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Why I Chose Real Estate, "There's No Place Like Home..."

This Post goes out to my family and friends and clients in the hope that you will get to know me better. The "Diary of a Realtor®, Why I Chose Real Estate" Contest was conceived just for this reason. To allow each of you to be able to share what compelled you to choose to join this business.

I am thrilled to receive such heartfelt posts and am proud to call you all friends!Debra Alayne Yeager, Age 1

Here's my go at it!

There's no place like home. As a young child I was lucky to have found myself in what I still to this day consider the ideal family. In hindsight I was missing having siblings to share with, argue with and to love. My world was all I knew. Mom, Dad, my home and the warmth of a loving family kept me warm.

At that time I was considered an exceptional child. I grew, matured and became wise beyond my years due to all the adult interaction and conversations. At the age of nine months old I lay in front of the picture window watching a young person flying a kite. I asked for a piece of paper and a pencil and mom accommodated. As I continued to watch and wonder I drew a picture of the child and the kite. I still have the picture mom saved today. It was pretty amazing to me when I found it in the boxes of old photos. Mom had marked the date, my age and her remarks on the picture. I was destined for greatness in my parent's minds! The picture above won a Pretty Baby Contest in the city and don't worry....I grew into my ears! I learned of the contest from the back of the marked photo. Deb and Toto, age 2

Beginning my second year on this earth I discovered the movie, "The Wizard of Oz" and I felt a part of it. The holidays were filled with this movie and I would sit peeled to the TV. The Tin Man, The Lion, The Scarecrow and Toto were the ultimate characters in life for me.

So, at the age of two, mom and dad brought home my ultimate gift. A friend. Without question, I named her Toto.

Debra Alayne Yeager (age 2 1/2 and Gerald L. Yeager, Father

Through the next few years I excelled at most everything I did. The school contacted mom and dad and were excited to tell them that after testing, I turned up the highest IQ test they had ever seen. I studied ballet, baton twirling, cheer leading (squad leader), brought home straight A's +++, qualified for the Junior Olympics in Breast Stroke, joined Rainbow Girls through invitation with my best friend Joyce, received badge after badge in Girl Scouts, and became a leader.

I loved my life.

I loved my home.

I loved my parents.

I loved my friends.Freda K. Yeager, Mom and Grandmother Yeager in the pic behind her. I was age 2 weeks.

And, then, my world crashed.  My life would never be the same and I would experience the ultimate separation between self and the world. Mom and Dad sat me down at the age of 10 and explained to me words that will forever ring in my ears. "Debbie, they said, Mommy and Daddy can no longer be together." I tear up as I write this as it was the turbulence of an inward tornado and one like Dorothy never felt along her yellow brick road.

Mother and I moved to Texas so she could continue her schooling. We lived in College sponsored efficiency apartment with half a refrigerator, walls of 8'x8' didn't reach the ceilings as they were mostly just temporary walls and I was in a strange and unusual place.

No Home!

I blamed my mom and school for taking me away from everything I knew to a strange and unusual place much like Oz. One that I couldn't understand or fit in. I became the rebel! My rebel days would be a very long story so I will not go there. I threw away much of what I shouldn't have. I dropped out of school, married early, and set my path for a world of hardships. I learned everything the hard way but finally grew up!

My soul longed for a place to call home. My home. From the age of young adult I KNEW that finding homes for people and helping them to realize their dreams was the only thing I wanted to do. My father remarried and that was the final ending of the dream of ever being able to live in my Indiana Home again. I go to sleep at night still and dream of the house! Call me crazy but that little house signified the life I always expected and desired. Now in my dreams of that little home, I show up there to find it abandoned. The yard is tall and unkempt, yet I manage to get inside. I don't recognize the rooms as over the years someone got in and remodeled. But, I find my room. In my dreams I feel like a child again with hopes and dreams and comfort. I have a lovely family and life now and am very grateful I didn't throw everything away.

I love my life.

I love my beautiful Family.

I love my friends.

I love my parents and their memory.

And, I will always love Real Estate.

I also feel this way when I find a home for Clients and Friends. Nothing on this earth thrills me more than to see and feel their excitement of purchasing the perfect house!

Because after all, "There's no place like Home!"



Any judges entries, including myself are not eligible for Contest Winners Placement.

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Deb Brooks, ©Diary of a Realtor®



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Comment balloon 29 commentsDeb Brooks • July 26 2011 01:56AM


Family is more important than work.  I have 6 children youngest is not 40 and had 26 foster children.  Work is only money family is love and affection.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 7 years ago

Hi Deb, family comes first..thanks for sharing your story.

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) over 7 years ago

What a wonderful post.  I lvoe that movie, too.  It's nice when your dream and career are integrated and from such an early age.  Super cool picts and presentation.  Love it.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Great entry in the contest! There is no place like home, you are right about that.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Whew, that was a close one Deb, because that was a sure winner in my book!  What a great know, everyone of us has a story to tell, its just telling it.  Now to write mine.  Cute baby pic by the way, but lets talk about that haircut.

Posted by Hrisco & Associates, Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods (Hrisco & Associates ) over 7 years ago

Great enjoy! Enjoyed reading your history.


Posted by Mark Edwards, East West Realty (East West Partners of VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia) over 7 years ago

That is an absolutely wonderful story Deb.  Thank you for sharing it with us. Gorgeous pictures and I completely get why you joined Real Estate :)! (Now I need to get off my **tt and go write mine :)! ). 

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 7 years ago

Deb, thanks for sharing your history with us. Loved the photos, and what a cutie.  Sometimes, we need those rebel years and fall from grace to become the people we are today. But, I suspect, you already know that. :)

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 7 years ago

Deb, Thank you for sharing your story as painful as it might have been. I especially love the pictures. Looks like you have been a beautiful person since the day you were born. You're a winner in my book!

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 7 years ago

Wow, Deb.  That must have been cathartic to write!  Thank you for sharing the intimate details.  It drew me in, and I wanted to hear it all.  I get what you're saying.  I think I feel it, too.

Posted by Jean Singleton, Specializing in Your Special Needs (Keller Williams Capital District) over 7 years ago

What a great story! I especially like the top photo! What a look of wonder on your face! We need Michael or Craig to photoshop a cell phone in your hand and then title in "Future REALTOR®"

P.S. At least you grew into your ears! My nose is STILL huge! LOL :O)

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 7 years ago

A heartfelt story for sure.  Thank you for taking the time to put in those great pictures too.  Awesome.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) over 7 years ago


I loved that movie and used to imagine I was Dorothy. Afterall, I had long braids, and lived on a farm just like she did only in MA. Anytime a storm came through, I always looked out toward the hill waiting for that tornado that would whirl me away to Kansas! It never came, but I imagine that is where I developed my fear of thunderstorms. LOL

Divorce certainly will turn the world of a child upside down. I can't imagine what that must have been like. Thankfully, you made it through those rebel years and found the right path. Great story.


Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) over 7 years ago

Great story! It's sad but happy. ANd you had a great visit with family in Dallas a couple of months ago!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 7 years ago

Deb, Reading this was youngest sister is just going through a divorce and we worry how it will effect her kids. But in the ending to see how you overcome things lets me know all will prevail! My best goes out to you!

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 7 years ago

Tim and Ronald, you just said a mouthful!

Debbie, thank you. I am still grateful I had the time I did with my family.

Andrea, this post is just for an example idea! This entry is exempt from the Contest! Thanks!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago

Okay JOHN! Let's do talk about this haircut! What was my mom thinking? Chop! I was just a baby though and lucky to have that much hair! It was straight as an arrow and today I have naturally wavy hair! I spend a lot of time straightening so I must be as silly as her. I considered NOT putting that pic up there. Oh well, I guess all the babies looked as dopey as I did. Get busy on yours.

Mark~Thank you!

Brenda! Get off your tooshie and write! Hurry for the extra points before the end of July~ Okay?



Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago

WOW Deb -  what a fantastic opening chapter for your Memoirs!!    I'd buy it in a heartbeat.  Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

PS  that photo of you with your Dad just tugged at my heart strings - beautiful shot!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 7 years ago
Hi deb, A wonderful entry and I see that you did in fact grow into your ears. I still haven' t written my post but I have been thinking about it. This was a great entry!
Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 7 years ago

I am trying to locate the earliest baby pic I know of, it's a classic, not bragging, but should have been a Gerber baby if you saw the pic, wearing a little baby suit.  I just can't find it right now, but will keep trying...there is one hanging on the wall at my Dad's but it's a large pic, too large for my scanner of me when I was 4 or 5, hopefully I have some in my box here in my closet, will dig through after tomorrows test.

Posted by Hrisco & Associates, Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods (Hrisco & Associates ) over 7 years ago

Hi Deb, What a great story! I just posted my entry and here is the link:

Posted by Robin Scott, Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, REALTOR® - Austin Texas (Robin Scott, REALTOR®) over 7 years ago

Hi Deb, I think this is the best one I have read so far! I love your story! Isn't it funny how we dream about the home and neighborhood where we grew up, or spent our best years? I have dreams about our old house also. Congratulations on finding such success and such happiness!

Posted by Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area (David Tracy Real Estate) over 7 years ago

John, I am soooooo proud of you and happy for you Mr. Broker! Yeehaa! I knew you would pass with flying colors. Great job! Your exuberance stretched my post out so I had to replace your comment with mine! Don't worry, I get that way too. Now, get busy on your posts and get your head back into the greatest marketing tool available!

Active Rain!

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago


My heart is in my hands...and I extend all the love in my heart to the wee girl who began this story...and who found that she could love herself and bring HOME a sense of security for those she meets. THANK YOU SO MUCH! ...and you still are brilliant =) xxoo

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 7 years ago

Hi Deb, thank you so much, I was wandering why it did that last night/this morning, it was irritating to me too, didn't realize it was from my stretched out passed comment.....sorry.  Went by my dad's this afternoon and took a pick of the pic of me when I was about 4 or 5, it will have to do, wish i could find the baby pic though, will look for it and can always add it later if I find it.

Posted by Hrisco & Associates, Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods (Hrisco & Associates ) over 7 years ago

Very sweet, Deb, thanks for sharing.  Your ears did not look big either!  Wizard of Oz, an all time classic and favorite and yes, there is no place like home!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) over 7 years ago

I trust you have a pair of ruby slippers in your closet!  Thanks for such a lovely, thoughtful post!  Too bad you can't win - oh, wait - you already are a winner!

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 7 years ago
I loved your story Deb. Something tells me you take a lot of pride in what you do and in making others feel good about their new homes.
Posted by Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple (Coldwell Banker C&C Properties) over 7 years ago

Deb--the contest was pulled on the Contest button, so I'm including it here and I'll e-mail you, too!  My last-minute entry!!!

I'll come back and put in the link.

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 7 years ago