SPOTLIGHT ON: Cindy Schweizer
Mary Prenon | May 2016
From the Little Leagues to the Big Leagues
More than 20 years ago, Cindy Schweizer stepped into a Stony Point real estate office to sell sponsorships for her son’s little league team. Little did she know that this chance encounter would be the start of her own long and successful real estate career.
Now an Associate Broker with John J. Lease Realtors in Middletown, Schweizer recalls meeting Marsha Rand on that fateful day. “She looked at me and said, ‘If you can sell that, you can sell real estate.’ I took her advice and got my license,” said Schweizer.
The year was 1993 and her children were young, so real estate was a perfect fit. “I thought I could do it part time, but actually, I never did. I got right into it the very first year,” she recalled. Her persistence paid off as she was named “Rookie of Year” by the former Rockland County Board of Realtors.
Schweizer credits friends and family with helping her jumpstart her new business. “I was very nervous and I didn’t think I could do it, but I had a lot of encouragement,” she added. “I was very fortunate because I had friends who were getting married and wanted to buy houses, and friends’ parents who were moving and needed to sell houses.”
Schweizer fully admitted using her friends as “guinea pigs.” “It gave me the training I needed and it happened at a very good time,” she said
In 1995, she moved to Cornwall in Orange County, continuing to work with Rand Realty. “Things were a little different in a new county and it took some getting used to, but I just began to learn more and more about Orange County,” she said.
The real estate business itself was also quite different 20 years ago. Schweizer remembers everyone buzzing around the fax machine on a Monday morning to see what new listings came through. “This was a time before the Internet and cell phones and we had to rely on those old listing books,” she said.
She later joined Viking Real Estate, which was eventually bought out by John J. Lease Realtors. Schweizer began managing John J. Lease’s Middletown office, with 62 agents, in 2008.
Today, her children are grown–Robert is 30, Kyle, 29 and she has a grandson who will soon be two years old.
Schweizer had been actively involved with the former Orange County Association of Realtors (OCAR) and is current an HGAR Director. “This is my first year, so I’ve been kind of quiet—which is unusual for me,” she quipped.
Since her children were young, she has been very active in her local community as a Cub Scout leader and Sunday school volunteer. Schweizer has also volunteered with the former OCAR’s Habitat for Humanity and Make-A-Wish committees. She is currently involved with the homeless shelter at St. Paul’s Church in Middletown, and the Interfaith Council.
If that’s not enough, Schweizer is also attending school full time in the evenings at SUNY Orange in Middletown, pursuing a degree in business management.
Her spare time is important to her and she loves spending time with family, including Sunday dinners and even vacations. Her favorite U.S. travel spots are Florida, Cape Cod, and Wildwood, New Jersey. She has also spent time traveling through Europe including England, France, Italy and Germany.
Looking back, Schweizer is so happy that she decided to drop into her local real estate office to sell those little league sponsorships. “While technology has changed a lot in 20 years, the basics of real estate are the same—you click or you don’t click,” she said.
As a manger, she still does a small amount of listing and selling, but has always preferred working with buyers. “You have the opportunity to share in the excitement of their dream,” she said.