DUESLER REALTY HOUSE
October 1999 - present
I created this independent real estate company in 1999 after working for various franchise organizations. I decided to control my own destiny, make my own decisions, and run my own show! My philosophy is to work hard and keep the service to my clients dedicated and personal. I don't have to "check with my boss" because I am the boss. When you call 260-602-1771, you are at the top of the customer service hotline. "How may I help you?"
ASSOCIATED BROKERS, INC
September 1989 - September 1999
REAL ESTATE SALES. Ahh, back to selling without having to train new agents! YAY! In 1989 my career took me to one of Fort Wayne's first "100%" real estate firms, which meant more risk for me, but even more rewards. I learned the concept of taking more control of my personal sales and commission income, while investing 100% of the advertising dollar into my own listings. I did not have to depend on the principal broker, phone duty, or a franchise to provide leads anymore. I now earned my own sales through repeat and referral business. The ten years at this company was the experience I needed to start my own company in 1999. I will always be grateful for my time at Associated Brokers.
Broker Associate and Office Manager
Century21 Charleston/Charleston Better Homes & Gardens
September 1984 - September 1989
One of my favorite places to work, with lots of great memories. Real estate sales, worked as office manager, trained and recruited new agents. Consistently one of the top producing agents in the company, specializing in converting expired listings to successfully closed sales. I was dubbed "The Queen of Expired Listings" because I turned other agents failed listings into closings for the sellers, which made a lot of people happy, including myself!
Century 21 Seculoff
July 1979 - November 1981
Happily selling real estate with a small C-21 office.
Friendly people, learned a lot. Met my mentor Ellen Hartzell here, and she had a huge influence on my career and life.
We saw some hard times and saw the interest rates for mortgages skyrocket up to 18-19%. Learned about creative financing, and land contracts. Also those were the days when and assumable mortgage with a good rate would sell a house like nothing else. There were hard times, sad times, as we saw Fort Wayne lose International Harveser and 10,000 jobs, including my husband's.
BUT, WE'RE STILL STANDING!
Real Estate Sales Associate
Rousseau Realtors (later Rousseau Realty House)
March 1977 - July 1979
WOW, March 1977.... I was a newbie in real estate! I sold my first house in three weeks. It was an assumption and I think the house sold for $29,000... that house would sell for about $68-70,000 today. We didn't have computers, just weekly MLS books. The purchase agreement was only one page back then. We've come a long way, baby! It was a great company to begin my career with...miss you guys. (RIP Ed Rousseau)