Finally we are seeing glimmers of light that things are picking up. I know I am busier. Our Middle TN news media reports that Williamson County, where Franklin is located, is said to be #3 among the top 10 counties for job growth. Franklin and Brentwood are active areas just south of Nashville proper. Columbia and Spring Hill, where I live and primarily work is just south of Franklin and Nashville. A lot of people choose to live here and commute north to work. Generally, the farther north from the AL line towards Nashville, the more real estate tends to be valued at.
At our company's Kick-off Meeting for the year, we were told that approximately 25% of realtors in TN retired their licenses since 2007. That is when I committed to "full-time" after being "down-sized" from my previous career day job. Old timers told me if I could survive starting out in these times, I might really have some fun if the real estate economy ever gets halfway back to whatever "normal" means. Well, so far, I have tried to make every year better than the previous. It is a challenge to climb to the heights of income earned in a previous line of work, but then, I tell myself, I didn't reach those pinnacles in just a year or two either.
Now that I've been at this a little while, I have appreciated getting acquainted through business dealings and friendships with agents with other companies in the area. I have had time, or made time, to get involved with our local association, serving on committees and even two as chairman. Since my continuing education is already met for my license requirements through next year, I can branch out and use the time for things I am specifically interested in....maybe some professional designations.