Long-time APA (and Board) member Yvonne Scheiderer is a Realtor with Huff Realty. She is a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and has been serving Greater Cincinnati residents since 1998.
Tell us a little about your work and career:
I've been a licensed Realtor since 1998. Prior to that I was the administrator of a Substance Abuse Prevention Program that served adults whose children were enrolled in the Head Start Program. I was later the recipient of an award presented by former Governor George Voinovich for my work in launching the "Getting A Head Start Against Drugs" initiative. Later that same year I bought my first home and was immediately intrigued by the real estate profession.
What do you love most about your job?
The people I meet (literally from all over the world), identifying a need and working toward the solution, the satisfaction in being part of a truly life changing process, the many friendships I've made over the years!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go if money was no object?
I would go to Australia and to New Zealand. So far, I've visited all 50 states, as well as 14 foreign countries. In 2018 I traveled to Italy (Florence, Vatican City, Rome, and Venice) all by myself!
What is your biggest inspiration in life or in your job?
I'm a helper. I learned that from my mother, but I didn't realize the impact she made on my career until after she passed away at age 57. She had been an activities director in a nursing home (that's what they were called back then) when I was little and she absolutely adored the blessing of spending time listening and learning, and enhancing the quality of life for those she served. When she couldn't find a guest speaker or entertainer, she'd wake my dad (who worked the night shift) and have him bring his guitar to her community, and he'd sing and play music (quite often)! She loved making a difference and lightening their spirits.
Tell us about yourself and family (kids, pets, other involvement in the community):
My son just graduated with honors from Ohio University with a Bachelors in Business Administration. He started his career as a data analyst just a few days later. I also have a daughter and a son-in-love. They met at (THE) Ohio State University in 2008 and will celebrate their 7-year wedding anniversary in June. She works for a healthcare advertising agency and her husband is in risk management with a major bank. Everyone currently lives locally (and I love that so much). I have an 18-pound poodle named Bella and an 85-pound Bernese/Australian Shepherd mix named Elvis.
I am in my 6th year with the APA. I also hold a designation as an SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) and a designation as an ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative). Last month I completed Fair Housing Officer Training. I served on the Realtor/Lawyer Forum through the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors until 2020. I've also had the great fortune of receiving multiple sales awards over the years. I previously spent time on the air at Cincinnati Association For The Blind and Visually impaired.
What is your "go-to" restaurant in Cincinnati?
I'm always up for trying new restaurants, but my favorite food is Mediterranean. My favorite drink is coffee....I mean I seriously love good coffee!
What do you enjoy most about being involved with the APA?
I have met some of the most incredible people with the most loving hearts through the APA! I love watching people tirelessly working together for one common goal. For the past several years, I've been on the committee that chooses the APA educational scholarships, and year after year I'm in awe of the applications we receive. It's so difficult to choose who receives the scholarship money because there are so, so many heaven sent angels among us! The people I meet through APA are definitely what I enjoy most about APA!
What do you enjoy doing when not working?
I started running a few years ago and before I knew it was running half marathons. I have a big birthday this Fall and I'm making plans to complete a full marathon....we'll see how that goes. I'm a season ticket holder at The Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park. I come from a family of 5 active daughters (and a boatload of relatives), so there's rarely a dull moment.
What is the last book you read?
My bible from cover to cover (it took me almost two years)!