My experience in Real Estate dates back to when I was attending the University of Arizona in Tucson in the early 70’s
I had an apartment that was fairly close to the University so I walked to and from classes daily.
There was an old Victorian Home that I passed daily and it became something of interest to me as it was for sale and had been for sale since I started school. Eventually, I called the telephone number on the sign and inquired about the price. $20,000 was the price quoted and I called my father and asked if he could loan me a downpayment. He agreed and I bought this grand old lady for $17,000.
The owners had completely renovated the home but had left the landscaping to wither, brown and die. Since I enjoyed gardening, I started tending to the garden and soon the garden was green and beautiful.
To my astonishment, one day, there was a knock at the door, and a man asked if I would be interested in selling. He offered me twice what I had paid a mere ten months after I had purchased the home. I quickly accepted his offer and thus began my real estate career.
After the sale of my home, I scouted around for homes that would also be an opportunity for purchase and resale. This continued for the next 20 years in Scottsdale, Arizona and then to Nantucket where I bought a beautiful Sea Captains home dating from the 1750’s that I purchased in Siasconset (‘Sconset) that I renovated, restored and sold after 7 years.
From Nantucket, I moved to New York where I rented in the city and then eventually became familiar with upstate New York, in particular, Orange County, New York. I bought a Renaissance Revival Victorian home built in the 1870’s in the village of Goshen, the house had been abandoned for a number of years before being rescued by the owners from which I purchased the home. I proceeded to do my regular thing and restored this grand lady to her former glory. I owned the home for a few years and then acquired an apartment in Manhattan just off Columbus Circle on West 60th St.
The apartment in New York was in a terrific location but unfortunately, the neighborhood was less than desirable at the time but since I had dogs, I wanted something close to the park and this apartment was a mere half block away. Again, I renovated and brought this tired 1950’s era apartment up to date and used it for my forays into the city. Again, good luck was mine as the building next door to my building was demolished to make way for the New Time Warner Centre on Columbus Circle. This would turn the entire neighborhood around and market values sky-rocketed for the apartments in the area.
It was in 2001, that a friend, who was a broker for Prudential in Westhampton Beach, New York had suggested that I put my extensive knowledge to work for other people in the form of becoming a real estate agent. This was not something that took me long to decide and I began my schooling at the local Real Estate School and successfully passed the state exam and got my Real Estate Sales Associate license and then moved to the Hamptons to begin my career in Real Estate.
The first office I began working was the Bridgehampton office of Prudential Real Estate and my broker was the much admired and respected, Paul Brennan. I was very fortunate to begin working with Paul since he is an icon of Real Estate sales in the Hamptons and has had a very successful career for many many years and counts among his clients the glitterati of New York and beyond.
I learned a great deal working with Paul and the many other talented agents in my office and also met many esteemed and renowned persons.
After a few years of working in the Hamptons, I decided to follow a dream that I had always had and that was to live in Europe and reconnect with my relatives and friends from childhood. So, in May of 2006, I moved to Ireland where I lived for 3 years.
After three years, I moved to Nerac, France to be near my Uncle with whom I was very close. Almost a year later, very close cousin of mine was diagnosed with cancer so I moved to Southern France to the city of Perpignan near the Spanish border to be closer to her and to hopefully help her. Sadly she died.
I stayed in France for a total of 5 years.
I returned to the US in 2013 and decided to go back into the line of work that I love so much,
Real Estate. This time I decided to live and work in Rochester where I have many friends and acquaintances. I had been coming to Rochester for many many years to visit friends and have always loved the city and its environs.
I applied to and was hired by Nothnagle Realty and have enjoyed my new company and my new colleagues very much. I look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge in Real Estate with my new customers and colleagues.
I am fluent in French and I am conversational in Spanish.