By the time you read this, Mark Fitzpatrick, president and broker of Fitzpatrick + Prince in Irvine, Calif., will be a new dad – for the sixth time. “We have four biological kids and then we have a foster child, a boy, 11 months old,” he explains. “We’ve had the joy of raising him since he was 6 days old. We love him so much. Then, we’re expecting our sixth child and that one is due tomorrow.” The “we” in the equation is Mrs. Fitzpatrick, whose maiden name is Prince.
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Jamie Skojec, owner-broker of Home Source Realty in Northern Virginia, is so busy that, if you aren’t a client, you have to go through her husband Steve, a former public relations industry pro, to get to her. Read on and you’ll understand. “My wife Jamie is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and grew up in a very entrepreneurial environment,” he told me. “Her parents owned a shopping center, grocery store, restaurant, trailer park and several residential properties. She started working
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“I remember when I was 14 years of age, in a bomb shelter in Sarajevo,” begins this week’s real estate pro, Senada Adzem. “It was so scary, with bombs exploding everywhere. I remember very clearly one night, when the worst of the bombing happened – eight hours straight – and I didn’t know if I was going to live or die. We had no electricity, kids were crying and old ladies were sitting in little beach chairs,” she continues. “In candle light I was looking at these pictures in a magazine of a beautiful
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Jenelle Isaacson, owner of Living Room Realty in Portland, Ore., has obviously spent time examining her life. She knows who she is, she knows what is important to her, and she has taken the time to determine her values, goals and the culture she chooses to entrench herself in. Sure, she’s a real estate broker. But she’s a broker with an unwavering commitment to Portland’s urban neighborhoods and the people who live there, to her business and to her agents.
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At first glance, Austin, Texas doesn’t seem like the ideal place for a Navy veteran to settle down. Commissaries, base exchanges and the nearest VA medical center are all 58 miles away. Kasey Jorgenson, with Keller Williams Realty in Austin/Round Rock, however, felt drawn to the area when he left the military. Going from taking his meals in the mess hall to dining in SoCo, it’s been a smooth transition for Jorgenson, and he is well on his way down the road to becoming a true Austinite.
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Ryan Gable, broker/owner of Chicago’s Starting Point Realty, grew up expecting miracles. He watched his single mom, who struggled to raise a family on a waitress’ salary, soar into entrepreneurial success years later. Imagine growing up under the influence of a woman who possessed a single-minded dedication to learning an industry, a drive to overcome any obstacles, and a willingness to take risks. That these same qualities exist in her oldest son comes as no surprise.
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Why are folks from Minnesota so downright nice? Sure, that statement can be considered a generalization, but I’ve yet to meet a meanie from Minnesota. Although they don’t think so, they have that charming accent, and they’re just so mellow, happy and incredibly even-tempered. Nate Raich, loan officer and manager of Envoy Mortgage in Blaine, Minn. is a perfect example of this.
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“If a home is the most prized possession in an American’s portfolio, should we not take care of it a little differently than we currently are, allowing any Tom, Dick and Harry to get their license, facilitate the deal and call themselves an expert because they had extra ink to print a business card?” says Joshua Hunt, owner/broker of Trelora in the Denver, Colo. market.
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The metamorphism from her birth in Pittsburg to a childhood spent in Colorado to her residency in a secluded enclave on the tip of the Big Island of Hawaii created not only one of the island’s leading real estate agents, but a bit of a renaissance woman as well. Beth Thoma Robinson, broker/agent with Hawaii Life, got her undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado. From there she worked for the
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From lawyers to news anchors, real estate agents typically enter the business after finding success in another field. St. Augustine, Fla. agent Peggy Gachet worked with Delta Airlines for 16 years, starting in customer service and ending up in sales and marketing. You know how sometimes you’ll see a product prominently displayed in a TV show or movie? It was Gachet’s job to get those placements for Delta Airlines.
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