Steve Matley, RE & Construction Expert/Educator/Speaker (Building Solid Foundations)

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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

29 years in law enforcement.  Was driving around looking for something to do and the rest is history.

Jul 18, 2016 08:43 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I got tired of Corporate America dictating my life. I always wanted to start my own business so I went into real estate.

Jul 18, 2016 08:28 PM
Marie Waite
Finest Women in Real Estate - Murrieta, CA

I was in the Healthcare Industry for 12 years as a Financial Analyst and System Administrator.  I owned several properties and dealt with few Real Estate agents.  I wasn't very happy with the way they managed my transactions so I decided to become one.

Jul 18, 2016 05:39 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Most of us did. I got into it by accident without any intention to stay here long, i'm from a legal field. But now I love my job and not going anywhere. 

Jul 18, 2016 05:29 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Steve Matley - I am a people's person and always wanted to help others.. (come on, we all know......)

Jul 18, 2016 03:56 PM
Richard L. Sanderson
Richard L. Sanderson Consulting - Kalama, WA
helping improve local property tax systems

Steve - I wanted to be an architect but couldn't afford to put myself through college at the time. Through a licensed occupation as a real estate appraiser I was able to see and value some interesting architecture. I found that I loved the analysis part. Before appraisal licensing you had to have a broker's license in Michigan to appraiser real estate. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Jul 18, 2016 03:41 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i started when i was 10. helping my mom do opens, and cruising thru broker opens eating food :). i have always done this field , even when i had a side job :)

Jul 18, 2016 03:24 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I was in corporate human resources for 17 years before moving into real estate. My wife and I also owned an art gallery around that transition for 3 years!

Jul 18, 2016 03:10 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I was a retail business owner and selling. Someone came in and was a Realtor.  I followed suit.

Jul 19, 2016 06:41 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Work in corp. for years but wanted to set my own hours.  hehe

Jul 19, 2016 05:27 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I used to be a pilot.  I didn't know what I was getting into when I chose real estate.

Jul 19, 2016 03:10 AM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I worked for a health care company and before then, I worked for the Department of Corrections at a Maximum Security Womens prison.

Jul 18, 2016 10:58 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I was the director of operations for large trucking and storage company

Jul 18, 2016 03:12 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I just asked a question similar to this one! I had several different careers before going down this path. I worked in a restaurant for 8 years, then in financial services for 11, finally in hospitality for 5. I was beginning to hate my last job so I knew it was time for a change. My husband became a RE agent 2 years prior, so I thought it would be awesome to work together and it has been (mostly).

Aug 10, 2016 07:08 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I harassed airlines and the federal agencies that regulated them for Ralph Nader, then went to work in the Carter Administration to help carry out airline deregulation.  When that administration ended, I had a mortgage, and somehow I wound up in real estate, selling houses and condos to the people I'd worked with or harassed in my past life.  And it paid a whole lot more than either public interest or government work!

Jul 19, 2016 03:40 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I had several careers before I went into real estate. I decided to put my hard work to work for me. 

Jul 19, 2016 12:48 PM
Ari Taylor
Century 21 North Shore - Peabody, MA
Realtor with Century 21 North Shore!

Management and Sales for 20 years before Real Esate (mainly retail).

Short version, I like helping people find a home (and I like that I can work from home)

Long version you can read here

It's been a little over a year and I love it!

Jul 19, 2016 08:58 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Still working in my original career of Forestry, but also into Real Estate, love the permanence of a real estate investment.

Jul 19, 2016 05:07 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Got burnt out on corporate politics and BS.  Did RE before had enough passive income that I don't have to sweat about my name commission.


Did Information Security and Privacy Enforcement for some of the nation's largest companies.  Was in charge of Southern California for a Fortune 50 company.

Jul 19, 2016 04:46 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Many things before real estate: Paralegal 15 years, Contract Manager, Project Manager, Program Manager for Fortune 100 companies.  Tired of the grind ... real estate seemed like it would fit for me. 

Jul 19, 2016 04:22 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   Was investing in rental houses (in the days when there were still plenty of FHA and VA asssumable mortgages).  I met Realtors, it seemed like an interesting career.  And, I wanted access to those MLS books!

    Previous careers:  4 years in the US Air Force.  After that, while in college, I took a part-time job as a dance instructor.  I stayed with that job for 3 years before moving into Real Estate.

Jul 19, 2016 03:57 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I worked in several other jobs, including a non-profit organization.  I chose real estate because I love helping people, I love houses and architecture and I like the flexibility that it provides.

Jul 19, 2016 02:17 AM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

4 years as a real estate appraiser and August 11 will be 28 years in the business.  Basically all my life in this business and still having a great time.  

Jul 19, 2016 01:26 AM
Annie Adjchavanich
Secret HQ, Inc - Los Angeles, CA
CRE LA, Orange Co, SFV, South Bay, Inland Empire

30+ years of sales related jobs from telemarketing at 16 booking time share tours for Long&Foster, renting costumes, selling photo equipment, cashier at the family store, being a freelance photographer for 11 years (selling my skills!) teaching college level photography, exec director at an arts nonprofit, gallery director. When the economy crashed, I took a few years off and enjoyed some early retirement at the beach. When it was time to go back to work, I love working on commission and didn't want to sell luxury cars so real estate seemed to be the right career choice. For those of us who are used to being self-directed, it feels good to be your own boss. So far so good!

Jul 19, 2016 01:14 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I liked homes, architecture and exploring cities.  My avocation became a vocation.  My previous career was in retail management and buying.  

Jul 19, 2016 01:13 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Manager of an escrow office

Jul 18, 2016 11:46 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Steve Matley My Wife was a real estate agent. I worked as the Director of Sales for a telecommunications company.

Jul 18, 2016 11:27 PM
Byron K . Jones
Coatesville, PA
List Today - Sold Tomorrow!

I was an Armed Guard @ a Nuclear Power Plant for 12 Years, bought my `1st home and thought my agent did a Horrible job (dual agency)..wanted to know if she had my best in mind when she sold me the took the classes to learn...(she did not) so now i have motivation....that was 20 yrs ago and it is still in my mind what she did!

Jul 18, 2016 11:25 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I loved fast food until I was hired to do property management. From there, I was introduced to the vast world of Real Estate which lined up with my skills bank quite nicely.

Jul 18, 2016 11:13 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I was a teacher.... too many vacations for me....I wanted a full time job and this was it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 18, 2016 11:11 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Corporate life; too much oversight drove me out.

Jul 18, 2016 11:07 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Long story and it just sort of happened a few months after graduating from college!

Jul 18, 2016 10:54 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Prior to becoming a real estate agent the majority of my career was in Information Technology.  I got into real estate because I wanted my own business.

Jul 18, 2016 10:52 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I enjoy helping people, have a passion for real estate and wanted flexibility to travel with my husband for his work.   I didn't like having to ask for time off and them telling me how much vacation I had.  LOL

Jul 18, 2016 10:19 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Wayne worked in IT and is not full time real estate, I am a full time science teacher and part time real estate. We fell into real estate by accident but stay because it's an absolute thrill to help people make their lives better.

Jul 18, 2016 10:08 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I opened my first real estate office after finishing law school. The opportunities appeared to be greater than practicing law.

Jul 18, 2016 09:51 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Corporate. America. Nuff said...

Jul 18, 2016 09:29 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

High tech background.  A passion now.

Jul 18, 2016 09:26 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

CSR at a bank.

Jul 18, 2016 09:26 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I spent almost 20 years in corporate finance. Wanted to do something more entrepreneurial when we returned from a number of years overseas. Had seen so much bad "brokering" personally, I felt I could run rings around 95+% of the agents out there. And I did and I have for almost 25 years now.

Jul 18, 2016 09:00 PM