|Thirty years ago, homeownership still seemed like a distant dream. Our parents’ generation had owned property, but most of us were still renting. Buying a house was a scary prospect! However, sometimes you just need to take that first step, and I was lucky to have a friend guide me into purchasing my first home. That was the start of a real estate journey spanning more than twenty years, up to today.|
|Owning a single home was one thing, but making a living from real estate still wasn’t on my radar at first. That is, until a late-night infomercial from Carlton Sheets truly piqued my interest. I became totally obsessed with real estate investment! I’d caught the bug, and it was no surprise that I went on to earn my real estate license in 1998. I didn’t have any real mentors, but I came out of the gate strong: In my very first year, I worked with thirty sellers, earning me the Rookie of the Year award from the Bay East Association of Realtors.|
|Things got so busy at the Pamala Spivey Real Estate Team that my sister, Terri Daniel, began helping me out on weekends, eventually becoming a full-time licensed real estate agent in 2004. She had her own version of that real estate bug, but from a different angle.
She had been rehabilitating an old San Francisco Victorian that had been in our family for four generations.
|Our great-grandfather had purchased the three-unit property many years earlier and later passed it on to his son, our grandfather.
As our grandfather grew older, caring for the property became too much for him, and he bestowed it to his own family. Terri helped bring it back to life, and continued to invest in properties both in- and out-of-state.
In 2001, I was introduced to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and began training for my first marathon to fundraise for the fight against cancer—Terri would join me for a future race. It was a lot of hard work, both physically and mentally; but the blood, sweat, and tears that we shed were nothing compared to the hardship that the cancer patients themselves would endure. Every week during our training session, we would meet with an honoree who was currently undergoing treatment, so we could stay crystal clear on who we were fighting for.
It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in our own lives and our own goals, especially in the fast-paced world of real estate. But that experience gave us a newfound awareness and appreciation for giving back to those around us in meaningful ways. Since then, we’ve made it our mission to serve others.
|When the mortgage meltdown hit in the late 2000s, we had a major opportunity to do just that. The market downturn meant heavy losses for many people, and we put everything we had into helping those around us recover. We gained an immense knowledge of banking rules about foreclosures, and started assisting our clients with successful short sales.
In 2011, we officially became partners, and the Spivey-Daniel Real Estate Group was formed. This team is the culmination of two women’s dream of bringing real estate into our daily lives. It not only allows us to have a career that provides a future for our families, but also gives us the special opportunity to change the lives of those around us in a positive way. Providing guidance to our clients, especially first-time homebuyers, is the most rewarding part of our professional lives.
|We are grateful that we’ve been able to reach so many wonderful people while keeping up with the trends in the business. We’re proud to be homeowners ourselves, and want to inspire others to achieve the American Dream as well!|