Careers in Real Estate

You can design the real estate career that best suits your personality, skills, interests, time, and income goals.

Real Estate careers can follow many different paths to success. Is your definition of success a six-figure income? You can do this with a career in real estate! Or do you define success by what your career gives you the time and freedom to pursue? You determine the goals that matter to you and can design the real estate career that helps you reach them.

Real estate careers are as unique and individual as the people who choose them.

Discover the variety of successful careers our alumni have created for themselves:


Stacy went from bookkeeper to sales associate, property manager and Company V.P.
Stacy Reiter
VP and Broker at Veritas Real Estate
Class of 2005

Stacy’s real estate license gave her more than a job. It gave her experience, confidence and a successful career she loves.Before she became a partner of Veritas Real Estate, Stacy was a bookkeeper with two small children at home. She had been working in a real estate office but needed…

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Real estate license gives house flipper greater access to investment properties
Michael Dariano
Sales Agent at HomeSmart First Advantage Realty
Class of 2018

As the owner of a construction company that flips houses, Michael wanted to cut out the middleman and find his own properties. He decided to get his real estate license so he could have greater autonomy. With his real estate license, Michael now has access to look at properties when…

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Every cloud does have a silver lining…some clouds are bigger than others but so are the silver linings.
Wanda McIlvaine
Co-Owner The Budd Group/ Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Class of 1999

After suffering the loss of her 16 year-old daughter in a tragic car accident in 1996, Wanda took a new look at life over the next couple of years and realized… Life is what you make of it. She found happiness and success in a second career as a real…

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Mom of five flips ugly-duckling houses into desirable homes
Tara Schoonmaker
REALTOR® with Nest Complete Home Solutions - Haddonfield
Class of 2018

Custom cake decorator and mom of five flips ugly-duckling houses into the most desirable homes in the neighborhood. Once Tara saw how much equity her hard work created in her own fixer-upper home, she was hooked. She fell in love with the process of gutting and renovating her house from…

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Researcher-turned-Broker used analytics experience to triple his company sales
Kevin H. Nguyen, PhD
Broker and Owner at Kay & Jay Realty
Class of 2006

Kevin jumped into the world of real estate investing at the worst time—just before the market crashed in 2006—but he believes that is how he learned the most. He and his brother began buying apartments as the cost of properties dropped. Then they bought and renovated houses and businesses to…

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Former teacher turned top performing sales agent still has time for kids’ sporting events
Rayna Denneler
REALTOR® at Berkshire/Hathaway Home Services - Fox Roach REALTORS® - Mt Laurel
Class of 2017

Before selling real estate, Rayna was a special education teacher for grades K-8. As her children grew older, Rayna wanted more flexibility to set her hours around her kids’ busy sports and school schedules. She decided to pursue real estate part time, while continuing her part-time teaching position. But three…

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Empty-nester finds success in new real estate career
Patricia “Patti” Blosfelds
Sales Associate - Coldwell Banker Preferred - Moorestown
Class of 2017

Patti became an empty nester after being a non-stop volunteer and stay-at-home Mom for 26 years. She wanted a career that would use her skill sets without compromising the flexible schedule she craved. When her youngest child moved out, Patti was ready to begin a different career - but she…

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Carolyn paid off student loans with her Real Estate Career
Carolyn Stewart
REALTOR® | Sales Associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®
Class of 2017

From part-time salesperson to full-time award winning residential real estate agent, Carolyn is excited to be debt-free while helping first-time home buyers navigate the biggest decision of their lives. Carolyn decided to sell real estate after the frustrating experience of buying her first home. She knew that an attentive real…

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Anthony finds happiness and success as his own boss
Anthony Caraffa
Sales Associate/REALTOR® at Coldwell Banker Preferred
Class of 2017

After working for someone else for 34 years in corporate sales, Anthony was ready for a better boss: himself. Anthony wanted his own business with no inventory, no storefront, no employees, and low start-up costs. The obvious answer to him was Real Estate. He didn’t waste any time pursuing his…

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Heather’s real estate career gives her time with her family and her hobbies
Heather Grasso
REALTOR® at ReMax Hometown
Class of 2016

Tired of spending hours at a desk job that left her unable to pursue her hobbies or spend time with family, Heather chose a career in real estate and has never been happier. Heather had a successful job, but realized she was simply working for a paycheck. She needed to…

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Michele’s part-time real estate career gives her time to run her salon
Michele Grimes
Real Estate Agent at Century 21 Advantage Gold - Cherry Hill
Class of 2017

As a salon owner and cosmetology educator for 25 years, Michele wanted to add a flexible second career. She chose Residential Real Estate Sales. Michele was always interested in Real Estate. So once her youngest child graduated high school, she went back to school herself — to The Real Estate…

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Monica became a creative problem solver for business owners
Monica Walsh
Director of Client Services at Vantage Real Estate Services
Class of 2012

Monica enjoyed working in graphic design and marketing for a small commercial real estate firm. But she wanted more out of her career. She transitioned into commercial real estate brokerage and is now the Director of Client Services at one of the fastest growing firms in the region, Vantage Real…

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Ambitious sales agent shapes his community
Jason Wolf
Founder and Managing Principal of Wolf Commercial Real Estate
Class of 1996

With an ambitious vision and commitment to cultivating relationships, Jason founded a commercial real estate firm that is shaping South Jersey and the Philadelphia region. Before founding Wolf Commercial Real Estate, Jason was a multi-award winning sales agent at a top ranked national commercial real estate firm. Yet he wanted…

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