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My dad was one of the original “real estate flippers.” While HGTV has made this glamorous, I can assure you, it was borderline craziness when my father did it in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I moved a great deal as a child – 12 times in third grade! My father bought and sold houses as we made our way across the United States, from Colorado to California to Washington State to Florida. My dad had an eye to see the structural features of a home, despite any shortcomings in décor or disrepair. He also was able to envision the property updated or the floor plan re-worked. He showed me what to look for and where easy changes could be made to improve the flow and utility of a home. Real estate seeped right into my blood.
As an adult, I married very young and had two beautiful children, first a girl and then a boy. We originally lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida but moved to greater Orlando, Florida when the children were still quite young. Unfortunately, my marriage ended while my children were still in elementary school. Part of the reason was that I started to attend college and loved learning! I was growing personally and that made my then-husband uncomfortable. He gave me the ultimatum: “Either quit school or I’m divorcing you.” After the divorce, I needed to earn a living, and found a job with SunTrust Bank. I worked and decided to finish my degree at the same time, continuing with night school. This was a very difficult time as I was raising two children, working full time, and managing two evening classes as well. I was dedicated to raising my children, performing well at work, and studying, so it ended up taking ten years of persistence and dedication to get through the degree program. Finally, in 1997, I proudly graduated from Rollins College with a B.A. in Managerial Organizational Communication. This degree created upward mobility for my career at SunTrust, and I began to work with private banking customers. I helped these high net worth individuals with their lending and mortgage needs, as well as with any other banking assistance they required. I learned to look at the requested transaction in light of the customer’s overall situation, both financial and emotional.
While at SunTrust, I found love again with my second husband, John. We were married in 1998. However, this marriage necessitated relocating to the east coast of Florida, where I began working for a residential real estate attorney. I learned about many of the legal issues related to real estate transactions, as well as the title side of the business during this time. In 2002, my husband and I moved to St. Petersburg to begin my new career in real estate. We drove in across the Howard Frankland Bridge for the first time, I had that beautiful moment of clarity when I got “that feeling” – the feeling that I was home!
Studying and earning my real estate license that year, I started selling. I have lived here now for 12 years and have functioned at the multi-million dollar producer level since shortly after I began my career. Although my business has grown and I have created jobs for three assistants to help with the support roles, I am dedicated to work closely with every single one of my customers because I love what I do; helping them with my abilities, experience, and vision to travel their own journey to home ownership…or freedom from it when the time comes. The added beauty is that this path looks different for every person, and I get to appreciate the unique journey I share with each client.
St. Petersburg is our home and I absolutely love it! Through a loyal and mutually rewarding relationship, I apply my experience to help clients with their real estate needs, always working with honesty and integrity. I think it is important for prospective clients to learn about who I am as they begin to work with me. My journey to this time in my life has not always been easy, but looking back, it seem