Iraq, The Story Unfolds; "Time for Shift Change"

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Remember those days when you used to work shift jobs.  Especially how nice it was when it came time for shift change and you see your replacement walk through the door.  You know its time to go so you get your things together, hit the time clock, and out you go.  Now imagine that you have been on shift for a year and you get to finally see your replacements.  Thats where im at now. 

It has been over 330 days since I was activated with the Army Reserves.  It started when I got a ten day notice to show up at Fort Huachuca, Arizona to learn a new job. Then sent to Fort Benning, Georgia for deployment training.  Then on to Iraq.  I spent a few months up in Baghdad, then quickly moved to Basra, Iraq.

I still can't mention dates but some time ago I finally got to see my replacement show up to start learning the job.  We first spend a period of time training up our replacements so they can see exactly where we are, followed by a couple days of packing, then on my way home.  I will say that I am in the middle of that time period somewhere, and it is very refreshing.  Sometime in the near future I will be on a plane on my way back home. 

I have shifted gears here and starting preparing heavily for my return.  I spent the past few weeks researching my SEO for my website and studying more on the home market.  I have been interviewing and researching a few brokers back home in case I decide to switch companies.  I have also planned a surprise weekend getaway for me and my wife once I return.  Hopefully after Christmas I will be ready to hit the Real Estate doors running. 

Anyway It looks like I have to go now, but I will continue on this later.

As always thanks to all who support us!

Comments (11)

Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty
Leolinda Realty - Surprise, AZ
Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona

Thank you for serving our country.  I wish you a safe trip home and a happy reunion with your wife and family.  Merry Christmas and God bless you.

Dec 08, 2009 03:27 PM
Brian Kuhns
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber - Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns

Congrats on your being able to come home and most importantly  thanks for your service..hopefully none of your wifes friends are on AR and alert her to the surprise....welcome home

Dec 08, 2009 03:29 PM
Nicholas Bush
Keller Williams Realty - Knoxville, TN

Thanks to both of you as well for your supporet. 

-- Brian, don't worry my wife knows she is getting a surprise get-a-way, she just don't know where.  I always keep her guessing.

Dec 08, 2009 03:45 PM
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ


We're thrilled that you're coming home - safe and sound, so I can imagine your wife is over-the-moon with delight!

Dec 08, 2009 11:53 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Nicholas, such good news for you and your family. Thank you for your commitment and your service, and may your return trip be safe and uneventful.

Dec 09, 2009 12:46 AM
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


Be careful, don't get complacent until you reach home!


Dec 09, 2009 02:18 AM
Bill Saunders, Realtor®
Meyers Realty - Hot Springs, AR

Amen to what Bill said above, and I can only echo the others here in thanking you for your service and sacrifices. I LOVE your photo. Have a very Merry Christmas, and you will still be iin my thoughts and prayers, as are all our deployed.

Dec 09, 2009 10:30 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Nicholas, I am always so happy to find one of your posts.  Can't wait to read the first one off the plane!

Dec 10, 2009 03:07 AM
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA


I so enjoy your new picture...and thank you for serving!  Many of us at AR look forward to seeing your career take off!

Dec 11, 2009 01:49 AM
Donna J. Stephens
BHHS Ambassador Real Estate - Omaha, NE


Good job starting on that SOE. Let us know when you are back so we can put you on our referral list! Thank you for your service. God Bless.

Dec 13, 2009 03:51 PM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
@TheBlessedRealtor - ABR, CRS

Nicholas ~ Start your business off right by staying fiscally sound.  Develop a real estate budget and stick to it.  Don't get sucked into spending too much money on advertising (everyone and their brother will hit you up for something).  10% or less of your budget should be dedicated to that category along.  Choose advertising that is internet based or has "shelf life."  Best wishes!

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