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She’s an Eric Clapton fan.

posted Aug 25, 2017, 4:12 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Aug 25, 2017, 4:14 PM ]
You may know PSAR REALTOR® member Terry Dollins-Zimlich as a member of the PSAR Grievance Committee. The Committee reviews complaints against REALTOR® members to determine next steps and validity of the complaint. “This committee is very important to our Association because everyone in our industry should conduct business in a highly ethical manner,” said Terry.
But, did you know that Terry’s first date with her future husband Ron was to attend a party that didn’t happen? “He invited me to go to a Halloween party and I said yes, but we showed up on the wrong night,” said Terry. “Yes, it was awkward. We were all dressed-up and no place to go.”
Their first date was in 1995. In 1999, Terry and Ron were married. “I have a wonderful husband,” Terry said. “We’re a good fit, I love to talk and he’s sorta quiet. Both of us love to travel, go on cruises and go camping. We just returned from a trip to Oregon in our motor home. We also like to go to concerts.” Terry said she’s looking forward to seeing Eric Clapton and Foreigner this fall.
Terry grew up in Granite City, Ill., near St. Louis. At age 18, she moved to California to live with a sister who lived in the city of Seal Beach in Orange County. In 1989, with her children (a daughter, age 7, and a son, age one month), Terry moved to San Diego to live with a sister who lived in Blossom Valley. “I love California and enjoy living close to the ocean,” Terry said.
Today, Terry’s daughter lives in Sacramento and her son is earning his teaching credential at San Diego State University, with plans to teach history in middle school or high school. Terry and Ron live in Lakeside with their two dogs, a boxer mix named Zelda and a lab mix named Ubu, named after Ubu Productions, Inc., producers of such notable TV shows as “Family Ties” (1982-1989), “Brooklyn Bridge” (1991-1993) and “Spin City” (1996-2002). The closing tag for the TV shows is a photograph of a black Labrador retriever and company founder Gary Goldberg’s voice saying, “Sit, Ubu, sit, good dog,” followed by the sound of a bark. “That’s how we came up with the name for our dog,” Terry said.
Prior to starting in real estate sales eight years ago, Terry worked for 20 years at elementary schools for the Cajon Valley Union School District (for 14 years) and the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District (for six years). “My son was a member of the first class of students to attend Blossom Valley Elementary from kindergarten to sixth grade,” said Terry. “I still have several close friends from that school and we’ve done business together.”
Terry attended real estate classes at Cuyamaca College and learned from the legendary instructor Lowell Knapp, who taught for 25 years at Cuyamaca College and served as head of the college’s Real Estate Department. Knapp passed away in 2012 at age 75. “He was so inspirational and encouraging,” said Terry. “He told me I was a scholar.  I’ve never forgotten it.”
Terry served as a member of the Agent Leadership Council at her previous brokerage, and now serves as a mentor at her current brokerage. “I love real estate, although it can be challenging and stressful at times,” she said. “But, it’s so rewarding when the escrow closes and we’re helping someone live a better life. It’s the same way I felt when I worked in education.”
Terry said she is looking forward to attending PSAR’s sixth annual Un-Fashion and Variety Show, Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Town & Country Resort Hotel & Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, in Mission Valley. The show is a hilarious evening of fashion, food and entertaining song and dance routines and comedy skits performed by PSAR members. “The show is outrageously fun,” said Terry. “It’s one of the reasons why our Association is so successful. We have a lot of fun and I have a lot of friends who are PSAR members. Plus, the educational classes are excellent. I’m always learning something new.”