14 Ways You Made 2014 Your Best Year



If you’re mulling over your New Year’s resolutions, add this to the list: Make 2015 at least as good as you made 2014.

As the year comes to a close, we all look back and reflect on our accomplishments. You should be extra proud of your wins this year. Despite the roller coaster the housing market was on (historic indicators show a sad state for sales), real estate professionals powered through and made great strides. REALTOR® Magazine asked its Facebook followers about their greatest successes in 2014, and a congratulations is in order! Here are 14 of the biggest accomplishments this year that our readers told us about. Take a moment to pat yourselves on the back for a job well done, and if you have an accomplishment you’d like to gloat about, tell us in the comments section of this post.

Kristen Gadd
Co-owner, Key Rental Management at Keller Williams Performance Realty
Pueblo, Colo.
“I formed a team with my husband, opened up a property management company, and went from 13 transactions my first year to 40 this year!”

Graci Brown
Broker, Equinox Real Estate Investment
Eugene, Ore.
“My biggest accomplishment was playing a huge part in the success of newer real estate professionals in my office with the support I provided. Also, I became the president-elect of my local board … at age 26.”

Tom Sullivan
Sales associate, Howard Hanna
Irwin, Pa.
“My last five transactions of the year were first-time home buyers who either just came home from Iraq or just retired from the armed forces.”

Brian Brooker
Broker-associate, Carrington Real Estate Services
Boca Raton, Fla.
“$900K in closed sales in the fourth quarter of 2014, with two pending for the million. I did this while taking broker classes two nights a week for two months and passing my state broker exam. That’s finishing strong.”

Jacqui Scoggins
Sales associate, Coldwell Banker Premier Realty
Las Vegas
“I closed 15 transactions from June to August — my first 4 months in the real estate business. My husband also joined the last sales meeting of the year, as he is retiring from the military and joining me in real estate!”

Joe Prian
Broker-owner, RE/MAX Pines by the Sea
Cambria, Calif.
“I got more involved with my profession on both the state and local levels. I was named 2014 REALTOR® of the Year with the Scenic Coast Association of REALTORS®. What an honor.”

Craig Bell
Sales associate, Keller Williams Realty
Charlotte, N.C.
“Nine listings in one day.”

Kimberly Gettle
Sales associate, Old South Properties Inc.
Pensacola, Fla.
“Winning the Rising Star Award over 1,600 other practitioners in my area and becoming a member of the Florida REALTORS® Board of Directors!”

Mike West
Broker-associate, Legacy Realty Inc.
Greencastle, Pa.
“I got certified to teach real estate classes by the state of Pennsylvania. I taught my first broker class in November.”

Katie Monroe
Sales associate, RE/MAX 8
Blackburg, Va.
“Getting my ABR and e-PRO® certifications, and I’m working on my CRS.”

Robert Hall
Sales associate, Keller Williams Realty
Lafayette, Ind.
“Giving a client a sense of financial security by helping her become a home owner after renting for 45 years.”

Kathy Curtin Tuschhoff
Sales associate, Reece & Nichols Real Estate
Leawood, Kan.
“Getting licensed in my home state and then the state next door, starting my business with the best office for me — very positive, encouraging brokers and a support staff that is out of this world — and feeling for the first time in my professional career that I can make a difference in people’s lives.”

Wendy Walker
Sales associate, William E. Wood & Associates
Williamsburg, Va.
“I became an investor. Since November, I now own three properties. My tenth year in the business will be in 2015.”

Ryan Asjla Moss
Sales associate, Edina Realty Inc.
Monticello, Minn.
“Receiving my license: I have been wanting this for a very long time and finally got my license last month. So that’s my biggest accomplishment; I have a great business plan for next year and goals I am shooting for. So next year, I will have a lot more to say!”

Graham Wood

Graham Wood is a senior editor for REALTOR® Magazine. He can be reached at gwood@realtors.org.

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