It seems a bit like a dream to think back when I was a little girl, struggling through school due to my dyslexia, and seeing my future as an author. It's reality. I did it!
I have been a Realtor specializing in the Active Adult Communities in the greater Phoenix Valley of the Sun for the past 14 years. My clients love that my focus isn't just finding them a home, but finding the right community to meet their lifestyle and social needs first; then the right home.
I love what my mom wrote for the About the Author...
Irene Jenkins Hammond is a very determined and very talented woman. She was one of those little girls who are born 40 years old, has never met a stranger and truly likes people. I cannot remember her ever disliking a person, child or adult. She even liked a giant Dalmatian who took a chunk out of her leg. Language has never been a barrier, might slow things down a bit, but never a deterrent. Her Dad is a gregarious Leo and she believes she belongs on stage right next to him. She was what was called “slow” in her early school years, she refused to write. Just plain refused. She was in 8th grade before we learned she was dyslexic and the b,p,d,q & o all looked alike. We were so fortunate to find a great school for her in our own neighborhood. In no time she was up to grade level and her last semester in high school made the A honor roll.! Very determined, and very talented. Her Bachelor degree was in Computer Information Systems. She next graduated from the Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute with a photography degree. Over the years she had several jobs, mostly summarized as being the boss’s right hand. She was working for a mortgage broker when I begged her to get her real estate license and help me out, even just on weekends. She took to Real Estate like it was created and waiting for her arrival. The new build world was exploding in the Phoenix Valley of the Sun and we eased into a niche market working with Active Adults and 55+ communities. She met and married Rick, bought a home down the street from Mom and the rest follows in her book.
Mom, Claudina Jenkins