Ralph Waldo Emerson said that "Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm". I say it's a shame more people don't read Emerson. To be successful in an endeavor you need to enjoy what you are doing. When I was thirteen years old, I would leaf through real estate magazines at the gas station and fantasize about what I would own as an adult. Not much has changed. I work very hard at what I do because I love it. I prioritize always being available to clients and reachable on a moment's notice, working at night and on weekends, and yet I still find myself watching HGTV with my wife every night. I live and breathe real estate.
There is much to be said for listing your house properly. Taking high quality photography, promoting your home effectively, making it available to be seen, and keeping it presentable are all musts, of course. A great deal of an agent's success is very simple - effort. Whether it is a client that needs help, or a prospective buyer inquiring about a listing, I make every effort to answer the call, email, or text immediately. Every minute that elapses is one more minute closer to an opportunity lost. For everyone's sake, I do everything I can to ensure that no opportunities are missed.
On a personal level, I grew up on the shore in Branford, CT in Pawson Park. I lived out West in Colorado while in college, moved back to CT in 1996, and currently live in Guilford with my wife, children, and animals. I have worked in construction, negotiated international contracts for an IT company and have spent fifteen years as both a loan officer and a Realtor, the last seven in real estate. I was a Top Producing loan officer for years, and have been a Top Producing real estate agent, as well. Since 1998, I have been a part of over 1600 real estate transactions and that has translated into a great deal of valuable experience. Recognized for production in the ReMax 100% Club in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, and have earned the Five Star Professional Award for 2011 and 2012 (Connecticut Magazine survey of home buyers and industry professionals for Realtors who scored highest in customer satisfaction. Given to top 5% in industry.
I love music, have been refining my guitar chops, and trying to learn Mandarin. When not working, you can find me biking or fishing with the kids, playing volleyball, in the barn, and admittedly, sometimes working. Such is the nature of real estate!