Who is this Crazy Real Estate Lady?

Someone once asked me, “Just what made you think moving to TN was a smart choice?  What made you think it was a good career move?”  He went on to say what he meant was because I had left a place where I had built a professional reputation and people knew who I was.  Here in TN, when I first arrived in 2005, I knew NOBODY and nobody knew me. I didn’t know how to respond, especially given the atmosphere in which that question was asked.  That was at my last career… Where I had spent a total of 17 years and that conversation occurred in my first 15 months or so of being here in TN.
I suppose the same is true for real estate.  I could have been a Realtor where I was raised, where my Mother has been licensed since 1976, where I have a ton of relatives, friends and church members, where one brother is an insurance agent, one owns his own plumbing company and where I have a cousin who is an electrician and business owner…it goes on…my sphere of influence is huge there… where my maiden name is known & I have deep roots. But my life is here now, I LOVE Middle TN and I am building my own name & reputation.  I work hard, have strong ethics and pray I am building a solid reputation for myself.   In time, maybe I will have built my reputation strong enough so I would have a good comeback to the question I was asked about why I thought moving was a good career move.
In the meantime….Who IS this crazy real estate lady?  Here’s a little about me.   “My Real Estate Journey” Blog Entry
I hope it helps. If not, just ask!  In short, I’m a just a girl who loves her family, loves the Lord and loves being in the career she’s always wanted to be in and has been blessed with thee best clients!
Oh and p.s.
…. My response to this man’s question was that mine had been a move of faith… Following where I felt led to be and where I felt I could give my daughters (then 9 & 12) a better life.

Michel Ann Maroney

My Mother became a licensed Real Estate Agent in 1976. At the time of this posting, July 2014, she is still licensed. She has been my mentor and has set a great example of how to care for your clients!
My Mother became a licensed Real Estate Agent in 1976. At the time of this posting, she is still licensed. She has been my mentor and has set a great example of how to care for your clients!

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  1. Unfortunately this goes beyond just Airport Community. The idea of community has become a dying way of life in our society. I had a modern anthropology professor describe the loss of community in today’s society as “The Garage Door effect”. We open our our garage door from our car, drive in, and close it behind us. Most new homes have small front porches, if any at all. We have are no longer visible or social with our neighbors. I see the same thing happening at airports. I live very near a GA airport. 2 eateries, a few flight schools, and a plethora of hangars. Most days, and even on the weekends, the hangar opens, the owner/pilot pulls the plane out, and taxi’s away. “The Hangar Door effect”. There was a time when hangar talk was when anyone walked passed a hangar, peered in and started a conversation. Hell, it wasn’t unheard of for the owner to just be sitting in a lawn chair, enjoying the ‘air show’ that happens everyday. A cooler of soda and some chips were always available to anyone that wanted to sit down and chat. Those days are gone. We can theorize for hours, years, decades, as to what happened to a society that barely knows its neighbors or welcomes any hangar talk. We can assign blame to the high cost of aviation, or its perceived high cost. After all, in retrospect, everything in the golden days was much cheaper? It’s all relative. Is the loss of community due to the internet or gentrification? I can walk into the FBO any day of the week and see the same coffee clutch of 60+ year old pilots talking about the glory days of when flying was cheap. It’s all relative. I have tried to join in, but am often looked upon as the problem. Youth is wasted on the young and we don’t understand what it takes. It’s all relative. They were young once.Organizations have tried to bridge the gap of the aging pilot population and lack of community with Young Eagles (which, for some young people, is the only avenue to something they have a passion for). I also believe that so many have tried to address this issue of ‘community’ in so many different ways. Flying Clubs and Fly-Ins have had some minor success, but they don’t create community, they create events that pull people away from the airport. Not to mention, they tend to be filled with that same coffee clutch that I mentioned earlier. Some clubs do have membership drive BBQ’s at their hangars, but they are often hosted by members that don’t want outsiders eating their food. Why have it at the airport if you don’t want people to come by and ask questions about joining?Perhaps its the negativity of some, which tend to be the loudest bunch, the expense of flying, or the perception of GA in general. Is there a magic bullet? Is it an entire arsenal of ideas? Maybe we just need to start with something small and simple like putting out a couple of lawn chairs in front of a hangar, or on the grass near the FBO with a sign that says “Coke and Chips. Price of admission: Take a seat and join me for some hangar talk” . Not a flying club, but simply a lemonade stand on a hot summer day. Sounds crazy, I know, but its how I met my neighbors. A cooler, some food and a few lawn chairs on my driveway with a sign that said “Nice day to watch you mow the lawn”

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