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When I first met Lisa Huson, I had just completed the salesperson course at the local real estate board. In a sense, I did things in reverse, deciding on a career in real estate before locating a broker who would be willing to sponsor me. A dear friend introduced us, and although I was somewhat intimidated by how confident and successful she was, but more than that, she was welcoming and encouraging, which is exactly what I was looking for in a broker. The chance to work in a smaller brokerage was attractive to me because it meant my training was very hands on and allowed me constant access to Lisa’s experience.
With 20+ years of experience in real estate, she ran the gamut from residential listings to commercial work. I always considered myself lucky to be associated with someone who was so well respected in our field and knew the real estate market as well as she did. She was always working for the ‘win-win’ in a transaction, and I can tell you from experience, it’s not always easy to achieve that, but somehow, Lisa always did. When you became a real estate client of Lisa’s, it became a lifelong real estate relationship.
What began as a professional association turned into a close friendship as the years went on. Lisa was my mentor and cheerleader all along. She was always encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and be confident in my abilities. Under her tutelage, each year of real estate proved to be better than the year before for me. I credit her with my success in real estate, and I try to model myself after her in many ways.
Her illness did not change who she was, and in fact, she accomplished so much in the past three years and fulfilled some of her bucket list items, which included selling more real estate, skydiving in Hawaii and becoming licensed as a real estate broker in Hawaii. Who does that while battling cancer?! Lisa did, and did it well.
I miss her being in my daily life: the phone calls, advice, laughter and some tears towards the end. I miss her texts and funny stories and so much more. Death doesn’t erase the memories and the experiences – for that I am grateful.