Why Real Estate is Not Our Life
The tagline for our Realtor organization is “Realtors – Real Estate is Our Life,” but I will go out on a limb and say that this tagline misses the mark ever so slightly. Yes, technically we sell houses, and lots of them. However we sell way more than just homes…we are selling communities. Tonight I had the great pleasure of attending the kick-off campaign party for Dan O’Connell, a Dracut native running for school committee in his home town. It was awesome to see the hundreds of people who came out to support him and it was inspiring to hear his campaign speech. “Our children are the future of Dracut,” said O’Connell. “Everything that we want as citizens for Dracut must start with our kids. If we want more businesses to come to Dracut, let’s start with building a better community and better school system. We want our kids to not only grow up and thrive in our community, but we want to give them a reason to stay here someday and raise their own families.”
I have to say that I was surprised that Dan took on this bid for school committee. He is one of the busiest real estate agents in our office. “When it comes to providing a better school…a better future for the kids of Dracut, I have plenty of time in my day to help,” said Dan.
Dan O’Connell is not the only one who has become a pillar of leadership within the community. Karen King of Monson, an amazing agent that closes 90+ home sales a year, became a pillar of hope in a community devastated by tornado damage in 2011. She founded multiple charitable organizations including the Street Angels program and now she shows other communities across the country how to cope through times of monumental loss. Robbi Rubenstein of our Northborough office started the Well Spouse organization which helps families dealing with terminal illness and depression deal with life. Then we have agents like Dianne Raymond of Dracut, Paula Rosamilio of Pelham, and Lyn Gorka of Marlboro who are engrained in animal rescue programs in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Carole Barrett and Donna Caouette of the Dracut office are involved with the Dracut Food Pantry. As for school committee members Steve Levine has spent years on the Shrewsbury committee promoting change and fostering great education for the members of his community.
There are 300 amazing agents at RE/MAX Prestige and each and every one of them has a story of volunteerism and giving back. Therefore, if I had to pick a tagline that truly represents what our real estate agents are all about I would say it is this: RE/MAX Prestige, Real Estate is our Business – Our Communities are Our Life.