Dear Diary: My Passion Is.....

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Real Estate Broker with Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

My passon can be summed up in one word---HELPING.

It's no surprise that I truly find myself 100% energized when I am helping.  My top two career choices as I faced college were nurse or teacher, but my Mom won.  I went into Broadcasting and graduated a Speech Communications major.  I worked in Newspaper and Radio, which were a lot of fun, but never seemed to fit.

In my career as a Realtor, I am blessed to have so many ways to help.  Helping my fellow agents through teaching.  Helping new agents with mentoring.  Helping the first time buyer find the perfect place to call home.  Helping the distressed home owner, who can no longer afford to stay in the home they love, aoid foreclosure through ashort sale.  Helping clients make adjustments as they move from one home to another.  Each of these aspects of my career give me purpose as I wake up each morning, raring to get to work.  There are aspects of that teacher and nurse that come through everyday in my chosen career.

In my personal life my passion is helping those without a voice.  Animals.  You may not think an animal can speak to you, but just like humans, they communicate with their eyes and actions.  You just need to know how to listen.  I get so much joy from rescuing strays, or finding unwanted animals homes.  Everyone deserves a home and a person that will love them.  There isn't always a happy ending, but the joy of helping those you can is worth everything else.

 

 

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Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155.  To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email chrisann@LNF.com.  Or you can visit her website:  www.nvarealestate.net.

Header photos taken by Chris Ann Cleland.

The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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Chris Ann Cleland
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Jane:  Keep it short and sweet, that what my parents taught me.  Thanks for the compliment.

February 09, 2009 11:01 AM
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Russell Lewis
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Chris Ann this is an excellent post. I have been thinking of writing about my passion and like you mine is giving back in some way or another in all walks of my life!. I am really glad to have met you here! have a good week!

February 10, 2009 08:47 AM
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Russell:  That helper in you really comes out in your post.  I am also glad to have met here on Active Rain. I know I have a like-minded agent to refer to in Austin when I know someone who is moving there.

February 10, 2009 09:21 AM
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Kate Elim
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Hi Chris Ann...Like you I think of real estate as a service.  Others may say sales.  I say service.

I'm so happy to know that you feel every animal deserves a home.  We have had a stray dog outside my house since yesterday morning.  (OK, I admit I finally gave in this morning and fed it.)

We cannot keep it so I may have to drive it to your house.

Kate

February 16, 2009 05:00 PM
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Kate:  No dogs here.  But if you may try some local animal rescue places.  Bound to be some around you. 

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