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The SWF Real Estate News is the intersection of three of my passions; technology/audio-visual, real estate, and making connections to our surroundings. Like 3 out of 5 residents in Southwest Florida, I am a transplant to this beautiful state. I was born in 1969 and was raised in Doylestown, PA as the youngest of 3 kids. While I was in high school, my parents had an enviable inventory of rental properties. I observed the way they invested, repairing and leasing their houses. The properties were paid off and always rented. It seemed like a really smart financial move that they had made 10 years prior.
Then as a senior in high school, after scraping together $462.50 plus $20 shipping and handling, I bought the Carlton Sheets real estate course. Mr. Sheets’ enthusiasm for building a portfolio of income properties and his late night infomercial never got old. I must have watched the hour-long program over 50 times. I later enrolled in local real estate classes and got my license at age 21 on a summer break from Penn State University. After graduating from college, I took my first job with the top real estate agent in the state as his transaction coordinator in 1997. He was gifted at connecting people. I was there for 9 months and then was recruited in 1998 by a dedicated husband/wife real estate team to work as their buyer specialist. They taught me even more about marketing luxury property and the intricacies of the transaction.
I stayed with them for 8 years, but in 2006, the entrepreneurial itch tingled, and I scratched. I co-founded a small mortgage company and then my own real estate firm8… just as the housing collapse was hitting full stride.
Later, when I began to use retirement savings to pay the office lease, I realized that I might have to give up my real estate career path. However, I stuck with it and the economy rebounded in 2011.
Fast forward to 2018. This year is my 20th year working full-time for buyers, sellers and investors in real estate. I have sold historic homes, condos, multi-family properties, HUD homes, land and foreclosures. I’ve negotiated short sales and new home-builder construction. It sounds a little funny to say, but I have probably unsold as many homes as I have sold over the years. Keeping buyers out of properties or homes with intractable inspection issues is my forté. Like a bloodhound for bad homes.
How did I make it to Florida? I moved to Fort Myers in 2014 after visiting some friends who lived in Cape Coral. Over 300 days a year of sunshine, canals for kayaking, hiking and the outdoor lifestyle? Poolside in Fort Myers in the morning and drinks by the beach in the evening… where do I sign?
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