Position and Location: Sales associate,
A REALTORŪ Since: 1996.
Designations Earned: ABR.
How I Chose this Career: My mother-in-law
has been a RealtorŪ for over 25 years, and her mother-in-law was
a RealtorŪ. She has been a wonderful mentor for me and is an exemplary
Why I Stay with It:
is hard work, I appreciate the scheduling freedom and the variety each
day brings. I cannot imagine a job where I have to clock in and out
and stay trapped in a building all day. I love getting to know people
from all walks of life, and I appreciate the challenge of an ever-changing
I Participate in the State Association to: I
started out volunteering for the RPAC fundraiser because I love to throw
a party! We have done some fun things to raise money: we had a wine
tasting, a "Kiss the Pig" contest (which resulted in my broker having
to actually kiss a pig in front of our association), and I have helped
with three very successful auctions. Along the way, I have come to understand
the importance of what RPAC is about. All RealtorsŪ should be grateful
to the individuals who are in Olympia advocating for our best interests
as RealtorsŪ and as property owners.
Most Unusual REALTORŪ Memory: HMMM...there
have been so many, from walking in on a stark-naked, 6-foot, bald biker
who had been out partying the night before and forgot I was showing
the house, to the closing that had to be extended due to the seller's
insistence on having a "goodbye ceremony" over the weekend, so that
they could properly say farewell to their home (which had been vacant
for a year). One thing about this job, it is not dull.
Most Challenging Part of the Job: Keeping
up with changing technology and paperwork. Keeping everyone happy.
I Get Up Early/Stay Late to: I
have been getting up early to walk on my treadmill, and it feels great
that it is finally a habit! I try not to work late;I have a wonderful
husband and two great kids, so I look forward to going home.
I volunteer at the school and I love that. My 7-year-old daughter and
I just started skiing together at Mission Ridge this year. As a family,
we love to go camping, boating and waterskiing in the summer.
What I did on my Last Vacation: We haven't
had a real one for a while. We get lots of mini vacations by camping
(preferably where there is no cell phone range). Eastern Washington
is the best for sunshine and water!! We have weekend family getaways
at my mother- and father-in-law's house on Lake Chelan. I did have my
first "girl vacation" with my friend Tina Burke from John L. Scott in
Bellevue a few years ago; we went to Palm Springs and we tried (successfully)
not to talk about real estate. !
Why I'm Looking Forward to this Year: I
am hoping this will be my best year ever. My first quarter production
has been high, so this should be a great year.
My Hot Tip for Colleagues: I think it would
have to be to give the best service you can throughout the transaction,
and stay focused on the customer's needs, not the paycheck. I also think
everyone should get involved at some level with their local or state
association, even if it is just for a year. I really appreciate what
goes on behind the scenes with RealtorsŪ who are volunteering to
better our business and improve our image to the community.
Cindy Seyster was among those nominated for the W.A.R. 2000 REALTORŪ
Achievement Award. She was noted for her role as RPAC chair for the
North Central Washington Association of REALTORSŪ, and received
its 2000 second quarter REALTORŪ Achievement Award.
Posted 6/13/01. Archived 6/27/01.