Several years ago, a friend suggested I consider a career in the real estate business. That was somewhat
frightening to me, since I had always had a "job." When I asked him why he felt I should do it, he said
"because you have the personality for it." Here I am, 30+ years later, experiencing the economically
good years, as well as weathering the storm of the last eight. Although I began my life in Minnesota, I
began my real estate career in California where the State requires a real estate license to conduct
mortgage business, so I learned the finance end of the business as well. It's been very helpful. So much
so that my now deceased husband and I opened a mortgage brokerage in Colorado in 1994, enjoyed 10
great years, then moved to Western North Carolina.
ln September 2005, I earned my North Carolina real estate broker's license, have truly enjoyed living in
this beautiful area and have become friends with some wonderful people along the way. If I hadn't
continued with my real estate career, I'm fairly sure these good relationships wouldn't exist today.
So how has the real estate world changed in the last several years? With the exception of technology,
not much. All of us want someone to listen to us, to be treated respectfully, to stay in touch with us, to
return phone calls, remain informed, to be truthful, know what's going on in our communities, do what
we are required to do for our clients, and do nice things for our clients because we want to. I do these
things so, maybe, that's what my friend meant when he said "because you have the personality for it."
In my personal life, I enjoy my friends, my family, singing with two Hendersonville choral groups,
reading, laughing every day, being strong, energized and grateful.