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Some of you may feel that you know me well from my many years of living and working on the Central Coast or maybe we have met only recently at a Relay For Life walk. Regardless, I would like to share a little of myself with you now and something that might be interesting to you. I am a Real Estate Agent that doesn’t expect your business but only the opportunity to “apply for the job.” Telling you a little bit about my background will help us get to know each other.
My working life began when I was 15. Like every member of my family, including cousins, I worked in my father’s bicycle shop in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, which is northwest of Boston near the New Hampshire border. My grandfather started the business in 1915 as the first Harley Davidson Dealership. When my dad came back from the war in 1956, he bought the shop and turned it into a successful bicycle business.
I was working for my dad at the age of 18 when a good friend’s family decided to move to California. They had an empty seat and offered me a ride.
I’m very glad I took the plunge all those years ago. Though I love my dad very much—he and my grandfather are two very special people in my life who showed me that it takes hard work and dedication to succeed in running your own business—moving to California let me prove to myself that I could make it on my own. I had to have the tenacity to survive. I have not only survived, I have thrived.
I married and we were stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base when I began looking to buy my first California house. My agent put me in touch with a broker who was looking for a receptionist and that started my life-long career in real estate. I became their personal assistant and with their encouragement, got my real estate sales license. I worked with this broker and eventually oversaw their five Central Coast real estate offices during my 14 years with the company.
Being encouraged to take my skills in a related, but slightly different direction, I began working for a title company and worked my way up to an escrow officer. I worked there for two years then was offered a position as a business development representative for the parent company. I stayed with them for five more years until the firm shut all of its Santa Barbara County offices. I decided at that point to return to my first love, which is helping people with their real estate needs.
Many jobs are boring in that you do the same thing, day in and day out. Real estate keeps me moving because there is a new challenge each and every day. You never know what request the next phone call will bring and along with it, the opportunity to help someone. It’s a lot like putting the pieces of a puzzle together!
Knowledge gained through my specialized real estate education let me help a client that I’d never met save his home from foreclosure. The client had a rental property he wanted to sell through a short sale. One of the many problems though, was the family renting it would not let me into the home. I was able to earn their trust and find them another home to move to. The short sale was moving along when the bottom fell out. I literally had one hour to persuade his bank not to foreclose on the home. My real estate education coupled with my practical experience of working in escrow allowed me to line up all of the crucial people and close the short sale, averting the foreclosure.
Having also been a military wife, I understand the pressures facing service men and women and their families. One of my fondest memories was helping a military couple close escrow on a house two days before Christmas. They were stuck, though: the only possessions they had with them were their clothes and an air mattress. I loaned them household items, decorated a small tree with military ornaments and made them several meals. I wanted their first California Christmas to be special because they, like all my clients, were very important to me.
When I’m not out showing properties, I can be found enjoying time with my family. Mike and I were married in Pismo Beach thirteen years ago. I have one son and Mike has two sons from previous marriages. Neither of us thought we would become grandparents until we received calls on the same night, two hours apart, one from my son and another from one of Mike’s son. Now we are the proud grandparents of two beautiful grandchildren, Mara Jett and Arianna Grace, who were born just 16 days apart.
If I had a wish, it would be that my son and his family lived closer than Chico and that my East Coast family was closer than Portland, Maine. I love our beautiful weather and enjoy walks on the beach with Mike and our spoiled lab Ruby. After our walks, I often indulge in other passions of mine: cooking and entertaining. There is something special about getting a recipe just right and making it my own and having friends over to enjoy it with!
Recently, I made the decision to work with an innovative agency. Compass. I’ve always wanted to build my own brand and company so this change was liberating, and gave me the freedom to focus on how I believe my clients should be treated. It feels good knowing that I can provide better service by working under my own name and my own principles. I am excited to be building a real estate business based on service, integrity and hard work that will last for years to come.
People who know me find me honest, sincere with an energetic personality. I’m not afraid of hard work and am a trusted guide in helping clients make educated real estate decisions. My goals are to alleviate any of your concerns, keep you well informed and facilitate an effortless move. I enjoy being able to WALK my clients through each and every step of a real estate transaction.
When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I ask that you give me the opportunity to demonstrate my services and interview for the job. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. I greatly appreciate it and hope that I can earn your business should you ever need a REALTOR®.
Julie Walker, REALTOR®
Phone (805) 431-9484