After 37 years of pounding her Realtor indicators into entrance lawns, and greater than 5,000 gross sales, Sandy Gurgovits has closed the books on her profession.
“With that a few years in I believe it’s time,’’ Gurgovits stated with amusing.
Its been a stellar profession.
The Sharon resident has gained the annual Chairman’s Award of Excellence a number of instances because the highest-producing western Pennsylvania agent — a area of 1,500 sellers — for Northwood Realty, now Berkshire Hathaway.
The world of deeds and titles did not seize her at first.
Like her husband Steve Gurgovits — retired president, CEO and chairman of FNB Corp. — she graduated from Sharpsville Excessive Faculty.
After incomes a bachelor’s diploma from Grove Metropolis Faculty, Sandy Gurgovits taught elementary college students for 4 years at West Middlesex Space Faculty District. She went on to safe a grasp’s diploma at Westminster Faculty, and opted to remain residence and tutored college students after having her first baby.
Along with her husband sitting on the board of what’s now Sharon Regional Medical Middle, he made her a proposal.
“We have been having a tough time attracting physicians,” he stated. “So I requested her to turn into a Realtor so she might present them houses in our space and all the great issues our communities have to supply.”
Sandy Gurgovits, who would go on to be a prime property vendor, took her husband’s supply.
She stated she had many humorous adventures when displaying houses — unintentionally setting off safety alarms was virtually a specialty. Gurgovits giggles concerning the time she gave a tour of a house that wanted a superb cleansing the place a grandmother was lounging whereas watching TV. It was solely later that she realized it was the flawed home.
Through the years she has seen the tastes in houses change. Energy with stable earnings now not yearn for ostentatious houses with 5 bedrooms with $400,000-plus value tags.
“They do not belong to nation golf equipment and so they don’t need that residence to make a press release,’’ Gurgovits stated.
As her profession entered its twilight part, she stated the COVID-19 pandemic has been a game-changer within the business – and regionally. The virus has been the tipping level for big-city residents already uninterested in congestion and crime.
“Everybody desires to get out of the large metropolis,’’ Gurgovits stated.
In current months, one residence close to Shenango Lake received eight gives from metropolis residents. Listed for $179,000, a bidding warfare jacked up the ultimate price ticket to $186,000, she stated.
“And the gives have been for money and no inspections,’’ she stated. “We’ve by no means had this earlier than.”
Residents from New York, Pittsburgh and Cleveland are among the many metropolis patrons who’re snapping up native houses to make use of as their second residence.
The enlargement of work-from-home alternatives — once more, spurred by the pandemic — can be boosting demand for native houses for individuals who could also be working for firms in metropolitan cities with tight housing markets, however can now stay wherever with broadband web.
“We’re additionally seeing metropolis patrons shifting right here completely to telecommute,’’ Gurgovits stated.
As Gurgovits retires, she’s not anticipating to life a lifetime of leisure. As an alternative, she’s going to increase her work to advertise Buhl Park. She stated certainly one of her biggest joys as a Realtor was promoting houses close to the park, the place residents can share her affection for the non-public recreation heart based in 1915 by industrialist Frank H. Buhl.
“It’s the No. 1 factor that draws folks to Sharon,’’ Gurgovits stated. “They need to stay round Buhl Park. They like it.’’
And so does she.
Gurgovits donated funds to create Sandy’s Place, an environmental playground within the park situated subsequent to the actions constructing. On the playground, children can take in information equivalent to rising greens and flowers, and listening to music.
“We’re not solely seeing native colleges bringing their college students right here, but additionally colleges from throughout Ohio,” she stated.
Her subsequent venture is to lift funds for an adjoining indoor environmental classroom the place college students can find out about nature year-round. A pathway will result in a wetland remark deck.
In just a few years, Gurgovits hopes to launch a program for companies to sponsor embellished Christmas bushes across the park’s Lake Julia. She considers her work to advertise the park as a labor of affection.
“You must be keen about this place – which I’m,’’ she stated.