I was not a happy camper back in July of 2008. I sat poolside with the Wife as we watched the Girl play with her cousins in the warm pool in Burnside, Ky. I had 5 full-time employees, and over the previous few months I had closed 85% of the loans in the office. Sadly, a fair share of that business was going to pay the overhead and keep the office open.
I was not happy
Mentally, I was done. I wanted out. I was not interested in doing mortgages anymore, but what else was I going to do? I put out some feelers and I got some offers to go work for a few companies. Really, I had the red carpet laid out for me in every office but one. So, I shuttered the office, I gave everyone time to pack it up, close what few deals they had in the pipeline. I was out, I was done. I moved into my home office and worked from there for a few months. I had decided not to go work for anyone at that time. It was not in my blood to work for anyone.
I was done for good. I had been invited to speak a few times to real estate agents, mortgage professionals and small businesses. I started consulting for those same real estate offices, mortgage pros and small businesses in social media marketing and local lead generation, but I always felt that urge to get back in to the real estate business in some shape or form.
Always willing to learn
I am a perpetual student, even from the front of the room. I had spoke at several REBarcamps, Podcamps, and a handful of other events. Last year, I did back to back REBarcamps in Chicago and South Bend. If you have never heard of an REBarcamp. They are free events, often sponsored and hosted by other agents wanting to bring up the level of others in real estate when it comes to social media, online marketing and how to generate leads from online activities.
Sadly, I was not surprised when so few agents from my area attended either event, and I believe that no one should or can say they did not hear about it. I posted both events in several places online, send emails and even called.
I make a decision
As I drove home the South Bend REBarcamp with my voice hoarse from talking all day and feet sore. I called the Wife. I expressed to her my irritation in the lack of attendance in agents from my area. I even giggled to myself that I was told by someone that they were too busy. Yeah, they had two listings, must have got that from the bus stop advertising. That night I decided to get back into real estate and not as a mortgage expert. I had already conquered that arena.
Sadly, it took me six months to get my house in order. You see I still own a growing local lead generation company called getUnoticed. I have all my sites in order. I know it is not 100% ready to roll, but it will be all soon.
Later today, I will be walking into the local real estate office and catching myself up on all my dues and make it all nice and legal.
So, before you know I will be out there doing everything that I had been teaching agents how to do.
Really, I am putting my money where my mouth is! I am either going to soar like an eagle or coming crashing to the ground. It is time to put my knowledge and network to work.
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