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She was interviewed on “Good Morning America.”

posted Aug 28, 2015, 4:04 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Aug 28, 2015, 4:05 PM ]
You might know Debi Levenson as a recipient of multiple Affiliate of the Year awards. She has been involved with PSAR since 1984, when the Association was called the South San Diego Bay Cities Board of REALTORS® (the Association’s name was changed to PSAR in 1993). She received Affiliate of the Year awards in 1985, 1986 and 1993 from South San Diego Bay Cities and PSAR, in 2008 and 2012 from the East San Diego County Association of REALTORS® (ESDCAR) and in 1999, 2005 and 2012 from the Coronado Real Estate Association. During the 1990s, she was involved in efforts to add an affiliate member position on the PSAR board of directors. She also was involved in chairing several PSAR committees that addressed membership, affiliate relations and communications. Since 1999, Debi has worked for Fidelity National Home Warranty and Disclosure Source.
 
But, did you know that Debi appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” TV show shortly after her divorce?
 
It was the summer of 1998 and Debi was a single mother of two young daughters. Debi was interviewed on GMA for a story about CoMamas, an organization that assists families, including stepparents, on how to develop cooperative and respective relationships for the sake of the children. “It is a terrific organization that helps children and their parents get past their bitterness,” said Debi. “Divorce is never easy, but it can hurt less if you know some ways to prevent the outbreak of war.”
 
Debi is proud of her success as a single parent of two daughters. Growing up, she was very involved in activities with her children, including Girl Scouts. Both girls attended Torrey Pines High School and played on the school’s water polo team.
 
“And, I love to sew,” said Debi, “so we had fun with costumes at Halloween, including princess dresses, bride dresses and animals. One year, they wanted the dress worn by Rose in the Titanic movie. One my girls wanted to wear a leopard outfit when she went to the zoo.”
 
Today, Debi’s oldest daughter is a graduate from UCSD with a degree in biology and works as an instructor on the San Diego County Office of Education’s Marine Science Floating Lab, which is a boat outfitted with oceanographic equipment specifically for student use. The younger daughter graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in Health Science and currently teaches health classes at West Covina High School.
 
Debi grew up in a military family. Her father was in the Air Force. She attended 13 schools between first grade and high school. She graduated from high school in Tucson, Ariz. in 1973. As a teenager, she placed fourth in the Miss Tucson pageant.
 
In 1979, she loaded up her car and moved to San Diego. After she arrived, she got a job with a furniture rental company. In 1984, she got her first job in the title insurance industry with First American Title.
 
“Back then, a good title rep consisted of someone who could pick-up documents for signatures and deliver documents to escrow, that’s basically it,” Debi said. “We had no cell phone or fax machines. We kept a stack of rolls of quarters with us at all times for making calls at pay phones.”
 
After her time with First American, she worked for two other title companies before joining Fidelity National Home Warranty in 1999. Currently, her sales territory stretches from Mission Valley to the border, and from Point Loma to El Centro. She ranks in the top 10 in the nation in sales with Fidelity National Home Warranty and #1 in California with Disclosure Source.
 
Debi enjoys traveling and has visited Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, Canada and the Caribbean. Her bucket list includes visiting Greece, Italy and the Mediterranean in the future. “I learned to ski in Austria,” said Debi, “and the instructor thought I was ready for a bigger slope. But, I started going so fast that I couldn’t stop until I went into a crowd of people and knocked down every one of them. Thank goodness nobody was hurt except my pride.”
 
Debi’s career has included first-hand experience with different REALTOR® Associations around town. She enjoys PSAR because, “This group has a terrific, cohesive group of people who are willing to help each other with a smile on their faces. I would describe our Association as having a friendly, professional homey-ness. I’ve seen PSAR transition over the years and today it’s the strongest ever. It’s been my pleasure and honor to be associated with PSAR and to be recognized for my commitment to our industry.”