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FOUNDER OF CARNEY REALTY, INC.









FOUNDER OF CARNEY REALTY,INC.

JEAN MITCHELL CARNEY FOUNDED CR, INC., BOUTIQUE REAL ESTATE AGENCY IN 1983. WORKING ALONE WITH A VISION AND PASSION FOR NEW ADVENTURES, SHE HAD BEEN WORKING FOR COMMANDER REALTY IN GULF SHORES, AL. AND WAS THEIR TOP PRODUCER.  WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR HER TO BREAK OUT AND FORM HER OWN COMPANY, SHE HAD  TO SELECT THE COMPANY'S COLORS/ LOGO.  HER DAUGHTER AND JEAN CAME UP WITH TWO COLORS, PINK/PURPLE. PINK WAS TIFFANY'S FAVORITE COLOR (HER FIRST GRANDDAUGHTER); AND PURPLE (KARA HER SECOND GRANDDAUGHTER).  OF COURSE, JEAN WAS TEASED ABOUT THE SIGN COLORS.  AT THAT TIME IT WAS OUT OF CHARACTER FOR A REAL ESTATE AGENCY TO HAVE SUCH COLORS. HOWEVER, JEAN WAS THAT VISIONARY WHO DIDN'T WALK IN THE PATH WITH OTHERS.  SHE MADE HER OWN PATH.  JEAN'S VISION FOR THE FUTURE WAS EVIDENT WHEN SHE AND HER HUSBAND LIVED IN PERDIDO, FL. AND JEAN LOOKED ACROSS OLE RIVER AND SAW ONO ISLAND AND SAID "THAT'S WHERE I WANT TO LIVE." OF COURSE, IN THOSE DAYS ONO ISLAND WAS CONSIDERED THE "BOONIES". SHE PROCEEDED TO VENTURE; BUY THE LOT AND BUILD AN OCTOGON SHAPPED HOME, BUILT ON A SAND DUNE. NOW, WHAT COLOR SHOULD SHE PAINT THE HOME? HUMMM. WELL, WITH THE FRIENDSHIP OF BRAD PATTERSON, A YOUNG FREE SPIRITED ARCHITECT, HIS OFFER WAS,"JEAN PAINT IT PINK!" SO, JEAN PAINTED THIS OCTOGON SHAPPED HOME, "PINK!". WELL, FROM BRADS OWN MOUTH: "DANG IT JEAN, I DIDN'T SAY "PEPTO BISMOL PINK." BRAD LIVED ACROSS FROM JEAN AND HAD TO LOOK AT THAT PINK HOUSE FROM THEN ON... IT WAS HILARIOUS! JEAN WAS HILARIOUS! SHE WAS AN AMAZING SALES PERSON. WHY? BECAUSE HER OBJECTIVE WASN'T TO MAKE MONEY, HOWEVER, DUE TO BEING A GREAT BUSINESS WOMAN IT CERTAINLY WASN'T ON THE BACK BURNER OF "MOST WANTED LIST". IN FACT, AFTER BUILDING THE HOME (REMEMBER IT WAS REALLY THE BOONIES IN THE LATE '70'S  (BEFORE FREDRICK) AND BEING ONLY THE 12TH HOME ON ONO ISLAND, JEAN WOULD TAKE YOU OUT TO SEE PROPERTY, IF YOU DIDN'T FIND ANYTHING, SHE WOULD ASK: "MRS. JONES IS IT TIME FOR THAT TOUCH UP OF COLOR, OR HOW ABOUT A PERM?" OF COURSE, MRS. JONES DIDN'T EXPECT THIS REALTOR TO BE THAT TALENTED, SO, JEAN PROCEEDED TO TAKE MRS. JONES TO HER SALON THAT WAS BUILT UNDER HER HOME AND MRS JONES LEFT WITH A BEAUTIFULLY COLORED HAIRDO.  BUT, AS TIME WENT ON, IT WAS EVIDENT TO HER CLIENTS THAT JEAN WASN'T JUST OUT TO SELL THEM REAL ESTATE, SHE WAS THEIR FRIEND AND THEY COULD TRUST WHEN SHE SOLD THEM A PROPERTY IT WASN'T FOR THE MONEY, SHE TRULY WANTED THEM TO HAVE WHAT THEY WANTED, EVEN IF IT MEANT THEY SHOULDN'T BUY THAT PARTICULAR PROPERTY. JEAN WAS ALL ABOUT FAMILY & HELPING OTHERS.    THERE WERE SO MANY FUN TIMES AT THE HOME ON ONO ISLAND. THE ISLAND SOON BECAME "THE PLACE TO LIVE." WELL, THAT WASN'T WHAT JEAN SAW IN THE BEAUTY OF THE ISLAND. IF YOU VISITED JEAN IN THOSE DAYS, TAKE A PILLOW AND A BLANKET. THERE WAS NOTHING IN SITE AT THAT TIME. LITERALLY, YOU SPENT THE NIGHT. JEAN WOULDN'T LET YOU DRIVE HOME. AND, IF YOU WENT TO SLEEP WITH A PILLOW AND BLANKET, YOU MIGHT WAKE UP IN THE MORNING WITHOUT THAT PILLOW. WHY? CUZ,SOMEONE ELSE DROPPED IN AND SHE RAN OUT OF PILLOWS. SHE WOULD SNEAK INTO MY ROOM AND THE NEXT MORNING, I HAD NO PILLOW. FEEDING ALL THE FOLKS WHO STAYED OVER WAS NO PROBLEM FOR JEAN. SHE WOULD YELL OUT AN ORDER AND AL, HER HUSBAND JUMPED TO THE TUNE, HE AND A GUEST WOULD GRAB A FISH NET AND THERE THE DINNER WOULD MIRACULOUSLY APPEAR. MULLET, HUSH PUPPIES, COLE SLAW AND A FEAST WAS TO BE HAD BY ALL!  NOTHING EVER BECAME AN OBSTACLE SHE COULDN'T OVERCOME. SHE WAS AN AMAZING VISIONARY WITH A HEART OF GOLD FOR HELPING OTHER REALTORS. HER OWN COMPETITION WAS TRAINED BY JEAN. SHE LOVED HELPING EVEN WHEN IT WASN'T TO HER BENEFIT. HER MOST TREASURED FRIENDSHIPS WERE: K.J. ALTMIERE, SHELIA HODGES, SHELIA PENETILLA, BOB MALONE, AND MANY OTHERS WHOM HAVE PASSED SINCE MOM HAS BEEN GONE IN 2002. WHAT A LOSS WE HAVE HAD SINCE THAT TIME. IT WAS A DRIVEN PASSION FOR HER DAUGHTER TO MOVE FROM HER HOME IN MINNEAPOLIS TO TAKE OVER THE COMPANY.NOW IT'S IMPORTANT TO SAY, THERE WAS NO INHERITANCE FOR SHIRLEE AND HER DAUGHTER, TIFFANY, WHO ALSO, MOVED HER FAMILY TO GULF SHORES, AL. JEAN HAD WORKED SO HARD TO BUILD A REPUTABLE REAL ESTATE AGENCY AND THOSE WHO KNEW JEAN LIKED HER, HOWEVER, SHE DID LET YOU KNOW IF SHE DIDN'T AGREE WITH YOU OR DIDN'T LIKE YOU. THERE WAS NO GUESSING. SHE AND K.J. ALTMEYER, HAD A SORT OF GAME THEY PLAYED WITH EACH OTHER. HE WAS A SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPER OF: CASA DEL SOL; BUENA VISTA AND COMPASS POINT. HOWEVER, HE AND JEAN WOULD GO OUT AND BUY LAND AS IF THEY WERE BUYING LUNCH. IF JEAN GOT TO IT FIRST, K.J. WOULD SHOW UP IN JEAN'S OFFICE AND SAY, "JEAN, I WANTED THAT PROPERTY AND YOU GOT TO IT FIRST".  JEAN WOULD SAY: "WELL, K.J. IT'S FOR SALE, HOW MUCH YOU WANNA PAY ME FOR IT?" WE ALL LAUGHTED AND  THE NEXT WEEK THE CARDS WOULD TURN AND IT WAS JEAN GOING TO K.J... IT WAS A FUNNY LITTLE RELATIONSHIP OF DEEP FRIENDSHIP. JEAN PUT HIS DEVELOPMENTS ON THE MAP WITH QUICK, HONEST SALES. BACK THEN IT WAS COMPETITIVE, HOWEVER, IT WASN'T DESIGNED TO "CUT YOUR THROAT" IF YOU DIDN'T WORK WITH JEAN, IT WAS THE WAY IT WAS. GOOD OLE SELLING AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS. BEFORE JEAN PASSED AWAY HER FIRST BORN AND FAVORITE GRANDDAUGHTER HAD A BABY GIRL, SABRINA. BRI WAS 6 MONTHS OLD WHEN JEAN PASSED AWAY, UNEXPECTEDLY. JEAN LOVED CHILDREN AND SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN A VERY LOVING GREAT GRANDMOTHER TO BRI, HOWEVER, GOD HAD ANOTHER PLAN.  JEAN HAD FPF AND FIBROMIAGLIA, HOWEVER, YOU WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN. SHE DIDN'T COMPLAIN AND AS HER DAUGHTER, I DON'T RECALL JEAN EVER SHEDDING A TEAR. IT JUST WASN'T IN HER M.O.  HER HUSBAND SEEMED LOST AFTER JEAN'S PASSING AND THAT IS THE ONLY REASON SHIRLEE (HER DAUGHTER AND FAMILY) AND DR. TIFFANY (AND HER FAMILY) MOVED TO GULF SHORES, AL. TO TAKE CARE OF JEAN'S HUSBAND. THERE WAS NO INHERITANCE, NOT EVEN THE BUSINESS. AL RAN IT AND THEN AFTER A SHORT TWO YEARS, MARRIED A WOMAN TWELEVE YEARS YOUNGER THAN JEAN'S DAUGHTER. HE HAD THE BUSINESS AND SHIRLEE WORKED FOR HIM ALL THOSE YEARS UNTIL SHE HAD HER OWN BROKER'S LICENSE. JEAN IS SO MISSED. SHE WAS FULL OF HUMOR AND WIT AND BRAINS. FOR A WOMAN WHO HAD NEVER FINISHED SCHOOL, SHE WAS A  ERIN BROKAVICH OF REAL ESTATE. NOTHING WENT PAST HER. TODAY HER COMPANY LIVES OWN, DUE TO SHIRLEE AND TIFFANY. SHIRLEE AND HER HUSBAND BOUGHT THE BUILDING AND  SHIRLEE WILL CARRY ON WHAT HER MOM STARTED IN 1983. JEAN IS SELLING REAL ESTATE IN GOD'S COUNTRY AND MAKING NEW FRIENDS.  GOD BLESS  ONE OF THE PIONEERS OF ONO  ISLAND AND REAL ESTATE. MOM, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED TO YOUR GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, THEY KNOW YOU AS MAW MAW AND LOVE THE  MEMORIES THAT ARED SHARED  BY YOUR FAMILY, TOM (YOUR SON-IN-LAW);  DR. TIFFANY(YOUR FAVORITE GRANDDAUGHTER) & JIM MITCHELL (YOUR WONDERFUL SON).  TIFFANY'S CHILDREN REFER TO YOU IN HEAVEN WHEN IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND OTHER TIMES. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US, MOM (MAWMAW) BECAUSE  TOM, DR. TIFFANY AND SHIRLEE WILL MAKE SURE THAT YOUR COMPANY WILL CONTINUE TO BE KNOWN AS ONE OF  THE REAL ESTATE AGENCIES WITH THE MOST  INTEGRITY AND HONESTY.  YOU WOULD BE PROUD, MOM. THRU ALL THE CHALLENGES, WE ARE STILL OPERATING ON THE GULF COAST AND HAVE NOT SHUT DOWN AND GONE WITH OTHER FRANCHISE COMPANIES. WE ARE A FAMILY OWNED BOUTIQUE COMPANY FOR THOSE WHO DON'T LIKE A FANCY BUILDING OR BEAUCRACY. THEY DON'T CARE WHAT WE KNOW TIL THEY KNOW THAT WE CARE. AND WE MAINTAIN PROFESSIONALISM, NO MATTER WHAT. THAT'S THE ROLE MODEL YOU LEFT WITH YOUR LEGACY.


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Contact Me

Shirlee Poulos
500 West Beach Blvd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone: 251-968-2330
Email: shirlee@carneyrealtyinc.com







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