I became a Realtor over 20 years ago. Much has changed in that length of time. Since becoming a Realtor I have seen the market in all its forms. I have seen a strong sellers market, a strong buyers market, the housing crisis, negotiated short sales and helped people avoid foreclosure. I have also seen people have over $100,000 in appreciation in their homes in less than 5 years. What a ride the last 20 plus years has been.
When I decided to become a Realtor I took the course to get my license by correspondence. I studied the course content from a notebook. At the end of each chapter I was required to take a test. I would fax my test to the school, it would be graded and then I could begin the next chapter. I then studied for the licensing exam and drove down to Denver for that test. I sat in a room with many others that wanted to become a realtor. After passing the test I came to Century 21 Humpal to begin my career in real estate. Back then we didn’t have the MLS online like we do today, but instead we had a listing book published and dropped off at each individual real estate office every week. This book was everything you needed to know that had happened in real estate in the Fort Collins area in the last week. It contained the new listings, the sales that had occurred, under contract and withdrawn listings. That book was not to leave the office and the book itself was not to be shared with clients. Now, of course, we have everything online and the public has access to much of the same information that we do as agents.
My greatest surprise in becoming a Realtor was the public’s opinion of real estate agents. I had always had positive experiences in buying and selling real estate so I was quite surprised to learn that many people see real estate agents as not much better than a used car salesman. It was after learning this that I made it my goal to change the public’s opinion of real estate agents one transaction at a time.
Since my earliest days a lot has changed, but many things have stayed the same. I still enjoy working hand in hand with my clients in order to help them reach their real estate goals, whatever they may be. Some of my greatest joys are the day that that first time home buyer is handed the keys at closing and becomes a homeowner or when my client becomes a landlord for the first time. It is heartwarming and so rewarding to be trusted to walk people through the process. I am thankful for each and everyone of you that trusts me. I will work hard for you and look out for your best interest as we pursue your real estate goals together.