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!