Meet Paula Vasconcellos Wolfang: Business owner for 20 years
Home: “I was born and raised in Bristol, and graduated from Bristol High School. In the early 1990s my husband Gary and I bought a fixer-upper on Touisset Point, and we are still there. It’s a great neighborhood, with great neighbors. People routinely get together and work on each other’s house projects over a couple of beers.”
Family: “My husband is a boatbuilder. He was a foreman for Goetz for many years, and oversaw the construction of the America 3 12-meter that sits in front of the Herreshoff Marine Museum. Now he runs the custom carbon fiber division at Hall Spars. We have three sons — Eli and Zane are twins and they will be 20 this month. Eli is studying engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Zane is studying political science at Rhode Island College and looking into some intensive language-study programs overseas. Aaron, our youngest, is a junior at LaSalle and he is looking into engineering schools as well.”
Before real estate: “After high school I spent a semester at college, worked in a bank, and then as an office manager for a chiropractor. I realized that I was interested in that field — not chiropractic specifically, but therapy and body work. So I went to a school in Maine for massage therapy, and ran my own practice for 20 years.”
Why real estate: “I have always been interested in real estate, but it wasn’t until my friend Judy Lake, who was a realtor with Century 21, struck out on her own and suggested I get a license and join her, that I seriously considered it. But I had a lot going on in my life at the time. In addition to my business and raising three boys, my elderly parents were not well, and I needed family to be my priority. After my father, and then my mother passed away, I took the course and received my license. I was ready for a change. Judy closed her office two years ago, and I joined the Raveis team in Bristol.
“I am licensed in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and am a member of the MLS in both states. I also deal with rentals, and I run the East Bay broker tour. We try to get together two to three times a month, and look at five to twelve houses at a time.”
Recreation: “There’s not much of that! I like watching my sons’ sports — Aaron wrestles for LaSalle, and plays football, too. And we like to get out on the water from time to time. We have a 21-foot Mako on a mooring in front of our house — it’s for sale — and we have a couple of kayaks. We also have a 25-foot sailboat that has been sitting in a berth in our yard since before we were married. I am lucky that my in-laws live in two lovely vacation spots — on Lake George and Hutchinson Island, which is a barrier island off Florida’s East coast. So visiting them is a vacation in itself.”
Work ethic: “I pride myself on treating everyone individually. I answer my phone, always. If someone prefers to text, we text. I cater to my customers, and whether they are a buyer or a seller, with a $100,000 budget or a $1,000,000 budget, they are all worth my time and my undivided attention.”