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Local real estate agent Seth Goodman in the running for national recognition

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[March 27, 2012]  Sunday night Seth Goodman was watching and waiting for a certain email to arrive. When it did, he in turn started sending out emails to all his friends and associates. In many of the emails the message was only four words, typed in uppercase letters to imply excitement, and punctuated with several exclamation marks just in case anyone was wondering. The words: "I MADE THE CUT!!!"

HardwareFortunately, almost everyone knew what Goodman was referring to, because many of them had been waiting to hear if he would be in the running for the "30 under 30" recognition from Realtor Magazine.

Realtor Magazine is a nationwide trade magazine published specifically for those in the real estate profession. It is also widely read by contractors and other housing-related businesses.

Each year the magazine recognizes young real estate agents who are under the age of 30 and have achieved significant success in their careers.

Goodman, at age 24, has applied for the recognition for the past two years without making it in.

"I was told it is pretty hard to get this until you've had your license for three years, which I now have had," Goodman said.

The process involved filling out a detailed application, submitting a video and personal references, and going through the magazine's own special kind of background and professional check.

The first cut knocks the total submissions for the year down to about 100. Those left are scrutinized again, and the list is cut in half, leaving only 50 contenders.

Goodman said that is where he is now, in the top 50 in the nation, and waiting to hear if he made the top 30.

In the meantime, there is a second component to the magazine's competition: the public component. As of Monday morning, voting was opened up to the public on the magazine website. Anyone who wishes can go to the website and vote for the "30 Under 30" Web Choice Award. Web voting will continue through April 3.

Goodman said the winner of that competition will receive special recognition as well at a national realty conference later this year. He also noted this is a separate competition. The Web vote will not be used in determining the magazine's top 30.

So, while he's waiting to hear if he made the top 30, he's also hoping friends and associates from Logan County and beyond will log on to the magazine website and, in his words, "vote, vote, vote, vote, vote."

This is not the first time in recent months that Goodman has made the news with his accomplishments.

He became interested in real estate at a young age, and it has paid off for him, as in 2011 he chalked up over $12 million in home sales: a Logan County record.

It comes from being totally devoted to his career and having known since he was a kid what it was he wanted to do.

"When I was young, I spent my time drawing floor plans and looking at houses. I thought at first I wanted to be an architect and a realtor, but then decided I just wanted to be a realtor," Goodman said.

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He also believes that if he makes the final cut and becomes one of the top 30, it will give him even more credibility as a real estate agent. "I think this can show people that even though I am young, I know what I'm doing, and that my age doesn't play into it," he said.

In addition to making a mark for himself, Goodman also sees this as making a mark for small town business and Logan County. He said that this year the only other Illinois real estate agent in the running is from Chicago.

Goodman is a member of ME Realty in Lincoln, owned by Michael Simonson.

Simonson said that before buying the agency, he had worked with Goodman for about 10 months, but he first saw Seth's potential when he was only about 18 years old and shadowing ME Realty's Glenda Allison.

At that time, Simonson was "flipping a house," and Allison was his real estate agent, with Goodman nearby. "I knew then he'd be good at what he does," Simonson said.

As far as what this does for the agency on the whole, Simonson said: "This is big for Seth, and it is major for this office and this community as well. You have to realize, he's competing against realtors from places like California, where homes sell for $400,000 and $500,000 every day of the week. He's competing against some big-class realtors."

Goodman said he's really surprised already at the reaction to all this. He said he posted the news on his Facebook page, and he already has several responding posts. He said, "People are posting things like, 'He helped us out, now let's help him.'"

In addition, Simonson is hosting a voting party at the ME office Tuesday night. "We're telling everyone to come and eat pizza and wings with us and bring your laptops so you can vote. Oh, and by the way, you can vote more than once," Goodman said with a chuckle.

And finally, he said that win or not, he wanted to send a big "thank you" to everyone who has already voted and anyone who may do so yet.

To give your support to Goodman, follow the link below. Goodman said there are no logins or passwords; it is open and free to the public to go in and vote:

To learn more about the "30 Under 30" contest, read about it in Realtor Magazine online: http://realtormag.realtor.org/30-under-30/about/.


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