New Beginings

Today I begin my second official day interning at Red Door Real Estate. I have already developed my skills on certain media platforms that I had thought I had mastered, along with learning new websites and media. As a non-resident of Western New York I am enamored with the opportunity of delving deeper into the Buffalo community.

Being from Westchester, New York, I am not used to the sense of pride, community, and unity that holds the Buffalo community together. We do not have a football team or signature foods, we are simply the passageway to the metropolis of New York City. I live 40 minutes from one of the largest cities in the world, and 25 minutes from some of the most beautiful hiking in the Hudson Valley. There are places where I can see the NYC skyline from the top of a mountain, which is such a mind bending thing to me.

As much as I love home, I was always seeking the independence of being away, and college was the perfect opportunity. Now six hours away from home, I get to learn new aspects of my own person and identity that you can only develop in a new environment. I am a business major at the University at Buffalo, majoring in Business Administration, with concentrations in marketing and supply chain operations. Focusing primarily on my marketing concentration, I immediately was attracted to the experience of working with marketing and social media that was required of the Red Door internship, along with a long time fascination with real estate.

Real estate is an area unlike most others, in the sense they get to truly delve into the lives of their neighbors and community members beyond the surface level. While some people may just see different names and addresses, I see individuals with families, stories, and history. Are they new to Buffalo? Have their roots been grounded here for generations? Maybe they have a dog, or maybe they even have big Sunday dinners!  These are the true Buffalonians who I get to witness, from afar, plan the next steps in their lives. That is what this small business means to me. People are ready to write a new chapter in their lives, and Red Door is there with a pen and paper to help. To me, opening up this Red Door is much more than the beginning of my 5 hour shift, it is opening my mind to the potential skills, values, and experiences I await eagerly to unfold.

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The End of My Internship at Red Door Real Estate WNY

This summer I stared a new chapter getting a social media marketing internship with Red Door Real Estate. Over the Summer, I learned a lot about how a small company manages their social media as well as their work the real estate industry. I came into this with no knowledge or interest in real estate, so I learned and used my knowledge of other interests and applied them to this position. The main project I worked on and was very proud of was creating a whole social media guideline and rubric for Red Door so they can continue to have an awesome social media presence. This opportunity allowed me to experiment with different types of posts and have creative freedom that I would have in the real world at a social media position. Overall, this internship was a very cool experience in a field that I didn’t know much about, but learned and created content that I am interested in.

Jack Laino

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The End of a Chapter

It’s crazy to think that just a few months ago I started my internship at Red Door. I had no idea what to expect, but I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. It gave me an insight into a team of hard working women and gave me something to aspire to be.

During my time here at Red Door I had the chance to learn a lot about social media marketing. I expected to have strict reigns on what I could do here, but to my delight Liz gave each intern the opportunity to express themselves and offered each idea with open arms.

I also got the opportunity to get a glimpse into the world of real estate. I was able to write and mail expired listing letters, as well as postcards. I was taught how to use a real estate software to see houses and owners. I even learned more about Facebook than I could have ever imagined. I also created listings and videos, as well as flyers for each house.

During my internship I also learned about my love of French Bulldogs. Every day, I was greeted by the happiest puppy making my time here even better. The environment here at Red Door is joyful. It wasn’t strict top down management, instead everyone treated each other with respect and I could see how close the staff is.

To all the new interns- take in every moment. It goes by in the blink of an eye.

Thank you Liz and Renee for teaching me and showing me the ropes to your world. I can’t wait to come back and visit.

Tori Terrazzino

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My Red Door Internship

Starting out here, I didn’t know what to expect. As soon as I walked into the office, I was greeted by a nice puppy and I quickly learned that this was a cool environment to work in.

My role here has been to market the listings that the company has. From creating eye-catching flyers to advertising on
Instagram, I have been able to help Red Door expedite their process of selling a home.

I have worked side by side with Liz, who is the office manager, and I have really enjoyed my time with her. She has taught me many techniques about marketing a house that is for sale. She has a vast knowledge in applications that can be used as tools to help in marketing. Also, Liz has a very good attitude during every task that she does and during the tasks assigned to me. With a go-getter attitude like hers, a lot can be accomplished in a day.

I have learned a lot of things here at Red Door. Making flyers and making engaging posts on Facebook and Instagram have allowed me to see how marketing works when trying to sell real estate.

Those who work at Red Door are self-driven and motivated to do a good job at what they do. I am very lucky to have had an opportunity to intern here and share my talents with them, as well as learn new tools that I can use in the future.

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A Hard Goodbye

As summer comes to a close so does my journey here at Red Door. While I am incredibly sad my experience here is ending, I am so grateful for my time spent here. Red Door has opened my eyes to what I will be looking for in my future employer; a kind, open, and welcoming environment. An environment that doesn’t think twice about having puppies in their work space, an environment with fresh ideas and natural lighting tucked away in a cute part of the city.

A fluffy new pal Red Door introduced me to

From creating videos and posters, to brainstorming ideas to up our social media game, it has solidified the career path I would like to pursue. My dream is to work in a progressive thinking company, an environment slightly laid back and relaxed so you feel comfortable bouncing back and forth ideas with your coworkers. I would like to work in a job centered around social media and how to use it to spread ideas, positivity, and to build a mini community.

A home away from home

Returning to Geneseo in the fall I can’t wait to tell my advisor all about my internship. While I hear mixed experiences from my friends about their internships I have nothing but good things to say about my experience here at Red Door. Red Door was so immersive, they gave us free reign to express ourselves as social media marketers. Instead of running around and grabbing coffees we actually did things to help the company grow and expand. It felt nice actually feeling like a part of the company and not just some clumsy intern doing the tasks that no one else wanted to do.

Red Door is truly a modern company – but in the very best way. I cannot thank Liz and Renee enough for the experience I had here. Their understanding and accommodation has made working enjoyable. Although summer felt like it went by in the blink of an eye I will forever remember my first internship here at Red Door Real Estate.

Leaving Red Door with a smile 🙂

Kerilyn Kostek

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So I feel like I’m joining a trend visiting Nashville this summer. It seems like a hot tourist spot that everyone’s visiting. I was really excited to go and see what all the hype was about.

When we landed I was soon greeted with true Southern Charm. Everyone was so friendly and would stop you on the street just to say hello, they were genuinely nice human beings.

When we landed we went for lunch around 11am. When we first hit Broadway it was amazing. There were pedal tours and monster trucks full of women and men dancing and singing, and it was only 11. I immediately fell in love. I didn’t realize the extent to which this was a hot spot for Bachelor and Bachelorette parties, but they were everywhere.

That night, we decided to go to dinner and eat true southern chicken. It was amazing. The service at the restaurant was even amazing. Not to mention the chicken paired so well with beer.

The next day we had an event where they closed a street off of Broadway. It almost reminded me of a carnival. They had pizza on a stick and street performers. People were coming around and serving drinks and appetizers. The restaurants on the side of the street were even closed down and opened just for the party. It was an amazing experience.

On Tuesday we learned how to line dance. It was so fun to try something new with my family. They were good sports the entire time. We also visited the Gulch. I couldn’t leave without taking the typical Nashville picture.

Wednesday we had a Lady Antebellum concert. What a fun thing that was! We had the entire Music Convention Center for a buffet and drinks. The show started with dancers and then Lady Antebellum came on stage, it was such a good performance.

All and all I loved Nashville. I can’t wait for the next time I go back to have even more fun. Disclaimer… There is country music everywhere you turn there, so if you’re not a fan maybe this isn’t the place for you.

Tori Terrazzino

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