When my family moved to a new neighbourhood when I was 10, I didn’t know what to expect. We had left the only home I had ever known. I felt alone and wondering if I’d make friends.
What I didn’t realize at the time was that, by moving, my parents changed the direction of my life.
The friends I made on that street have helped shape who I am and how I see the world. Each home on our street represented a new culture or value that was different than my own. I learned that being different doesn’t mean being wrong.
My parents taught me that everyone - EVERYONE - deserves to be respected. And we lived it.
After high school, I spent 4 years in Rockford, Illinois (outside Chicago; the birthplace of Fred VanVleet and Chiclets ). Because the program I attended was a charitable organization, we stayed in members’ homes. Our host was a real estate agent. While I was focusing on serving the community and playing music, I learned from Tracey and Alan about how important it is to be resilient, and why serving clients and putting their needs first is so essential.
In my fourth year, my life was shaken. Two of my close friends were killed in a car accident. They were 18.
From that incident forward, I learned what it means to say that we are not guaranteed to see tomorrow. Our lives are fragile and there are really only a handful of priorities worth considering.
People are more important than things. People can’t be replaced. Time only moves one way. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.
I choose to spend my time working as a realtor because my clients’ time is precious.
I’ve been through this process with my own family, and as simple as it seems, real estate can be complex. Foreseeing potential problems and managing risk has become a speciality of mine that I love sharing with my clients.
And as much as I care about the details of the actual steps of buying and selling (I really do!), I care even more about the experience and memories that my clients have before, during, and after their move. I strive to make the moving experience meaningful and enjoyable for the whole family.