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Erin Misner

February 2020, Member of the Month

Erin Misner is an Associate Broker with Dawn Long & Associates at RE/MAX Results.

Erin has been a realtor with RE/MAX for 20 years. She is dedicated to helping her real estate clients buy and sell their homes with the highest integrity and honesty as she did while serving in the US Army for 30 years after graduating from West Point.

Erin started with Dawn Long & Associates in April 2000. The team specializes in the Walkersville area where Dawn has been a realtor for over 25 years. Erin works from her home office. Three of the team members live in the Walkersville area. The team also works throughout Frederick County and Maryland, PA, and WV.

Question and Answer Session

For our Q&A session, our current members submit questions to ask the member of the month. They are a mix of business, personal and random questions.

WBPA:  What do you like to do in your spare time?

Erin Misner:  “My favorite thing to do is spend time with family. We have four children and one granddaughter in three different states. I also enjoy long distance running and have run in races since high school from 5K races up to marathons. I am a member of a number of military organizations including the Ft. Detrick Retiree Council, the Veterans Advisory Committee for Frederick County Hospice, and the Military Officers Organization of America. I also enjoy reading and watching television.”

WBPA:  When did you move to the Walkersville area? What made this area a good choice for you?

Erin Misner:  “My family moved to Walkersville when my husband retired from the Army in 1996. He grew up in the Walkersville area. We both served in the Army – I retired from the Army and Army Reserves as a Colonel after 30 years of service. This was a great place to raise our four children after moving around the world with the Army.”

WBPA:  Have you always lived in the Walkersville area?

Erin Misner:  “I grew up in New Jersey and Jeff grew up in the Walkersville area. We met as cadets at West Point and lived in many different places before returning after his retirement. During our time in the Army, we were stationed at West Point teaching mathematics for 3 years, jumping out of planes at Ft. Bragg, NC for 4 years, Ft. Rucker, AL, Ft. Gordon, GA, Ft. Sill, OK, Ft. Polk, LA, and Seoul, South Korea.”

WBPA:  What’s your favorite quote from a TV show/movie/book?

Erin Misner:  “One of my favorite things is a poem, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. I think many people can relate their own lives to this poem. I had started on a path in high school and college and it completely changed when I applied for West Point in 1976. I was part of the first graduating class to include women and it shaped the path for the rest of my life. There are many decisions I have made since then that have also changed the course of my life in ways I never expected. At the time I decided to start in real estate, I had two master’s degrees and was working on a third. I never expected to start a new career, but I am so glad I chose that path.”

WBPA:  What was your first job? What do you remember most about your first job?

Erin Misner:  “My first job was working at our local small town newspaper in Bordentown, NJ. My father worked for the newspaper as a photographer and compositor (putting the newspaper together). The technology was so much different then. I enjoyed working for my father and saving money for my first car.”

Erin Misner, February 2020 Member of the Month

WBPA:  What motivated you to (start, get into) this (business, field)?

Erin Misner:  “I have had a number of careers before starting real estate. I was in the Army for a total of 30 years – 12 years active duty and 18 years in the Army Reserves. I was the Maryland State Coordinator for West Point Admissions in my Reserve job which included interviewing high school students for West Point, helping with their applications, and coordinating with the congressman and senators and the admissions officer at West Point. I have also been a teacher at West Point teaching mathematics as well as teaching math at other colleges and at the local high school level. I met Dawn Long at Heritage Farm Park when our children were young and they were playing baseball and softball together. I mentioned that I had always wanted to get my real estate license and she invited me to join her team in April 2000. It is 20 years later, and I have accomplished a lot, including earning my Associate Broker license, and I still love what I am doing.”

WBPA:  What do you like most about your job?

Erin Misner:  “I love helping all types of buyers and sellers reach their goals. I have helped first time homebuyers, investors, buyers and sellers who are relocating, many with the military. Every buyer and seller has a unique situation. Buying and selling houses is a huge event in anyone’s life and they need someone who is honest and that they can trust. I feel that my background helps my clients trust me to guide them through the entire process and make it less stressful.”

WBPA:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Erin Misner:  “I see myself still selling real estate with Dawn Long & Associates, spending time with my family, and traveling.”

WBPA:  What career advice would you give to your younger self?

Erin Misner:  “Find a job that you love doing and that you are excited about every day. Then you will always be happy getting up and going to work. If you think you might want to try something, go for it!! You don’t want to have regrets. You might find out it is a great decision, or you may decide to go in a different direction. You won’t know unless you try.”

WBPA:  What advice would you give to our youth?

Erin Misner:  “Always look for the best in yourself and others. Do not be influenced by peer pressure. Find things you love to do and follow your passion. Respect others. Make family a priority.”

WBPA:  What new things do you see with the growth of your business in the coming years?

Erin Misner:  “Technology has completely changed the real estate industry in the last 20 years. Technology and social media will continue to make the industry more efficient and accessible.”

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