Jeannie Apostole-Holden: An Attuned Profession
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
CUPERTINO — After teaching high school English for 13 years, Jeannie Apostole-Holden decided to switch to a career that was more attuned to her personal strengths. “I got into real estate because I felt like it fit my personality,” she explains. “I’ve always been a very social and detail-oriented person, so I liked the fact that it utilized both of those characteristics. I started in 1982, and almost 40 years later, I still love what I do.”
As a real estate broker, Jeannie says her favorite part of her job is helping people achieve their goals. “Buying or selling a house is a big deal for anyone, so I like being a part of that and helping bring about a successful outcome. It’s very rewarding to have a positive impact on my clients’ lives.”
Originally from Chicago, Jeannie moved to Santa Clara County in 1983, where she continues to reside with her husband, Tom. “Compared to Chicago, I definitely appreciate the weather here,” she says. “I also appreciate the diversity. I love meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures and learning from them.”
Outside of work, Jeannie engages in a variety of active pastimes. “Tom and I make our own wine and have actually won a few awards at state fairs and other competitions,” she details. “We even grow our own grapes. Also, as a former English teacher, I’m a fervent reader and enjoy writing, as well as painting.”
In regard to a professional philosophy, Jeannie espouses the virtues of doing what you love. “I have a great passion for my work, and I think that shows in the results I achieve for my clients,” she explains. “I’m continually learning to increase my expertise and striving to be the best I can be. I think when you love what you do, you’re a lot more driven than when you’re doing something you don’t really care about, and that can make all the difference in your success.”
When asked the first thing she’d do if she were to retire tomorrow, Jeannie says she’s not sure if she would. “I love my job so much, I honestly don’t know if I’d want to retire. One thing is for sure: I’d need to find a way to stay busy. Maybe I’d get into volunteer work—something that would put my skills to good use.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: The Fish Hopper in Monterey.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: I love to put on my slicker and boots and walk outside in the rain.
Q: Are you a dog person or a cat person?
A: A dog person.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Halloween, because it’s fun to dress up.
Q: What’s your favorite scary movie?
A: “The Shining.”