Sherry Wheeler is in the business of making dreams come true.

Whether it's finding the perfect rental for an individual or a house for a couple, or helping a family list their house for the first time, Mrs. Wheeler is just a phone call or email away from turning an idea into a reality.

"I like to make people happy, whether it's a listing or a sale," said Mrs. Wheeler, who specializes in both residential and commercial properties for William Raveis in New Milford.

Mrs. Wheeler, who is celebrating her 30th year in the industry, said real estate is fulfilling.

"I just loved it so I took the plunge," she said of how she felt when she first decided to make a career change after taking real estate courses -- just to educate herself -- with her father, the late James Pitcher.

Mrs. Wheeler's love of people, homes and decorating seemed like a good fit with real estate.

As a full-time Realtor with William Raveis, where she has been for nearly 10 years, Mrs. Wheeler said she makes herself available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Bill Hubric, of New Milford, who has known Mrs. Wheeler since 1985, said he appreciates her flexible schedule.

"She's the hardest working woman I know," Mr. Hubric said.

He noted Mrs. Wheeler has handled his personal and professional real estate transactions.

"She knows real estate inside and out," the faithful client said. "She's just outstanding. She's got the knowledge."

Marie Roze, of Sherman, who has known Mrs. Wheeler since 1981, agrees.

"She's very professional, honest and very knowledgeable about the market."

Ms. Roze cited the Realtor's positive communication skills with clients.

She emphasized how Mrs. Wheeler puts her client's interests first.

Ms. Roze related her Realtor once contacted the Rozes when she learned of a house that might be of interest to them, even though they weren't necessarily looking for a new home at that time, solely because she knew what the Rozes liked.

Mrs. Wheeler said today's clients are "much more educated" than those of the past, in part because they have access to the Internet and can do research and view photographs before calling a Realtor.

"They know the market," she said. "They know what's out there."

When a client contacts Mrs. Wheeler, she will go to the house to look at it and take measurements; visit town hall to do research on the house to ensure taxes are paid and other documents are current and filed; and conduct a market analysis to compare the house to other homes that have sold six months to a year prior.

The Realtor's experience in the industry and familiarity with the market contributes to her success as a Realtor.

Not only does Mrs. Wheeler devote herself to real estate full time, she is also one of about 15 Realtors in the community who participates in a weekly caravan to view new listings.

"It helps me get familiar with a lot of the homes," she said.

One of the things she loves about real estate is seeing people "get excited" about the process of finding a home.

Repeat clients and referrals make up the majority of Mrs. Wheeler's business. She cited one couple she has helped sell six homes; she has also sold homes to the couple's children.

Mrs. Wheeler said she works hard to "get the most money possible in the shortest amount of time for the seller, and get the house of their dreams for the most reasonable price for the buyer."

Although the market has been tough the past few years, the Realtor said "we're coming out... we've plateaued."

The spring market has kicked in, so there's a lot of activity now, although the inventory isn't as high as it has been in recent months, Mrs. Wheeler said.

Mrs. Wheeler, who holds the Graduate Realtors Institute designation and a degree in business and marketing, recently became the Realtor for the 72-lot Walker Brook Farm subdivision in New Milford.

In addition, she is the listing agent for the Park Glen active adult housing in town.

Outside of work, Mrs. Wheeler enjoys spending time with her husband, Tad, and two daughters, Sarah, 22, and Amy, 21.

For information, call Mrs. Wheeler at 203-770-7610, visit www.raveis.com/eagent/SherryWheeler/3495 or email sherry.wheeler@raveis.com.