Time to say "Goodbye to the Real Estate world"

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 North Shore

It has come time to say" Thank you for wonderful memories and wonderful people I have met in the past 8 years".  It is no longer in my family's best interest to continue with this career choice. I love what I do and dreamed about being a Real Estate Agent since I was just a teenage girl. I made that dream come true when I was 34. I invested my heart and soul into the industry since 2004. With the decline in sales and clients my dreams and drive has come to a crashing hault. I can not afford the Board dues,MLS fees and so on.


I will continue to hold my Real Estate license in Mass and take a one year break. I wanted to say how lucky I have been to meet some extrodaniary Agents, Clients a made new friends along the way. I will refere out any possible sales/listings to agents in my current company. 


Thank you everyone who has taught me how to be my best. I wish all you associates the best of luck in the year to come. Take care and be well.


I hope to be back in 2013.        

I recently had a total Thyroidectomy in Febuary and that was the start of my down fall. Sick, not being able to work etc. I am not even insurable for a life insurance policy, I have no 401k,any retirement for my girls incase anything happens to me. This was a shock to me. So now I know If it is not coming in I can't give it out...

Jeana Cowie
RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Paramus, NJ
Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES


Good luck with your decision. I am sure it is the best one for you & your family. Wishing you all the best in the future!

Nov 07, 2011 04:33 PM
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Maria....blessings to you.  I wish you well with your new endeavors.  It's a hard thing to walk away from, but family comes first.

Nov 07, 2011 04:35 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Maria, may God bless you on your continued journey through life.

 May I politely suggest:  keep the License active, take whatever courses are required.  Touch base on ActiveRain and other Real Estate websites now and then...  you may be back someday.

  Take care!

Nov 07, 2011 04:35 PM
Donna Bacher
PureRealty Brokerage - Hamilton, ON

Enjoy your time off Maria...I'm sure you'll be back! As a 28 year vet in the biz, I've seen and felt those ups and downs...and the most important thing is to feel productive and successful...regardless what you're doing! Best Wishes!

Nov 07, 2011 04:36 PM
Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management - Tracy, CA
Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

Enjoy your time off, don't let your client go, refer them to someone awesome and collect a referal fee.  Good Luck.

Nov 07, 2011 04:37 PM
David Saks
Memphis, TN
Broker / Industry Analyst

Maria, you are a beautiful woman with a long and wonderful life in front of you. Your choices are many, and perhaps this is a good decision for you, not to be mistaken for error, because in time you'll take the lessons learned and feel rewarded by the excellent experiences you've had. I wish you every good thing imaginable and pray for your continued success.


Nov 07, 2011 04:38 PM
​​Elise & Glenn Groves, Mortgage Brokers ​First Priority Financial, Inc.
First Priority Financial Inc., NMLS# 3257, ​Elise NMLS #255824, Glenn NMLS# 1124642 - Santa Rosa, CA
Mortgage Broker,Banker, FHA, VA, Conv, Jumbo - Pur

Maria, I applaud your tough decision.  This industry - whether you are selling real estate, or financing it - can be brutal.  I have been a licensed CA broker since 1979, but only really active in the lending industry since 1995.  But for all those years inbetween I kept up with my continuing education and kept renewing my licenses on the chance I would step back into the industry one day.   I am sure glad I did, too.    Studying and taking that broker's exam would have been tough all those years later.

Good luck to you in the future.  Your time spent in real estate will benefit you in many ways, I'm sure.

Nov 07, 2011 04:38 PM
Wale Adewoyin
1st Crown Realty Corporation 503-512-6200 - Saint Helens, OR

It takes justo to get in this business, it takes more courage th keep going, but it takes a wise person to say enough is enough. Good luck in your endeavours.

Nov 07, 2011 04:42 PM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Its always tough to dive into something new as we all want to avoid change. If you have made this decision then do yourself a favor and DONT LOOK BACK! That is critical. Accept your decision and give your new gig your full and undivided attn. Change is good and you are entering into a world of new options and opportunities!



Nov 07, 2011 04:44 PM
Rick Irving
My Texas Home Real Estate - Fort Worth, TX
Rick Irving Knows Real Estate

Maria, I wish you the very best of luck in your new adventure. Keep you license current so you can jump back in when things get better. There will always be some opportunities to refer some buyers or seller to other agents and receive a referral fee.
Again the best wishes to you. I know you will do well.

"Your Texas Connection"

Nov 07, 2011 04:45 PM
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker Realty, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Maria - What a difficult decision to have to make.  I wish you the very best in all of your future endeavors!

Nov 07, 2011 04:47 PM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!

Maria- You have to follow your heart. You have to be passionate about what you do, that is the only way to be happy. I wish you all the best. Keep your license so you can get referral fees. Katerina 

Nov 07, 2011 04:50 PM
David Farrell
David V. Farrell Co. - Garden City, NY
Licensed NY State Real Estate Broker

Maria - In this market, you might be better watching "All My Children" reruns for a few years than working to sell the banks droppings.  Seriously, why kill yourself in the industry now, when you can be ready to return at a moment's notice.  Life isn't just work.

Nov 07, 2011 04:55 PM
Jeff Ragan
Ming Tree, Realtors Real Living - Eureka, CA
Luxury Agent, Northern California

I, too, got into real estate in 2004, Maria.  It has been an exciting, rewarding, and tough 8 years, hasn't it!

If you're open to a little reflection, I sure would like to gain some wisdom from you.  What is the one thing that you know you absolutely did right?  And, if there were one thing you could go back and do over again, what would it be?

Nov 07, 2011 04:59 PM
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

It is sad to hear of another agent that has to hang it up due to the market conditions.  I wish you well in you coming year.

Nov 07, 2011 05:44 PM
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

I will assume that when the market changes again you will come back to this community of sales people.

Nov 07, 2011 06:01 PM
Maria Salvaggio
Century 21 North Shore - Lynnfield, MA

Thank you everyone so much, I feel like a million bucks now, with all the positive feedback.I am very saddened to take this break but I know it is for the best.

Jeff to you. I know the one thing I did right was try hard to stay for the past 3 years. Gave it my all and more. If I could go back the one thing I would do over is to make my dream happen much sooner than 2004 and not take for granted that the income i was making in 04-08 was always going to be there. I would have lived day to day, not looking at what I can do next with my income. Next time I come back, I promise to stash, stash, stash for my children. 

I recently had a total Thyroidectomy in Febuary and that was the start of my down fall. Sick, not being able to work etc. I am not even insurable for a life insurance policy, I have no 401k,any retirement for my girls incase anything happens to me. This was a shock to me. So now I know If it is not coming in I can't give it out...

Nov 07, 2011 06:06 PM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Feel better Maria * I suggest that anyone * ANYONE * who wants to STAY in real estate SHOULD be looking into doing property management.  This specialty will take us through the next 3 to 5 years as it did in the early 70s

Nov 07, 2011 10:53 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Good luck to you and keep that 2013 ruturn date forefront in your goals.

Nov 07, 2011 11:04 PM
Doug Rogers
RE/MAX Coastal Properties - Destin, FL
Your Real Estate Resource!

Best wishes from Louisiana!

Nov 08, 2011 02:37 AM