motto -- I'll Go The Extra Mile For You! -- displayed at the top of her
It's a philosophy she
embraces, and not just in business.
also an avid runner, and one of the pictures on her
card shows her
running at mile 23 of the 2000 Boston Marathon.
"I ran my 26th marathon last year in Athens, Greece, and I was on the front page of the Athens newspaper," Cartinella
"Out of 20,000 runners, they took a picture of Sherrie Cartinella
will be running in her
28th marathon this weekend in Phoenix.
Cartinella, who recently started a one-year term as president of the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors, has been going that "extra mile" since she retired and sold her business, Sherrie's Nail Corner, in 1994.
"I had a separate business, and I retired from that and my husband (Louie) said 'why don't you come in and help me with the books?'" Cartinella
said of the Century 21
office they owned in Sparks.
said 'why don't you get your real estate license?' It's a natural progression, and I've been loving it.
I'm very blessed.
I find it challenging."
sold the Century 21
office a few years ago, and it eventually was merged with Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate.
As association president, Cartinella will oversee the housing market's recovery from the devastating crash it suffered and has been fighting for several years.
"To tell you the truth, I don't see it as a huge, challenging situation right now," Cartinella
"I served nationally on (Strategic Planning) for the Women's Council of Realtors
More recently, Cartinella just concluded two years as president of the Northern Nevada Regional MLS and, now, is president of the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors.
All the committees and boards she's
served on are just part of her
"going that extra mile" philosophy with behind-the-scenes work most people don't see.
Making an impact
"I don't think people understand how much the association does for Realtors and homeowners," Cartinella
"For example, several years ago we had the transfer tax issue in the Legislature.
The seller was paying $1.50 per $1,000.
We fought hard at the Legislative level to keep it lower.
Las Vegas now has about a $13 per $1,000 transfer tax, and we have a $4.10 per $1,000 transfer tax."
For Realtors, Cartinella
said the association does personal development training and provides the training for agents to get designations to advance their careers.
Cartinella's co-workers see the work she
does, both for her
clients and associations.
continues to follow several ages-old real estate philosophies.
"The reality is, owning a home really is the best way to build long-term wealth," she
"People who own their homes, contribute more to their neighborhoods and, this is a national statistic, to their neighborhood's stability.
It's a fact that for every home purchased, it pumps about $60,000 into the economy for things like furniture and home improvements.
That's a national bullet point.
If your purchasing, you'll spend the money, gladly."
warns against treading the waters of buying and selling a home alone.
Especially not in today's market with short sales and foreclosures, and with risk-reduction regulations like lead-paint disclosure in older homes.
The market is full of pitfalls for the novice buyer or seller.
"I specialize in residential real estate," Cartinella
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