Ever wonder how you got here?

Real Estate Agent with Sibcy Cline

This is my first day on Active Rain, and listening to some people I'm long overdue.  Then again, others have never heard of Active Rain.  That leads me to wonder how I got here in the first place....

My direct lead to Active Rain came from  a "website professional" that was reviewing all the things their company could do to make me a superstar real estate agent.  The bigger the star, the more money I owed them!  I don't mind paying for things that are fruitful (read: put more coins in my pocket than they take out), but this particular company hasn't provided a single solid lead yet (read: a client that actually bought something).  They've sent me plenty of lookers, but frankly I can find lookers on my own.

In a larger sense, I'm here because I decided to finally enter the profession I've loved for over twenty years:  Real Estate!  While my timing in 2005 was about as bad as it could be given the current market trends, the past three years have been phenomenal.  I love working as a Realtor!  But how did I get "here"?

I had a work-a-day job in the Aerospace industry, once upon a time.  I gave the company many years of my life, and enjoyed the work.  What I didn't like was having someone else decide when I would or would not work overtime and weekends (sometimes seven days a week).  I really wanted to be in sales or customer service (the wise among you know this is essentially the same thing).  I knew I had to make a change, and finally did-- but not to real estate!

I left my aerospace company for a position with one of their suppliers as an account manager.  This particular company had three areas to grow sales for their account managers: aerospace, automotive, and power plants.  My boss chose to put me in charge of growing sales and accounts for the AUTOMOTIVE division!  I knew virtually nothing about automotive practices, and a mere seven months later I was down-sized when the company restructured.  Finally my AHA! moment had arrived.  I started the journey into my real estate career.

It has been a few years now, and I'm still working overtime.  I'm working seven days a week more now than when I was with the aerospace company.  But you know what?  I love it!  I've met an amazing array of personalities and married them with "their" home.  I've helped organizations find new homes.  And I've met my share of lookers.

What brought you here?  If you stick around and come back, I promise to share my joy and knowledge of real estate.  I'll share some of the laughs, and some of the pain.  At the end of the day, I'm glad I ended up here, and I hope you are too.

Elaine A. Cook
Connect - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate
You have a great story!  I love AR, the information available here...and the blogging to increase your web traffic is a bonus!!!
Feb 23, 2008 01:04 PM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY
Thomas, I am glad I ended up here.  I just wish I would have immersed myself into the rain sooner.  I was so afraid of blogging, but my friend,Mike Frazier from AR pushed me just enough and actually walked me though my first post and cares enough about me to guide me through because he knows in the end it will be worth it for me.  I guess the best thing about this group is that most people here really do care.  I am SO glad I ended up here too!  Vickie McCartney
Feb 23, 2008 01:07 PM
Jim Albano
Prudential Damiano Realty - Little Falls, NJ
Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate
Thomas - great post and terrific post. I too came to Real Estate a little "later" after having been in a few different businesses. I finally decided to put up or shut up and take a stab at my secret obsession and I'm glad I did! Welcome to Active Rain and I hope it helps you to "supplement" your career. 
Feb 23, 2008 01:23 PM
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS
Hi Thomas and Welcome to AR.  You write like a pro - good job.  I am here to learn and I have made friends doing it!  Good luck!  Blog, read blogs and comment.  Join the Newbie Group.
Feb 23, 2008 02:15 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

We are glad to have you in the rain and me with a sense of humor, I am really look forward to those laughs! So I promise to come back and look for that sense of humor to come out.

Hope you brought your umbrella because the rain is addictive and you may not want to leave.

Feb 23, 2008 04:14 PM
Benjamin Clark
Homebuyer Representation, Inc. - Salt Lake City, UT
Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert


Welcome to Active Rain! Great First post! You will do just fine here!

 For some tips on how to get started here, check out my blog entry at ActiveRain Fast-Start Tips for Quick and Easy Points

Happy blogging and good luck!


Feb 24, 2008 04:15 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

We invite you back to ActiveRain in 2016!

    Much has changed since your last visit to ActiveRain.  I encourage you to take another look at the website. 

    Surf some blogs, leave some comments.  Better yet, post a Blog.

    Best to you!

Jan 31, 2016 09:24 AM