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Name: Phoebe Hoaster

Family: I have four children; two of whom live in the area. Also, a total of six grandchildren and two of our grown grandchildren live here. We have 13 great-grandchildren total, with two living here locally as well.

Years in the Golden Isles: Moved to St. Simons Island 26 years ago. Two of our children followed us and live here locally. The Hoasters have been in this area since 1940!

School: Marietta High School

Occupation: Realtor for 45 years!

Tell us about how you started your career as a Realtor: I started right out of high school and was actually working for an insurance company, Allstate Insurance Co. I was pregnant with my son, who is now 44 years old, and my mother, who was in real estate said why don’t I get my real estate license. She said it would allow time to be more versatile to be able to care for him. She talked me into getting my real estate license and I did and have had it ever since.

What is some of the best advice you have received over the years? Well, I have received a lot of advice but one of the things that I was told early on in my career was to always have plenty of products to sell and plenty of listings. That came from Jack W. Boone, who was the first person to hire me in real estate. He also would always tell me that people don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Some personal advice I received was to follow your heart and always do your best.

What are some of the most challenging parts of being a Realtor? I have seen interest rates as high as 18 percent in my career. I have survived the 2008-2012 stock market crash. I have been through all the downturns and the upturns of the market and still here; I am a survivor. When everyone was getting out in the 2008 stock market crash, I stayed in and helped people sell their houses. We had a lot of people that got out to find other jobs but I didn’t and stayed.

Describe your perfect Saturday in the Golden Isles: I love to sell a $1 million house, or any price house actually, in the morning and then spending time with the grandkids all afternoon.

Favorite landmark in the Golden Isles: Somewhere quiet, listening to the church bells and enjoying the sunset at the gazebo at Epworth because it’s peaceful and so pretty with such gorgeous views. Also, I really enjoy the St. Simons Island Pier. I love walking and seeing all the people, talking to them and asking where they are from is so interesting.

What are your goals that you have set for 2021? This is kind of interesting, I used to be the craziest person in the world when it came to goal setting. I used to start in October and I had goals boards and would practically force my husband, my son, my business, basically everyone to do goal boards. I was obsessed with it, OBSESSED. I went to all these seminars, but 10-15 years ago I heard a sermon that David Yarborough told at the St. Simons Community Church, where I attend, and it convicted me. I was like oh my gosh! It was something along the lines of the things that we do are all given to us by God. It’s not about us but it is about him. I realized that all these goal-setting things that I was doing like to list 10 houses a month, to buy a new car, to do this and that made me driven but it wasn’t about me it was about what God has planned for me. When I heard this that Sunday I backed up and said, OK Lord I get it. I get it. That day I said I wasn’t going to work Sundays anymore and was going to tell people. I’ll work Saturdays to dark, work Mondays, if I have to every once in a while I will work a Sunday, but I am going to take a day of rest, wake up in the morning and say, Lord, what do you have planned for me today? What do you want me to do? Who do you have planned for me to see? Every morning before my feet hit the floor we talk and say what have you got planned. I never know from one day to the next what he has planned for me. Last year, I had the biggest year ever in my career and didn’t set any goals. God blesses me and I do what he wants me to do. I don’t have any plans, my agenda is his agenda.

Favorite landmark in the Golden Isles: Somewhere quiet, listening to the church bells and enjoying the sunset at the gazebo at Epworth because it’s peaceful and so pretty with such gorgeous views. Also, I really enjoy the St. Simons Island Pier. I love walking and seeing all the people, talking to them and asking where they are from is so interesting.