Meet Ted Friedman: Soccer Dad, Realtor, Barrington resident


EAST COAST, WEST COAST: “I was born and raised in New Jersey, living in Rumson for most of that time. I then moved to the Boston area and studied business and marketing at Curry College in Milton. After graduation, I moved to San Francisco with a friend, not really knowing where I was going. I lived there for about 18 months, then moved on to Seattle for about three and a half years. I was building a career in retail, and became a buyer at Filene’s in Boston after moving back East to be closer to my family.”

LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP: “I met my wife Betsy through a mutual friend, initially when I moved back to Boston. She was in the process of moving to San Francisco shortly after I met her. We kept in touch while she lived on the West Coast and I would see her every once in a while if I was out there or she was back East. She had come back East to visit family and friends in July of 1999 and we met up again at our mutual friend’s house for a cookout. That is when our future together began.”

GETTING MARRIED: “After several months of flying back and forth from the East Coast to the West Coast, I was finally able to convince her to move back. It helped that she wanted to be close to her family as well. We moved in together in Boston, got engaged, and then moved to Barrington. We got married in Mattapoisett, where her family is from. We wanted something a little different, so we held our reception at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford. With cocktails on the ship, and dinner in the main hall, it was a very cool place to have a reception.”

SWITCHING TO REAL ESTATE: “I got into real estate on the advice of a good friend, a headhunter, who convinced me to talk to a real estate broker. I was hesitant to leave a steady job for one that’s 100 percent commission-based, but I really connected with the broker, and he convinced me to give it a try. As a buyer for Filene’s, I dealt with vendors, but not much with customers, and I really missed that interaction with customers. The negotiating experience I gained as a buyer helps a lot in real estate, but now I get to interact with customers and clients every day. I am all about customer service, and make myself available around the clock. I always think about how I would want to be treated as a client and I give my clients the same service.”

AGENCIES: “When we moved to Barrington, I became an agent at Century 21 Rondeau Associates in Barrington. After a couple of years, I decided to open my own office, called Help-U-Sell, in East Providence. I owned and operated the office for over three years and then, in 2007, Michelle Cartwright approached me, telling me that she and her husband, Todd Mosher, were opening a RE/MAX office in Barrington. The timing was right and I decided to close my Help-U-Sell office and start my career at RE/MAX. It has been a great experience. Not only are Todd and Michelle great managers, but they have a great business ethic and do a lot for the community. It was a perfect fit. It also doesn't hurt that it is only five minutes from my house.”

TWO DAUGHTERS: “Betsy and I have two daughters: Addison is 4 years old and Caroline is 9 years old. They are at that age when they both want to do everything: soccer gymnastics, piano, karate … It’s a lot, but we are so grateful to live in a community where our kids can do so many different things. Our older daughter has significant medical issues that curtail some physical activities, but she can do karate, which has been a great confidence builder.”

TRAVEL AND DINING: “With our girls the ages that they are, most of our traveling is fairly local: to see friends and family in New York and New Jersey, or enjoying the outdoors in New England. I really enjoy music of all kinds — anything from Nora Jones to Foo Fighters, all depending on what kind of mood I am in. And when we get to eat out, I like to get up to Federal Hill, especially Siena, and Mill’s Tavern on North Main Street. In the summer, it’s The Back Eddy in Westport — anyplace with really good food in a great location.”

BEING IN THE PARADE: “Growing up, we never celebrated Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Day. My father worked for Macy’s, at the Manhattan flagship, for 30 years. Growing up, my brothers and I were in the parade for eight years. I was anything from a clown, a bumblebee, a farmer on the Turkey float, and a Popeye spinach can. We would wake up at 3 a.m. in order to be in New York for costumes and makeup by 4:30. It made for a long day. We always celebrated Thanksgiving dinner the next day. My daughters haven't experienced the parade yet, but I hope to do bring them down sooner than later. I think they would love it.”


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