My 2013 Theme Song

Real Estate Agent with Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado EA1321548

"Ridin' the Storm Out"


Let me start this off by saying that I have a few things in common with REO Speedwagon and their song, Ridin' The Storm Out.   First of all, I live in the beautiful state of Colorado.  This song was written by REO Speedwagon in the 1970's.   The story behind the lyrics was that they were to perform a concert in Boulder, and had some free time and had decided to explore the mountains prior to performing.  They really didn't know what they were doing and got caught in an afternoon storm.  My other commonality is that I am from Illinois and I graduated from Illinois State University, located in Normal, Illinois. The band came together while they were students at the University of Illinois in Champagne/Urbana, which is located just about 40 minutes east of Illinois State.         

The storm I speaking of, is the real estate crash.  We all experienced the crash for the last several years.  It didn't matter where you lived.  Everyone was affected, from the small business owner to employees at major corporations, from renters to homeowners.  The real estate market is cyclical.  It does not discriminate.  It has it's ups and downs.  In order to survive in real estate for the long haul, you must be able to survive the ups and downs.  Ride the storm out.  And this last cycle, the "downs" were long and extremely debilitating for everyone.  No one was the exception.  Many real estate agents, lenders, inspectors and builders did not survive this last storm and had to look for other or secondary employment to be able to pay their monthly bills.

Real Estate is a relatively easy career to get into.  An agent can make an extremely good living.  A doctor or lawyer make a great living as well, but the education to finally be licensed, is extremely costly.  And the cost of insurance for these professions, is pricey.  Real Estate is a career with a high percentage of fall-out.  After 5 years as a real estate agent, only 20% will survive 5 years in the business.  

I rode out the storm and I survived.  I was able to get through the lean times by making sure I didn't spend every paycheck I earned.  I have always, and still do, save a percentage of every paycheck.  The "good times" don't last forever.  So in order to "Ride the Storm Out", one must be able to "Roll With the Changes" because "Only the Strong Survive".   (All of these are REO Speedwagon songs!)



 *photos by google*



Posted by




Keller Williams Real Estate, LLC

Broker Associate, CNE, CRS, GRI, SFR

Servicing buyers and sellers in the Denver metro area since 1993

Three easy ways to contact me:

email me directly

visit my website to search for homes or find the value of what your home is currently worth visit:

call or text me directly on my cell: 303-332-8025

The choice is yours.  Let my expertise work for you!  Servicing the Denver Metro area/ Aurora, Centennial, Denver, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Littleton, Lone Tree and Parker

*** Voted one of Denver's 2011, 2012 & 2013 "FIVE STAR REAL ESTATE AGENTS" by an independent survey of recent homebuyers to find the best in client satisfaction.***



Comments (5)

Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

It's a tough industry to survive in Dawn, and you weathered the storm.  Great choice of songs.

Dec 30, 2013 07:16 PM
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Thanks Roger! 

Dec 31, 2013 02:09 AM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Dawn, that says quite a bit about you and your strength. I know several agents that needed to leave the business..not because they weren't great agents, they just couldn't make a steady enough income to survive. The good thing about riding out the storm is that you were right there when the market bounced back. Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2013 09:56 AM
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Thanks Cindy.  Here's hoping your 2014 is successful!

Jan 02, 2014 10:22 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is true, it is so easy to get into this profession. Getting a license is the easiest thing, but sticking around can be very challenging.

Apr 16, 2015 04:43 PM