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Selling is an opportunity to use your imagination.

Posted by Taylor Thompson in Blog, News | 0 comments

You may know NSDCAR REALTOR® member Rose Wolkins as a member of the Carmel Valley District Council. Rose joined the Carmel Valley group about seven years ago and has served as chair the past five years. She has worked in real estate sales for more than 20 years.

But did you know that she once sold coffee mugs, pencils, coasters, clocks, calendars,
and thousands of other specialty promotional items?

“I’ve always enjoyed selling and getting out in the field and meeting people,” said Rose, who worked for several years for a specialty item company when she lived in Sunnyvale, Calif.

“Selling gives us the opportunity to use our imagination to help somebody,” she said. “One time at the car wash, I struck up a conversation with a man who was an international sales director for Hewlett-Packard. He ended-up ordering thousands of dollars of specialty items from me. We offered the most unusual but neatest things.

“To me, it was fun walking door-to-door, helping businesses offer their customers something they could be proud of.  Today, I’m not walking to businesses. Instead, I’m walking around neighborhoods.”

Rose grew up in Dowagiac, Mich. (population 5,879 in the 2010 census, the city name is a word from the Potawatomi tribe that means fishing near home). “My hometown is about three blocks long,” Rose said. “We were about 45 minutes from South Bend, Indiana, home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.”

Rose moved to I moved to Elkhart, Indiana, where she met her husband John Burd. Later, they moved to Sunnyvale before relocating to San Diego in 1984, where she began her real estate sales career.

“My uncle in Canada owned a real estate office and he encouraged me to get into real estate,” said Rose. “I love the business because I enjoy helping people get something they want and everyone wants their own home and own their own piece of the pie.”

This summer, Rose and John took two vacations on cruise ships to the Baltic Sea for 12 days and Alaska for seven days. “They were fantastic trips with amazing scenery and delicious food,” Rose said. “We also enjoyed meeting meet friendly and interesting people who live year-round on cruise ships. It’s a lifestyle they have chosen with a doctor on board, meals and entertainment.”

Rose also said that NSDCAR has friendly and interesting people. “We have a great Association with a great group of people.  Plus, our Association offers outstanding educational programs. They’re always something new for agents to learn.”

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