As the world began to fall apart a few years ago, many of us found ourselves in the same position: desperate.
Nothing was selling, our savings and funds depleted, our marriages failing. Some quit the business. I experienced what many of my customers were going through. Some were filing Chapter 13 or 7; I filed Chapter 11 Reorganization. Though I didn't have a home foreclosed or repossed, I divorced and my ex went through the experience. Many, like me, altered how they worked in real estate.
I became an investor, developer for projects, a bird dog of sorts for businesses, and some individuals. Like others, I worked in other areas to pay the bills. I wrote a book on wine back in 1997, and used that to parlay into a wine rep job.
I worked at finding clients for other REALTORS and had some success. I maintaned my license for a while, but was not doing transactions. I became a resource.
What is the point of this? We all find inspiration somewhere. I'll get back to that shortly.
See, even though I still worked in the industry, I was not inspired. Buyers who expected to buy for pennies on the dollar; sellers who still had an overvalued idea of what their properties were worth; banks that were literally stealing from the masses and government alike; all combined to just make the process not worth it.
Still, I have a talent for this business. I also have talent for technology and business in general.
So, where did I find my inspiration?
I have a great friend: Jerod Keyser. Jerod owned a successful mortgage brokerage who also went throught the trials and tribulations of that dark time. Like us, he lost most of the things he had worked so hard throughout his life to earn.
Yet Jerod Keyser, in spite of much greater trials than I experienced, kept his nose to the grindstone, supported his family, and found, not just mild success, but impressive results.
He had experience with business that is second-to-none. He has a memory that is scarcely believable. He is the smartest guy I know.
He asked me to come and work with him three years ago, serving the Legal, Financial, Medical, and Educational vertical markets in Spokane. Our business consulting is lucrative, and rewarding.
We still work helping developments and individuals in real estate, and have the experience and contacts that brings our clients dreams to fruition. I am happier now than I ever was as an agent for a real estate brokerage.
I guess what I am saying is, if you have a guy like Jerod Keyser to inspire you, then be inspired. Work smarter, harder, with enthusiasm.
The market and the economy are getting better. Hopefully you are on your way to the next great chapter. I know I am.
Oh, and BTW, thanks Jerod. You're a mensch.