and to speak for them.  My public speaking skills have vastly improved and I believe everyone in town knows who I am!  

By the way, if it wasn't for my experience as a building inspector/construction project manager, I would not have known all the "errors" of the local government.  My husband's contribution as a Geologist played an important part in exposing the dangers of an arsenic water treatment plant next to residential homes.


My life is a mashup of my experiences, aspirations and what I believe in.  I am a licensed FSBO, fierce competitor, Internet addict, investigative inspector and a journalist through blogging.  I believe in people, God, the right to carry a gun, protection of property rights and freedom of speech. I still run, but now for personal enjoyment.  My running partner is my beloved Jack Russel Terrier, named Fred. 

I don't compromise myself, I passionately love my husband and we display these flags outside our home.


I can't thank John Jones enough for being my mentor and friend.  John has exposed me to social media and I am connecting with people, joining groups and learning.  In keeping with this viral tradition, I have chosen seven people I know to come up and share seven things that people may not exactly know about you.

1.  Gary Rogers, Waltham Real Estate and President of the Massachusetts Assoc. of Realtors.  Gary sent me an invitation to join his private group "RE/MAX Masterminds" on after reading a post of mine about marketing on Facebook.  Gary is an inspiration and leader!

2.  Jim Sweet, a Collville, Washington RE/MAX agent. Jim gave me a referral and both he and the seller have become my best friends.  I have now introduced them both to social media and feed them what I learn.

3.  Han Tuttel, ICT Manager at RE/MAX Nederland.  Han linked with me and I am amazed at his knowledge, active participation in life and professionalism.  I hope to someday met Han personally.

4.  Dave Costa of Renegade Concepts and publisher of the Reno Real Estate Book.  Dave and his wife Laura are dedicated, hardworking and do a great job with my advertising.

5.  Carlos Silva, a Las Vegas Realtor. Carlos sent an invitation to join his group discussion on REO's and short sales. Carlos does an excellent job of providing information and reaching out to other Realtors.

6.  Ryan Flynn, an associate of mine at RE/MAX Complete in Sparks, NV.  Ryan is young, eager and has a beautiful new home project in Sparks.

7.  Kye Grace, a Real Estate agent with Sutton Group in Vancouver B.C.  I don't know Kye, but he was featured in Geekestate Blog today for his innovative videos and marketing.  Kye after your 72 hr. Open House, write a post!

Love Life, Live Life, Stay Strong, Be Wise, Life keeps you humble, Trials keep you strong.



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Sandra Mathewson


RE/MAX 4000 Inc.

call or text (970) 261-1686

I am Sandra Mathewson, a full-time Realtor working both as a listing agent and a buyer's agent. I love using the internet to meet people and keep in touch with friends and clients. I write this blog to show you why Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade and surrounding real estate is truly something to be desired.

Visit my website if you are considering buying or selling. You will find it as your best online source of information. How is the market doing? I'll keep you posted with the most current MLS reports. You can also search for homes for sale in Grand Junction (including Fruita, Palisade and surrounding areas). Read about the communities, events and things to do in this great Grand Junction, Colorado Lifestyle.


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Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

I like knowing you, you are a very interesting person.

Jan 23, 2009 01:06 PM #1
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Sandra - This is a terrific meme.  I have several friends who met via and other internet dating sites - good for you!  I loved reading about what motivated you to begin running.  Keep up the good work!

Jan 23, 2009 01:10 PM #2
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Wow. You really exposed yourself here. But it sounds like you're used to living that way. Kudos to you! I'd be too afraid to make a political stand, for fear of losing real estate business. Good for you, for just being yourself and doing what you want, instead of living to please others.

Jan 23, 2009 01:51 PM #3
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Sandra- I really like you blog, it's very interesting and welcome to Activerain. Please feel free to check out my profile and some wonderful groups I have at the rain.

Robert Swetz

Jan 23, 2009 02:07 PM #4
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

My daughter will be encouraged by your experience.  She hasn't had much luck with it.  Nice meme, Sandra!

Jan 23, 2009 03:50 PM #5
John Jones
Riverside, CA

Hi Sandra,

I learned a lot about you while reading this post.  I am curious as to why you ended up choosing Fernley as a place to live and work after living in Denver and somewhere in Florida?

So your interest in being a Journalist is probably why writing content for your website & blog comes naturally for you.  Your knowledge of the area just became so much more apparent to me to after I read about your adventures in local politics.

By the way, I'm going to e-mail you a video tutorial I'll create in a minute to show you how you can improve upon your visual appeal for your AR posts.

Thanks for sharing with me and everyone else!

Jan 24, 2009 08:27 AM #6
David Costa (Renegade Concepts, Inc)


I am humbled that you would mention Laura and I.  We are grateful for your confidence in us.  Thank you. 

I learned alot about you and enjoyed your post.  I look forward to serving your needs and creating tons of leads for you!

Keep the pressure on ineffective government!  We need more of that! 

Best Regards, Dave

Jan 24, 2009 02:50 PM #7
Robin Harina

You are one woman in the fast lane, both physically and virtually. I love that about you!  Thank you for leading me in this new direction and I am honored to be one of your "best friends".  Keep motiviating me and EVERYONE else!

Jan 26, 2009 11:58 AM #8
Kye Grace
Sutton Group - West Coast Realty - Vancouver, BC

Hello Sandra, 

Thanks for including me! Things have been a little haywire since The 72 Hour Open House...

I will get to this very soon!

I am working on an article with my experiences from The 72 Hour Open House.

There are a couple of great videos at shot afterwards.

Gotta run for now, but I will be back to follow through on 7 Things...


Jan 30, 2009 03:32 PM #9
Linda Bourgault
lulugraphix-creative photography & fine art - Flower Mound, TX

Hi Sandra—My late husband and I met online in 1996, married a year later and we shared the best ten years of our lives together. Your background is very similar to mine... strong, competitve, with multi-career opportunities and a zest for life. May your life continued to be blessed with success in your business, community and most importantly with your husband.

Your response to the meme is one of the best I've ever read on the RAIN!

Mar 04, 2009 01:53 AM #10
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