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At 16, I obtained my driver’s license in Bucks County, PA and promptly started driving to Sunday open houses in new developments near my parents’ home. Little did I realize that my future career would involve helping people buy and sell homes. In 1970, I moved to State College with my husband who had graduated from Penn State. He thought he died and went to heaven when he got a position teaching at the local high school. I was not an alumna, so I was not so enamored with this little town in the “middle of nowhere.” After substitute teaching junior high music, I obtained my M.Ed. in Counselor Education in 1975. Jobs were scarce, but I had two young children and decided to give real estate a try until a “real job” came along. The year was 1980, and it didn’t take long for me to realize this was my “real job” because I loved it. After getting myself established in the business, I took the required classes and passed the test for my Broker’s license. (By the way, the test to obtain my broker’s license was the toughest test I have ever taken!) In the 35 years I have been listing and selling real estate, I have grown to understand that my clients’ needs usually involve more than buying or selling a home. Life situations that influence the purchase or sale of a home will be as important as the actual real estate outcome. It is my job to make sure that I understand those situations well enough to accomplish the goals of my clients.
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