From High Heels To Orthopedics Shoes!

"What Goes Around, Comes Around"

Woo! Hoo! My former real estate company, ALTERA, has now (May 1, 2013) become a Coldwell Banker affiliated Company, Coldwell Banker Guidance Realty! This is particularly exciting for me! In 1975 we moved from Wheeling Illinois to San Jose, Ca. I had been a successful Realtor in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago for a few years when my then husband John, was transferred to California. When we arrived in sunny San Jose, I realized quickly that there was no way we could pay our bills; buy baseball uniforms, etc., without my bringing in some extra income! (My sons, Scott & Dan, complained weekly, "mom my pants are floods",) I swear every time my sons turned around, they had grown and inch or three! -:) (They are now both well over 6'3!!)

So now we're in California and boy it was really expensive living here, so I started studying for my California real estate license & interviewing different companies. I ended up with Value Realty, which became Valley of California, then ultimately, Coldwell Banker, with the same group of agents staying together for 27 years! At one point I a manager for a while, but went back to sales, it was more rewarding, emotionally and financially!

I succeeded under Coldwell Banker beyond my wildest dreams! I became one of their very top agents for many, many years! I loved every minute of it. I loved my clients, they became my family, I loved my fellow agents, they also became family, and I loved my company!! They were extraordinary years for me. Unfortunately, my orthopedic problems started slowing down my pace, plus I was caring for a sick husband, etc., but I still remained at the top. The best part was the love for my fellow agents, and Coldwell Banker. I cried when I left Coldwell Banker. After living in San Jose for28 years, in 2002, we moved to our community here in Brentwood and I went to work for my good friends, Under the Re/Max banner. It was fine but it wasn't Coldwell Banker. After a few years our entire office changed from Re/Max to Altera Signature Properties. It also was fine but not Coldwell Banker. Well guess what???? Last week we had a mandatory breakfast meeting......we walked into the blue & white decor & signage of Coldwell Banker!! Woo Hoo!! I'm "home"!!!! My company decided to become affiliated with Coldwell Banker.

All of my phone numbers, etc. are the same, also fellow agents, mgmt., support staff, etc. What Coldwell Banker brings to our office is national exposure, superior training, sales tools and an impeccable reputation! In the real estate industry, particularly, reputation is EVERY THING!! You can now find me at: Coldwell Banker Guidance Realty, 925-516-7578.

Someday, I will write in this blog about my career and some of the hilarious things that happened to me thru the years.......believe me there were some really memorable experiences!!

In the meantime, I am currently specializing in "over 55" communities in the East San Francisco Bay area. Again, Karen Long, Coldwell Banker Guidance Realty, Direct Line: 925-516-7578 you can also check out my real estate web site: Karenlong.com

The web site will answer many of your real estate questions, allow you to search for properties, etc. It is a good site, explore it!

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02.08 | 23:38

I too am an avid fan of Joan. I attended two of her workshops at GATE conferences in CA. She is one of my career inspirations by far. She is AWESOME!

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05.12 | 16:27

I am thoroughly enjoying your blog, Karen! I love your "stream of consciousness" style of writing, as well as your wit and humor. Chuckled & laughed all thru!

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27.10 | 13:35

Thanks Karen. It's always happy to read your "blog". Glad you are feeling better.Sipping time....

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01.10 | 11:06

You Karen (cuz) are and ALWAYS been the JOY in our family! Some of the most wonderful times in my life are because of you and your sons! You are incredible!

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