Angela Gardner, a graduate of Brookings Harbor High School (BHHS) who has been a Brookings resident since she was 11 years old, is the new owner of Seashore Real Estate Inc. She received her real estate license in September 1998 and obviously knows the neighborhood.
When asked why she got into real estate, she responded, "Well, it's a small town with nothing much to do." She laughed and added, "When I was pregnant with my third child a woman told me, 'You'd be good in real estate,'"
Actually she had originally considered becoming a nurse, but illness in her own home caused a change of mind. "When everybody in the house got sick, I decided I didn't want to be a nurse."
She said she asked Eldon Gossett about real estate and he told her, "Yes, you can do real estate part time with four kids at home"
"That's not true," she said. "It's a full time job. I studied hard with Eldon, once a week, working hard to learn all the new terms."
Gardner worked with Gossett at Coldwell Banker from 1998 when she received her license until 2007 when he downsized his office and she moved to Seashore Real Estate to work with broker/owner Gloria Pope and Karl Johnson.
"I talked with Gloria and she said, 'It's a small office and you might not like it.'"
She said that she found out that she did like working in a small office. "I like it here. I like working by myself. I like being my own boss and can do whatever I like. I like the flexibility."
Gardner is currently demonstrating her flexibility. She is wielding paintbrush and roller on the interior and exterior of the Seashore Real Estate building.
Her four children are grown, daughters Erin and Hailee, both graduates of University of Oregon, living in the big cities of Eugene and Portland, 20-year-old son Jess is a logger, and Autumn, 16, is sophomore at BHHS.
"Gloria owned this business from 2003 until 2010, Karl from 1981 to 2003, and both continue to work in the office," Gardner said. "I'm looking for another active realtor. We have space available for one more."
It has taken awhile for Gardner to be willing to accept the responsibility of office ownership. "Gloria asked a couple of years ago if I was interested in taking over and I said 'no.' When she asked again last year I said, 'yes,' and have been planning this since July 1."
Gardner likes being busy. She said that anyone in real estate needs to know how to do a little bit of everything. "I keep a tool box in my car," she said.
"I'm a member of the national, state, and county real estate organization and of Curry County Multiple Listing that provides access to all listings in the county," she said.
"It's fun. I enjoy it. I like helping people find the property they want."
Her introduction to the business was encouraging. "My first listing I had an open house and sold it myself, and in my second sale, the lady bought the first house I showed her. It's a matter of listening to a person, listening to what they are really looking for."
Davis extended an invitation, "Come in for a warm welcome, a fresh of coffee, and a listening ear."
The Seashore Real Estate office, 1201 Chetco Ave., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The telephone number is 541-469-7457. The Web site address is http://www.oregonseashore.com.