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From a Life-Altering Night to a Lifelong Mission: My Journey as a Realtor

There are moments in life that redefine our purpose, shape our perspective, and steer our future course. For me, a fateful New Year's Eve in Lakewood, Ohio, served as that pivotal moment.

The night was alive with celebration. Seventeen and surrounded by friends, I reveled in the joys of ringing in the new year, with the anticipation of graduation just on the horizon. As the festivities wound down, I chose to brave the biting cold and heavy snowfall, embarking on a few miles' walk home. With no gloves to shield against the 25-degree chill, I trudged on, lost in thoughts of the future.

But in a fleeting moment, the serenity was shattered. The glaring beam of headlights, a car losing control, a violent collision with the guard rail, and its subsequent plunge into

the valley below painted a haunting scene. Time seemed to stand still as I watched the car airborne, its descent almost cinematic.

Compelled by a mix of shock and urgency, I navigated the snow-covered embankment, each step weighed down by the unknown. The aftermath was chaotic — the revving engine, shattered glass suspended in the cold air, and the acrid smoke rising from the wreckage. Amidst the chaos, I found the driver, trapped and barely holding on. Despite my earnest efforts to comfort him, the weight of the situation was overwhelming.

The subsequent hours were a blur, marked by the cold bite of frostbite, the formalities with the officers, and the gut-wrenching news the next day — the driver hadn't survived.

Guilt and countless 'what ifs' consumed me. The incident, however, unearthed a realization — an innate desire to help, to make a difference, to be a beacon of hope in moments of despair.

Michael & Brook Forkas with their daughter at the beach

Fast forward to today, and that defining moment has shaped my ethos, both personally and professionally. As a realtor since 2006, I've come to understand that real estate is more than just transactions; it's about making a genuine difference in people's lives. Whether it's guiding a family to their dream home or assisting someone during challenging times, the essence remains the same — to serve, help, and uplift.

Life's journey is interspersed with moments of introspection, challenges, and revelations. That cold January night was mine. And while the path I've chosen doesn't involve medical coats or police badges, it's one that allows me to serve, connect, and make a tangible difference every single day.

Michael Forkas and his daughter atop the Grand Canyon


If you're seeking more than just a home, if you're looking for someone who understands the nuances of life and the profound impact of finding the right space, reach out. Let's embark on this journey together.


Content by Forkas Home Team Walnut Creek Realtors

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