Liquidating my business

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On the thirteenth anniversary of my association with the real estate profession, I've decided it's time to move on.  A drifter by choice, I'm more interested in equity trading (my own portfolio only) than burning gas and working with folks trying to find a new place to live.

The business has evolved over the last dozen plus one years, and there are some differences that don't match with my personal style.  Remember the "good old days" when you sometimes had to show a home that wasn't particularly well-staged.  After the crash, it was more common to have to show a home that had no lights or heat, let alone furniture or non-rodent residents.  The occupied homes were often populated by distressed families trying to escape with a shred of dignity. 

Much of the distress has been worked through and almost forgotten.  Today is a better time than a few years ago, but there are still some changes that may be permanent.  The term homeowner is now too often synonymous with landlord.   First time home buyers, once the first step of the home buying/selling ladder, are now way too scarce to prime the real estate pump effectively.  I admire the folks who are still motivated and dedicated to the profession.  I'm just not one of them.    

The liquidation includes a "moving sale" of sorts.  My URL's are available and may have some interest to local agents.  I have AppleValleyMNhomes.com, FarmingtonMNhomes.com, and NorthfieldMN homes .com, and hope that someone from the south of the river area of Minnesota has some interest.  Also PrettyGoodHomes.com is available, along with as many electronic lockboxes I can dig up from my overloaded office. 

Guessing that my combo lockboxes aren't worth much since I lost the combo's.  Also guessing that the industry will survive without me, and NAR will not go broke when I fail to pay my 2015 dues.  There will still be over a million NAR dues payers and over sixteen thousand in MN.  Any stock traders out there who want to exchange ideas, I am eager to take your call or email.  Hope at least a few of you will keep in touch.  Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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 Mike Carlier  Lakeville, MN

 

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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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Good luck to you, Mike in your future endeavors.  This is a rough and tumble business that chews us up and spits us out....at least that's how it feels sometimes.

Oct 01, 2014 05:12 AM #1
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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Good luck Mike....Don't jsut go away.  You can still pop in and give us your 2 cents on investing at times.

Oct 01, 2014 06:23 AM #2
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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Mike - best wishes to you after 13 lucky years.   My condolences to NAR.

Seriously - I am coming up on my 30th anniversary, and will soon be doing a serious "change of hats".

See you at the Top! 

Oct 01, 2014 06:39 AM #3
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Mike Carlier
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More opinions than you want to hear about.

Thanks, Bill.  I will probably hang around AR for a while.  Need to stay in touch with friends and the industry.

Fred, with just 30 years behind you, I'd say you may also be a drifter :)  Let me know when you announce what type hat you will be wearing.

Oct 01, 2014 06:46 AM #4
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Mike Carlier
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Chris Ann, you'll always be my favorite bartender, even though you're serving pink drinks these days. 

Oct 01, 2014 06:52 AM #5
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Sheila Moran
RE/MAX Access (Garden Ridge, San Antonio, New Braunfels) - New Braunfels, TX
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Mike,

Good for you!

I like that you think there is life outside of RE !  (Some of us are still chained to our desks!)

 

Oct 01, 2014 08:37 AM #6
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Mike Carlier
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Sheila, real estate has steadily drifted farther away from being my main activity for a few years.  It reached the point where it was a distraction from my other activities, and it was time to put my license to sleep.  Like I said, I'm just a drifter.  Folks who feel chained to their desks must keep in mind that they do have a key to the padlock. 

Oct 02, 2014 02:23 AM #7
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