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 feel 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 discipline 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 College.
After incomes a bachelor’s diploma from Grove Metropolis School, Sandy Gurgovits taught elementary college students for 4 years at West Middlesex Space College District. She went on to safe a grasp’s diploma at Westminster School, 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 grow to be a Realtor so she may present them properties in our space and all the nice issues our communities have to supply.”
Sandy Gurgovits, who would go on to be a prime property vendor, took her husband’s provide.
She stated she had many humorous adventures when exhibiting properties — unintentionally setting off safety alarms was virtually a specialty. Gurgovits giggles concerning the time she gave a tour of a house that wanted a great cleansing the place a grandmother was lounging whereas watching TV. It was solely later that she realized it was the mistaken home.
Through the years she has seen the tastes in properties change. Energy with strong earnings now not yearn for ostentatious properties with 5 bedrooms with $400,000-plus value tags.
“They do not belong to nation golf equipment they usually don’t desire 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 latest months, one residence close to Shenango Lake received eight provides from metropolis residents. Listed for $179,000, a bidding battle jacked up the ultimate price ticket to $186,000, she stated.
“And the provides 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 properties 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 properties for individuals who could also be working for firms in metropolitan cities with tight housing markets, however can now dwell 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 is going to broaden her work to advertise Buhl Park. She stated one in all her biggest joys as a Realtor was promoting properties close to the park, the place residents can share her affection for the non-public recreation middle based in 1915 by industrialist Frank H. Buhl.
“It’s the No. 1 factor that pulls folks to Sharon,’’ Gurgovits stated. “They need to dwell round Buhl Park. They like it.’’
And so does she.
Gurgovits donated funds to create Sandy’s Place, an environmental playground within the park positioned subsequent to the actions constructing. On the playground, youngsters can soak up data resembling rising greens and flowers, and listening to music.
“We’re not solely seeing native faculties bringing their college students right here, but in addition faculties from throughout Ohio,” she stated.
Her subsequent mission is to boost funds for an adjoining indoor environmental classroom the place college students can study nature year-round. A pathway will result in a wetland statement deck.
In a couple of 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.
“It’s important to be captivated with this place – which I’m,’’ she stated.