My path to real estate was not direct. There have been many twists and turns along the way. Before I became an agent, I worked in many different fields including retail, automotive, restaurants, construction, and banking, just to name a few. After exploring many different paths, I decided to pursue real estate because I have an entrepreneurial nature and the field has always interested me.
I was licensed as an agent in 2005, which was a very tumultuous time real estate. The economic crash hit a few years later, so my early career was very challenging. I worked side jobs to make ends meet. I consulted and advised friends and family about their real estate needs during the lean years. It was a tough time, but I persevered. I survived the downturn, and as soon as the economy got back on track my career took off. I sold seven houses the first full year that I focused full time on real estate, and twelve the following. In 2015, along with my business partner, Lily, I started my own brokerage, Peninsula Prime Realty. Two years later, in 2017, I earned my Broker’s License, and that brings me to where I am today!
Even though my career is extremely important to me, and I am very devoted and passionate about what I do, it is not all that I am. When looking back at my life, I think that it is made up of defining moments. I have been very fortunate because my background is full of these significant experiences. I would say one of the most important instances would be when my parents divorced when I was eight years old. While this type of situation can be full of anger, resentment, and hostility that can tear families apart, I am blessed because my Mom and Dad handled it the opposite way.
Instead of becoming mortal enemies and leaving me in the middle, my parents remained close. They still value and respect one another. This is not because they are trying to fake civility or keep the peace for me. They genuinely want the best for each other. My mom ended up marrying a really good man that is also very understanding and supportive, so I feel very lucky to have the step father that I do, as well. My Dad also found love and married a wonderful woman. They are all able to attend the same family functions and communicate without any sort of negativity or aggression. That is truly special in my book!
The reason why I bring up my parent’s situation in this letter is because it is a huge part of who I am. Witnessing the respect and compassion that they still have for each other has given me a wonderful example to follow with regards to how to treat friends, family, and clients. Also, their emphasis on family, despite having separated, has instilled in me a passion for my own family. These are the two major influences on my life, both personally and professionally.
Another pivotal event in my life was when I met my wife, Kelly. In my early twenties, I worked at Long’s Drug Store (before it was purchased by CVS). Kelly had just graduated high school and she came into the store to go shopping. I can remember my coworker buddies talking about how cute they thought she was. I agreed, so I just went up and introduced myself.The rest is history! After being close friends for six months, we started dating. We were together for seven years, then we got engaged in 2008, and we married in 2009. I couldn’t ask for a better partner in life. We complement each other so well and we are always in it together, no matter what!
Meeting Kelly and joining our lives together led me to the most significant part of my life, my own children. My five-year old son, Cameron, and my ten-month old baby girl, Madison, are my number one priority. Speaking of my children, and defining moments, there is one specific experience, in particular, that really exemplifies who I am and what is important to me.
Not long ago, Cameron had his cousins over for a visit. They were playing with two parachute toys like I played with when I was young. Little army men connected by thin strings to a plastic parachute. The boys were throwing the paratroopers up in the air and they would float down to the floor, as the boys watched in wonder. They were enthralled with this activity, as I remember being when I was their age. After playing with them for a while, the two toys got tangled up together, and the boys couldn’t get them untied. Cameron’s cousin got upset and started crying because he thought the toys were broken. Cameron stayed calm. He said, “My Daddy can fix anything,” and he brought the toys to me.
Of course, I couldn’t let them down! The knot was dense and complicated. I spent nearly a half an hour of valuable time untangling these little paratroopers, but I finally got them separated. When I handed them back over, they were so excited, and my son was so proud. He looked at me like I was the most dependable person in the world. His eyes were full of trust and confidence, and I will never let him down. I will never give up on anything he needs. That’s when it clicked. Those are the traits that are most important to me at home and at work. That is the person that I want to be, not only as a father, but also as a husband, son, and REALTOR®. This is what I strive for every day. I realized that the “parachute moment” was kind of an accumulation of all of my past experiences. My parent’s staying close after their divorce, meeting the love of my life, succeeding in my career in real estate, and cherishing my role as a father and husband, all make me who I am today. These moments have instilled in me a deep loyalty to those that I love and care about. The most important thing in my life is family. My friends are part of my family, and my ultimate goal is to make my clients into lifelong friends. To me, that is what life is all about!
I would love nothing more than to lend my knowledge and experience toward helping you with your real estate endeavors, but I don’t expect your business simply because of our relationship—I only ask that you take the time to interview me and see if I might be the best agent for you. Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I hope you give me the opportunity to demonstrate my services and interview for the job.
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