Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: My Ship Came in Again. I'm Taking It.

My Ship Came in Again. I'm Taking It.

A Career Do-Over, Realizing a Dream

ShipI am a firm believer it isn't over until it's over. My early years in real estate led me to be very active in my local Realtor® Association. I served on almost every committee, served the chairman position of several committees, sat on task forces and even was a Director on the Board more than once. I was set on course to be President but that didn't happen.

I chose to focus on building a real estate company and pretty much stopped serving and attending events except what was mandatory to maintain my business and license I left the Association to others to run and basically became disinterested. I was not forgotten though.

After an absence of almost 10 years, I was asked to serve on the building committee for our new Association building. I agreed and enjoyed it. I then was asked if I would run for Treasurer of the Association. I did and was elected twice. In my mind I knew it was time to step up and serve as President and fulfill that dream. I had the experience, knew the members and had ideas to better the Association. I felt like I have something to give. I ran for office and was elected.

In 2 weeks I will be sworn in as President of Clarksville Association of Realtors®. I am so looking forward to giving back to my local Realtor body and to help set the course for the future. I say all this because you can still make a difference even if you are in the twilight of your career. My previous 36 years in the business is the foundation and a good background but the future is rapidly changing. I want my Association to be ready and relevant to today's members and those of the future.

There is apathy in the industry and a dislike for the Realtor® body. Some agents at the local level and across the country want no part of it and only belong to get access to the MLS. They poo-poo those that want to be involved. I believe there is more, so much more for the members and I look forward to sharing how our Association will benefit them.

We offer over 300 hours of free education each year. We have networking events and discounts offered to our Realtor® members. We help the community and make Clarksville a better place to live. We are ambassadors for our community and for the growth and quality of life we want. There are places for those members that want to serve to give back. Some just need to be asked like I was asked. My ship came in again and I am taking it this time.

The collective forces of our membership and leaders will be a positive influence on our Association and 2017 will be a good year for moving forward and setting the course for the future of the Association.

It is not too late to step up and lead, even when you are ready for Medicare. Do you have something to give? I am fulfilling my dream of becoming President. I am taking the ship.

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Comment balloon 64 commentsDebbie Reynolds • December 24 2016 12:10AM


Debbie congratulations on become the President of your Association for 2017.  You made the right decision several years ago to step back and to concentrate and grow your business.  Now that you have done that, this is the right time to now focus on serving others.  Good Luck :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

That's quite the accomplishment, Debbie!  CONGRATULATIONS! I'm sure you will serve well!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 2 years ago


What a stellar accomplishement, and we wish you continued success in your new position as the President of your association.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 2 years ago

Hi Debbie

Congratulations on your upcoming role in Clarksville. I knew this was happening from our discussion in DC back in May. They are very lucky to have you and I know you and the team will do some great things!

Keep us posted.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 2 years ago

Debbie, life does throw many challenges and time is a difficult one. I attend and sit in on a committee when called upon on our board. Congrats on become the President of your association. 

Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 2 years ago

Wow Debbie Reynolds - C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!

I admire your spunk ...and know that you will bring great value and perhaps change, if that is what is needed.  

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 2 years ago


Congratulations and much success as the new President!


Posted by Diana White-Pettis, GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale (Bennett Realty Solutions) over 2 years ago

Good for you Debbie.  The Clarksville area Realtors will be better off for your service and leadership.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Debbie! Sounds like a great move and great way to make a positive difference!

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) over 2 years ago

Debbie, lead the way.  I plan on leading into my 70's, no reason not to.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Madame President. I'm sure you will be a positive influencer.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 2 years ago

It is awesome that your board of REALTORS® offers free education.  At our local association in north Florida the classes were free, but we have to pay for classes in Williamsburg!

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 2 years ago

Congratulations to you for being able to achieve the goal you had passed over years before.  That Association will blossom with your enthusiasm

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 2 years ago

Congratulation ions to President-Elect Debbie Reynolds.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 2 years ago


Congratulations on being awarded a feature for your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 2 years ago

Debbie- a huge congratulations to you for achieving this and for giving back to the community that has served you as well.  You are so right...even though Medicare is a part of our lives doesn't mean we have nothing to offer. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 2 years ago

THanks for sharing. We appreciate that you gave back your knowledge and providing an asset to the org.

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 2 years ago

WOW! Debbie, I am happy for you. Congratulations!! It's so nice to finally have one of Dreams become a reality. I know you'll make a great President of your local Association.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, over 2 years ago

I Am reall delighted for you. ANd so glad To know that Clarksville recognizes talent when they see it!

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 2 years ago

Congratulations on the election and thank you for serving your community. Merry Christmas!

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management) over 2 years ago

Congratulations, Debbie Reynolds!!! Hope you have a year of smooth sailing!!!  :) 

Posted by Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322, When you're thinking of (PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties) over 2 years ago

Good for you, Debbie!  The Clarkesville Association of Realtors is very lucky to have you, and I'm guessing you'll have very smooth sailing!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Congrats Debbie Reynolds! I guess we are all looking to see how we could give back now... 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 2 years ago

Debbie Reynolds  The  Clarksville Association of Realtors® is so lucky to have you!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Sometimes opportunity knocks and you can't refuse it because the opportunity is just too good. I read this a little fast. I have to go back to it also.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 2 years ago

WE are so lucky to have them and her in full force! Debbie just like you, is in amazing and very valuable part of the team Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 2 years ago

Congratulations! You have found a way to be able to serve in a way that will help others in your MLS. I bet you will be able to increase enthusiasm of other agents!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, over 2 years ago

Congratulations for your successes.  It was great meeting you this last year.  Keep in touch if you do come to visit again. Soon.

Posted by Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME., Let me help you find your path to the beach. (Gulf Place @ 30A) over 2 years ago

Congratulations-You will be a great leader. I agree that today's agents don't want to get involved and hopefully you can convert some, one at a time!

Posted by Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management) over 2 years ago

Congratulations on fulfilling your dream expectation.  You will do even better than you think you will do.  You are a true leader.  I am happy for you. Merry Christmas!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 2 years ago

I wish you nothing but the best and do not forget who you are serving--real estate agents.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 2 years ago

Good morning Debbie. I am impressed by your vision and your involvement. Congratulations and Merry Christmas.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Congratulations, Debbie... and wishing you much success in your new leadership position. I just know you'll be a smashing success!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Debbie. There comes a time where we all have to give back with the goal to pass on knowledge, experience and wiseness - and this is your time again.

Posted by Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (WestUSA Realty) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Debbie, there are often times when we need to step back. I have had a similar background to you and currently have stepped back to focus on my business rather than the association. Maybe later I will go back, who knows where the path leads right now...wish you a wonderful presidency.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 2 years ago

Making a difference until you cannot is our destiny...Travel well & deep here

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Madame President! You will steer your ship to greater destinations and agents will soar with your leadership!

I couldn't be happier for you! What a great Christmas gift too!!!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Debbie Reynolds. I have not been very active in my association, once upon a time yes, but it is a different place now. The big company agents frown upon us big independent agents it seems

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 2 years ago

Congratulations and I know you will do a great job. After service as a local and state association President as well as an NAR RVP I learned the vlaue of the knowledge I gained and rather thast sit on the sidelines and complain as so many do I went all in to make change. Good luck to you next year.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 2 years ago

Good Morning Debbie Reynolds -  This a good position for a do over with your 36 years and you can be a positive guiding light to the profession which is so important.  I do similar things with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and love it.  I am sure you will bring positive results next year.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 2 years ago

Good Morning Debbie Reynolds.  Congratulations on your Dream becoming a reality and you acting upon it.  With your experience I know you will bring Much Wisdom and great things to your board.  Merry Christmas!

Posted by Joan Valverde, GRI,CDPE,CNE,MRP,SRES Colo Sprgs, Blk Forest, Monu (Synergy Realty Group Inc) over 2 years ago

Debbie Reynolds - Congratulations!!! There is no one more deserving than you. Clarksville Association of Realtors is lucky to have you. Can't wait to hear what you have planned for your local members.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 2 years ago

CONGRATULATIONS! I am certain that you will be an amazing president.  Thanks for sharing this great news.

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) over 2 years ago

Congratulations, Debbie Reynolds. You set a great example in your association as well as here in the Active Rain Community! 

Posted by John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert) over 2 years ago

Serving on my local board is one way I give back to the industry I love. I apprecaite your efforts, too. Keep it up. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 2 years ago

Debbie, congratulations on your new role! You will be a great President of your association.  

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Debbie, It's people like you who keep things together and growing in a positive way.  Good job,

Posted by Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii (Elite Pacific Properties Maui) over 2 years ago

Hi Debbie - Congratulations! The agents of Clarksville couldn't have chosen a better leader. Merry Christmas - may all the joy of the season be yours.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 2 years ago

Debbie--your title lead-in hooked me--and congratulations.  I will be joining you as the President of the Door County Board of Realtors for 2017--but we are a tiny, little board.  Congratulations on your acheivement, your great blog, and best wishes for a busy and productive 2017 (I'm a little bit nervous about the balance, but I know I'll figure it out).  Keep us posted as to your year and have a wonderful holiday.


Posted by MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert (The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948)) over 2 years ago

Congratulations on your feature recognition. Your board members will be lucky to benefit from your leadership skills.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

That's awesome news and great point. The association has a lot to offer and I don't see why many don't take more advantage. Glad your expertise and passion will lead others in such a dynamic way. 

Posted by Lisa Hernandez, Realtor serving Kendall, South Miami & Pinecrest (Opes Real Estate Group) over 2 years ago


Congratulations on being elected as President of your Realtors Association.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 2 years ago


Congratulations on being awarded a feature for your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 2 years ago

Oh WOW, Debbie Reynolds, I am SO proud to know you and to know that you are focused on making a change in our industry!  I love this - and I'm so glad you are taking this ship, girl!  Congratulations!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 2 years ago

Good for you Debbie Reynolds and I know you will enjoy the ride on that ship!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Debbie, and you will do a wonderful job for your Association! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 2 years ago

Hi Debbie --- the Clarksville Association of REALTORS will be in very good hands with you as President.  Here's to continued success in your leadership position.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 2 years ago

Debbie Reynolds 
Good Luck for your community to have you at the helm!
All the best - Lynn

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Debbie Reynolds !! What a wonderful opportunity to contribute. The Clarksville Association of Realtors® are a fortunate group! Have a great 2017 as president. Our industry needs good leaders! Thanks for stepping up! 

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 2 years ago

Congratulation and continued success in the up coming year

Posted by Noel Mayer, YOU'RE RIGHT AT HOME WITH NOEL (FAIRMOUNT REALTORS) over 2 years ago

Congatulations, Debbie. This seems like an extremely worthwhile endeavor and it's good you were chosen. Perhaps you will go all the way to the state president and then who knows, isn't president of NAR next?

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 2 years ago

Good for you Debbie! I am in the middle of my hiatis from serving, but know that one day I will be active again.  Now isn't the time for me...

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Hi Debbie - Congratualtions to the Clarksville realtors who will benefit from your knowledge. You are taking over a position that gets very little credit most of the time.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 2 years ago

I have always believed in giving back and in helping our Realtor Community! That is good for our Industry in every way! I have become a little discouraged with NAR but I still believe! Thank you for all you do!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 2 years ago