I'm on Day 76 of being an Independent Broker/Owner, as I hung my shingle out, at least digitally, on December 1.
It was odd leaving KELLER WILLIAMS® in Cary, feeling mixed emotions after 7 years to the day. I no longer routinely see many fine people with whom I had productive and fun relationships.
Yet, I was, and still am, quite excited for the change and the direction I am headed. The pickup in the real estate market helps with the transition.
Why? Why would one leave a fine company when one had no complaints about that firm?
Friends tell me, "Great. Now you don't have to give up all that money at closing."
Of course, I did multiple assessments of the value proposition offered by KW Cary. Money was a minor factor, and surely not a compelling motivation.
They tell me, "Now you can do whatever you want to do!"
Oh, yeah? Tell that to my clients, lenders, NC Real Estate Commission, NCAR, Triangle MLS, my domestic accountability partner, "She Who Must Be Obeyed," who also cooks for me, and various other etceteras who may have opinions on my doings.
They say, "Oh? If not for the money and not for the freedom... Why?"
A reasonable question. And not hard to answer. For me. A parallel yarn:
When I was 17, I drove my dad's cars.
I wanted a car of my own, so when I was 18, I bought one.
When I was 19, I lived at home with my parents.
When I was 20, I got married and established my own humble start at independence.
Like KW Cary, my parents were kind, generous, caring, welcoming, helpful and supportive. Both did not drive me away. I wanted to establish myself and my independence.
So, I did.