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 Jorgensen, 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 Jorgensen, 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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October 29, 2012 is a date no Rockaway resident will ever forget. That’s the day Hurricane Sandy descended on this 11-mile sliver of peninsula in Queens. One of the storm’s hardest hit communities, whether The Rockaways will ever be the same is open to much speculation by locals. One of those working hard to ensure the community’s revival is Robin Shapiro, owner/broker of Robin Shapiro Realty. With many homes damaged beyond repair,
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There are small towns and then there are really teeny, tiny, dinky towns. The latter is the type in which Matt Kellam, owner-broker of Help-U-Sell Keystone Realty in Chambersburg, Pa., grew up. In 2000, Cheriton, Va. was home to 499 happy small-town folks. A decade later, the population was 487. It’s safe to say there isn’t a lot of real estate action going on in Cheriton, which is most likely why Kellam didn’t go home to start his career. Instead, he worked
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If anybody out there is seeking an agent who has clean fingernails, eschews manual labor, has never had a cavity and can recite all 50 states – in alphabetical order as well as backwards in under 20 seconds, drunk or sober – have I got an agent for you! Her name is Deb Tomaro, and she works with Re/Max in Bloomington, Ind. A sixth generation Californian, Tomaro moved to Indiana when her dad got a job transfer. Rather than being upset about being uprooted from her friends back home,
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