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Front Page - Friday, February 1, 2019

Own your story

My family, friends and clients hear me talk about “leaning in” a lot. When we lean in, we give everything we have to something we’re passionate about. It becomes part of our story.

The National Association of Realtors has chosen “Own Your Story” as its theme for 2019. As our local association’s president, I’m asking Greater Chattanooga’s Realtors to lean in to their stories. I’ll start with my mine.

I’ve held many different jobs over the years. I’ve worked as an X-ray technician, sold advertising, worked in customer service and was even a bookkeeper. As different from one another as these jobs were, they had one thing in common: I dealt directly with the public. I wanted to serve those around me.

I worked with a young woman who had a wonderfully sweet 5-year-old daughter with special needs. This young mother was also a war widow. Her husband had been killed in Afghanistan while she was pregnant. Her daughter had learning difficulties and needed to be in a certain school that had the right programs to help her.

It was difficult at times, but we worked together and found a place that met all her needs.

That was a number of years ago, and we still talk. Her daughter is thriving, and she thanks me for my help in her time of extraordinary need.

That’s one chapter of my story, and one example of why I’m a proud Greater Chattanooga Realtor.

Every day, more than 2,000 Realtors in Greater Chattanooga have the honor of serving our community’s property needs, whether it’s buying or listing a house or commercial property. We’re here to guide our clients through a major point in their life.

We’re proud of our stories, where we’ve been and where we’re going. As you work with your Realtor, help him or her best serve you by sharing your story. What are your goals in terms of buying, selling or investing? Contact a Realtor today to start writing your next chapter.

Greater Chattanooga Realtors is “The Voice of Real Estate in Greater Chattanooga.” A regional organization with more than 2,000 members, Greater Chattanooga Realtors is one of some 1,300 local boards and associations of Realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of Realtors. Greater Chattanooga Realtors services Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in southeast Tennessee, and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia. For more information, visit www.gcar.net or call 423 698-8001.