Do you ever ask yourself why do I get out of bed in the morning and go about my days? What is my Big Why? Why do I do what I do and for who? Or for what?
First, a little about me. I am a lifelong native of Des Moines. I was a single mom for 17 yrs, and have been married nearly 20yrs. I have three boys - grown and gone, a 6yr old grandson, and another grandchild on the way! I grew up in Beaverdale and have lived there off and on for 20 years - and we recently moved to a townhome in Ankeny, IA. They tell us realtors we should move every 5 years to really understand what our clients go through. Very good advice! I have a Master's Degree from Drake University in Counseling and Guidance and had worked in the mental health field for almost 30 years. I've always been someone who loves to help others. This has lent itself very well in counseling people with real estate decisions which can be challenging-ranks right up there with getting married and having kids! I got into real estate approximately 15yrs ago (flipping off and on) - although I've officially been a realtor for over 8 years.
When I was working as a counselor at the Young Women's Resource Center, I kept coming across an application for home ownership. At the time I thought it was impossible to own a home for my then 5 year old son and I. I applied without much hope as there were 75 applicants. Eventually I got a call that I made it to the top 4 candidates! Sure enough, we were one of the first families they bought a home for in 1990. This home happened to be in the Drake Area. This was a defining moment for us-home ownership! I wanted him to have his own yard, a neighborhood, kids to play with, and for me it was a good investment, something to call my own, and much better than paying rent! We lived there for 8 years and I sold it, by myself, in four days. I could then afford a Beaverdale brick ranch for my son and I!
Fast forward, I married the love of my life, we lived in a big house we rehabbed in Waterbury and were ready to downsize as our three sons were starting out on their own. I began going to open houses and eventually met an agent who encouraged me to explore a career in real estate. I have always loved homes and real estate and considered a career in helping others buy and sell homes. I took the real estate classes and passed the exam on the first try! I recently changed brokerages to Realty ONE Group Impact and so excited to continue to happily help buyers and sellers with all their real estate needs. Whether they are first time homeowners, "right" sizers, investors, or those that are transitioning and saying goodbye to their forever homes. Someone bought a house for me way back when, and I feel like I am coming full circle every time I hand a key to a new homeowner and see the excitement, tears of joy, smiles on their faces, and the pride of owning a home. So, what motivates me to get out of bed in the morning? You! It's to give back and pay it forward, knowing I am helping others with the life changing decision of home ownership.