Today’s spotlight falls on Rose Ciardiello, a successful agent & working mother from Guilford, CT. Rose is a three-time breast cancer survivor and has appeared in ads for Black House White Market & Guess Jean, aptly named “Beauty Beyond Breast Cancer,” which highlight real women who have beat the disease. Proceeds from store and catalog sales benefited the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Organization. Catch up on Rose’s life today below & watch her special videos here & here.
WR: What drew you to the real estate industry?
RC: I’ve always been interested in Real Estate. My first career was as a R.N. I worked for 10 years in a the hospital setting. First as a staff nurse, then as Head Nurse at Park City Hospital in Bridgeport, with my last position being the Patient Care Manager of the inpatient psychiatric department at Waterbury Hospital. Even back then (in the mid 80’s), several of my RNs were working part-time as realtors. The market was great then! I thought that was interesting – a nurse who also sold houses. But, I was on my nursing career path. I worked up until I had my first child, Kristen. I stayed home to raise my 3 children. When my youngest (Kevin) was 11 years old, I decided to enter the work force again and that’s when I got my R.E. license.
My husband’s godmother was in the business for at least 40 years in New Haven County. For years, she kept saying “you should get your license now and work with me.” But I wasn’t ready – I always planned on being a stay-at-home mom. A few years before becoming a licensed agent, I started looking for a second home (I wanted a beach house/waterfront property). One of the agents from Fairfield County asked me to join her team. She assumed I was a realtor given my knowledge about waterfront properties, elevation certificates, flood insurance, etc. At that time, these things weren’t well-known by agents. During that interaction, my husband looked at me and said you should get your license. That evening, I went online, found a program in Old Saybrook and enrolled the following morning. They were 2-3 weeks into the class so I had to go 3 days/week during the day and 2 days/week in the evening. This was already an accelerated program, so I was doing double time!
WR: When did you begin?
RC: I got my license in the beginning of 2014. I started with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. I worked in their Guilford office for about 16 months. I made the decision to join William Raveis after several meetings with some of the managers and the V.P. of the company and felt they were there to support agents who were trying to grow their business. I was very impressed with the branding they offered their Top Producers. They also shared their state-of-the-art technology and online reach, which I felt would be a benefit to my clients, especially sellers. I joined William Raveis in June, 2015.
WR: Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
RC: I’ve always lived in CT. I grew up in Fairfield, then our family moved to Trumbull when I was in the 3rd grade. After getting married, I moved to the shoreline town of Guilford and have been here for over 23 years. My husband, Peter, and I are raising our 3 children here – Kristen age 21, Michael age 19 and Kevin age 15. We also have 2 dogs, a Shih Tzu named Bella and a German Shepherd we rescued named Bear.
WR: Name one celebrity, dead or alive, who you would like to sell a home?
That’s a hard one! If I had to choose one, probably Tom Hanks. He comes across as a pretty genuine guy and someone easy (and fun) to work with. He and his wife, Rita Wilson, seem to be pretty down to earth. Would be especially nice if I sold them a private island!
WR: Name 5 things that most people don’t know about you.
RC: I’m a R.N. I’m a 3-time breast cancer survivor. I’m first generation American – both of my parents were born in Italy. I was featured in 2 major brands ads benefitting breast cancer organizations – White House Black Market’s ad campaign along with 24 other breast cancer survivors. Also, in Guess Jeans. I’m a decent crafter. When my kids were little, whenever there was an school event or activity involving crafts, I was the go-to mom. My cabinets were stocked with projects. My kids’ play dates would usually go home with a handmade item!
WR: You are stranded on a deserted island for one year, you get to bring 3 things.
RC: I’m assuming no electronic devises allowed given no Wi-Fi. A huge container of books. (Even though my job doesn’t allow much time for books, I’m an avid reader). I still like holding a book vs. an electronic reader. An endless supply of granola bars and water – sustenance is important! And of course, my family.
WR: Most used feature on Raveis365?
RC: Definitely e-mail, followed by Zipforms.
WR: Most used app on your phone?
RC: The eKey app. Main reason, it’s how I access listings to show that are on electronic lockboxes.
WR: What is the best advice you received from your parents or loved ones?
RC: It’s important to find balance. I’m still working on that.
WR: If you weren’t in real estate, what would be your dream job?
RC: As corny as this sounds, real estate is my dream job! I started the business just over 3 years ago. My first job was my dream job growing up. I always new I wanted to be a nurse. I went into real estate because I thought it would be “fun.” And as stressful as it can be, I really do enjoy it. My next dream job is retirement.
WR: What are your favorite local activities that you participate in?
RC: Prior to my cancer diagnosis, I played tennis 3 times a week. I loved the competitiveness as well as the social aspect of the game. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of a prescription caused lymphedema, a condition that prevents me from being able to play.
WR: How do you engage with your community?
RC: Our town provides numerous events and places where the community can get involved with and get together. When my children were in elementary school, I was active in the PTO, chaired several committees. As they got older, I focused on volunteering at local non-profit organizations. I’m a founding member of the Cancer Support Community-Southern CT., inc. I was involved with a few breast cancer support groups. Events around the Town Green are always filled with members of our community and a nice opportunity to catch up with people.
WR: Fill in the blank: Your day cannot begin without _____?
RC: COFFEE… usually 2 cups!
Thank you, Rose!
You can reach Rose by visiting her website at raveis.com.