|Real Estate Agent||
|location_on Saint Augustine Beach, FL — Exit 1 Stop Realty|
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|web Margo Currie's (margocurrie) Blog|
Real estate is my dream job!!!! There is no greater satisfaction than finding customers their dream homes, and I feel privileged to do this in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The climate is perfect with just enough seasonal change to be interesting. It's never really cold, and to a former Pittsburgher, it's never too warm. My unique constellation of education and experiences have prepared me to serve my customers well.
I spent 35 wonderful years teaching art, primarily at the high school level. My art background enables me to see the potential in properties often overlooked by others. If the bones are good, a fixer-upper might be a diamond in the rough, and the price will be right. A masters degree in educational psychology helps me to develop rapport and trust with my customers, and to discern their true feelings about a property. I can sense when they are holding back information that may be vital to selecting a home where they can be happy. Effectively negotiating as well as diffusing fears related to buying and selling a home are areas where I feel very competent.
Right after 9/11/2001, I left for Paris with my then seventeen year old daughter. I rented an apartment on the rue du faubourg saint antoine, sight unseen, over the internet. Signing a lease I couldn't read, explained by a gentleman I couldn't understand was a real leap of faith. Without ever studying the French language, I managed to buy groceries, mail letters home, pay utilities, navigate the metro system, and live comfortably in a city and society totally foreign to me. In our building was a warm and empathetic woman who introduced my daughter and me to all things French. The experience, which turned out to be wonderful, gives me insight into the daily problems of people relocating to our city. Whether the customers come from a city in the United States or some distant country, they will face challenges until they get settled, establish a circle of friends, and learn the way around St. Augustine. I would love to welcome newcomers, as Noelle welcomed us, and help them make our city their home.
I love this job! There's never a dull moment, but the current real estate market requires aggressive marketing and motivated sellers. Some of the innovative strategies I've used over the past few years include: distributing umbrellas to stores and restaurants during sudden downpours, beach toys to families, Christmas stockings filled with candy, CDs with photos of St. Augustine during College family weekends, artificial potted flowers at school bazaars, and beads on Fat Tuesday (Of course my contact info is always included). I also had Exit t-shirts made, promoting the excitement generated by the company.
During the 2008 election, my friend, Evelyn Torres, and I organized a photo op with Sens. Biden, McCain, Obama, and Gov. Palin. Tons of people showed up to have their pictures taken with the life-size cardboard cutouts of the candidates. We gave out patriotic pins, candy, flags, hats, our company listings, and campaign buttons saying, "Elect Exit Realty Experts as your St. Johns County Realtors." A very memorable biker showed up and took Sarah Palin out to his bike for a photograph. The afternoon was fun for everyone!
It helps me to show up at the office almost every day. This practice helps me to organize my work hours, work on lead generation, get my ads done, develop and grow friendships with other realtors, and in general, keep in touch. For some people, this may not be necessary, but it works for me. When the market was at its lowest, I upped my advertising dollars to be sure my listings and my name were out there. I held open houses and distributed the leftover information sheets around the neighborhoods. In other words, I did whatever it took to grow my business, and I'm starting to see the fruits of that labor. I'm not sure what the year will bring, but I'm going to be out there working.
I chose Exit Realty because of the team spirit, the educational opportunities, and the retirement potential. I have not been disappointed. My sister-in-law, Bernadette Hreso, first introduced me to this extraordinary company. Bernadette is an Exit realtor in Coral Springs, Florida. When I got licensed, she suggested I try Exit. As her recruit, she earns a pay check with each of my closings. I'm working hard to bring us both wealth. Because she has a vested interest in my success (and because she's a great sister-in-law), she's always there for advice, support, and just to listen. I'm convinced we could write a book! Exit's single level recruiting, encourages the team spirit that so impressed me.
Realtor, Exit 1 Stop Realty My specialty is relationship building. It's vital to get to know my customers well enough to discern what's in their best interest and to make that my highest priority.