• Al Friedman

Why I Got Into Real Estate

Updated: Mar 2, 2018

With my new blog, I'd like to give you a little insight into how I got into real estate, and how I conduct my business. First, we have to step back in time a little bit. I began my “adult” working life, at age 18, working on an assembly line building electric ranges for General Electric. The pay was good for a young single guy, and the work wasn't terrible. I started taking college courses in the evenings, hoping to eventually move up in life. Fortunately, G.E. was willing to pay for my higher education. Over the course of the next three years, I received two promotions and raises in pay. Around this time, the company was initiating a new Management Training program, looking for opportunities to begin promoting from within. My supervisor at the time nominated me to enroll, and at 19, I became the second, and the youngest member of the inaugural class of students. Meanwhile, I continued my evening studies. One of the great things about the Management Training program was that we dealt with real world / real time situations in our classes.


By the time I was 20, and halfway through the program, I was offered my first management position, as an on-line supervisor. I was very proud to, once again, be the youngest person holding this position in the company. I moved through several supervisory positions over the next couple of years

Fast forward a couple of years, I was then given an opportunity for a promotion into the Planning group. That position allowed me to begin performing engineering functions, concentrating on improving manufacturing efficiencies. I found this to be a natural, enjoyable, and rewarding fit. I planned, at this point, to become a G.E. Lifer/ and retire in 30 years. Things changed. Our products were outsourced. Appliance Park East closed. By 1986, I was an industrial engineer at Martin Marietta, not enjoying my work life. My wife and I decided, when we were dating, at age 19, we would one day invest in real estate. By 1984, we owned a home, and an investment property in Ocean City.. I always had a natural affinity for real estate, believing it to be a great long term piece of our investment portfolio. My job at Martin Marietta, while paying well, was personally unfulfilling. I needed to expand my access to real estate possibilities for my investments. I decided to get my real estate license.


A new life was born. Unlike anything professionally I had ever done before, this glove fit perfectly. There was an innate sense that I was made for real estate. I understood it's principles, it's history, it's possibilities, the subtleties and nuances. It was a totally natural feeling. I ran with it. Within a very short period of time, I was among the top producers in the local real estate arena. My engineering supervisory, and business backgrounds gave me the ability to construct an organized real estate business model that most realtors didn't have access to. I've been a top producer for more than 30 years in Maryland, and I became licensed in NC just a couple of years ago. Here I am on the beautiful Outer Banks, helping buyers and sellers make their OBX dreams come true!