What Real Estate Agents Love About Their Job

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we asked real estate agents at Hergenrother Realty Group to answer a few questions on what they love about their job and why they do what they do. Take a look at these heartfelt responses from five different agents:

Dylan Bode, Realtor, Herg Group North Suburban at Keller Williams Premier Realty

What is your favorite aspect about the job?

My favorite aspect of being a real estate agent is seeing the transformative power the home-buying process has on individuals and families. We get to be a part of one of the most important steps in people’s lives and when they choose us to help with that, it is truly one of the greatest honors.

Why did you start working in real estate? 

I started working in real estate because I wanted to be able to have unlimited potential for growth. I knew that if I continued to apply a strong work-ethic, I could achieve great things.

How many years have you been in real estate? 

I am still in my first year as a real estate agent.


Kate Diodati, Realtor, Herg Group Central Mass, Keller Williams Westborough

What do you love most about your job as a real estate agent?

The inclusion of it all. Clients (buyers and sellers) are inviting you into their homes and into their lives. You get introduced as “their” agent, not “the” agent; it’s personal.  It’s the most amazing thing for hugs to be the normal greeting of choice. My clients and I become this synergistic team as we work together. It’s truly remarkable how deeply you care about facilitating your clients dreams into reality.

What is your favorite aspect about the job? 

The team. From the brokerage to the guy/gal who prints your open house fliers, even a solo agent has a team of people and resources available to support them. My team has transformed my ability to be a great agent because of the encouragement and feedback I receive from them. My team holds me accountable, supports my goals and applauds my strengths.

Why did you start working in real estate?

I started working in real estate after spending three years searching for my dream home on my own. During that time, I picked up on all the subtle nuances of the business: pictures, listing info, marketing, salesmanship, etc. I noticed which agents spoke to me as a business opportunity and which ones wanted to educate me for my own benefit. I realized I had a skill set that would be incredibly valuable in real estate and wanted to put them to use helping people. It’s a fantastic honor to use my tools in an enriching way.

How many years have you been in real estate? 
I have recently celebrated my first year in real estate with bold, enthusiastic gratitude! What an amazing year!

Some of the most gratifying moments during the past year have been, when on more than one occasion, a client has expressed interest in becoming a real estate agent as well. And the fact that I could provide them such an enjoyable experience, present and execute such a professional representation of what it means to be an agent that my client themselves would consider pursuing real estate is an incredible compliment.


Carrie Kellerman, Realtor, Hergenrother Realty Group at Keller Williams Coastal Realty

What do you love most about your job as a real estate agent?

I love helping sellers who did not succeed in selling their home the first time. I enjoy helping a seller who is upset and disenchanted with the home-selling process discover how fun and fulfilling it can be to get their home sold! It brings me joy in turning a bad experience around. I am always grateful for the trust my customers have in me, and the new relationships I have gained from this career.

What is your favorite aspect about the job? 

My favorite part of the job is taking the very large puzzle that each customer has and helping them solve it! The more challenging the better. It is such a privilege that my customers trust me with one of the largest financial transaction in their lives.

Why did you start working in real estate? 

In my previous life, I had my own business in sales. I always enjoyed meeting new people and finding new and unique products, things that were not easy to locate and considered either rare or the newest trend. I had invested in real estate and was fascinated by what a career in it would look like. Being a real estate agent seemed like a large investment in myself. Previously I would put everyone else’s needs before mine. I never gave myself the opportunity to succeed.

About six years ago I found myself as a divorced single mom; my business was not awarded to me. So I was stuck at a $10 an hour job that did not pay the bills. I became frustrated very quickly in that situation. I took the last $2,000 that I had from my tax return, invested in the real estate class, passed the test the first time! In New Hampshire, the norm is 3.5 times to pass! This was and still is one of the best decisions of my life! In this career, I have learned so much about myself and how to be a better listener, businesswoman, and all around better person.

How many years have you been in real estate? This is my sixth year in real estate.


Sandie Terenzi, Realtor, The Terenzi Team, Hergenrother Realty Group, Keller Williams Greater Hartford

What do you love most about your job as a real estate agent?

It is a great feeling when you provide value to clients who desire to buy or sell a house. We work so closely with our clients in helping them achieve their goal. It is an awesome feeling when they refer to other family members or friends, that to me says it all.


What is your 
favorite aspect about the job? 

I wake up every day, with a smile on my face, because I love what I do. I never had that feeling like when I worked at a bank previously. My favorite aspect about my job is helping my team of agents reach their goals.

Why did you start working in real estate? 

I tried many jobs when I was younger: a clothing store, because I liked clothes, I tried my own craft business, because I enjoyed crafts, I went into banking, because I liked money. Then I saw a seminar on real estate and that was the exact moment I decided to get my license and sell houses!

How many years have you been in real estate?

I have been in real estate since 1984!  It has been my full-time position since I started in this field. It is not for the faint hearted, only for those who want to make a difference in some’s life.


Jim Krimpelbein, Realtor, Herg Group Eau Claire, Keller Williams Integrity WI/MN

What do you love most about your job as a real estate agent?

I love the feeling of being able to help people with one of the biggest life choices they will ever make. This is real money we are talking about with everyday people. The process of purchasing the home as much as people would like you to believe is not a commodity. It’s real emotions, real money, real attachment, and real stories that happen in a home. And these stories are going to be with your seller or your buyer forever. Helping a family buy a home that they never thought was possible is a great feeling. The same as helping a family who may have lost a loved one move on to the next chapter in their life. The ability to know that I can play a small part in the process is a great feeling.

What is your favorite aspect about the job?

The fact that I am able to work with a team that truly understands that the better I do the better they do. We are all in it for the common goal: to help our clients have the best possible experience while exceeding your expectations.

Why did you start working in real estate?

In January of 2015 my dad who was only 60 at the time was diagnosed with stage 4 renal cell cancer (kidney cancer). Although he fought hard, it was a short fight. He passed away on April 21, 2015. He was in a career he could not wait to get out of and had plans to retire at 62. Well, he never made it and passed away before he had time to enjoy retirement and all the fun things my mom and he had planned.

My dad’s dad and my only grandpa I ever really got to know passed away just before Labor Day weekend of 2015. He was a WWII vet and in his late 80s at the time. Grandpa had fluid building up around his heart and they could not do much more than make him comfortable. He was given about seven days to make it as he was not able to eat or drink after the first day. As a true stubborn German he was not ready to follow the time frame they gave us. He finally passed in the early evening of day 17.

My mom, wife, and two girls and I had pre-planned trip to Disney World in October of 2015. The trip to Disney was very hard for us as my dad was the reason we started going to Disney. He loved everything Disney and eventually planned to winter in Florida and work for Disney. On the plane ride home I remember saying to my wonderful wife, “I am going to quit my job.” All she said was, “Okay.” I had no idea how we were going to make it all work. Quitting a job you have been at for almost 15 years with a nice steady paycheck every week. But we both knew it was the right choice. I am not going to get to the end of my life whenever that day comes and say, “I wish I had done things differently.”

So after having to bury her only son and husband of more then 50 years, Grandma passed away just after Thanksgiving of 2015. She was also the only grandma I ever really got to know as well. She would do anything for her only two grandchildren and later her four great grandchildren. She spoke with her older sister everyday until she could not speak anymore. I remember being the last person to talk with her before she took a turn for the worse and was not able to speak anymore. I was able to tell her that I was quitting my job and going to sell real estate. She was very happy that I was going to be doing something that I truly wanted to do. The evening that I told her was the last evening she was able to speak. That night she took a turn and a few days later she was gone. I really believe that even though I was not able to share my plans with my dad and grandfather, by telling her, they know.

How many years have you been in real estate?

I have only been in real estate less than a year. Yet, I can assure you that this decision is one of the best I could have made. I truly am in charge of my own destiny.

Any awesome story that you’d love to share to illustrate your points?

Although only being in the real estate game for less then a year, there have been a couple of people I can relate to the most. I recently worked with a widow moving closer to her family after leaving the house her husband and all the kids lived in for over 50 years. I did not see the house they were selling, because it was an hour and half away. But listening to the family talk about the great times they had I could picture the Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners. It really does feel good to know you made a small difference in their life.

What do you love about your job? Comment below to share your thoughts!

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