A Little Bit About Chuck

Hello, my name is Charles Brucato and I am interning at Red Door Real Estate WNY this summer. My real name is Charles but everyone calls me Chuck. I am from Rochester, NY, more specifically the Town of Penfield, and I just finished my junior year in the University at Buffalo School of Management as a Business Administration major with a concentration in marketing. I have two older sisters and the majority of my family resides there.

Coming into college I honestly thought I would be somewhere completely different than where I am now, but not necessarily for better or worse. I actually wasn’t even sure if I would like the city of Buffalo but I really love it and have been living here year-round for two years now and plan on living here for a very long time. I was always told that if you’re good at something then that is what you should be doing with your life. Math was always my strongest subject so coming into college so I thought I would be an accounting Major, and after taking a few courses it definitely wasn’t for me. I switched to Business Administration and took a Marketing Course as well as a personality test and determined that Marketing was for me.

What I really want to do in life is become a landlord which is why I am really excited and grateful to intern at Red Door Real Estate. I think it will give me a good hands-on experience and help me learn what the real estate industry is all about. I currently live in a house on UB South Campus with seven of my friends. When I first signed the lease I actually did some pretty basic math. There’s eight of us living there and we each pay $400 a month which equates to $3200 a month. Minus property taxes and the mortgage I’m sure my landlord makes a pretty decent profit off of the house. I was really intrigued by this so I started books like Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad Poor Dad” and they really inspired me to become a landlord. My father just bought his first rental property in Rochester so I want to hang around him and see how his experience goes and am really excited to do so. 

Having said all of that I am only 21 years old and a lot of things can definitely change with time. I might look back on this in 20-30 years and laugh to myself to be honest. Anyways, when I’m not working or doing school work I love to hang out with friends and watch and play sports. I am a big Jets fan even though I’m from Rochester and we all get together and watch all of the big games. I also enjoy watching crime drama movies such as Goodfellas and Casino.

I really have enjoyed every second of my college experience. Sometimes I can be afraid of change as I loved high school as well and didn’t want to leave. However, I only have one year of school left and I am going to try to enjoy every second of it. I am really excited for my internship this summer and can’t wait to see what life holds for me after.

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My Undergrad Chapter — Complete!

As my four years of college are coming to an end, I can only sit back and reflect on all the memories. Attending Buffalo State College has matured me and gave me the experience to help mold me. I left the Bronx in order to obtain my bachelors and will be graduating on May 19th and starting my new job on June 10th.

Senior year I decided to do two internships one at Red Door Real Estate and one at Elmwood Village. Doing two internships had been a challenge especially trying to stay on track but I have been able to manage it.

My experience at Red Door Real Estate:

The first day I met Liz she had such an amazing and welcoming energy, which made me want to intern here. At first I was nervous to be writing blogs and did not know what to even write about but guess what, I did it! All the projects I have done at Red Door Real Estate has made me more creative and gave me more marketing skills. I would always get super excited when having to work on any excel project. Before Red Door Real Estate I did not know much about creating flyers but know I have a great time and actually make flyers that stand out.

The first day I came with a book that says “you got this” and Liz was so excited. I was able to pick a desk and I choose the one with a quote that states, “Your attitude determines your direction.” I read that quote every time I was there because it kept me motivated and wanting to do more. I’m going to miss sitting in that desk and watching hearing the dogs bark at random people.

Working in a family friendly and women owned environment with Liz, Renee and Carissa makes me want to always work in an environment like this. Red Door Real Estate became a family and I’m going to miss every single person I have met!

Upcoming Interns!

I wish you the best and I hope you enjoy working with Liz. You got this! Your attitude determines your directions!

I’ll be back!

Genesis Burgos

First Day!
Last Day!

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Closing the Red Door

With today being my last day at Red Door Real Estate, I can honestly say I’m shocked at how fast this experience went by. It feels like yesterday I was nervously walking into Red Door for the first time to have my interview. Prior to Red Door I had went to countless interviews for internships and caught myself thinking “I could never see myself working here,” after leaving every. single. one. When I walked into Red Door I felt a sense of relief from the calm, laid-back environment- I felt at home. Five months have passed since I started working here and that feeling of home has never left.

I am a junior at University at Buffalo, by now many of my peers have had one or more internships during their college career. I decided this semester I would do the same. I expected internships to be boring, demanding and overall unpleasant. I have seen so many movies about interns being everyone’s personal slave, getting everyone in the office lunch and coffee and doing pointless tasks that no one else wants to do. I came into this expecting the worst. I had no idea my experience at Red Door would be the complete opposite. There is never a boring day at Red Door- if you don’t have much work there are usually 1-3 dogs running around at your feet to help the time go by quicker. I expected a set 9:30-2:30 schedule, thankfully this has been far from that. Liz, my supervisor, has been more than flexible with me. Whenever something came up Liz somehow, someway figured out a way to accommodate me, my time at Red Door was 500x more enjoyable solely because of this.

Overall, I’m glad I took it upon myself to find an internship for class credit instead of sitting in a lecture hall. I encourage every upperclassman in college student to do the same. Red Door has taken me out of my comfort zone, shown me more about myself than I could have ever imagined and introduced me to some great people that I know I will keep in touch with. Without Red Door I would have never acted on my creative side, I would have never gotten real-life insight on what I wanted to do with my life (which let’s be real, I really needed,) I would have never found out that I actually don’t mind writing blogs- which is something I previously hated, and I would have never first-hand learned about what the professional world is really like. As much as it is sad for me to leave Red Door, I’m so excited for the upcoming interns to experience working here. My advice to the newbies is enjoy every moment while it lasts, before you know it you’ll be writing your Farewell Blog and wondering how you are going to say goodbye to such a great experience.

Thank you again to everyone at Red Door Real Estate for making my first internship an enjoyable one- of course if I am ever looking to buy or sell a home you know the first number I’m calling.

Alexa Graff

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Buffalo Kids News Day

Since 1983 Tops Friendly Markets has presented the Buffalo community with a special Kids Days in order to raise money for the John R. Oishei, Children’s Hospital, Cradle Beach and children of Western New York. The Buffalo community volunteers every year to help sell newspaper for a dollar. On April 30th, 2019 they celebrated their 37th year of raising money and have raised over $4.8 million dollars.

 My involvement

Buffalo State student life asks their Greek organizations to participate in this event. In which we have to wake up at 6:00 a.m. to meet up at a certain location at 6:15 a.m. to put the cover page on the new papers and head to our selling locations by 6:30 a.m. For the past 4 years I have participated in this event and it has been an amazing opportunity. From people giving us thumps up, honking at us or evening smiling it has been a great experience even if it’s early in the morning. Over the years one thing that we have noticed was a lot of people who donate have kids in their cars and a lot of those kids are the ones who hand us the dollar. Some people even donate money and do not even want the newspaper. I hope some day I will be able to pass by Buffalo State College and donate money on Buffalo Kids News Day.

If you would like to make a difference and participate in next years Buffalo Kids News Day call (716) 849-4526 to find more information!

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If you are planning to move in to the Buffalo area make sure to give Red Door Real Estate a call at (716) 768-1177 or email us realtyrenee@gmail.com


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Goodbye Red Door World

So, in some insane way five months have come and gone and the end of both my semester and internship are coming to a close. Over these past five months I’ve tried pushing myself out of my comfort zone because I realized I don’t push myself unless it’s related to academics. There is a quote that one of my professors introduced to me, “your comfort is a beautiful place, but nothing grows there.” This became my inspiration for my quest.

My first fear I (somewhat) conquered involves this internship. I was terrified of driving downtown, something most people can do with ease is a challenge for south town suburb raised me. This included asking my boyfriend at the time to drive me to jury duty when I was requested last year. This internship forced me to drive on the skyway which is something I had never done. Nervous at first, I am now completely calm and have seen well known Buffalo landmarks like Sahlen field and the Pierce Arrow Museum which makes me proud of what I have accomplished.

Shortly after started the internship my mother and I took a trip to T.J. Maxx where I bought my next conquered fear. While looking down the aisles in home I came across the candle section. Now I am uneasy around fire. My mother never had candles around the house, so it wasn’t common to me. Last summer I started working at a wedding venue near me and if you didn’t know candles are “romantic”. When asked to light candles my hand would shake as I lit the wick. I ended up buying two candles from T.J. Maxx that day and although I have not lit them a lot, I have become more comfortable around flames.

Lastly, and probably my biggest accomplishment included traveling away from home without my mom. My mother and I are very close. I grew up in a single parent home, so my mother was all I had. I am 100% a mama’s girl and always look to her for guidance. Back in October of last year I traveled with a few friends to Canada for the weekend. In March I traveled with a class to London, England for over a week. Being away from my mother was difficult. I also had no one to turn to when it came to answering questions I didn’t know about. I became more dependent while out of the country and realized how much I love living where I do. Buffalo is home.

So, although I do have a long way to go, I know I am headed in the right direction. I wanted to thank all of you for reading these blogs and joining me for the past five months. Best of luck to you. If you need help looking for a new house or looking to sell, call Red Door Real Estate at (716) 768-1177 or email us realtyrenee@gmail.com
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