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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I grew up in a real estate investment environment and then majored in finance in college and then went to law school to be well prepared.

Apr 05, 2015 09:27 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I had retired from law enforcement and was wanting something to do.  Drove by a real estate school and I went in to see about the business.   And they say the rest is history

Apr 05, 2015 09:06 AM
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Macy Babb ... North Georgia Realtor
Re/Max Around Atlanta Realtor - 404-234-6166 - Cartersville, GA
Realtor, SFR, HUD/REO Certified

I kinda "fell" into the finace/mortgage world... and then My husband and I started flipping homes... so my Lisence was just the next step

Apr 05, 2015 10:37 PM
Rainmaker
1,466,027
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Hank Dugie My Wife goit her real estate license. If you can't beat them, join them so I got my license. When i went full time, she quit. Figure that one out.

Apr 05, 2015 10:30 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It sounded interesting and I liked the fact that I could make my own hours and work around my daughter's school schedule and activities. I could also work as hard as I wanted and help supplement our family income by a substantial amount.

Apr 05, 2015 10:48 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I knew nothing about real estate and wanted to take a licensing course to check it out.... teaching was fun but the money was so low, it was absurd....

Apr 05, 2015 09:08 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Financial considerations.

Aug 26, 2018 06:56 AM
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630,101
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

I love it - and I love it.

Apr 02, 2018 09:28 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

The desire to avoid extensive travel...

Aug 27, 2017 06:53 AM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I was not experienced enough for astronaut school.

Apr 06, 2015 12:50 AM
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Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

I started working for a gentleman who had his broker's license, appraisal license and ran a surveying company.  Kind of learned the business from the ground up.

 

Apr 05, 2015 11:45 PM
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Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

I grew up in the business. My father is one of a handful of Realtors who has been praticing for 50 years.

Apr 05, 2015 10:46 PM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

My Mom was in real estate for 42 years.  She was getting overwhelmed with a hot market talked me into moving to Albuquerque and I ended up opening my own business 3 short years later.  No looking back!

Apr 05, 2015 10:39 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

My retail electronics business had closed 7 years after the energy bust of 1982, I was going to move to Seattle, but decided I wanted to stay with time spent with my retired father. A friend said I think you would be good at real estate, so I said what the heck, and almost 26 years later here I am, having more fun than ever. 

Apr 05, 2015 10:20 PM
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

We had moved to a new area and the thought of doing the 9-5 grind just didn't sit well. For years, several people had suggested I give real estate a try...they were right, I should have started many years ago. It has been a good fit.

Apr 05, 2015 10:15 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I worked at a bank as a CSR and did not like the hours. 

Apr 05, 2015 09:52 PM
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Roy Kelley  It is a true blessing to grow up in something and learn the ropes as we did.

Apr 05, 2015 04:34 PM
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It was my mom who made me see good in doing this wonderful craft that I get to share with so many interesting people. :)

Apr 05, 2015 04:32 PM
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Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Notary Training, Consulting. Colorado Springs, CO

I bought a mobile home when I was 20.  It was a tent I used when backpacking.
I'm not a real estate agent but I have been an investor for many years.

Apr 05, 2015 03:39 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Hank Dugie that's a big story I had written a post about it. I'd say, for me. it's by choice - no accident or no default!

Apr 05, 2015 03:35 PM
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Michael Blue
Home Smart Realty West - Encinitas, CA
REALTOR - 760-889-8877, Encinitas/Carlsbad

Because I liked seeing homes, the different styles and quality and locations.  A girlfriend said to me, "you should sell homes". That was in 1983 and by 1984 I was an agent with Coldwell Banker.

Apr 05, 2015 03:21 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I bought my first property when I was 19 and I have loved the profession ever since!

Apr 05, 2015 03:15 PM
Rainmaker
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

My Wife, the Real Estate Agent!

Apr 05, 2015 03:05 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Our agent asked me if I ever thought about being a real estate agent and I said no. She invited me to a meeting and I thought it sounded interesting.  Plus I wanted to be rich...

Apr 05, 2015 12:33 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

A previous job I had was expanding and people were asking me about where to hunt and fish

Apr 05, 2015 12:23 PM
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7,135,155
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Hank Dugie - Going to law school is a major commitment in time and money. You are the one who would have to be convinced that it is worth the required investment.

Apr 05, 2015 10:55 AM
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Hank Dugie
Brockway Realty, LLC - League City, TX
Mr. League City

Roy Kelley do you think law school was worth the time and money? I've strongly considered gaining more formal education and always wanted to learn the law.

Apr 05, 2015 09:30 AM
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Hank Dugie
Brockway Realty, LLC - League City, TX
Mr. League City

Thanks for the responses Barbara Todaro and James Dray!  

Apr 05, 2015 09:15 AM