Why Real Estate?

Real Estate Agent with Your Castle Real Estate

As a school psychologist for 15 years, my career transition into real estate raised a few eyebrows and the big question "why real estate?" from former colleagues.  Understandable as the two seemingly have nothing in common. Nothing, except that they both have everything to do with families and family life.  Home and school are the primary settings in which we all grew up.  They shape us and our future.  The communities in which we are born and raised are forever imprinted in our hearts and become cherished memories as we move through our lives in good times and bad.  As real estate brokers, we no doubt touch people's lives for years to come as we work to find them the perfect home in which to live and raise their families.  Its so much more than a business transaction.  And it requires what I call tenacious patience -- a willingness to listen and work hard to find the right home for our clients along with the patience to find that right home several times before it is the right home to them.  As I learn this industry and build my new business, my foundation, my mission, will remain the desire to help my clients find the perfect house in a great neighborhood  that meets their family's unique needs and hopefully fulfills their wishlist along the way.  Afterall, our home is where our lives unfold, memories are made, and that very special place where we feel loved, safe and cherished by those we love. 

Comments (51)

Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hey there.  What a great first blog.  You are doing great and will continue to learn great things along the way, especially if you read some of the great things posted here in the Rain.  I am so happy to have you as part of the team!!!!

Jun 06, 2013 08:35 AM
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Welcome to the industry and especially Activerain.  You'll find a lot of people on here more than willing to help you make the most of your career. If I can help, please feel free to ask.

Jun 06, 2013 09:27 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Welcome to Real Estate, Kathleen!   You are off to a good start, by getting involved here on ActiveRain.

  Best wishes and much success to you!

Jun 06, 2013 09:45 AM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Kathleen, welcome to ActiveRain. The community is incredible! Featured on your first blog, eh? Not a bad start. You can reach out to just about anyone here if you have any questions. People with the "Ambassador" logo under their picture are the best to ask questions to, though.

Jun 06, 2013 09:51 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Congratulations on your post and on your new journey.  We all need some psychological education to deal with all of the parties in a given transaction.

Jun 06, 2013 01:31 PM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Why not Real Estate!?!?!? Good post and glad to see you got a gold star in the process. many great blessings to you and wishing you continued success.

how can you not love Denver, right??? 

Jun 06, 2013 01:36 PM
Michael Blue
Home Smart Realty West - Encinitas, CA
REALTOR - 760-889-8877, Encinitas/Carlsbad
Good for you, why not? I was asked the same thing too.
Jun 06, 2013 02:42 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Psychology, bartending and real estate selling all have a common quality. . .Counseling people:-)  I am a firm believer if you can find a career you enjoy doing, than life is so much more enriched.

Jun 06, 2013 03:09 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Interesting routes some take to arrive at the real estate vocation. Some start young and some transition from other backgrounds like my healthcare career. Welcome and congrats on the feature!

Jun 06, 2013 10:16 PM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Psychology is an integral part of the business, but your colleagues were probably questioning your loss of a steady paycheck.

Jun 06, 2013 10:47 PM
Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team
Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team - Coral Springs, FL
Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise!

It is a GREAT Career and you will bring a skill set to it that will be an asset to the people you serve.

I make it my mission to show consumers that Realtors, are good honest caring people.  You will meet the ones that are not, but stand out always and make a difference!  Joy

Jun 07, 2013 12:22 AM
Terry Dollins-Zimlich
La Mesa, CA
Terry Dollins-Zimlich

Hi Kathleen.  I love your story.  I came from the education/psychology background as well.  When I decided it was time to move on, I wondered where I could find something that could give me the same sense of fulfillment and  of making a difference.  Real Estate really does give one the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the people that we are fortunate enough to help.  Home really is the heart of the family, as you so eloquently pointed out.  Soon, I will be brave enough to post my first blog.


Jun 07, 2013 01:43 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Interesting perspective. Gives me some insight as to why my two college graduate sons, Spanish and International Relations Majors and World travelers became general contractors. 

Jun 07, 2013 02:03 AM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

A good way to combine different things that I like to do. Two are; teach (especially first time buyers) and help(those who thought they NEVER could afford to buy their OWN home).

Jun 07, 2013 03:27 AM
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Kathleen, nice first post, with your background and a great mentor in Belinda, the sky is the limit for you and your clients will be very lucky to have you.

Jun 07, 2013 06:38 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Congratulations and all the best to your success. Your skill and experience will be tremendously beneficial and you should thrive with a great mentor.

Jun 07, 2013 09:56 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Your background in psychology should go a long way in helping you attain success in real estate. Considering that buying or selling a house should be a business transaction, emotions do play a large role.

Jun 07, 2013 05:09 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
http://www.medicalandspaconsulting.com - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

I took the  carrer apptitude test in Prep school (for the life of me I cannot remember the nam eof this test). My most suitable career was forest ranger...yet somehow I stumbled into being a lawyer and Quantum Physicist!!!

Jun 07, 2013 06:43 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Kathleen, I hope to see another posts soon.  Good luck as real estate agent.  I made career switch 27 years ago and still love it.

Jul 26, 2013 07:10 AM
Kathleen Eppink

Thank you Mary!  I am enjoying it! Lots to learn but just love meeting so many new people along the way.  

Jul 28, 2013 12:17 PM