Life Before Real Estate? You Bet!

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Mortgage Banker with SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171)

 All of us had a previous life.  This was mine.  What was yours?

I was a high end real estate developer on Long Beach Island, a barrier reef off the coast of New Jersey, six miles at sea.  This oceanside condo complex, the Breakers, exceeded the height limitation for the town of Beach Haven, on the south end of the island.  But Beach Haven's first homes were built in the 1870s by principals of the Baldwin Locomotive Company.  Those homes were Victorian mansions, with towers and complex rooflines.  The town fathers loved the design of the Breakers, and issued the variance. 

I'm betting that you didn't start out to be a real estate agent, of a loan officer, or a home stager.  Share your story with us in the comments below.  Please use photos (sized down, if you can) and feel free to embed links back to outside posts that tell us your story more completely.

I look forward to knowing you better.  Relationships are everything. Isn't that what makes us successful in real estate?

I think so! And that's the real estate opinion of this Tucson, Arizona mortgage lender.

Mike in Tucson

Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
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Teri, I'm glad you find time to breathe.  I love the participation on posts like this, and on the MEME posts.  It's good to get to know others, and it's brought me business since I started doing this last July on Active Rain.  I'm looking forward to meeting you one of these days at an AR event.

Jeannie, sign us up.  We'll need a name, of course.  Help us out here.

Barbara Jo, that's downright interesting!  Ik ben blij dat je gekommen ben.  Nederlandse, niet?  I love your Cheshire cat!  I don't generally like cats, but I'll make an exception for that one.

Lisa, I remember Visicalc and used it on my Apple Lisa.

Chad, I'm glad to hear your story, and glad you made the jump!

Ryan, I'm leaving it there anyhow!  You should talk Broker Bryant into singing one of your Beer Soaked Anthems in a post.  I bet he would do it!

Joan, I read your MEME.  Don't ever come to Arizona without calling first.  We'll build an Active Rain event around your visit.

Mike in Tucson

 

November 06, 2007 02:03 AM
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Nancy Brenner
Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent
Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc.

In may of 1980, I started working fot AT&T / Souther Bell as a long distance operator in Miami, Florida.  In 1985, I moved to Norcross, Ga - still as an operator but took at test in 1986 and went into Data Processing hanging tapes, printing out paychecks and printing copies of bills onto microfiche - in Alpharetta, Ga.  In 1987, I moved to a group in the Data Center that managed the storage of data on disk and on tape.  In 1991, I moved to Altamonte Springs, Florida to open up a Help Desk but within a year and a half, I was back in data processing and moved to Maitland, Florida (Just the next town over) to do Storage Management again.  The Data Center moved to Lake Mary, Fla in 1994 or 95.  I met my husband in 1996, moved to Deltona, Florida and got married Nov 1998.  In 2003, our office in Lake Mary Closed and I moved back to Alpharetta.  Today, I live in Roswell, Ga and still work for AT&T.  My goal is to retire with benefits in May of 2010.  Meanwhile, I'm building up a client base and selling Homes during the day while still working at AT&T from midnight - 8am.

That's my story.  Now a YouTube clip of how AT&T went from AT&T to at&t.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtFtcp4mNzA

 

November 06, 2007 09:20 AM
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Nancy, thanks for the story, and for the YouTube clip! So funny, but it's true.  Thanks for the link.  AT&T, and all the Baby Bells, were my customers until 2003, when I left OPEX Corporation, where I was National Sales Manager.  The link is to another Active Rain post, and that's an interesting story in itself.

Mike in Tucson

November 06, 2007 06:48 AM
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Margaret Woda
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Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114
Before real estate...  hmmm... that was a long time ago.   Well, I was an elementary school music teacher who had just gotten my dream job in the premium public school district in the D.C. suburbs.  Then my husband, a young naval officer, got orders to a ship stationed in San Diego, California.  Off we went on this great adventure - only to find that San Diego did not have music teachers in their public schools.  So I got a job in a real estate office, and the rest is history.
November 11, 2007 08:04 PM
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Margaret:  Did you keep up with your music?  Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Mike in Tucson

November 11, 2007 09:05 PM
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