I HAD TO MAKE A DECISION AND SO I DID

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Real Estate Agent with REMAX Gold Coast Realtors Oxnard

I had to make a decision and so I did.  I got another job.  I love being a Realtor but living between closed escrows has become a challenge.  I need a regular pay check because like everybody else, my life has regular expenses I have to meet.  So I thought long and hard about it and it really came down to two choices…keep doing what I’m doing or change something.  I chose the latter.

 I’ve been doing this real estate thing for about twelve years.  When I started out I started out part time.  Surprisingly I did better working part time then I’ve done working full time.  I don’t know if it’s the market or me, but regardless of which one it is, I had to make a decision and so I did.  It was a hard, easy decision to make if that makes sense.  It was hard because over the years I’ve had it drilled into me that “most successful agents work full time.”  It was easy because there are agents working full time that are being challenged financially…and I’m one of them.

I don’t know why for some agents there’s an element of shame to working outside of real estate.   I’ve decided that it doesn’t matter what other people think.  I’m happier when I have money in the bank and when I can pay my bills.  I don’t want to sell real estate because I have to.  I want to sell it because I want to.  And I still want to....I just don’t want to do it full time any more.  Surprisingly, I feel like a burden has been lifted and I feel like a brand new agent full of enthusiasm and zeal.

 I like my new job.  It gives me flexibility and freedom in my schedule as I need it.  After being independent for so many years it would be pretty darn challenging to not have that independence.  But I also like it because I get a regular pay check and it allows me to really enjoy real estate again.  I didn’t realize how much I missed getting a regular pay check.

 I’m not writing this to suggest that others should get a job outside of real estate.  I'm writing this because it feels good to have money in my pocket again.  I just had to make a decision and so I did.  And I’m glad I did!

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Comments (6)

Craig Cooper
Chase International Real Estate - Tahoe City, CA
Creating-Preserving-Growing Wealth in Real Estate

Constina, seems we are seeing more of this all the time. My little area of the world has seen about 1/2 of the agents that were active several years ago move away. There just aren't the transactions necessary to keep everyone busy and supported any more.

Nov 07, 2011 06:52 PM
Constina M. Baylor
REMAX Gold Coast Realtors Oxnard - Oxnard, CA
Broker Associate - Oxnard Homes, Oxnard Beach and Marina

I know, Craig.  Our agent pool has thinned significantly too.  I've been very fortunate/blessed in that my husband has supported my real estate career.  I just don't want to bleed him to death.  Working part time has actually boosted my confidence and motivates me to keep doing real estate without it sucking the financial life out of me.

Nov 07, 2011 07:04 PM
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

Business has certainly been interesting.  We worked through the crash of the late '80s and that was tough but this ride seems even bumpier.  But this time things are really eerie sort of like we are in the twilight zone.  We see banks around us popping up on every corner yet people can't get loans.... hmmm.  We see new construction going on all around us.... hmmm... we see unemployment at an all a really high level... hmmm....  something is really wrong and it's not clear who or what is the problem though we know a great deal of it emanates from inside the beltway in Washington DC.  But still there is an underlying current of complete weirdness all around us.  It's really kind of freaky....  WalMart looks better every day!!! But then that would take freaky to a whole other level!!!

Nov 07, 2011 09:18 PM
Constina M. Baylor
REMAX Gold Coast Realtors Oxnard - Oxnard, CA
Broker Associate - Oxnard Homes, Oxnard Beach and Marina

Jeanne and Ralph, I would make a such a great WalMart greeter!  But you're right, that would be a bit freaky.  I'm not sure when this cylcle of econmic uncertainty will end but I'm so very thankful that I made the right decision for me.  I want real estate to supplement my income.  I don't want it to be my ownly source of income. And I really am more excited about it now.

Nov 08, 2011 07:13 AM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Congratulations on the new job.  Sometimes, a new job will lead to new prospects.  I wish you the very best!

Nov 11, 2011 09:45 AM
Constina M. Baylor
REMAX Gold Coast Realtors Oxnard - Oxnard, CA
Broker Associate - Oxnard Homes, Oxnard Beach and Marina

Thank you, Ron.  I hope I get some prospects too.  And thank you for your good wishes.  Wishing your life God's very best for you, too!

Nov 11, 2011 04:03 PM