Real Estate Pro of the Week: Mark Fitzpatrick of Irvine, Calif.

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…

Real Estate Pro of the Week: Jamie Skojec of Manassas, Va.

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…

Real Estate Pro of the Week: Senada Adzem of Boca Raton, Fla.

“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…

Real Estate Pro of the Week: Jenelle Isaacson of Portland, Ore.

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….

Real Estate Pro of the Week: Kasey Jorgensen of Austin, Texas

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…

Real Estate Pro of the Week: Ryan Gable of Chicago

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…

Real Estate Pro of the Week: Joshua Hunt of Denver, Colo.

The World According to Hunt: “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…

Real Estate Pro of the Week: Beth Thoma Robinson, Hawaii Life

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…

Real Estate Pro of the Week: Peggy Gachet of St. Augustine, Fla.

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…

Real Estate Pro of the Week: Bob Sokoler of Louisville, Ky.

In February, 1993, a C-130 crashed at Dobbins Air Force Base in Atlanta. All seven on board perished. Meanwhile, at the local TV station, as the news crew was racing out to cover the story, the news director told the anchor and his team to head over to the pilot’s house and ask his widow…