I first learned about the real estate business from my dad, who was a realtor and appraiser for many years. I remember thinking that real estate is an honorable profession and one that rewarded hard work. My dad was a person of honesty and integrity, and I associated his success with his commitment to those ideals. I was an extremely proud daughter!I never thought I would go into the real estate business, as my interests lie in music and gemology; I have also been a teacher. However, I' m happy to engage in a profession in which there is opportunity to serve my community and be active in supporting property rights.In order to try to understand different aspects of the housing industry, I recently took and passed a(n) MLO (Mortgage Loan Originator) course. I will take both the national and state exams this summer (2012). That is also a very interesting and challenging field, and I hope my studies in the mortgage field will help me be a better realtor.