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New Agent in Iraq, as the story unfolds.

Well, I posted a quick blog this morning as my first blog on AR, telling about my story as a brand new agent, first day on the job, and getting called back to active duty that very day.  I have had several people comment that they would like to see a routine blog about what it is like over here so here I am, ready to talk about the experience. 

First I will tell a little about myself.  I originally enlisted in 1999 as a Cavalry Scout into the Army Reserves.   I have spent most of my career as a Cavalry Scout instructor at Fort Knox, Ky.  I served one tour in 04-05 as a foreign army advisor to the Iraqi Army.  I lived, ate, slept, and worked day in and day out with the Iraqi's hardly ever even seeing other Americans.  Despite the conditions I really enjoyed the mission, and grew to respect my Iraqi counterparts.  Since then I came back and switched to Civil Affairs in hopes of getting to work with the Iraqi's again.

On the civilian side (again I am a reservist) I began working as an EMT-Baisc at several ambulance services and I graduated paramedic school.  Now anyone who is familiar with EMS knows that the pay and the hours suck!!! My wife (at the time my fiance') was sick of never seeing me so I decieded to move to big Knoxville, TN.  Once here I started working as a counselor at the Tennessee School for the Deaf until I could find something that I enjoy.  Finally I stumbelled upon Real Estate.  Several people told me that I would be really good at this line of work becuase I have good work ethics and love working with people.

And lastly as I mentioned in the other blog, I spent 5 months taking the classes and precepting at my job when I was finally released to become a fully licensed Realtor®. As my luck usually works, my very first day, at the end of what had promised to be a very good day, the Army called telling me that I was being activated to Iraq, and to report in less than two weeks.  So much for my great start.

So here starts the blog . . .I will continue tomorrow.

Nicholas S. Bush


Keller Williams Realty

Knoxville, TN


Comment balloon 18 commentsNicholas Bush • May 25 2009 08:18AM


Nicholas, I subscibed to your blog from your first post and will continue to follow you. If you have a camera, add photos anytime. We would love to see shots from you.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 11 years ago

Like Missy, I subscribed after reading your first blog and look forward to getting to know you as you get to know us. 

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 11 years ago


I too have subscribe to your blog and looking forward to hearing about what you are experiencing over there day to day.  And as Missy has said, don't forget the photos.

Thank you sir for sharing your experiences with AR.

One last question, is there still a need for phone cards for the troops over there?

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 11 years ago

Hi Nicholas. Thank you for your service, and stay safe. I'll definitely keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you keep us posted on your experiences in Iraq. My niece is on her second tour over there with the Fires Brigade. She graduated from WVU with a degree in journalism, worked a few years, and enlisted. Her enlistment is almost up, and actually ends while she's in Iraq. We keep in touch through e-mails, but we're all anxiously awaiting her return! In the meantime, keep blogging and I'll keep reading.

Posted by Margo Currie (Exit 1 Stop Realty) about 11 years ago

Again thanks for the support, this is the most communication I have had with prople (other than soldiers) in a while, it is very refreshing.  As for Mr. Rogers, it really depends on the soldier and where they are at.  When I was in Baghdad on a really nice base that had wireless internet in our living quarters, I suscribed to unlimited calling with Skype and there was really no need for it.  Also some units have more access than other to satellite phones which eliminates the need for cards.  However some soldiers only get access to AT$T phone centers and other similiar types of places that do need cards.  So it really depends on who you are sending too. 

If you are looking to send some in general check out  They have a link on there for donating phone cards and it is usually one of the best deals and accepted at the majority of phone centers.

Thanks to all that support the military, we could not do this without you.

Posted by Nicholas Bush (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago

Wow...I am so excited to follow your posts.  I will be subscribing also.  My step-son is in Iraq right now too.  This is his first tour and it has been a roller coaster of emotions.  I have written many posts on here about my step-son.  Feel free to check them out.  The support and gracious comments from, what you will come to consider your Active Rain Family helps me immensely.  Thank You for your bravery and service.

Posted by Tina Allen (Exit Realty Tri-County) about 11 years ago

Bless you and be carefull. You are one great fellow and business will wait for you.

Posted by Terry Miller, Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator (Miller Homes Group) about 11 years ago

I am signing up for your blog as well.  It will be interesting to follow and hear what you have to say.  Take good care of yourself so you can become a TOP PRODUCING agent one of these days!

Posted by Dana Wilkinson, Broker-Your TX agent for The Woodlands-Spring-Conr (Connect Realty, The Woodlands, TX) about 11 years ago

Nicholas- I have also subscribed to your blog.  Thank you for sharing.  I bet the communication with others seems great.  I remember a friend over there and he happened to send me an email while I was online.  We went back and forth for several hours as he seemed starved to "talk" to someone. 

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you.  There are some groups for military familes and relocation, you might want to check those out.

Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Nicholas - I too have subscribed to your blog and I feel it should be featured in the AR Newbies group, so I have flagged it accordingly. Let us know if there is every anything we can do to make your journey more tolerable. Be safe.

United States Army Reserve Medical Corpsman 1969 - 1975
Firefighter/EMT-D First Responder
Realtor - Now residing on the beach in Maui :-)


Posted by Mike Eddy, Maui Real Estate Broker (Coldwell Banker Island Properties) about 11 years ago

Nicholas!  Welcome!!  This is a great community where you will find tons of great advice and loads of support.  First of all, thanks for your service; I have nothing but the highest level of respect for what you are doing.  My husband is an SF guy, has spent his share of time overseas and enjoyed all of his missions. 

We moved to the DC area in 2004;  I didn't know anyone, didn't know where anything was and had to use GPS to get home from the grocery store.  I still managed to do quite well in real estate and ended up being "rookie of the year" for my office.  It can be done! 

Where are you in Iraq?   

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) about 11 years ago

Nicholas - You mentioned the EMS business and I had to chuckle.  I did that job for 17 years until an out of control family member of a patient decided that I needed my neck broken.  Most people don't realize just how stressful that type of career can be on a relationship.  My heart is with ya!

If there is anything that you or your fellow soldiers need from the states just post it here on AR and you can bet there will be many offers of help.  That's what family does.  :)

Be careful, be safe, be well and be happy knowing you just found an extended family of more than 145,000.  LOL

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago

Hello again Nicholas, keep posting! When my husbands ballet student / marine (yes, I am not kidding about that) was deployed to Iraq, we got some interesting emails and pictures, when he could. He would let us know what he needed, such as books, etc., and we did our best! So, Carol is right, tell us what you need and your NEW family will do their best.

Stay safe and keep blogging! Thank you for what you do.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 11 years ago

Hi Nicholas.  Thank you for serving in the forces.  Welcome to the Active Rain community.

Posted by Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent (Re/Max Realty Group) about 11 years ago


I have had a son over there and we (our office) were able purchase the cards from aafes and they were best suited for use over there and quite reasonable.  Let me know if you hear of a soldier(s) that may need some help and I will see what we can get going again.  Maybe this time from the AR family.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 11 years ago

Hi Nicholas,

You've got a new subscriber.

P.S.  I like your new picture!

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) about 11 years ago


That is an interesting situation. I know that happens to reservists. I am sure that, before you are done, you will get to do some real estate work.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Hi Nicholas,

Just wanted to thank you for your service to our great country! Thank you and all the soldiers for keeping us safe.  Without young men like you, our country would be in devastation. I will pray for your safe return!  May God Bless you and all of our troops, wherever they may be.  I will follow your blog. Thank you for letting us view military life. Please post pictures  from time to time. I enjoy seeing them.

Warm regards,

Ginger Moore  

Posted by Ginger Moore about 11 years ago