Every month, we’d like to take the time to highlight one of our phenomenal brokers with a profile into their life — their hobbies, their interests, and what is important to them in and outside of Real Estate. This month, we sat down with the wonderful Karen Boggs.
Starting things off with something easy, where is your favorite vacation spot?
Yellowstone National Park. Clean air, lots of animals, amazing sites and sounds. Depending on what time of year you go, you see different animals. I have never been disappointed and will go back anytime the opportunity presents itself.
What drives you?
That’s a great question. My drive for life is living and enjoying the experience.
My drive for real estate is helping my clients. It is such a rewarding experience to help people accomplish one of the biggest purchases in their entire life. It never gets old for me because every transaction has its own unique experiences and challenges. If I couldn’t use my brain, education and experience to work through the challenges, I would feel so disappointed and unfulfilled.
One of my mentors was trying to get me to save some of my time by not attending my closings. No Way!! That is one of the rewards for a job well done and not going to happen in my career. There have been a few situations where I wasn’t able to attend my closings, like the current Corona Virus and social distancing. Honestly, it leaves me with a feeling of something left undone.
What drew you to real estate?
I joined the real estate industry right out of high school. I was tired of school and didn’t want to go further at that time for more schooling. I wanted to enter the work force with both feet on the ground and moving forward. I have since learned that there are all kinds of learning and sometimes it is a positive thing to learn from others instead of learning everything through the school of hard knocks and trying to reinvent the wheel by learning to do everything on my own. So much time and energy lost. My mom was in real estate. I always admired her. I went with her when she was signing up for classes to become a Qualifying Broker and start her own office. I decided right there that I wanted to follow in her footsteps instead of working in an office and for someone else. I have always been very independent.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an ice skater. My brothers and I used to skate at the bowling alley and I had watched the lovely ladies during the Olympics. One fond memory of skating before they closed it down was my parents taking us to the skating rink. My father thought everyone looked so great gliding across the ice. He stepped out on the ice and promptly bit the dust so to speak. We teased him that he had cracked the ice.
We used to play at having offices with rocks and sticks for our appointments. We used to haul up the large cardboard boxes to make our offices, desks, chairs. That is something kids don’t have these days, the imagination to use what is available as their playthings.
I also wanted to be a nurse but discovered I wasn’t cut out to handle nursing, especially around the emergency room. I would try to faint.
What is the one thing you are the most grateful for in life?
That God has blessed me to be healthy and live in the United States of America. That I am free to choose my career and am able to pursue anything I think I am capable of doing.
To you, what sets Coldwell Banker Trails West Realty, Ltd. apart from the rest?
Coldwell Banker Trails West Realty is my second home. I love the people that work here. We are much like a family. Everyone is so giving and helpful, although technically, we should be more adversarial. That isn’t a word in the Coldwell Banker Trails West Office dictionary.
If I were to choose one word, it is Family.
Working together accomplishes more when people are pulling together rather than pulling apart. I have learned a lot about myself since I made the choice to join this amazing office. I have grown from being a shy person to not being so shy; from realizing that I have a lot to give to my fellow associates as well as seek their advice and experience when necessary. It isn’t always about competition but more about cooperation.
I have always felt that Coldwell Banker was a good brand, especially for newbies. I have learned that it is a great place for even those of us with more experience, too. The ethics and training are very important to me. I have worked with several people (not in Coldwell Banker Trails West Realty) whose work ethics and practices demonstrate the value of the high ethical model set forth and practiced daily under the entire international Coldwell Banker umbrella, right down to the independently owned offices themselves. If I knew when I started my career what I know now about the Coldwell Banker Trails West office, I would have started here.
I appreciate that knowledge and ethics as well as integrity define Coldwell Banker Trails West Realty.
Thank you so much, Karen, for sitting down with me today and sharing a bit about yourself with all of our loyal Trails West Digest readers.
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