From as far back as I can remember my parents always told me the best way to navigate the winding road ahead is to always work hard, continue learning, passionately and diligently pursue all that interest you, be honest, build your integrity and most of all respect others and treat them the way you wish to be treated.
And like any good daughter that is what I have strived to do. I was an honor student and graduated from North Babylon High School with a Regents diploma and I attended C.W. Post and finished a semester early to graduate with the December class, all the while working full-time for the last year.
You would think I would have relaxed a bit at this point but instead I chose to work full-time days at one job and full-time nights at another. No slowing down for me . I guess I took the "working hard" part of my parents teaching very seriously. Not long after, I started my own consulting business which I owned and operated successfully for many years until I decided to merge it with a new company venture I started with a business partner. Together, with the long hours and endless dedication we built our business literally from the ground up. We started it renting out a single room and eventually we had grown it to the point where we needed and purchased our own commercial building.
During those years I also purchased my first home. Boy, I can remember those were some really tight years in the beginning. A start up company and the new mortgage, not any easy time for sure. I just kept remembering what my parents had taught me, work hard and diligently and continue to educate yourself and you'll be okay. And, of course, they were right. Hindsight is 20/20 and looking back on those hard years I realize now they taught me some very valuable lessons.
For one, they taught me there are never any problems, only solutions. You don't quit when you are confronted with obstacles. For every challenge you face and conquer your skill set grows and you become that much more able to handle difficulties in the future. These valuable lessons sure come in handy these days in our current real estate market. There have definitely been some challenging waters to navigate but like anything else you educate yourself and keep moving forward becoming more knowledgeable and experienced as you go.
I also learned early on you can never know it all, so surround yourself with experts. Together as a team you learn from and count on others as much as they do from you. Learning to work together with people, share ideas and negotiate will always lead you to success. At the end of the day real estate is all about people so you better be able to communicate effectively.
Communication is the foundation of every successful relationship and not only did I hone my communication skills while involved with my businesses but I sharpened them even more when I founded a not-for-profit for abandoned animals. I felt strongly about giving back to the community that had given me so much so I founded and operate C.A.R.E of America, Inc. (Canine Animal Rescue Effort). Together my volunteers and I have rescued and found loving homes for countless animals who really needed a second, sometimes third or even fourth chance in life. The fundraisers that we've organized and the never ending labor of love that is needed to heal the broken bodies and spirits of these loving animals is always worth the effort.
After many successful years of our business I decided it was time for another career path. Since I had always been passionate about real estate I set my sights on becoming a real estate agent. True to my nature, I wasn't afraid to dive in just as the whole real estate market and financial world was caving under. No better time to learn then when chaos is happening all around you. You have to remain calm, educate yourself quickly and be able to reassure your clients in a confident manner and the only way to accomplish that is to know your stuff and know it well.
As a lifelong member of the South Shore, an East Islip resident for the last 15 years and a huge fan of the North Shore I can honestly say I wouldn't want to do real estate anywhere else. As Long Islanders we have the best of all things. We have a spectacular, bustling, world-famous city at one end of the Island, a beautiful Beachland Paradise at the other end and in between some of the most picturesque towns you could ever dream of.
When I accept the responsibility of either selling your home or finding you a home I take that responsibility very seriously. I always listen to your needs and will do all that is in my power to work with you honestly and diligently to facilitate a successful outcome.
My hope is that wherever you decide to call home on this amazing Island of ours, that your home will bring you as much joy and treasured memories as my home has brought to me...