An Open Letter to Anyone Who Asks Why I Am a Realtor®

I work in the Allen Tate Realtors® Charlotte-Ballantyne office and I serve both North and South Carolina from Indian Trail to Indian Land, and from south Charlotte to Fort Mill, Weddington and Waxhaw.

I joined Allen Tate Realtors® in September 2013, not long after getting married and earning my North Carolina real estate license.

I was previously licensed in Virginia about 10 years earlier and I was looking for an opportunity to not only support my new family, but to help my new family to thrive, to pursue a career I am passionate about, and to make a positive impact on as many other families and individual lives as possible.  

I had a good feeling that working as a Realtor® was what I was looking for, and I could not have made a wiser decision.

A Lasting Impression

My 7th-grade English teacher, Ms. Wanda Erickson, told my mother two things that have remained with me.  First, was that I was an outstanding writer and communicator.  Way back then I loved to write and I was already well versed in the gift of gab.  Secondly, she said that I would make a difference in the world.

I’ve sought to make Ms. Erickson a prophet ever since and that is precisely why I do what I do.

It’s fitting I chose the company affiliated with the hometown NFL team.

Two things that those who best know me know about me are: A) I love sports and B) I love to talk about and to write about sports.  When sports are the topic of conversation, there’s nobody I won’t talk to.

When it comes to real estate, I am exactly the same way.

I wish for everyone to be able to find their path to happiness, meaningfulness, and success, and I feel truly blessed to have found mine.

I am grateful to everyone who has allowed me an opportunity to work as their Realtor® in my first few years in the real estate business.

I can’t wait to continue helping countless more people in the months, years, and even decades to come.  

A Call To Action

However, YOU are the key to my continued success.  

YOU there reading this blog or watching this video.  YOU who I grew up with or played sports with. YOU who I went to school with or lived with. YOU who I have worked with, worshiped with, or stayed out a little too late with.  YOU whom I have already served as your trusted adviser.

YOU are the difference.  

I am not working only to earn your direct business, but also to earn your endorsement.
Your referrals and your reminding friends and family, co-workers and colleagues, your neighbors and your network that you know a great Realtor® who will be their advocate, who will work tirelessly to help them find and purchase their new home, or to market and sell their existing property.

YOU are the reason I am able to continue doing what I do, and I am thankful for the role you play in my continued success.

So, thank you for your continued support and please allow me to help support the endeavors that are most important in your life.

Because the only way to pay it back, is to pay it forward.

Sincerely Yours,

Jimmy Grappone

About the Author:
Jimmy Grappone is a Realtor® living in the Charlotte area for nearly a decade. His hobbies include fishing, playing golf, watching football, and helping his clients find their way home. Jimmy is a licensed Realtor® with Allen Tate Company in North Carolina and South Carolina. He is passionate about helping his clients find shelter and having a good time along the way!

Contact the Author:
Social Media: @jimmygrappone
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Phone:  980-298-9385


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