Ketzel Levine, NPR
Valda Crowder has moved out of the emergency room and into the real estate market in the Washington, D.C., area.
Renovating houses is as familiar to Valda Crowder as resetting broken bones. She has traded in 13 years of emergency room medicine for a life of wheeling and dealing in the real estate market.
Crowder had a hand in the real estate business long before she left her career as a doctor. She used to help her father out renovating his rental properties in Upstate New York.
"Wielding a hammer paid a lot more than babysitting," she remembers.
She has since amassed a varied portfolio of properties. Crowder has the power to buy, sell, renovate and develop as she sees fit.
As a "real estate strategist," licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, she also represents a variety of commercial developers and first-home buyers.
Crowder is certainly enjoying herself. She thrives on the intense and the unpredictable. Trauma cases in the emergency room used to fill that need. Now it's last-minute maneuvering in a frantic housing market.
Despite her new professional life, Crowder says she has not abandoned medicine. She hopes to stay involved politically on issues concerning patient advocacy, and thinks there might be a book on the subject in her future. Right now, though, Valda Crowder appears to be having too much fun writing the rules to her new life as a real estate mogul.