"I Love My Job as a Full Time Single Parent and Professional"

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes & Garden - DeJESUS Real Estate Group Cal BRE #01723599

Dear Abby (LOL),


"Its very tough being a Full Time Single Parent and full time Realtor.  But you know what, I wouldn't trade it for the world."   Yes I have to: fix breakfast, lunch & dinner, pack lunches, feed and bathe the dog, do the laundry, wash dishes, clean  the house (everyday, literally,hahaha), clean the car ("my oh my!"), clean the yard, pray to GOD, take out the trash, mop the floor, on n on n on....But I just do it!

"Even with all that, My Business is EXPLODING!"  How? Hard Work and a Good Positive ATTITUDE....If you think its a tough market, it is.              Its funny, in the office alot of my associates are still staring at the walls trying to figure out the market.  Huh!   

My 7yr old is Sharp and is a Great Assistant. We go door-to-door, we do open houses, we develop presentations,  she's an awesome envelope stuffer, we write "Thank you" cards and were super "Road Warriors"!......Were a Team!   "What job in the world can provide this flexibility and income, WOW!" (Oh yeah! I forgot our Yellow Lab "Dixie", she's with us 24/7 too!)    "Its my choice not to use day care for them. And ever since I took on the role, I found out what I'm made up as a person and Father;-)"

For all the Single Parents out there: You alone have the responsibility to shape your life. Once you understand this, nothing and no one can deny you success.There's no one to stop you but yourself. More powerful than all the success slogans ever written is the realization that everyone has but one boss. That boss is you. Your life will always be to a large extent what you make of it. No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but you.
Success or failure?
It's always your choice.


Jeffrey de Jesus-Realtor at Remax Westlake Investments in Daly City  - Licensed Loan Officer in the San Francisco & San Mateo County. Today's Special: Short Sale and Foreclosure Consultant;-)

http://www.jeffreydejesus.com/   (650) 991-2800 x343 Office


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Pam Joffe
Solaris Realty - Tampa, FL
Jeffery - I agree, it is a lot of work, but rewarding, don't forget that you can pay your daughter for helping you tax free. I don't remember the amount but there was a blog on it the other day.
Apr 08, 2008 03:43 AM #1
Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor

How about I like my job (parenting) and love my job (professional).

Okay, Jeff today may not be the best day since my 13 year old said she had to print her report out this morning. Two hours later she was still answering questions. Not a happy morning. But I do always love them. 8-)

Apr 08, 2008 03:46 AM #2
R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham
Bank of England (NMLS#418481) - Raleigh, NC
Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)

Jeffrey, more power to you!  My kids are 22 and 21 now and other than cutting checks, pretty much on their own, but I know what you're talking about from experience.  It's funny, my kids knew how to figure a mortgage payment by the time they were 8 or so.  Later, my daughter took a job as a loan officer while she was in college.

The guy interviewing her asked her how much experience she had in the real estate and mortgage business and she told him about helping me when she was a kid.  He hired her!

The best advice that I can give you from my perspective is to take a LOT of pictures.  These years pass quickly!


Bob Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services, Inc. 

Apr 08, 2008 03:49 AM #3
Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner

I just stopped by to welcome you to Active Rain. I hope that you find it a great benefit to your business and that you see the value that I have also found here. I am from Charlottesville Virginia and using Active Rain has really increased my business!

My main blog on Active Rain is here: Charlottesville Real Estate Blog, not the link at the bottom of this post.

I hope you will look into the many groups as there are some great group both local and broad based,....


Apr 10, 2008 01:24 PM #4
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I have a hard enough time being just a spouse with kids and a full time Realtor, I'm impressed and congratulations of finding a balance of work the family life!

Apr 24, 2008 05:37 PM #5
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
Jeffrey:  I applaud you and I think you are an outstanding person.  I know it is not easy but when the kids are grown and gone, you will miss it.  Sounds like you have found a way to combine your home and work responsibilites and strike a successful balance.  Keep up the great work. 
Apr 25, 2008 10:30 AM #6
Tina Maraj
RE/MAX North Orange County - Fullerton, CA
#1 Selling Agent in Fullerton 2016 714-403-7901

Hey Jeff,

wow you are a very focused and driven guy. It is great to see that kind of drive. Welcome to AR.

May 06, 2008 03:53 PM #7
Dan Porter
Bozeman Broker Group - Bozeman, MT

Jeff, The parenting job is definitely the toughest, yet most rewarding!  Good for you balancing the two and having your daughter so involved in what you do.  Great job!

Dan and Jamie

Jun 04, 2008 07:27 AM #8
Dione Sage
Nova Home Loans - Gilbert, AZ


Congrats on finding a career that you are obviously passionate about and even better you get to spend a lot of time with your daughter which is the number 1 priority for most of us. I wish you the best of luck and happiness.

Jun 05, 2008 01:45 AM #9
Lidia Griffin
Suwanee, GA
Real Estate Virtual Assistant

Jeff - first kudos to you for maintaining a good work life balance. You are also setting a good example for your son (even at such an early age) by having him see your great work ethic and getting him involved.

Thanks for the post - very motivating!

Jun 20, 2008 05:35 AM #10
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