Selling Poinciana One Property at a Time.: So...how did you get into Real Estate?

So...how did you get into Real Estate?

BB and TLWHi folks. Kind of a lazy hot Florida day today. I'm just sitting around and was thinking how fortunate we are to be in the business of real estate. Set your own hours, take a day off if you want, meet interesting people, solve problems, help people realize their dreams and get paid well.

So I was wondering how did you get into real estate? Was it a conscious decision or something you just fell into?

My journey began about 16 years ago while driving a taxi cab out at Disney World. I was driving families to the attractions all day and dropping them off to buy tickets at the gate where they had to wait in line. Waiting sometimes for an hour or more.

Then I had a flash. Why not buy tickets at a discount and sell them to the people in my cab for a profit? So I did this and made some pretty good money doing it. At about this same time The Lovely Wife interviewed with a vacation management company for a receptionist job. Since she was  way over qualified  the owner decided to hire her to open up a guest service company. She would be selling attraction tickets and transportation to UK vacationers staying in short term rental homes.

To make a long story short this evolved into a company that my wife and I started called Holiday Makers. From there I went to work at the same management company that had hired TLW. I became their property manager with the sole intent of increasing their management inventory so Holiday Makers  would have more homes to sell tickets in. I figured more homes, more money for Holiday Makers. Eventually the guests started wanting information on purchasing homes. And from that TLW and I opened Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. That was 13 years ago.

So I was wondering...... how did you get into real estate?

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Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

Love it!  Mine started because I felt not fully represented when I bought my first house.  I was intrigued by the process and helping people "more" than I was helped.  So at the ripe old age of 33 I worked hard and got my license, got out of the "safety" of my corporate job and jumped in!  Though I will admit rocky times I wouldn't trade it for anything!  I love being a GREAT REALTOR!  :-)

Posted by Stephanie Curd-Goulette (Livin' the Dream Real Estate, LLC) about 9 years ago

Bryant, out of neccesity. I ws an IT Manager for American Heritage Life and they got bought out by Allstate. Four years later Allstate started moving some of our departments to other locations trying to consolidate and reduce overhead. They called me and some other managers in and gave us the choice of a small severance or post for a position in Ohio. I went home and told my wife and she said if I went to call her when I got there.

So much for that decision. Could not find an equal postion and decided on real estate because I felt if I produced no one would want me to leave no matter what my age. It was a good decision. That was in April 2006. I got in after the decline started so this current market is what I consider a normal market. I don't know any other.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) about 9 years ago

I was the owner of a company that provided legal support and research services for law firms in MD.  My attorney partner died and the business closed.

I took a year off to travel and catch lots of fish.  One day a couple of real estate agents knocked on my door recruiting agents.  I took the real estate course at the University of MD and the rest is history. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 9 years ago

After my youngest started kindergarten, I knew it was time to start working outside the home. I got licensed as a Para-legal, only Ann Arbor Attorneys weren't using them, and NO WAY was I driving to downtown Detroit everyday.

A Realtor in church asked me to be his assistant, so I went on a tour of home with him. When we came back to the office he asked me to meet with his current assistant to find out how the days went.

She told me, "whatever you do DO NOT go to work with this man."  Too demanding, can't please him.

Freaked me out, as he was in our church and I decided it wasn't worth that as my husband was pastoring.

So days went by and I thought I really enjoyed the tour part of the day...so I got licensed...16 years ago in Sept.

And that is the end of the story.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 9 years ago

My wife was recruited into real estate by a former boss who thought she was a perfect fit for the job. Boy, was he ever right! A few years later, she was getting so busy she couldn't do it alone any more, so she forced bribed asked me to quit my customer service manager job and join her. How could I say no?

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) about 9 years ago

My family was in the small convenience store business. My father always owned a little grocery store wherever we moved. I bought my first grocery store/gas station in 1988. 

After being in that business, in the year 2000 my daughter graduated high school and wanted to become a real estate agent. I thought I would also take the classes because I have always loved looking at homes and maybe I could do something other than owning a grocery store. I was getting tired of the same old.

I still own a 50% stake in a small grocery store here in Logan, but now my husband and my mom run it. I learned how to run a business from our stores and how to excel in customer service. The rest is history as they say. 

Posted by Lisa Udy, Logan Utah Realtor ( Platinum Real Estate Group) about 9 years ago

I wanted to do this since high school but I did everthing but.  I was working as a manager at Circuit City in Roanoke VA.  I had had my real estate license for about 8  months but had never listed or sold anything when I went to work on February 5, 2003 and the doors were locked. 

Circuit City called us in one by one and layed us off.  That day they laid off 8000 people.  I was a REALTOR!  I never looked back!

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) about 9 years ago

I was a paralegal working in a firm that represented several real estate developers.  When the president of our firm (who was also a real estate broker) decided to become a developer , I wound up working for both the law firm and the development company and got my real estate sales license so I could legitimately negotiate for properties and negotiate leases with our tenants.

I went to law school, became an attorney, co-owner of the development company, and acted as contractor for tenant improvements on our commercial properties, as well as practicing law and continuing to negotiate for the purchase of new lots for construction of commercial projects.  Eventually I got my broker's license, worked on developing a subdivision, doing the legal work and some marketing, property managed the commercial properties, and acted as trustee on trust deeds that were in default (I was the one holding the dreaded trustee's sales [foreclosures] on the courthouse steps).

As my law practice grew, I did less in real estate, but eventually, my husband and I moved from Southern California to Northern California, closed my law practice, and devoted full time to real estate here.  He is also a broker.  We joined Century 21 Noel David Realty and never looked back.  I am a happy Realtor!

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) about 9 years ago

BB & TLW,

Liz used to work as an outside rep for a pet supply company.  It didn't take too long to get tired of covering the Louisville, Lexington, Columbus, Indianapolis, Cincinnati area.  Tons of driving.  An ex-coworker of hers had joined RE/MAX and started a team, so in 2002 she moved over to her new career.  Initially I wasn't involved, then a little here, a little there (mostly grunt work and security escort!).  After she left the team, she was in need of help.  It didn't take much engineering analysis (and a tight wallet) to realize I needed to get my license and join her.  So in 2004, off to take the four classes over 10 weekends, and having to hold back the laughter because of all the people in the class that had NO clue what they were really getting in to!  Been at it ever since and consider it my 2nd full time job.  No letting up and no plans to! The real estate gives me a solid fallback too in case things go south at the day job.  No one is save anywhere any longer, so good to have an exit strategy!

Have a great evening!

Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) about 9 years ago

Model homes, that's how I started, looking at model homes as something to do on Saturday afternoons.  Load up a car with a few friends and off we would go. Then it hit me I could do this for a living!  So I studied, and studied, and studied some more, (I was determined to be a REALTOR®) and on the first try past the state exam, and 5 years later here I am still learning by the way!

 

Posted by Dee Mayers, San Gabriel Valley, CA about 9 years ago

Bryant, I got into real estate to help Frank. I was working part time for a Market Research company and recruiting professionals such as accountants, doctors, and engineers, for $100 to do a focus group. My boss said I was as good as she was at recruiting these guys. I figured I could get a license, help Frank with prospecting and make a whole lot more than $10 an hour. The rest is history...that was 10 years ago.

An aside: My father was a residential real estate agent who became a developer. I didn't realize how much I had soaked up hearing deal making all my life! Between listening to Daddy and Frank, real estate came naturally to me :) And I love it!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 9 years ago

I was working as an engineer at a nuclear plant in South Florida and I was burned out. I moved to Crystal River to take a lower stress training gig (yeah, right) and needed to sell my home in the Keys. Fast forward one year, the house has been consistently priced $50k below anything comparable and yet it's still on the market. Then one day in early 2007, I actually did the math. The real estate market was crashing and I was losing more in property value than I was making at work. Dumped the price, dumped the house, and quit my job. Call it a temporary retirement if you will.

Fast forward a couple years after goofing off and traveling around the country as a paid tourist (i.e. over-the-road truck driver). I rented a place here in Ocala because it was nice, cheap, and close to the interstate. The nice real estate broker lady comes out to do the move-in walkthrough and after chatting for a while says "you should come work for me and sell real estate". I laughed and thanked her for the offer but couldn't see myself doing that for a living.

She managed to plant the seed though and I thought about it a lot after that conversation. Three months later I called and asked if her offer was still available. It was and so I did. I have absolutely no regrets!

Posted by Dan Cronin about 9 years ago

When I was about 5 years old, my parents were selling our house...My teenage aunt was supposed to be babysitting us at my grandmother's house across the street.  My little 5 year old girlfriend and I slipped off and when back to my house to play dress up with my mother's clothes. 

While we were putting the finishing touches on our makeup, the phone rang, I answered it, the realtor said she wanted to show the house to a buyer, I said come on over.

I gave them the grand tour wearing my mother's high heels and more lipstick than you could shake a stick at.

29 years later...I got my real estate license.  True story...I decided to omit the gory details of the interim period.

Posted by Jenna Dixon, Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience (DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

My Dad designed and built houses, then became a broker when the work started taking a toll on him. My step-mother was a broker and was tapped on the shoulder to be the RE commissioner of Oregon for 12 years. Real Estate was always at the kitchen table. I was a professional musician for 7 years, then worked in Information Technology for 23 years. I became disgusted with all of the jobs that were being lost because of outsourcing to foreign Countries. So I quit, got my license and the rest is history. (short history, licensed in 2004:)

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA about 9 years ago

I was a stay-at-home mom in a failing marriage, trying to survive, when a very good friend of mine said she wanted to get her RE license, but would like a buddy to attend classes with her. I said I'd go because I was ready for something new in my life, and this seemed like a great idea.

I got my license. I was hooked after the first class! My friend never pursued her real estate career... how ironic. 

 

Posted by Waynette Hoover Araj, Connecting your Dreams with the Right Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

How FUN Bryant!!  LOVE these stories (especially Jenna's!) - we all have something unique to share :). 

I've always been passionate about homes and interior design.  Long before I got my license, I'd done 11 personal "sides" on my own (or what sometimes felt like I was on my own).  My parents' passing in my later 30's cemented how precious life really is...and if ever I had the opportunity to do something I had real passion for, that was the time.  You'd think it shouldn't take 12 years to figure that out, but that's how long I let myself be "golden-handcuffed" to my role at Oracle.

Never looked back, no regrets.  Every day I get up at 6am and look forward to clocking my 12-15 hours!

Posted by Lisa Moroniak, SFR - Short Sale & Foreclosure Certified (Keller Williams Realty | Northern Virginia | 703.635.0388) about 9 years ago

I had been back at work at South Central Bell/BellSouth/AT&T (whoever they are this week) hating every minute of it.  I had just finished a tour in Desert Storm in the Army as a reservist.  I thought I should use that GI Bill thing to buy a house.  My agent was a co-worker at Bellsouth.  I was so nosey and particular that she started just giving the MLS book (we got computerized with the MLS shortly thereafter) every week and told me to let her know when I found the house I wanted. After about 12 months I found the house and bought it.  During the process, I had gotten the "real estate fever".  I then went to real estate school, got my license, and went to work for this same agent who had since opened her own company.  That was about 13 years ago.  

Posted by Rhonda Burgess, Moving to Nashville TN Real Estate Specialist (Southern Living Realty Partners) about 9 years ago

I was a paralegal for a few years and, while I loved the job and the company, when the economy tanked there were lay offs (I was not one of them though) and I wasn't getting an annual raise.  I had always loved real estate and I have a friend who got into it after college and had been very successful in Virginia.  I realized I could combine my love of real estate and people into a great job.  And here is the best part, I would never had to justify my job through a lay off process again and I would never have to campaign for a raise!  Now I have been a Realtor for a year, I work from home, I'm busier with each month that goes by, I'm learning every day and I couldn't be happier!

Posted by Lori Liveston (Virtual Homes, Real Estate) about 9 years ago

For 7 years I worked at a newspaper in the graphic arts department and I also ran the Newspaper In Education Dept. for 4 years.  I loved that job and the benefits were fabulous, but I went on vacation.  I called work while away and my girlfriend there said. "Girl you ain't gonna believe this #(*&$#!

Ah, reorganization... and the beginning of the end of a beautiful career.

Then I went to radio... I did a little dj ing, sold ads and did lots of my own ad production, loved it.  But low and behold my sales manager *the one who hired me, got fired and then I hated my job.

I saw an ad for secretary at real estate firm... that was 1992.  Loved it, got my license and started selling in 1994.  Then the broker said he was going to sell the company and retire and I just was NOT going to get another boss I didn't like... So I bought the company in 1995.  I was a single 29 year old mom and my folks and friends thought I was nuts.  But 15 years later I still love going to work.  And I got to enjoy so much of my daughter's childhood.  I didn't have to miss prom, ball games, first dates all because I could set my own schedule.

So... thanks for asking.

And I just love your story too BB.  And dang I wish I'd been in your cab so I wouldn't have had to wait in line.  Seriously it was 16 years ago I took my Abigail to Disney.  She was 6.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 9 years ago

Loved reading your post of how you got started and everyone's comments on how they got started too.

 

I was a loan officer for a savings and loan, did the closings.. often worked with local real estate offices, while I was finishing my degree. 

Went ahead and got my license.. gave up teaching but kept the brokers license.  :)

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 9 years ago

I had been selling my consulting services in renewable hydrogen to CEOs for 4 years.  You know, I was saving the world from Big Oil while starving to death.  I actually had 4 clients during that time period, and realized I needed more clients to sell something to.  So I thought to myself, "Hmmm, what could I sell that would have more than 4 potential clients?"  I had always liked the idea of real estate, and knew there were over 13 million people in Southern California who needed to live someplace.  Bingo!  I wish I would have figured it out when I was 18.  Now, after 3 years in the business, I feel like I am finally getting some momentum.

Of course I also had many other "careers" earlier; and I learned something from each of them that has helped my real estate Career.

Posted by Bob Willis, Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) about 9 years ago

I think I both fell into real estate kind of by chance,  & also ended up where I'd probably been raised to be.  My dad owned a real estate company in Illinois that provided me with high school summer jobs filing, answering phones etc.  Somehow I had it in my head that I didn't want to be a real estate agent because I'd never have time for my family (don't know where that came from as Dad always was at our school events and we went on tons of vacations...).  Fast forward to 1995 -  I lost my "at will" position at the county with a political change in the elected office and couldn't find a job - finally thought "Hey, maybe I could try real estate - then I'd be my own boss and nobody could let me go!"  And discovered that I LOVE it!  Who knew!!  Oh yeah...Dad knew!  Sheesh - don't ya hate it when you have to tell your parents they were right?  :)

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA about 9 years ago

My mom took the licensing class as a free offering from her then employer.  I thought to myself, "I should go into Real Estate, too"  She left the profession after one settlement......18 years later.....here I am!

Posted by Christine Hooks, Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate! (Pino Agency) about 9 years ago

I'm from Boston MA originally and was working for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in town. I moved to Morristown , NH and worked for Merrill Lynch there for a year back in 1985.....I was new to the area and have always loved houses. I had two weeks off for vacation so thought I'd take a "crash course in real estate "  I took the exam and became a Realtor with Weirchert Realtors in Bedminster , NJ.... That was the beginning of my real estate career.  When I moved back to New England in 1990,  I settled in Exeter, NH as I had family here. Exeter has been my home for almost 20 years and I've been a Realtor for 22 years. Wow how time flies when you're having fun!!

 

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

I was a paralegal for 12 years.  (Amazing how many of us were paralegals in our former lives).  My mother convinced me to get my license to help her in the evenings and on weekends.  I sold real estate part-time for one year, while working my full-time job....as a single mom. 

On 9/11/01 my boss was on a flight to Washington DC to depose a rep from Toyota.  His flight was scheduled to land 30 minutes after the first plane hit the first tower.  We watched the news all day, and all the airlines could tell us was that my boss's flight was "unaccounted for."  By 2:30, I believed he was dead.  I had already made more money selling real estate in the year prior than I had in my full-time job.  So, I walked into my Mom's office and said, "I'm here full time now."  She said, "Oh no you're not!  You pick up your purse and march back up there and get your job back...you have a little mouth to feed, and I'm not feeding you!"

She lost...I won.  We now own the office together.  :)  (And she never had to feed me.)

Posted by Lina Robertson, REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO (RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers) about 9 years ago

I got into real estate after being an executive chef for 20 years, I was more excited about what she was doing so I got my lic./

Posted by Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team, - SOLD IS OUR FAVORITE 4 LETTER WORD - (Ken's Home Team LLC.) about 9 years ago

I had just sold my small business doing computer systems for doctors, dentists, and medical clinics when I started dating a lovely Realtor-Broker-Owner. Didn't take long for her to encourage me to bring my sales skills to Real Estate, even though I'm primarily an IT guy (Computer Science and EE degrees). The romance fizzled but my love of real estate remained...and here I am many years later. Still having fun, but VERY settled and married to a wedding minister. Ah, the good life.

Posted by Curt Hess, Luxury Home Consultant, Team Leader & CEO (ExecuHome Realty) about 9 years ago

I retired from law enforcement and not being the kind to sit on my duff I passed a real estate school and thought why not and the rest is history. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 9 years ago

I had been in corporate sales for years when I wanted to leave the 9-5....so I became a small time house flipper...I didnt think highly of realtors at all...in fact  I actually only got licensed because I thought I could see REOS faster than if I had an agent...who knew that would lead to becoming a full fledged realtor. A short sale realtor at that! I never was looking for anything like it...and somehow it became my world and I love it. Crazy how things work.

 

Posted by Minna Reid, Associate Broker (Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage) about 9 years ago

I got "canned" from my job at a large church.  At the time, we had a son in high school that we didn't feel would do well with a move.  So instead of moving off somewhere to another church, I talked with a gentleman who sold real estate who had gone to our church.  He told me he would help me get started and he did.  That was December 2006-January 2007 and I never looked back.

Today we help a small church up the road on the weekends.  Real estate makes it possible to not be a drain on their budget.

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) about 9 years ago

Had a decent job with the government yet was somewhat  held back on my socializing needs so I volenteered to be layed off----others needed their jobs. Jumped right into RE and the rest is history.

As you said in your opening statement  "Set your own hours, take a day off if you want, meet interesting people, solve problems, help people realize their dreams and get paid well."  Always working on the later.

Posted by Ross Therrien, Realtor, Broker Associate (Prudential Verani Realty, Londonderry,New Hampshire) about 9 years ago

In May of 2005 I bought the Carlton Sheets real estate investing program and began my real estate investing career.  To this very day, I have not used a single technique taught by that system.  By August of that same year, I had purchased 2 houses.  I figured if I got my license, I could bypass real estate agents and get first dibs on accessing properties myself.

The rest as they say is history.  I got my real estate license around March or May 2006 and investing took a back seat to the exciting world of real estate sales and service.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

I was (and still am) a personal property appraiser (contents of homes, not the real estate) and estate sale manager.  I was doing an estate sale in a condo about 10 years ago and one of my customers walked in, looked around, and decided she wanted to buy the condo rather than the desk in the corner.  I handed her the flyer the listing agent had prepared.  She called and the listing agent came right over.  They left to get a cup of coffee and came back an hour later with the offer ready for the executor to sign.  Without a real estate license, I didn't even get a referral fee.

It seemed so easy!  It took me a few years to actually decide to get a license, but I find that combining my estate sale business with real estate, offering one-stop service for executors, especially out-of-town executors, is a perfect fit.

Posted by Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate (United Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Fresh out of college - - - didn't want to work in the field of my degree - - - wasn't qualified to do much, but when it is 100% commission people give you chances! That was almost 10 years ago.

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) about 9 years ago

I worked in the loan department of a local bank.  Went to real estate school nights to keep a friend of mine company while she got into real estate.  She bombed and got out of real estate within a few years.  I quit the bank and went into real estate full time.  Six years ago, my daughter and five other partners opened RE/MAX Solutions.  I can't imagine doing anything else, even when the market slows.  

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) about 9 years ago

I lost a bet with God;)

I was in the restaurant business, just off the heels of training with The Wild Samoans (pro-wrestling school).   A well-dressed  gentlemen walked into the downstairs portion that was the cigar bar and took residence at the stool in the middle of the room.  I was working that section on that particular day.  Later on, while that gentlemen was still there sipping martinis, an estranged kid came in off the street.  Our manager refused to deal with the kid (just told me to kick him out), but I didn't.  I bought the kid lunch, spoke with him, and he left a happy camper with no interruptions in the business as usual atmosphere.

When I went to ring up the gentlemen at the bar he said, "You seem pretty good with people." 

I grinned and gave him the check.  He paid in cash. 

"So are you good with people?" he leaned into the bar asking. 

"Most times, yes."

"You would probably be a decent candidate to be a Loan Officer, doing financing for folks who want to buy or refinance homes."

Though I barely knew what a mortgage even was, I didn't want to be in the restaurant industry forever so I chimed back, "Perhaps, and I'm also somewhat decent with money.  You're two dollars short on your check, Sir."

And how I got out of it is another story ...

Thank you for inspiring a bit of nostalgia, Bryant.

 

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 9 years ago

Animal & Dairy Science to Property Management to Real Estate Sales.  I have NO idea how I went from animals to property management!!  ;)

Posted by Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR (RE/MAX Partners~ Starkville, MS) about 9 years ago

This is fun, I can't believe you drove a CAB! I bet you met some cool folks.

My father was a broker. I swore I would NEVER sell real estate because he was gone alot, with 4 offices.

One day, after 17 years of being a stay at home mom, I woke up and thought: HOLY CRAP! I need to start WORKING and help get these 5 kids through college!

So... I got my RE License and I LOVE SELLING REAL ESTATE! :)

Posted by BethAnn Long, Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate (RE/MAX Inland Empire) about 9 years ago

I was supposed to move to China and work for a huge construction company but my wife convinced me to...

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I worked in electronics for 20 years. Same location, same people everyday. When the owner/my friend passed away I was the person saying, "We never did that before". I didn't like that role. My daughter had been a real estate agent all her adult life. She said I would love it and I do. That was 6 years ago. This is my later in life career so I needed to learn fast and Active Rain has helped me do that. 

Posted by Deanne Olivas, Your Home Matters (Keller Williams Realty East Valley) about 9 years ago

Bryant - What  great idea for a blog post.  I came back to read the comments posted since mine, and everyone has such interesting stories!

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) about 9 years ago

Even as a kid I took an interest in real estate, especially historic homes. Once I graduated college, I had a "real job" for two years and HATED being stuck in an office 8-5. But I also got my first real taste of the business working for a real estate development company.

So....when my husband went back to school and we had to move, I got my real estate license. Like most other commenters on this blog, I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out :-)

Posted by Shannon Lewis, Realtor, Broker - Champaign-Urbana, IL (Beringer Realty) about 9 years ago

I was a bachelor 35 years ago. It was just a chance encounter when a nice middle age gentleman who operated his own small real estate agency suggested that I read the real estate licensing manual and take the salesperson's licensing examination. I still have the letter from the licensing branch informing me that I passed the examination.

Posted by Larry Estabrooks, 100% representation means NEVER DUAL AGENCY ! (Independent Real Estate Agent) about 9 years ago

Lots of fun to read everyone's stories. I was actually a high school English teacher, then a college literature professor, then a corporate mucky muck in educational publishing... Never ever did I dream that I would be spending my days on hold, speaking to lenders, etc. Doesn't matter; I love it anyway. Blogging is the most fun because I get to pull together my English skills and my real estate experiences.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) about 9 years ago

I became intrigued with real estate ever since I bought my first home when I was 23. After working in civil engineering for many years, I decided to make the move to become an agent. I'm now a broker and loving it!

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) about 9 years ago

What  a great idea Bryant!  I find the taxi thing hard to imagine somehow.. Maybe because I'm from NY and NY taxi drivers are rarely from this country!

I fell into it by accident. 

Spent 15 years as a researcher in biomedical sciene.  Got my sheepskin and found that the job market had imploded.  I needed an industry job - not more indentured servitude in academia.  But the bottom had fallen out in 2003 and you needed to postdoc 7-9 years before getting a "real job."  I was nearly 40 - NOT happening. 

My Dad had done real estate law  - so I was somewhat familiar with the field and I started PT still hoping the elusive "real job" in science would be found.  I was also adjuncting about 9 credit hours a semester.  A good arrangement becuase I was only taken away 9 hours a week from my clients - BUT prep was done at 3AM and sleep deprivation become my companion even though I thought that was supposed to be over once I had the doctorate. Searching nationwide went for a science job went on hold in 2007 when my father was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. So I dug in. I'm surviving but not thriving and NO I'm NOT ashamed to admit that.

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) about 9 years ago

While in the process of buying my second home, I decided that I could do a better job than the people I was working with!  So, I got my real estate license and never looked back.  I love selling real estate!

Posted by Kathy Kenney, Realtor - Princeton & Central NJ Homes for Sale (Keller Williams, Princeton, NJ) about 9 years ago

I started out to do it for investment properties and then when my husband lost his job I became a full-time realtor!!!  pippa

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) about 9 years ago

During dot.com bust, I was downsized (the last one hired, with least support system, and got cut).  I did not want to commute to S.F. or East Bay when my husband is already commuting to the city, so one of us can be close to home, and be available for the kids when needed. 

And, my sister is an independent broker in S.F., she was doing well and I decided I could do better, so here I am.

Posted by Sylvia Barry, Marin and Sonoma Real Estate Leading Expert (Coldwell Banker Previews International (#1 Marin_Sonoma_San Francisco_North_Bay)) about 9 years ago

Bryant, I was managing a local retail music store with an agreement to purchase it.  I had my SBA loan approved, a 200 page business plan & ready for them to write the check to the owners of the music store. Then they decided they couldn't sell because of tax liabilities & so I figured I need to do something different & many people assumed I would do well in real estate...So I went to school & the rest is history! 15 years later...

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID) about 9 years ago

WOW I blogged on this about a month ago but didnt get the great response you did! 

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1708461/what-did-you-do-before-you-sold-real-estate-

I have a marketing background and after working for several fortune 500 companies including opening of a casino here in Lake Charles in 2005.  My husband went to work as a loan officer for a friend in Florida "short term" while I stayed here.  Hurricane Rita changed that all in 2005 for us when we lost our home so we relocated to Boca Raton, FL I got my RE license and thought I was on permanent vacation LOL.  Moved back to Louisiana in 2007 where we have a stable market  and love it :)  Oh my husband still works as a loan officer and is very helpful to me

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty) about 9 years ago

BB, I have always had an interest in real estate.  I followed the market closely when I lived in IL.  My brother was an architect/builder and I worked as his office manager for awhile.  He built high-end custom homes and I loved the environment.  When we moved from IL, I decided to try to sell my home FSBO.  The whole process took 45 days from listing to close.  After traveling the country for a year decided it was finally time I got into real estate. 

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

I was always interested in houses.  Everyone was always asking for my opinion for paint colors and decorating in general.  After college I decided to go to work in the furniture store business.  Then I went to work to manage a gallery that did commercial businesses and parade home staging, then off to real estate.  So to sum it up, I sold the furniture for a house, the art for a house and then the actual houses!  It was a natural progression for me and I never looked back.

Posted by Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group) about 9 years ago

I actually got my start taste of being a Realtor in the late 70's where I worked as a receptionist/secretary for a minority brokerage.  The Broker was a bit of a party animal and couldn't always quite keep appointments and I would be the one receiving the "where is he?" calls.  So I decided to get me license.  After a year of that, I thought to myself...my God who can live on straight commission?  So I jumped ship.

After a couple of years of miscellaneous jobs, bookeeper for Merrill Lynch, a small plumbing company and managing a restaurant I decided to get back into sales and did home party plan, selling decorating accessories for the next 20 years.  Um...living on straight commission LOL. 

As the years caught up with me and the freight became more and more difficult to heft around I complained  whined to a friend who said "you should sell homes, not continue to carry them around"  That planted the seed, however I was really terrified of going back to school at this stage of my life.  It was at this time, a customer of mine, invited me to take a look see at selling real estate with the company she was working for.  The next day I signed up for classes.  I studied and studied, knowing there was no way I was going to pass the test.  I delayed taking the test until the Broker called me about a month after he knew I have completed my courses and said "Hello Miss Johns, How are you doing? What are you doing? and Where the HELL are you?"  He convinced me to take the next course available that was 4 hours away. I decided to just make it a vacation. I would take the test, flunk and drive on to the Atlantic ocean and lick my wounds.

 It was the 4th of July weekend, so I drove 4 hours, slept, woke up refreshed and scared to death.  Took the test...aced it!  Bought a dog as a celebration gift to myself...went to the ocean, enjoyed the sun and sand...Broker called...said "Um Miss Johns, How are you? What are you doing? and Where the HELL are you?"  Packed up my  stuff, drove back home, reported for duty the next day.....been the best thing I've ever done.  See my post Reflections of a Realtor...Thank You to My Clients

Posted by Connie Johns, Toledo, Ohio Area Real Estate (Transaction Realty) about 9 years ago

I was working as a marketing assistant for several years. I learned a lot, but I had to get out from behind a desk all day. Things weren't creative anymore with the same function day in and day out. Real estate is the one industry I could think of that offered flexibiility, and where I could do almost all the things I enjoy doing.

Posted by Roseanne Campagna, Kent/DesMoines/Blk Diamond/Renton/Maple Valley, WA (John L. Scott RE Maple Valley, WA ) about 9 years ago

My Dad was selling real estate part time back in the 50's & 60's so the subject came up at the dinner table.  I guess I was paying attention and it became something I wanted to do when I was 21.  But with a wife and 3 babies I was working two jobs and didn't have any more hours.  About 9 years later I but my first two unit, then a SFD, sold it boutght another and was now an investor.  Finally in 1986 I jumped off the corporate job merri-go-round and here I am 24 years later working my own hours, meeting new people and making a difference on a personal level.  My only regret is I wished I would have jump on board when I was 21. 

Posted by Patrick McClenahen, The Real Estate Guy (RE/MAX Realty Professionals, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Ex Girlfriend ... I was doing her marketing for nothing and she was making a killing so I figured I could do the same if I got my license...

Posted by Paul Francis, Las Vegas Real Estate Agent - Summerlin Homes (Francis Group Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I was looking for something that will be a fit for my big ego and demanding ways. . immediately, being a Realtor pop up on my head. . .it was a natural fit!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) about 9 years ago

Ok this is great!! TLW and I are heading out to the gym sbut I iwll be back latewr to read through all of your experiences. Awesome.

I was also:

  • A stock boy at a grocery store.
  • A waiter ( for many years) TLW was a bartender. That's how we met
  • Sold meat door to door
  • Sold Kirby vacuums
  • Did carpet cleaning
  • Solicited timeshare tours from a kiosk in a mall (with TLW)
  • Property manager
  • Real Estate broker
  • Professional blogger
  • Dead :)
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

Bryant:

After working in computer software sales for years and owning my own business in San Francisco I moved back to Massachusetts and was regional manager for a software company out of New York. When they decided to close their Massachusetts office, I was looking for a new career.

My then boyfriend asked me to look for a condo for him to purchase and through the process I observed a number of real estate agents. My observation was, "If these people can make a living doing this - so can I."

I got my license, worked for Re/Max for two years, then opened my own business. 

It has been a good run.  

 

Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) about 9 years ago

I started out working as a K Street business consultant in Washington DC. But then I had my first child and my husband who was in his Residency program was spending more time with him.  So I took nine years off.  I started to itch and feel like I had to do something but it is hard to enter the workforce after you have been out of it for so long.  Real Estate seemed flexible and I could apply my consulting skills.  (Plus, there are VERY low barriers to entry...too low if you ask me.) So I got my license and have LOVED every minute of it!  I outproduce most of the people in my office even though I am still a newbie.

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) about 9 years ago

I sat behind an office desk for quite a few years.  Accounting Clerk and Administrative Asst. were some of the positions.  I also became a discount store manager and last position was working for a property owner.  I felt I had more to offer and six years earlier my elder son suggested I go into Real Estate.  Of course I told him it was too late and he rebuked me by saying it's never too late.  Later that evening I was going through e-mail when I saw the Coldwell Banker training Ad.  I took it as an omen and.....

Amm

Posted by Ann Gravel (Pat Bennett Realty) about 9 years ago

I was an advertising account manager for 7 years, then had my first baby and did not want to continue in a thankless field that gave me no fulfillment at the sacrifice of my child.  So, I had always been a real estate fan (one of those people who constantly went to open houses and talked about the houses on the market all the time) and many of the skills I used in account management fit well with real estate.   So when my baby boy was a year old I took the test and started selling.   It was a perfect fit and I did 5 million my first year, part time.   The two Realtors who helped me buy my first home when I moved to Arlington strongly encouraged me to do it, and one of them became my mentor.  I owe them both tons of credit for getting into the business and for knowing how to do it well.

Posted by Coral Gundlach, Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate. (Compass) about 9 years ago

These storie are great!  Mine is not so glam.  Always loved following the real estate market.  After buying, fixing, and selling a couple of homes, I decided to use my knowledge first-hand.  Have been in real estate five years and do not miss logging time in a grey cubicle.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) about 9 years ago

BB - my boss told me so..... Working for a German consulting firm handling the accounting and managing part for a single investor who had investments in Fort Worth and Lakeland and the company knowing that this investor is selling his investments and after the president of the company I worked for suddenly passed away, the remaining shareholder asked me if I was interested in real estate. Yes, of course.... and the rest is history.  

 

Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.) about 9 years ago

My Dad was a Mortgage Lender... my mom was a Realtor.  They helped me get my first job!

Fascinating story of Entrepreneurship!

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) about 9 years ago

How fun! Wow there were a lot of para legals!  I was never a stay at home Mom - I worked in the aerospace arena - mostly learning about how to handle explosives and working on DOD programs.  First state license I had was a blaster's license.  During the tight budget years the industry changed and I was not liking the hours and the 3.5 hour compute each day.  With 2 boys just starting junior high I thought it might be better if I was at home more.  Always wanting to get into real estate I quit my job and took the classes - that was back in 1994. Never looked back. Opened my own shop in December - I am an office of one but love it!

Posted by Jo Olson, HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County (HOMEFRONT Realty) about 9 years ago

I own a niche marketing firm for real estate --- since everyone knows that i know someone, i get a ton of referrals and give them to my clients. When i gave away 2 million one month in referrals, decided it was time to get my license to get a share of the pie

Posted by Billie Hillier, Savvy Home Realty Solutions (http://702IsHome.com) about 9 years ago

BB, I was hating working at a furniture store (in my early 20's- couches were not interesting) and was out looking at a model home, when others viewing it were discussing furniture placement in front of the on site person. She was just watching them (while glancing at her watch). When I left, I saw her new shiny black BMW, and thought, "I could've helped them a whole lot better"...

Posted by Laurie Mindnich about 9 years ago

Now, that folks, is a GREAT story....I love how the business morphed from something completely unrelated.

Now I only have one question:  What's that BULL about 'taking a day off when you want' in real estate? This is anomaly for me, I can't even comprehend the idea.

 

Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL

 

 

Posted by Scott Miller, ifoundyourhome.com (Best Connections Realty) about 9 years ago

What a journey!  I was selling furniture at Levitz for ten years. My Dad had just decided to start building houses. The Broker he used was where I signed up part time. Shortly thereafter, it became a RE/MAX franchise. When I was told Gail and Dave Liniger would not sign the corporate lease until their Golden Retriever was put on the lease, I signed up full time as a RE/MAX agent. That was almost 25 years ago.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) about 9 years ago

It has been a while, but it has been fun.

Posted by Bruce Swedal, Denver Real Estate about 9 years ago

BB,

How fun has this been!  I have an elementary education background and decided to homeschool the boys. When they grew up I was financial manager for an investment firm.  She decided it was time to retire. I didn't want to see stocks, but I did love houses and families...so helping families find homes was a natural fit for me...and I LOVE IT!

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) about 9 years ago

I was a retail eslectronic stores owner for 16 years. I had survived the energy bust of 1982 for 7 years, paid back a lot of people, and was left with almost no money. I was going to move to Seattle foir a new job and going back to college in my 40's when I decided I would rather spend my Dad's latter years with him, so I had to get a job. A friend said I would do well in rela estate despite the Oklahoma depression(sound familiar Florida) and went with a company that sold HUD repos. I got my first commission of $450 in January of 1990. That may be a tiny amount but I was down to about $20 at a time. My perspective was not negative and I decided to look at it as the biggest one day increase in my liquid net worth in my life. I went on to sell 46 HUD's that year, never looked back as Satchel Paige told me not to do, and as Sheriff Bart said in Blazing Saddles, the rest is history. I like to keep my audience riveted.  

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 9 years ago

LOL, I hated my job at a local newspaper, tired of being downsized and I was great at sales and marketing. So, I took a job with a "stab and slab em" mortgage broker. Really, I did not know any better. The good news I was only there nine months before I opened my own mortgage shop. 

Davae

Posted by Dave Woodson, Not the Average Agent (Dave Woodson) about 9 years ago

I got multiple technical degrees in computer related fields. Got involved in very geeky high tech mobile software development and made a ton of cash, but at a price: 80 hours a week. So, after 20 years of that I noticed my wife (a REALTOR) was having a blast and doing well, so I jumped. We work as a team and I am amazed at how smart and sharp my beautiful wife is.

I have the best co-worker in the world and love every minute of it...

Posted by Brent & Deb Wells, Prosper TX (LivingWell Properties) about 9 years ago

Moved to a very rural area where there weren't other job opportunities for me! THOUGHT I could make a very good living. ROFLMAO

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) about 9 years ago

Graduated from college with my accounting degree in hand, went to work for a local construction company, when I realized that I was not making as much money as a yard laborer with no degree, and decided then to look for a career where I was master of my fate and captain of my soul.

Real Estate was my answer.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) about 9 years ago

Isn't it funny how everything you do in your life and career leads to the one you're in now?

I'm an administrative manager. I started out at an independent RE firm that my father-in-law begged me to go to...he had heard of an opening and said I would love it. I did and stayed there for five years.

I went from there to a shopping center property management business doing marketing, a big step up until they sold the shopping center and closed the business in 6 months. I worked for a landscaping company for a while but was not happy...I got laid off and was unemployed for 8 months and freaking out.

I got proactive and started volunteering for a huge trade show/networking event the local chamber of commerce held. This is where I met a REALTOR® and we started talking while working. He said he knew someone who needed an assistant and kept putting off hiring one.

Brenda and I hit it off right away. I've been here almost 4 months and I could not ask for a better job, or better boss. I am not licensed yet but I will get a license if she wants me to. She is such a go-getter and is now in Keller Williams' BOLD program so I feel like things are going to skyrocket for us! It's an exciting time.

I can't wait to get home and read everyone else's stories.

Posted by Lynda White, Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty (Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How) about 9 years ago

I tried selling my first house on my own.  I knew how to write an ad and put up a FSBO sign (this was in the late 70's) and hold open houses.  I even knew that I had to do a couple of things first to make my house look its best.  The inside was like a cute little dollhouse so we put on a new roof, painted the exterior and did some landscaping and the house was as cute as a button, inside and out!

We had a lot of showings and in around 3 weeks we had an offer!  50% of our asking price - and it wasn't a buyer's market.  One woman jumped up and down when she came to an open house because she loved it so much.  Never heard from her again.

In the meantime, I was out looking at homes with a friend who recently got in the business.  I lost the house of my dreams (at the time - I can still remember it pretty well) since I got "bumped" because my house wasn't sold yet (they still took contingent on sale contracts back then).  Lost another house and decided I needed to list my house with my friend.

In less than 3 weeks we got a full price offer and netted more than our bottom line would have been selling on our own.  I knew this was a much needed profession and was very interested.

I waited a few years before finally getting my license, but it was always in my mind that it was something I wanted to do.  Once I got licensed I kept my full-time job for a while (I had recently gotten divorced) and saved enough money to live on for a year before I made the full-time career switch.  That was in 1987 and I've never looked back!

Posted by Judy Orr, SW & Near West Chicago suburbs (HomeSmart Realty Group) about 9 years ago

BB, my Wife originally got her real estate license in 1980 to make some extra money. I got to a point where if you can't beat them, join them and I got my license in 1985. She quite a few years ago to stay at home and I'm still going strong.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 9 years ago

Buying a bank owned property 35 years ago started my career!

Posted by Fred Sweezer Sr., Certified Home Inspector (Hud Certified 203K Consultant) about 9 years ago

Mom started in Real Estate back in 1979 when I was four. That is when I started to learn the ropes. I licked enough envelopes and stamps to kill a horse, I handed out more fliers than your average pizza joint, and I mowed more than my fair share of lawns.

I got licensed in 1997 and the rest is history!!!

Posted by Roy & Gail Barnhart & McKay, Barnhart & McKay Home Selling Team (Barnhart & McKay Realty Advisors) about 9 years ago

When I was 16 my Grandmother did a career change from Nursing to Real Estate and was extremely successful at, so much so that at age 80 she is just now retiring. I used to assist her at Open Houses and said, "someday I want to do this". Always wanted to o get licensed but tried everything else first. Retail sales, Direct sales, Restaurant service and trainingetc. etc. etc. My husband and I have had a finish carpentry business for 20+ years. In 2006 we saw the "Writing on the Wall"...... that the market was shifting when Homebuilders were not paying as quickly or not at all, so I decided to get licensed. Started in August of 2007 just as the market was going south in the Inland Empire So. Cal. Everyone thought I was crazy for trying to start a new business in the crumbling economy, especially RE. Having the last laugh now and celebrating with each closed transaction. I love this industry and the people make it all worthwhile. Lots of frustration but even greater satisfaction. RE helped me save our construction business(evey house I sell needs some work and inevitably my husband gets the work). I love Activerain and all the members who contribute. Thanks BB, I especially enjoy following your blogs.

 

Posted by janine nielsen, Homes For Heroes Realtor (Re/Max Advantage) about 9 years ago

I'm not going to tell how I got into real estate because it's a boring story. I hate boring. I love your post!

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) about 9 years ago

What fun! The amazingly varied backgrounds of real estate agents is one of my favorite things about this business.

I was house and real estate obsessed from the time I was a kid.  When I got out of college and  realized that what I really wanted to do was sell real estate I couldn't break it to my dad since he'd just spent all that money.

Instead I ended up becoming an archivist (after spending lots more of my own money on graduate school).  Then as I accumulated the debts and obligations of adulthood I couldn't figure out how to get into a business that didn't guarantee an income right out of the gate.

When I discovered ebay -back before anybody knew about it - I thought aha! this is my way to real estate - I'll start in real estate and sell stuff on ebay at night. Didn't quite work that way but it did motivate me and a year or so later I finally made the jump.

Definitely a matter of finding my bliss and my only regret has been that I didn't make the leap at least ten years before. But everything we've done adds to what we bring to the table as agents I think.

Liz

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) about 9 years ago

Hello BB, Great idea!

I married an excellent salesman who convinced me to leave 20 years of critical care nursing for a more flexible schedule (no midnight shifts :) and better income and no hoping I had enough senority to get holidays and vacations off! I still use nursing skills - the housing market is 'critical' compared to 1999 when I entered a healthier picture - now more than ever, people need compassion and even social service or other types of referrals on occasion with the loss of their home to short sale or foreclosure. This housing market needs to be nursed back to health. (IMHO)

sincerely,grace

 

Posted by Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM (F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I was in Construction Mgt for many years, and I really liked it. Then, the work started to run out, the company was moving out of state, and I was gonna be out of a job........ Then a friend of mine got a job offer in a different city & I thought this was my chance to move and change careers. I've never looked back & I love what I do!!!!

Posted by Bill Buettner, Your Real Estate Connection (Keller Williams Greater Columbus) about 9 years ago

When I married the second time, my husband was a VP Sales for Dotcom companies....went in, took them to acquisition and moved on. We had a lot of stock in the buying companies....Cisco, IBM, Palm...things like this. Since I stopped working to hang with our now, 5 kids...I began to manage this stock.

I didn't understand the technology stock...but had always been a real estate junkie. So little by little, I suggested we sell stock and buy rentals...which we did. After several years of working with Realtors that I felt I was smarter than, my lender suggested I get my license...just to handle my own stuff. So I did.

When the kids started to get older....it started. A friend needed to move, and then they had a friend..and I gradually became a full-timer...Love it.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 9 years ago

I love all of these stories and now I will share mine! I worked at a couple of different corporate offices here in Northwest Arkansas. I was burned out and stressed out and knew I was here for a purpose and this was not it. My husband said to me why don't you look into being a Realtor and I said really, I have never thought about that before. He said I know if you were one I would buy a house from you! (How sweet)!!!! So I took the test and here I am 3 years later studying for my brokers test. I now know what my purpose is and that is to sell real estate, I love people, meeting them, helping them, talking to them. This is my passion, doesn't feel like a job when you love what you do!!!!!

Thanks for sharing your story with us. Sounds very creative what you did!!!!!

Posted by Deana Smedlund, Executive Broker (Lindsey & Associates Inc.) about 9 years ago

When I was younger I had worked for a Real Estate Attorney for many years and the Real Estate world always intrigued me.  When I was 17 I started my own company in Web Design / Graphic Design and it went very well. After a couple of years I got married and we had a baby.  After giving birth my wife returned to work and I ran the company from home and became a stay-home dad and took care of our newborn until he was 3.   Once he turned three my wife and I decided for her to stay home and for me to go venture into this CRAZY world they call Real Estate!  I started as an agent in March 2010 and even though it has been slow and people aren't to crazy about trusting a new/young agent with their home...I like it a lot and I look forward to getting better and better at it everyday!

Jose.

Posted by Jose L. Torres (RE/MAX Legend) about 9 years ago

I was an escrow officer in southern California in the mid 1970s. High interest rates, lots of loan assumptions and land contracts. My conventional deals were blowing up and agents would come in to cry at my desk. So, I'd show them how to put the deal back together by doing a land contract or a subject-to transaction. They got paid $10,000 and I made $300.

Didn't take long to figure out that I was in the wrong end of the business. I got my license.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) about 9 years ago

It was 1997 and I was worked in the Sales Dept. at a golf resort in southern California.  A couple of frineds were in New Home Sales and thought it would be fun if we all worked together.  I got my RE license and took a job as a sales agent in a new home developement.  In 2006 I made the move into re-sale and love it!

It was fun reading the paths that have lead to Real Estate Careers.  I pray that all of you are blessed and have prosperous weeks ahead!

Posted by Monica Atherton, Your Temecula Real Estate Gal (The Associates Realty Group) about 9 years ago

My parents were in the business and it was never something I thought of doing growing up, in fact I really did not want to be in real estate.  After and during college I would work in the office as an assistant and before I knew it I was a Realtor!  How did that happen?  It was a pretty natural progression looking back.

Posted by Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345 (Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz) about 9 years ago

I had an adjusting and PI business working for big insurance companies.  It took me 10 years to really get it rolling strong and on the track I wanted.  I was making money hand over fist and then 9/11.  I actually kept making good money for a couple of years, but we lost several big accounts with re-insures pulling out of the market.  The nature of the business changed with the internet and smaller mom and pop operations like mine got hurt hard.  I hung on too long (as I had had ups and downs before).  I was trying to refi to get cash out of the home to stay alive when the guy suggested I become a loan officer.

I got my license but he never trained me well, just used me for my contacts.  I went to another company and found I liked Real Estate better and got into this business in time for the real estate crash.  But I am hanging in there and like what I do.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Bryant,

My decision to get into Real Estate was actually a decision of..... getting OUT of my previous career!  I was a school teacher for 17 years!  Kids were great, parents were great, but no matter, how much extra work I did, I couldn't increase my pay! ( I had already gone up the education ladder as high as I could go,without getting my Doctorate degree!)  So becoming a REALTOR was the answer! And I've never looked back!

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) about 9 years ago

I always liked looking at homes so after 30 years of teaching I got my license.  For the most part I have enjoyed selling real estate.

Posted by Team Honeycutt (Allen Tate) about 9 years ago

I was a single mom and nurse and whenever we needed to move I always thought, I could do that and would be really good at it when I worked with a realtor.  Well, I felt I couldn't change careers because of my responsibilities as the breadwinner for our family but along the way, met a Realtor who was instrumental in leading by example that it could/would be great career path.  Her name is Mary Jopp and she is a ReMax agent in Naperville, IL.  When I relocated to Orlando, FL in 1999 I continued to think about a career change and one day my fiance' (now husband) said "just do it".  So I did!  That was 2003 and I've been working as a REALTOR ever since.  Have I looked back, occasionally, have I ever turned around....not a chance.  The ability to do what I love and love what I do is what being a REALTOR has offered me and I'm so glad that I finally decided to accept. 

Posted by Lynn Ganster, P.A. (Morris Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

From getting out of college in 1979 - I was a corporate accountant.  A bean-counter....8-5pm for 20 years.   Just got burnt out, and had a mid-life crisis at 40 and got my real estate license.  I wanted to be able to "set my own" work hours, have freedom, be my own boss......etc.  I am a happy Realtor, Business-Owner, and ain't life grand !!??

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) about 9 years ago

I was talked into using a certain top-producing listing agent when I listed my home, and I was not happy with his service at all.  Every time I called to speak with him I felt like I had to chase him down.  I thought, "I can do that better than he can..."  and turns out that I do! I have never been happier in a career, and my background includes and MBA and executive management positions.  Go figure...

Posted by Robin Husney (Dickens Mitchener) about 9 years ago

Bryant....I was working for a retired multi-millionaire who ran three companies. One of them was a property management firm. Another made hard money loans. The broker who made the loans never came in, did everything by mail and received some of the biggest checks I ever laid eyes on. I simply went to my boss and asked him, if I became a licensed agent, could I work under this broker and do hard money loans?......yes was the answer and the rest is history. I got into loans, appraisals, leasing, and eventually buying and selling and so many other things. I love this business....

Thank you for the memory lane journey.....

Best

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 9 years ago

Definitely not as interesting as you but ..... Many moons ago I wanted to purchase a ranch home right here in my community.  I went to the local big broker & he began showing us homes.  We wanted a ranch - he showed us NO ranches.  Another showing day with the gent & still NO ranches.  Everywhere I looked in the car while driving, ranches everywhere!  I decided after those excursions that I can do this - that guy's an idiot.  Well, long story short that idiot became the local board president, etc. etc.  I am now  :-) in my 28th year.  I know, you're wondering why they let me get my license at 2 years old right?  Gifted.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) about 9 years ago

Hi BB, Fun post !  My theory is that every 7 or 8 yrs turn the key in the door, walk away and go learn something new !  A little scary but keeps me fresh and always learning !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 9 years ago

I love helping people and found that what better way to help someone than to help them with the most significant purchase of their lives.

Posted by Tim Hill (RE/MAX Advantage Realty) about 9 years ago

OK so it's going to take a couple of hours to read all of these awesome stories!!! BUT I promise to do so.

This turned out to be a real fun post. Thank you!!

I love reading all the differences in our journeys. We sure do have a very diverse group.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

I was waiting to take the bar in Nevada and decided to get my real estate license to keep myself busy.  Well, I never took the bar.  Loved the flexible hours and freedom of doing things on my own.

Posted by Cindy Abel, Broker/Owner - Las Vegas Homes and Real Estate (Southern Nevada Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

I was waiting to take the bar in Nevada and decided to get my real estate license to keep myself busy.  Well, I never took the bar.  Loved the flexible hours and freedom of doing things on my own.

Posted by Cindy Abel, Broker/Owner - Las Vegas Homes and Real Estate (Southern Nevada Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

I wanted to get rich overnight making fat commissions without having to do any work.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

I bought a home in CA, enrolled my youngest child in school and I enrolled in real estate school.  It was time to get back to work and I wanted a change from teaching.  I've never regretted the decision.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 9 years ago

Great stories.  I came to realestate in 2005 and have met a challenging market headon.  Realtors are strong people.  I have worked many jobs over the years and actually have a degree in Social Work but never "used" it haha! It definitly helped with Realestate career and helping my clients obtain the american dream.

Posted by Kathie Searls, SFR,Realtor, Upper Sandusky Ohio about 9 years ago

My husband and I owned a special events company specializing in Corporate work which I ran for twenty two years. We lost our two longest and biggest clients in the same year. One from a death and the other company liquidation. They were our anchors. I thought, Now is the time to do something fairly easy! I've worked hard! I deserve it! That was 4 1/2 years ago. I have never worked so hard for so little money and so little respect but it has been an extremely interesting experience and I am looking forward to better times around the corner. I work for a large locally owned Brokerage and I remember my training coach saying: ( prophetically ) "This class is the class that is starting out at the beginning of the downward slide" I thought: Why always me!!!!!!   LOLOL.

Posted by Virginia Vanini, GRI,AHWD (Carey and Guarrera Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Oh Man...

This is excellent reading. Just excellent :)

And...

One of the things I learned from my experience in ticket sales, was that I was incredibly good at getting my Customers to hand me $4,000, cash up front. I would take that money, buy tickets, at wholesale, then return to my Customers, periodically, and plan their vacation. I was really good at it.

From there it wasn't difficult to make the leap to Real Estate and tell U.S. Buyers to get the hell out of my Corvette :)

The only Customers I'd work with were the Brits. For whatever reason I've always found them easier to work. They know exactly what they want and never thought I was out to get them. That says a lot about the difference in cultures. No not vultures, cultures :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Lol...

I ain't dead yet. Could someone please change my diaper? I'd like to wear purple today :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Gym...

So much for being dead :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Hi Bryant. This is an excellent topic. I have one regret... I just wish I started sooner! :)

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Florida and Washington Real Estate (Aloha Kai Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Interesting topic and some great stories. Certainly, I could pob write a blog abut it. I'll stick with something short... Started in April 1994 in the servicing department at Countrywide Home Loans. As I learned more and more about the industry and slowly my career directed me to the Short Sale Division, I found that Loved working with Customers and Numbers. Seemed like a No Brainer at the time. Been doing this for years and I enjoy myself each day.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) about 9 years ago

I always loved real estate.  After raising a family I started buying homes at sheriff sales .  As time went on,  I began to get interested in buying foreclosures. I got frustrated with the lack of knowledge of real estate agents about foreclosures and sheriff sales. I enjoy the challenge of buying a distressed home. I can see past the mess and broken pipes and in-vision the potential of the home.   Agents did not take me seriously. Therefore I decided to get my license.  I have learned so much that helped me as a real estate investor. And I feel in love with the business.  I love helping people!  I really enjoy the client  interaction .  

Posted by Terri Gogolen about 9 years ago

I got laid off from a corporate manufacturing job and stuck around the house for a while.  I decided all those years off travelling for 40% of my time didn't fair well on the family and I wanted something different.  I've always loved looking at homes and watching HGTV, so I thought real estate would be fun.  Plus, I'd have more time with the kids and husband.  So, here I am.  Slow start, but enjoying it.

Posted by Nicole Fleming (FC Tucker Emge) about 9 years ago

What a great conversation. Thanks for asking, BB!

My degree is in Mass Communications with a specialty in television and radio and a minor in marketing. I worked as an assignment editor at an ABC affiliate TV station for my first career, marshaling reporters and photographers to cover daily news in St. Louis for almost a decade. For career two, I became vice president of communications for the organization that sells St. Louis as a tourism and convention destination and runs the Trans World Dome (now Edward Jones Dome) where the NFL's Rams play football. I've also owned a boutique public relations agency that specializes in tourism and non-profits.

I came to real estate when my daughter went off to college and my husband and I became empty nesters. It was time for a change so we could finally enjoy some much-needed flexibility in our lives. I'd always been a house voyeur and I love to learn new skills, so 2 plus 2 added up to real estate.

Love, love, love the freedom of working for myself and love bringing my previous career experiences to the table to help create winning real estate situations for my clients. It's all about knowledge, communication and expectation management on all sides.

(By the way, during my PR days, I never hired prospective staffers who said they "loved people" and that's why they wanted to be in PR. You don't have to love people to be in real estate either, but you do have to be tolerant of their many peculiarities.)

Now I'm looking forward to working in an improving economy and I believe that the sky's the limit for my business! I wouldn't go back to a corporate job again.

And that flexibility I thought I was getting -- I actually work more, but enjoy it more.

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

I started in real estate when I was in single digits, then moved on to processing throughout high school.  Ran off to college and law school and became an associate.  Then after being a practicing attorney for several years, my friends started coming to me for advice.  My husband pointed out that I was having fun, and here I am.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 9 years ago

OK so I finally made it to the end of all of these awesome stories!! Loved it!!!

Interesting how many of you were in education. And how many of you are waaaaaay smarter than me :) I ain't got nun of those fancy DEgreeees LOL.

I guess this just shows that it's DESIRE that makes for a successful agent. The deisre to help folks and the desire to learn the business. Whether you have a masters degree or a GED (like me) you can still get into this business and make a difference.

THANK YOU!!

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

When John and I were married and before having a family, we thought we needed to plan for our future.  He had inherited a 16 room property from his parents and we decided to make it a 4 unit. With that project with interest of sweat equity and learning to subcontract we said "This is fun"  We enjoyed working together. We saw an ad for a real estate class in Boston (one hour away) in the evening It said be your own boss, become a real estate broker-Lee Institute.

We attended,  loved the information and knowledge we learned  and have been in the real business since 1972, by opening our own company Corbett Realty Inc. I retired from teaching secondary Art and John left his machine shop. We have been enjoying our life together all these years as working partners as well as spouses.

Posted by Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett, Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR ((FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) ) about 9 years ago

Bryant - You are the master conversationalist!  I went to a Century 21 seminar, responding to a mass-postcard mailing.  I was a computer programmer at the time.  I know you are laughing at me, and knew that :)

Posted by Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!" (Rulnick Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago
Well as Hank Williams Jr says, "it's a family tradition". What else was I gonna do? :-) I could write this really interesting comment but it's 4 in the morning, so nah. LOL
Posted by Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago

I had a choice to stay in the military as a single parent or settle in one area with my daughter. 18 years ago and needing a living that paid ALL the bills including daycare I decided on this and hardly ever missed a school function etc. Being the only parent I knew this would be important. Never sorry for my decision.  

Posted by Ellen Dittman, #1 Stop for NE FLA-JAX/OP 904.535.1199 (TEXT OK) r (Watson Realty Corp.) about 9 years ago

I didn't even know what a Realtor was until my parents got ripped off by one.  I was modeling at that time and previous to that was in aviation and lots of sales jobs.

 

Bitter, I had a choice....continue to complain or make a difference.  26 years later it has been a very profitable mission to show that Realtors are good, honest and caring professionals.

 

My only regret so far is I sold so many good deals when I should have invested in some of them myself.  My focus always was and still is, A Happy and Satisfied Customer!  Joy

Posted by Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team, Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise! (Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team) about 9 years ago
Congratulations on this lively post! Here's my story: Grade 7 career aspiration: Architect. First Job: Proofreader. -> HR Assistant -> HRIS User Acceptance -> Computer Programmer/Analyst -> Technical Writer for leasing and commercial property management software -> Real Estate Everything has prepared me for my forage into Real Estate: I tend to proofread like a maniac; I learn brokerage software like a whip; I plan, create and implement my own marketing programs including my web presence; and my HR skills are constantly handy! True, it'll be a long route back to Architecture but I'm taking my Real Estate practice all the way. One day I may be designing the homes that I trade!
Posted by Lisa Hickling about 9 years ago

Great idea for a post! I always loved looking inside homes and did it a lot growing up with my mother. She always managed to get into somebody's home for some reason - usually to purchase something for her antique shop. Flash forward to the year the last of my two graduated high school - that was when I admitted to myself that I no longer wanted to teach high school and the idea of teaching at the college level was becoming more and more unattractive......what to do??? How about something I always enjoyed? Seeing inside everybody's home???? THAT is how I got into real estate!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 9 years ago

Bryant,

Excellent idea for a post.  I always enjoy reading your blog.

Married 25 years and finally had my baby graduate high school; I joined a local RE office the next day.  I knew real estate was the career for me.  My husband and I purchased a few homes over the years and they had to be "fixers" as we were a one income family and couldn't afford much, I stayed home and took care of our five children.  When it was time to move on and sell our home, I had the greatest time marketing and selling it myself.  I LOVED it and still do.  I especially love handing keys to first time buyers but helping all my clients is a joy and privilege. 

Thanks for asking,

Posted by Fran Gatti, Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) about 9 years ago

Oh wow - I need to bookmark this and take an hour to read everyone's story. SO interesting how we are all from such diverse backgrounds. For me, I've never done anything else. I was temping in college (Santa Clara Univ) and got a job at a wholesale mortgage bank in San Jose, CA. I was really fascinated with the business from the start. When that company folded I was immediately hired by a competitor down the street and I decided I wanted to be a wholesale rep so I got my license, graduated college and started down that path. Then I met my future husband, Doug who owned a small wholesale operation and I started processing and underwriting there. We had a thriving business for about 14 years and then "it" hit the fan...I am now in retail loans and he is selling real estate and loves it. I can't think of ever doing anything else - I love putting deals together!

Posted by Cari Anderson about 9 years ago

Take days off when you want!???!  What!  

Anyway....  I worked at a title company when I was in high school.  When I turned 18 I got my real estate license.  I couldn't sell or buy anything because I still looked like I was 12 years old.  

I loved real estate and more particularly development.  I went to college thinking I would go to law school and specialize in real estate.  I started with a communication degree and the dean at my school encouraged me to go into journalism.  My teachers wrote letters of recommendations for me and I was the 1st non-Ivy League intern at CNN.  My boss was sent to Kobe Japan after the earth quake and came back the day my internship ended.  I thought I wasn't hired and had already committed to opening a 25,000 sf health club with 2 partners when they gave me my job offer.  I no longer had a place to live in Atlanta.  Everything I had went into the health club so I said good bye to CNN.

Then made it back to Key West to take care of a sick mom.  I went into the hotel business as a sales manager.  When I changed jobs and went to work for a new hotel that was the highest rated hotel on the island I got some bad news.  The owners thought I was making too much money.  After the first 3 months I had made $17,000 in bonus money that they decided I shouldn't get because it was too much money.  Unbelievably I stayed there for 4 more years before I decided to take my life and my money into my own hands.  It's been a great ride ever since!

Posted by Maya Thomas, Broker, Please see my client recommendations. about 9 years ago
Great post to learn about our fellow colleagues. I was in the IT business - the stress finally got to me. Couldn't sleep, couldn't concentrate. I had been going to open houses just for the fun of it. I quit my job and hated the fact of going back into coporate world. My husband suggested I get my license. I did and wish I did it years earlier. Love working with people, helping them find homes or selling. Couldn't be happier.
Posted by Judy Cicalese, Market Knowledge-Social Media Savvy 203-638-7812 (William Raveis Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I have to say I really enjoyed ready all of these stories. One thing we all have in common is that we are all different!

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

Yo Blogging Dude...

What the hell happened to my link love? Think Blogging Etiquette. Please tell me I don't have to train you in the fine art of Social Networking :)

No link. No love. Baby :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago

BB, Think you already know the story.

 I got into RE by accident...a car accident and was told not to lift anything over 5 pounds. Working as a ceramic artist, my box of clay weighed 50#. So I took a RE course to 'tide' me over. That was 20 years ago this month.

Margaret

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 9 years ago

I was recruited for years by my college roommate while I chased an impossible dream at a publishing company. After he caught me on the phone unpacking for my 7th relocation in 6 years I was ready to make the change. I worked as an agent with him and his father for 5 years before moving back home and eventually going out on my own. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) about 9 years ago
Well Bryant, thanks for asking! Almost 9 years ago, my wife got pregnant with our 1st child (we now have 4). We wanted her to stay home, so that meant one less income and one more mouth to feed. Uh-oh! My brilliant idea was to become a realtor on nights and weekends to create a 2nd income. Well, within just a few months my "2nd income" was about 400% more than my "main job" and so I quit to focus 100% of my time on being a realtor. The rest is history. Thanks for the chance to look back and remember how fortunate I am to be in this business!
Posted by Matt Robinson, www.professionalinvestorsguild.com (Professional Investors Guild) over 8 years ago

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