After 22 years, Curtis retires from Long and Foster

  • Mick Curtis
Mick Curtis
March 26, 2012

After serving as the manager of the Bel Air office of Long and Foster for 22 years, Mick Curtis announced his retirement March 7.

While teaching full-time, he started his career as a part time Realtor with H M Dale Realtors on Emmorton Road in the mi-70s and learned the business from, in his words, "a wonderful person and top notch Realtor of the times, Helen Dale."

When times changed in the '80s and the turn to technology began, Curtis moved to Steffey Realtors on Route 924 directly across the street from his present Long and Foster location. Carbon paper contracts were becoming a thing of the past, and Steffey offered the newest technology of the time.

"Again as luck will have it, I was managed by another true professional in the business, Tim Sullivan," Curtis said.

Steffey was eventually bought by O'Connor, Piper and Flynn, and Curtis with it. Long and Foster at the time was becoming the major company in Virginia, and was moving into Maryland. It had opened an office in Bel Air, and that office was looking for a manager. Curtis said he wanted a chance to build his dream office, one in which everyone worked together, and the office provided services to support the agents.

In 1989, he took the management position offered by Long and Foster, and grew his dream into a reality, attracting and training top agents in the county who shared his feelings. He gives credit to the staff which joined him over the years, in particular to Janet Beckwith as his branch administrator, and Gail Angel his trainer.

The office grew to be the number one office in Harford County, with the top market share for the past 10 years. In that time, Curtis earned the designation of Certified Residential Broker, and was named a vice president of Long and Foster in 1994.

Curtis said he is giving up his real estate dream to pursue his other interests in off-grid living, music and outdoor sports.

"I will truly miss the real estate business, and Long and Foster, but must of all I will miss those I work with, my staff and the agents who have built the office on the shoulders of their outstanding character, and service to the client. I was blessed to work with simply wonderful people," Curtis said.

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