Pet Friendly Homes in Boca Raton: My 3 Firsts - All Roads Lead To Real Estate

My 3 Firsts - All Roads Lead To Real Estate

My 3 Firsts - All Roads Lead To Real Estate


It was the first time I've been bitten by a dog.  How does this relate to real estate?  Hang on, I promise to connect the dots.  

ButtonsThis particular dog who bit me is owned by a fellow agent who lives a few houses from me.  Since we moved in last year, she rarely speaks to me.  I don't get it, but what can I say.  I didn't know she lived there when we bought the house.   However, there are over 7000 agents in Palm Beach County and they all need a place to live!  The way I look at it is, there is enough business for everyone.  We should be helping each other, not the other way around.

But I digress - back to the dog bite.  I was taking my older dog, Buttons, who is close to 14 and deaf (see photo) for her last walk of the night.  It was dark.  In seconds, this other dog came flying down the street.  While I scooped Buttons into my arms to protect her, this dog was jumping up and bit me on the butt.  Definitely a first for me!

I told said agent, Your dog just bit me.  She said, "My dog doesn't bite."  Seriously?  So I texted her a photo so she could see.   I came to learn this dog's rabies vaccine had expired middle of September 2016. It was overdue.

Long story short - I was advised by my vet to go to a walk-in clinic for a tetanus shot, which leads me to my next first - real estate, that is!

I went to walk-in clinic and requested a tetanus shot.  I was given antibiotics but refused the shot because of my  hyper sensitivities.  I was told to see my allergist.

I called my allergist, but he was swamped because of backup from Hurricane Matthew.  So the next morning I went to his office, but there was a wait.  Which leads me to my next first - real estate, that is!

margaret romeWhile in the waiting room, I struck up a conversation with another woman.  During the course of conversation, she told me she was originally from Baltimore, and her family still lived there. I said to her, I have a friend in Baltimore, and asked if she knew Margaret Rome.  She told me - yes, she knew Margaret and that Margaret had shown her some condos.  She went on to say she reads Margaret's ads in the Baltimore newspaper every Sunday and, if I wanted to see them, she'd save them for me.  


Now, what are the odds of sitting in my allergist's office, almost 3 days after my first dog bite, and I meet someone who happens to know Margaret Rome?  You can't make this stuff up!  Wait, it gets better!


My allergist researched preservative-free tetanus shots, wrote a script and added two specific companies he wanted me to use.  It's not common, so he sent me to Passport Health, "Vaccine Specialists."

My appointment was for 1:00.  I had my shot (all this just to get a tetanus shot!)  The staff were all nurses and very professional.  I was talking to the manager telling her why I had been running around all day (but that's another blog of non-disclosure.)  I went on to tell her I had a woman and her daughter sitting in a hotel, and I needed to find them a condo asap.  



You're not going to believe this!  The nurse took me to the back of the lab to meet her daughter, who was working on a computer - who just happens to have a 2/2 condo for sale.


Now, I ask you again: What are the odds that from my first dog bite, from a fellow agent's dog, I will go on to meet someone who knows Margaret and find yet a third person selling the type of condo I just happen to need?  Like I said, you can't make this stuff up!


That's 3 firsts for me.  It started with real estate and it ended with real estate (and don't forget Margaret in the middle.)


What did I learn?  Well, my butt is sore but healing - thank goodness I have plenty of padding!  I learned that, although dogs and real estate are my passions, I have to watch my butt (pun intended!)  I also learned all roads lead to home or, in this case, to real estate.


This was written for Patricia Kennedy s An October Contest: Your First Time – The Real Estate Edition!

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Comment balloon 53 commentsElyse Berman • October 14 2016 08:07AM


Some interesting stories...some of which I am glad Have not happened to me.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 2 years ago

Elyse Berman I loved loved reading about your firsts and so glad to see this entered in to Patricia Kennedy's Contest 'Your First Time'.

And I also love that you met someone in the waiting room who knows me and reads my ads. 

Did I say I love this entry?!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Very cute and colorful story Elyse Berman but Ouch...on getting there

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 2 years ago

What are the odds? I'm thinking you should play these numbers in the lottery, your house number, her house number or the dates of the different events. It sounds like you are on a roll!


Posted by Diana Zaccaro, Your Brevard County, Florida coastal connection! (Tropical Realty Beachside brokered by eXp) over 2 years ago

Wow, who knew that having another agent in your very own neighborhood could be such a pain in the BUTT?  I do since they go door knocking nearly every weekend.  

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 2 years ago

I would think ALL of Baltimore would know Margaret Rome! She is pretty famous!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Elyse - I love this post! I was bitten recently by a dog who belonged to  a seller... if any dog ever bites me again I will run from that owner - dogs pick up on bad vibes.

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 2 years ago

Ruff, Ruff........

Posted by Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs ( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.) over 2 years ago

Well Elyse, first and foremost I am sorry about your Butt:)) my what a story and all roads lead to Rome that is Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ... now seriously all kidding aside, clearly this  bite was worth it you found a home for one of your clients.... now on a side note I agree there is enough business for everyone that is willing to work...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago

Hi Elyse... talk about coincidences! Wow! Your story of the dog bite reminded me of that great seen in one of the Pink Panther movies where Peter Sellers asks "does your dog bite" in a bad French accent. And after being told "non" and being bitten by  the dog, the other guy says "ees not my dog!"

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 2 years ago


What a great story, definitely a winner in my mind...I love all the stuff that happened on the way to finding the perfect condo!  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 2 years ago

Hi Elyse -- life is full of surprises, isn't it?   I'm sorry this happened to you but that unfortunate event certainly seemed to put in place many new and exciting discoveries.  Excellent entry.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 2 years ago

In all my time in real estate I have not been bitten by a dog...very happy to say. Good story :)

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) over 2 years ago

Oh wow, I love these coincidences.  And, I had a one yesterday, too.  I should blog about it.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 2 years ago

Trying to think of the summary. "What goes round comes around"?  "Don't bite the hand that feeds you"?  "Even the dog days in real estate are good"?  Take your pick.

Posted by Brian Rugg, Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est (Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-966-3200) over 2 years ago

Elyse- I love your story!  "What are the odds" comes to mind.  Hope your "behind" is ok !  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 2 years ago

Good evening Elyse,

I absolutely love your story..what are the odds?? Thanks for sharing!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 2 years ago

There are no coincidences. Glad that all worked out for the best and an unfortunate incident could lead to good things. Good to know there are preservative free tetanus shots. Wish it were the same for all injections.

Posted by Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP (United Realty Group) over 2 years ago

Wow -- what a story.  Amazing how things sometimes come together.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 2 years ago

Elyse Berman - I remember Andy Andrews quote at a recent seminar - everything happens for a reason!

(Now I still don't want a dog to bite!)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 2 years ago

What a wonderful story (not the dog bite, but the coincidences)!


Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, over 2 years ago

Knowing Margaret is the best thing happened to me in real estate!!!

Now, what are the odds of sitting in my allergist's office, almost 3 days after my first dog bite, and I meet someone who happens to know Margaret Rome?  

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) over 2 years ago

Sham Reddy Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland is wonderful.  I believe you.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 2 years ago

Good morning Elyse Berman, CRS, I don't believe in coincidences, things happen for a reason and if we listen, we will find out the reason/purpose. What started out as a pain in your ended lead you to Rome.. Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, I absolutely the ending. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope you feel better!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 2 years ago


Well that is quite a strong of coincidences - what a great story, except what a pain that other agent's dog was! I love how you ended this tale!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 2 years ago

Cute story! It reminds me of my first dog bite. It was also on the butt! I was a pre-teen and at my neighbors house. Their little ankle-biter jumped up and nailed me on the tushy! I'm glad your bite gave way to some promising new business.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 2 years ago

I guess the moral is Be prepared Real Estate can bite you in the butt when you least expect it!  

Nice job.

Posted by Lon Levin, I am a real estate investment specialist (PLG Estates) over 2 years ago

That's what I call having the stars and moon and everything in between in perfect harmony to each other!  Congrats on being mindful of how they all fell into line for you.

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) over 2 years ago

Bad things happened to Dorothy when she got off the yellow brick road. Great post

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 2 years ago

Good evening Elyse Berman, CRS , They say that things will come back to bite you in the butt.  (I just had to say that, even though it had nothing to do with your situation)  Congratulations on your Feature.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 2 years ago

Wow - great story with amazing coincidences!  Glad to hear you are healing well

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL) over 2 years ago

What a great set of circumstances! One thing leads to another ...

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 2 years ago

What a great story!  Glad the dog bite wasn't worse.  That's what I call fate!

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) over 2 years ago

Even bad things can turn into great things. You just never know. Must be open to the possibilites and where the road will take you. 

Posted by Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA, Providing the integrity and service you deserve. (Future Home Realty) over 2 years ago

That's one first I never want to share! Your experience is one more reason why I'm glad I live on plenty of acres where my dogs can run free. I'd be paranoid about putting them on a leash and walking through a neighborhood with who knows how many mean dogs. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 2 years ago

How do they say; things happen in threes?

Posted by Theresa Akin (CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP) over 2 years ago

Hi Elyse. Sorry to hear about the bite. I was once bitten many years ago on the leg. I've always been of the mindset that there is enough business for everyone but it's absolutely amazing to see how few agents feel that way. Margaret sure gets around. We've also spoken many times. Glad you found what you needed.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 2 years ago

Her dog does not bite what a xxxx Glad to hear all worked out well  ..Great story

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 2 years ago

I always thought Margaret Rome is an agent from Baltimore.  I guess people do move around.....

Oh, now I get it she is a past client of Margaret.....

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 2 years ago

Elyse, this is so funny!  Glad that little Fang didn't have rabies!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 2 years ago

I love this story!  It's almost like whose on first!  And I get that you just can't make this stuff up!  Good for you!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 2 years ago

What a funny story and enjoyed reading it. This job has twists and turns we never dreamed would happen.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 2 years ago

Oh, I LOVE this story, Elyse!  And, your day started with and ended with real estate and the Margaret in the middle, well, her middle name IS 'real estate!'  

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 2 years ago

Amazing story Elyse Berman 

I really enjoyed reading your amusing story that included Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland.

I was at my allergist's office on Monday BTW. 

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 2 years ago

Congrats on the win for your entry, Elyse. Well done. It's a super fun read and I love all the twists and turns. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 2 years ago

Elyse, Congratulations on winning The First Time Real Estate Edition - well deserved!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 2 years ago

Elyse, interesting story. I can relate to the dog-bite. A Seller's tiny one (chihuahua) tried to bite me when showing a home to a Buyer. Maybe, because I didn't honor it with my attention, but was just focusing on my Buyer client. Needless to say the Seller said that her dog doesn't bite, and I lost any interest in selling her house, too. My Buyer client wasn't thrilled with the house, either. We left in a hurry. Congratulations on the award!

Posted by Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work! (HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353) about 2 years ago

Elyse, it's only fitting that a win for you involves a dog although, a gentler one may have been less painful for you but not as profitable. LOL

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) about 2 years ago

I always love parents and dog owners who live in denial about their children or pets. Glad the result was so positive for you. Congrats on being a winner in the October contest.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) about 2 years ago

Hi Elyse

Congratulations on your win! I came back to re-read this as it was such a good story.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) about 2 years ago

Congrats Elyse on placing in the contest. This was a very interesting "first".

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 2 years ago

Good morning Elyse Berman ,

I loved your story! Congratulations on placing in the contest..your witty post deserved the recognition! Your day started and ended with real estate and Margaret in the middle! It doesn't get any better than that!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 2 years ago

Oh I love your story ! So intriguing and full of twists and turns. Nice drama unfolding. Congrats on winning the Firsts article!

Posted by David Wright, Real Estate Refined (Benchmark Realty, LLC) about 1 year ago

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