When an injury sidelined Gidget Foat’s career as a correctional officer she gave in to her passion — real estate. She’d already done the classroom work; it was time to get out there.
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Foat juggled both careers at first, beginning her real estate career at the auction house while working at Folsom State Prison after rehabilitating her injury. Nearly 10 years later, Foat has built her reputation and client list to include former corrections coworkers and some of El Dorado County’s finest first responders. The now-full-time Realtor joined the El Dorado Hills Re/Max Gold office in spring 2012.
“I love the people and the environment is so positive,” said Foat of her career switch.
“I worked with the Department of Corrections as a correctional officer for 14 years, I was proud to wear a badge but real estate has always had my heart and soul.” Foat wrote in a Re/Max biography. “I don’t consider real estate a job. I consider it a lifestyle I love and work hard at.
“‘Sold by a Professional’ is exactly what you receive from me,” she continued. “It’s my motto.”
For her success in the real estate industry, Foat credits a positive attitude, an office filled with professionals who help each other (Re/Max Gold is the No. 1 independently owned residential real estate company in Norther and Central California, according to its website) and her law enforcement training. She brought that training’s emphasis on honesty and integrity to her second profession, a move that likely helped her become a Top Producer four years in a row — 2010 through 2013. Last year alone, Foat sold more than two dozen homes.
Foat helps clients buy, sell and research relocation pros and cons in El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Amador counties. Her favorite moment comes when the ink on the deal has dried, especially for first-time buyers, she said.
“I think I’m more excited than my clients when I hand over the keys,” she confessed.
Happily married for 20 years with four grown children, Foat recently moved to Folsom after living in El Dorado County for 11 years. When she’s not doting on her three grandchildren, Foat enjoys swinging a bat at softball games. She and husband David also sea kayak and fish. Recently, Foat completed her diving certification course and has enjoyed underwater adventures in Hawaii and Folsom Lake (when it had deep enough water).
Another passion Foat hopes to dedicate more of her time to is helping El Dorado County’s homeless teens. She’s a big supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado County and said she sees herself getting more involved in finding solutions to the homeless problem in the coming years.
Foat works at Re/Max Gold at 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 311, in El Dorado Hills Town Center. To reach her call 916-834-6334 or e-mail GidgetFoat@gmail.com. For more information visit gidget.remaxgold.com.