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Real Estate Agent

As of the end of October, I am putting my real estate license on ice. That means I am going to stop doing licensed agent work. This is a pretty big deal for me and is not made without a lot of trepidation and questioning. And it is made with a lot of concerns about my clients and friends.


I am in school full time in an arts program.
I put in at least 45 hours a week for school in classes, lectures, reading, writing and studio work.

This means I do not have time to provide full time, full care, real estate. Which means if I try to do licensed work, I will short change my clients.

My internal dialog and my conversations with friends and colleagues has been pretty intense. But, because school is the priority, this is the right decision.

How to make a living... good question.
I will still be doing my graphic design work and photography piece-work. And I will still be helping Cambria Miller-Johnson with Vestus from time to time, so will be keeping one toe in the local market. And I need to help my husband make his business more profitable via website building, marketing, client follow up and other things like that. And I may decide to freelance those skills out a bit to other businesses and agents. If that isn't enough, I will have to figure something else out. (Let me know if you have any ideas!)

It has been a huge shock to my system over this past week  as I realized this is my right decision. I have been a real estate agent for NINE years and I am still not sure how I will define myself. Probably "student". That is the easiest way. On the other hand, I am not giving up all the great friends I have made. And I am not giving up any of the skills I learned.

When any of my past clients need real estate help, I know everyone in town and can get them to the right person.


Comments (5)

Marcia Kramarz
Re/Max Executive Realty - Medway, MA

It certainly does sound like your plate is very full - and truthfully I don't know how anyone does real estate part time successfully - Good luck with your ventures!!

Oct 25, 2010 03:19 PM
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

Sarah - I know you have taken a lot of time and pondering to move onto this path you have chosen - and I think you will find your time as "student" to be well worth the sacrificing of other things.  Plus - you know that all of us who are your friends in town will always be excited to have you drop by to visit or meet for coffee!!

Oct 25, 2010 03:20 PM
Sarah Nopp
South Sound, WA

Thanks Marcia- school is a blast! Just like Nancy told me it would be.

Hi Nancy. Yes, lots of ponderings. You know I like to chew on my decisions. Still, this kind of crept up on me. I am not going to disappear, but I will have to see how my life does shake out. Always interesting this path eh? Thanks again for encouraging me to jump into school! You were right- its a totally different experience this time around. And I am thoroughly enjoying it.

Oct 25, 2010 06:51 PM


I wish you SO MUCH ...blessings and fortuitous detours...and always..all the Best!

Oct 31, 2010 09:58 AM
Phil Hillerman
Crye-Leike Realtors® - Rogers, AR
Crye-Leike Realtors®

Hi Sarah,

Congrats on your career choice.  It sounds like a good fit for you!  Good Luck and remember you can still play in the Rain! :)

Sep 17, 2011 03:49 AM