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. He had an eye to see the structural features of a home, despite any shortcomings in décor or disrepair. He was able to envision the property updated or the floor plan re-worked, showing 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. 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. This was a very difficult time as I was raising two children, working full time, and managing two evening classes as well. I proudly graduated from Rollins College in 1997 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 customershelping high net worth individuals with their lending and mortgage needs, as well as with any other banking assistance they required.
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. I am dedicated to working closely with every single one of my clients 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.
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 seems clear to me that my experiences led me to right where I belong! My hope is that by sharing my journey, you will appreciate my knowledge and experience. Almost 85% of my business comes from past clients whom I have helped on their real estate journey. Invite me to help you with yours!