Ed Troy's Professional Profile
I'm an entrepreneur at heart. I got a BSEE at Lehigh University, but shortly after starting to work as an engineer, I started a part-time photography business. I enjoy creating things and working with my hands. As a high school and college student, I worked as a potter. I also loved to work on cars and got a job at a gas station pumping gas and learning how to rebuild cars and transmissions.
Later, I got my pilot's license. I currently hold single and multi-engine land and instrument ratings. I've flown my single and twin-engine airplanes from Alaska to the Bahamas. While I don't, currently, own a plane, because I don't have any need to travel, I have kept my hangar at Doylestown Airport in case I want to buy another airplane.
I have been a ham radio operator since I was about 12 years old. That is one thing that sparked my interest in electrical engineering.
In the 1980's, I started an engineering consulting business. At first, it was part-time. Later, it became my full-time job. In the late 1980's, I was also chief pilot of a parachute school (RC Parachutes) at Burlington County Airport in New Jersey. It was a great weekend job and a great way to build flight time. (No, I never had a desire to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, although I did enjoy aerobatics.) During most of the 1990's I was a part-time ski instructor at Blue Mountain in the Poconos.
In the late 1980's, I went into engineering consulting on a full-time basis after yet another layoff that is so typical for engineers. I primarily designed and developed RF, microwave, and wireless products and printed antennas. I also went back to Lehigh to get a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering. My primary focus was in the area of solid state physics. I had also taken a number of graduate courses, earlier, in the business college at Lehigh. They were prerequisites for the MBA degree. But, I decided to stay technical, so I did not get the MBA degree.
In the late 1990's, after receiving my MSEE, I was a Ph.D. candidate for a period of time, but I did not have time to finish my dissertation and defend it before the calendar time for getting a Ph.D. ran out because I was too busy with my consulting business.
When I first went into my my consulting business on a full-time basis, I decided to get a real estate license in case engineering consulting was not a viable way to make a living. But, back in the early 1990's, my engineering consulting business, along with grad school and teaching skiing, took up all of my time. So, I did not get a real estate license, although I had taken the necessary courses.
Now, in 2015, it has become clear that engineering is not a viable way to make a living. Too much work has been lost to outsourcing to other countries and the importation of cheap labor, as well as massive numbers of unemployed engineers and many smaller companies that used to use engineering consulting services getting bought by huge companies. Huge companies do not, in general, work with engineering consultants; they just hire temporary engineering contractors. While I continue to do consulting work when it is available, it became clear to me that I needed to find a more reliable way to make a living. And, real estate was the logical choice!
I've lived in southeastern Pennsylvania for most of my life (although I grew up in Chatham, NJ). I've lived in Buckingham for almost 27 years and I love this part of the country! I've visited all 50 states, and I have spent a lot of time in California, Alaska, Maine, Utah, and Florida between business, vacations, and skiing trips. But, I can't imagine a better place to live than Central Bucks County.
In fact, for over 26 years, I have been taking my Siberian Huskies to Peace Valley Park for a walk around the lake. Peace Valley is unlike any place that I know of. It is beautiful, peaceful, and one of Bucks Counties' best features. In 2003 I had a second home in the Lancaster area to support my consulting business, and I was constantly missing Peace Valley! While there is some nice scenery, and great fishing, in Lancaster County, there is nothing like Peace Valley Park.
I look forward to putting my extensive knowledge of Bucks County, as well as my engineer's logical mind, to work helping you to make sense out of the complex world of real estate. There is an expression "It's not rocket science". Well, while I don't claim to understand "rocket science", I do have a working knowledge of quantum mechanics. Compared to that, buying and selling real estate is relatively simple. I'll show you how easy and comfortable it can be to buy, and or sell, your home.
Don't worry; I've got your back!