What Do You REALLY Know about Your Realtor?

Dave Meir
Published on October 18, 2015

What Do You REALLY Know about Your Realtor?



25 Things You Don’t Know About Me That Maybe You Should

You may not realize it, but when you hire a Realtor to help you buy or sell your home, you’re going to be spending a considerable amount of time with that person; certainly weeks, possibly months.

Before you sign on the dotted line and let some random Realtor into your life it’s a good idea to do some research. My guess is you’d like to know beforehand, whether the Realtor you’re considering is really a Gone-Girl-Tinfoil-Hat-Wearing-Whack-a-Doodle.

To help you find a level of comfort should you decide you’d like to hire me, I came up with a list of 25 things most people don’t know about Dave Meir. Keeping in mind of course I’m a Realtor – so by nature at least a little bit crazy.

  1. I was born and raised in LaCrosse, Wisconsin – I’m a Packer fan. (Might as well get the important stuff out of the way right now.)
  2. Over the years my entire immediate family – two sisters and a brother and our parents – migrated to Rochester.
  3. In junior high school I had aspirations of becoming a doctor and assisted during experimental kidney surgery on a dog. (My Mom was on our church council with the head of surgery at Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse.)
  4. Not long after graduating from high school I became a meat cutter in a grocery store. Kinda the same thing as a doctor;-)
  5. I was fired from my job as a meat market manager for spending too much time building my (first) real estate career.
  6. I played (at) the piano and cello in my younger years. (And maybe Mom, if you’d have let me wear jeans and not made me carry my cello on a bus full of high school kids – when I was in 5th grade – I might still play the cello and not be permanently emotionally scarred from the experience.;-)
  7. I went to seven different elementary schools in six years. I lived in the same house all through childhood but the bus route kept changing.
  8. After graduating from high school I moved to Cordova, Alaska for four months. (Until I got homesick and moved back.)
  9. My family drove VW bugs when I was a kid. We had a yellow Bug when we were first married.
  10. Kathy (Kastenschmidt) and I have been married – to each other – since 1978.
  11. Kathy and I have an amazing son, a wonderful daughter in-law and two amazingly wonderful granddaughters.
  12. I’ve never, ever, ever met a dog I didn’t like. Ours is named Lucy – a slightly spoiled Bichon Frise.
  13. In the mid-1980’s I became a Certified Level 1 Wisconsin Property Assessor. My Dad was a city assessor in LaCrosse and on weekends had a side gig assessing the Town of Galesville. I helped him in Galesville for a couple years.
  14. I continued my real estate appraisal education and in 1990 earned the SRA – Senior Residential Appraiser – designation.
  15. In 1990 I struck out on my own and started Meir Appraisal Service.
  16. I started d. holmes meir studios in 1993. Kathy and I ran both the appraisal business and the photography business for a few years until we got too busy with photography.
  17. The mid-2000’s economic meltdown and digital photography becoming mainstream combined to wreak havoc on d. holmes meir studios. We fizzled and faltered for a couple of years and finally closed the studio.
  18. Mid-meltdown I created The Portrait Expert, an Internet based photography education website to help the new-now-coming-out-of-the-woodwork (digital) photographers get their businesses off the ground. Membership grew to more than 4000 photographers worldwide.
  19. Closing my photography studio and my Internet business were without question the two most emotionally draining challenges of my life. I identified myself – and was identified as – a photographer.
  20. For a time I sold private jet charter and played a part in the sale of two private jets. Since flying isn’t one of my favorite things I decided maybe – the incredibly niche market of private jet charter sales – just wasn’t for me;-)
  21. I started my second real estate career as a Zoning Administrator for the Township Cooperative Planning Association.
  22. I have the first draft of a murder mystery in a box, in a cabinet, in my basement – where it’s been for ten years. Mason Rivers – ex-forensic photographer – finds a murdered bridesmaid while photographing a wedding at the Plummer House.
  23. Besides pretty much anything my wife makes, my favorite food is barbequed ribs on the Big Green Egg.
  24. My favorite authors are Robert Parker who wrote the Spenser for Hire books and Lee Child who writes the Jack Reacher series.
  25. I enjoy most any kind of music; Lady Gaga to Garth Brooks to Rammstein. Before I die I need to see Prince in concert.

So there you have it; 25 trivial tidbits about a random stranger you may (or now for sure will not;-) hire to help you buy or sell your home.

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to call, text or email. And if you ask nice, I might even let you try on my tinfoil hat.