Sharon Altier, SFR, Your Real Estate Partner (Lawton Realty Group, Inc.)

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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

In 1991 when I hated real estate, I took a class on buyer brokerage. 

The students were rude and hateful to the teacher...I could not understand why because it made sense.  It made perfect sense!

That was when I decided that I would open a buyer brokerage office, and have never regretted it. I love it.


Apr 13, 2017 09:44 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I thought I did before I got into RE - our agent was selling condos on the beach knee deep in water - we said "That's for me" - still waiting for that to happen LOL

Apr 13, 2017 12:52 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

long before the first check.... it was my first listing.... grossly overpriced.... but I did sell it after 4 months of playing with it!!! it was a learning training available then.... on a wing and a prayer and loving every minute of it....

Apr 13, 2017 09:44 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

More like a WTF moment. LOL

Apr 13, 2017 05:55 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

People, people, people. Real Estate is a people business 

Apr 13, 2017 05:39 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

My aha moment was when I realized how much better I do when I get out of my comfort zone...

Apr 13, 2017 04:40 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Plenty of things that I am talented in, and plenty of successes, not sure which one is my final destination.

Apr 13, 2017 02:05 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Ron was in real estate first.  He got so busy, he wanted someone trustworthy to work with him  AHA, Took the course, passed, and the rest is history.  

Apr 13, 2017 10:44 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It is always about the people for me.  The people are why I love what I do and the people are why I don't love it so much. Thankfully the GOOD far outweighs the not so good.  All in all ... life is good. I am blessed.

Apr 13, 2017 10:36 AM
Ruth Grainger-Starr
Grainger Realty - Cripple Creek, CO
providing AWESOME real estate adventures

When I was little girl going to the office with my dad. Writing contracts for my teddy bear or my cows. I would always ask the other brokers if they would do the closing. Also spent a lot of time answering the phones. I thought it was great then and I still do! 

Apr 13, 2017 10:18 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I sure did. I'm not sure of the exact moment probably when everything started to come together with clients and listings.

Apr 13, 2017 06:23 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

When an agent botched a transaction for me when I was the purchaser, and I realized I could do this business much better.

Apr 13, 2017 06:05 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I meet a lot of interesting people and see amazing properties through this profession. I do not think I had my ''aha'' moment, it just grew on me. 

Apr 13, 2017 04:55 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Yes.  When I got my Broker's license.

Apr 13, 2017 04:01 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

No, it's been a culmination.  Every time I see successes or reap a benefit from being where I am, it's a reminder that I'm in the right place.

Apr 13, 2017 11:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Can't say that I have. Not much of an "aha moment" kind of person in general.

Apr 13, 2017 11:31 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

An aha moment no, I can't say that I think its just something that fit well from the start.

Dec 15, 2017 05:22 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

When I was going to school, and about half way through I thought this was the industry for me, and was correct.

Apr 16, 2017 08:09 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

aha,  I don't remember but know I did.

Apr 16, 2017 07:26 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Not yet.  My "aha" moment was more along the lines of being self-employed and not working for "the man" any more.

Apr 14, 2017 02:18 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No, never have.

Apr 14, 2017 06:04 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I opened my first real estate office when I finished law school. It was an alternative to practicing law.

Apr 14, 2017 05:11 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Not really. I was forced as part of my dowery I received after the shotgun wedding

Apr 14, 2017 05:07 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

When I realized it would not require 2 or 3 round trips per week!! 

Apr 14, 2017 04:58 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sharon Altier, SFR - sometimes that 'aha' becomes 'oooooh'!

But I love Real Estate industry.

Apr 13, 2017 11:16 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Yep, it was Summer 1997 when I completed Michael E. Gerber's E-Myth Academy. I realized then, the Mobile DJ/MC Business I was operating had a shelf life that Real Estate did not. Grey hairs were great for Realtors, not so much for DJs.

Apr 13, 2017 08:53 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes, when i set up my first week of classes

Apr 13, 2017 08:12 PM
Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of

I've known it was the industry for me long before I got licensed. Just had to wait for the timing to be right!!!

Apr 13, 2017 07:58 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

That moment when I realized that I could make a difference in clients' lives: Helping my first buyer think through the buying process and landing in a community that was absolutely perfect for them. I stopped by to visit them about 3 months later and they couldn't stop talking about their neighbors, their location, their lifestyle

I realized that buying a home wasn't just finding the perfect '4-walls' but, matching their lifestyle to the right community, THEN a home!  I understood at that moment that my passion for helping others work through their challenges (the nurse in me!), had helped segue me perfectly into my new career!

Apr 13, 2017 06:52 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

My first sale was my first week. I knew this was for me. I was assigned to working open houses in a new condo developement. My first customer has come back to me 5 times in 31 years with 5 sales and 5 new homes. 

Apr 13, 2017 05:24 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I was too young to know

Apr 13, 2017 05:06 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I can't remember one moment but know there have been several periods of time where I have had a wonderful time and couldn't wait until the next day.

Apr 13, 2017 04:46 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 / Property Manager

It wasn't as much an "aha" as a calculated career move.  I was in a high paying career with little flexibility in my schedule.  My husband traveled a lot in his job, so I wanted a career that I didn't have to ask for time off without eye brows being raised.   I was interested in real estate and went for it.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Apr 13, 2017 04:19 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I've had a bunch of them however none are about the money. It's when your customer pursues their dream against all odds and you're able to facilitate that effort all the way to closing. I have seen some of the biggest smiles when home ownership becomes a reality. That's priceless!

Apr 13, 2017 01:12 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

It was the very first house I sold.  The husband had met his wife in China and they needed to own a home in order for her daughter to be able to move to America!

Apr 13, 2017 01:07 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

No, it happened when I was offered a job out of law school. One salary to be an attorney and a bigger salary plus overrides to be the sales manager! AHA!

Apr 13, 2017 12:58 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

We all have to work hard on our first check.

Apr 13, 2017 12:53 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties


Apr 13, 2017 12:32 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Yes, when I was studying for my ABR and the instructor was explaining about agency. Putting my clients interests ahead of my own. I knew then this was for me.

Apr 13, 2017 11:55 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

The second check was bigger than three weeks of selling cars!

Apr 13, 2017 11:28 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes in my was 2 weeks after I was hired & then told sorry, this isn't working out. I asked (begged) for another two weeks to prove myself & it turned into 12 years of success. In the very moment I begged for the second chance,, I knew this was the way for me. Results followed

Apr 13, 2017 10:38 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I knew before I got into it, having bought and sold a number of homes

Apr 13, 2017 10:12 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

I knew real estate was my passion very young age - always reading, studying and started rehabbing home in college

Apr 13, 2017 09:54 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Checks at closing very nice

Apr 13, 2017 09:23 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sharon Altier, SFR Yes, when I received my first commission check.

Apr 13, 2017 09:21 AM