Why did I Choose Real Estate?
Honestly, I don't think I chose real estate. I think real estate chose me...
I'm the oldest of four children...four children born in four years!
I loved playing house with my baby dolls and mothering my baby siblings. I could create a "home" from just about anything, anywhere.
I loved doll houses and rearranging the furniture. One of my fondest memories was receiving a Barbie dream house from my babysitter...I couldn't sleep the night I received it because I was so excited.
I not only enjoyed playing house, I enjoyed cleaning house too.
It wasn't just my own house...I used to suggest to my friends that we organize their closets instead of playing outside...I couldn't understand why they didn't enjoy housework as much as I did.
In high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life...but I knew I wanted a home and babies. I went to a business college, with hopes of doing something creative like advertising or decorating, and ended up working for an architect.
I was fascinated by architecture and thought I would enjoy the creativity and challenge of the profession, but after becoming pregnant, I quit my job to be a full time mom.
I had three children in four years, spending eleven years at home with my babies.
Some of the happiest years of my life were playing house for real.
When my youngest went into first grade, it was time for me to return to the workforce. I worked for many years at a law office, and then at a car dealership...but neither job fed my passion for creativity, organization, and home decorating.
I knew I wanted more, but I had no idea what it was I was looking for.
One morning a friend, a Realtor, unexpectedly stopped by for a visit. She was telling me about her new listing that needed help and the next thing I knew we were at the house and I was giving her my opinion on improving it's appearance. We worked together on that house for two months and the satisfaction I felt transforming it can't be described.
That was my introduction to the concept of real estate "staging" and my life has not been the same since.
Home Staging allows me to do what I love to do, transform spaces for the better, and help others at the same time. The concept behind home staging is simple, but the work is not easy. It's a fairly new concept in New Hampshire, and it may be some time before it's mainstream. That's ok...here's the really great part...
My flexible schedule gives me the opportunity to once again care for babies.
I now watch my two grandsons, Jack and Zack, three days a week.
Funny how it all turned out...
I'm still that same little girl who loves caring for her babies and playing house and rearranging other people's furniture.
I'm still trying to convince people to let me organize their closets.