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Goodbye to both year and career!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

FireworksAs the last few hours of 2015 wind down I look back on not only the year that was, but also on my career in real estate.

For many reasons I had to retire from work and to move on to my next adventure in life. I will no longer actively participate in real estate brokerage.

Instead I'll spend my time doing all of the things that working in real estate kept me from doing. Since I am no longer working, for the first time in my life I will TRULY be my own boss. I can finally determine my own schedule and do whatever I want to do!

Will I miss the work? To tell you the truth, NO I will NOT miss the work. However, I will miss the people. Along the way I have met many agents, brokers, clients and vendors. I always enjoyed my interactions with them and now I feel a little lonely. It will take some time to adjust.

Will I forsake these realtionships? NEVER. I'm still the same guy that I always was. And I have a lot more free time now!



Comments (46)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Richard - I have read your blogs over the years and enjoyed them.  I wish you a very happy next life chapter.

Jan 02, 2016 05:37 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Richard, you look much to young to retire, but I understand retirement doesn't mean you are drawing social security and sitting around.  Glad to hear you will be doing the things you couldn't while actively listing and selling real estate! I wish you the best in whatever you do!

Jan 03, 2016 10:55 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Richard I wish you the very best in your retirement. I may be doing this soon as I will be 70 this year... and want to enjoy my family more.

Jan 03, 2016 12:07 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Congratulations on your retirement! Most retirees find they don't have enough hours in the day to do all the things they want to!  It'll keep you busy.  All the best!

Jan 04, 2016 10:55 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Few real estate agents "retire". Good for you to have the fortitude to make a clean break in order to do all the things you've always wanted to spend your time on. Or the things you never got to do. We all look forward to seeing what they are. Have a great 2016.

Jan 05, 2016 04:40 AM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

Good luck to you Richard on whatever life brings your way in the future. I can't even imagine what it's going to be like when I retire from real estate. It's the only thing I've known the past 17 years and will be my career for quite a long time still to come. 

Jan 05, 2016 05:01 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Richard Weisser what a surprise.... I wish you well with your retirement and all the joys that life could possibly bring your way..... I hope you stay in the mix on ActiveRain.... it's totally different when you don't need to address work issues.... I've been retired from the real estate business for 10 years, but I just can't break away.... so I made adjustments.... I blog.... 

my best to you, Richard....

Jan 05, 2016 05:26 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Home is where the hearth is.

I wish you the very best in your future adventures... you're clearly way too young to retire... but I hope you find it all that you expect retirement to be.

Jan 05, 2016 06:08 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Richard, All the best to you on the next chapter in your life.  You chose a very nice way to end your career at the end of the year with fireworks. May you have a lot of fun and good health chipping away at your bucket list.

Thank you for your wonderful posts along the way here at AR.

Take care.


Jan 05, 2016 09:44 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Richard, oh no!  I've got this great friend who is looking for a gazillion dollar home in Newman, Georgia and I was just about to give him your name.  OK, making this up.  Like I thought it might lure you back!  Hope you will continue to share your adventures with us!

Jan 05, 2016 09:44 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Wishing you all the best in retirement, now that your time is YOURS and you can do whatever you want to do!

Jan 05, 2016 10:58 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Trent Dalrymple ...

Thanks for the kind words!

Jenna Dixon ...

Reducing stress was a key element in setting work aside. I will have to learn how to relax for my own well being and it's harder than I thought learning how to do just that!!!

Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie ...

I am looking to home my art and music skills and leave real estate to you all here on AR!

Troy Erickson ...

Thanks for the encouraging words!

Jan 05, 2016 11:43 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Praful Thakkar ...

I do intend to blog about life after real estate and I hope that it will be interesting reading for all of my real estate friends.

Debbie Gartner ...

I believe that it will be amazing!!!

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI ...

I don't think I will turn back ... I am getting rid of all of my real estate assets with an eye towards a clean slate!


Jan 05, 2016 11:48 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Good luck, Richard. You were one of the first folks I followed and, to this day, the only AR member to ever have called me off the cuff to just say hello.  Good luck...and as they say in the US Navy...Fair winds and following seas!

Jan 05, 2016 10:17 PM
Annette Thor
Connecticut Homes and Commercial Fairfield Cty,CT reinct.com - Westport, CT
Residential & Commercial Real Estate Broker in CT

Hi Richard, I'm popping over from Karen's post. Thrilled to hear you will still be blogging in your retirement! 

Jan 06, 2016 04:19 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Well Richard, I hope you'll take a day and drive down to my lake and let Donald and I buy you lunch.  I am honored that this forum brought you into my life as a colleague and friend. 

Jan 06, 2016 12:06 PM
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Richard. I just noticed this post. It is shocking that you have retired from real estate. I hope you are doing well and enjoying life.

Jan 11, 2016 01:17 PM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Art and Music!  I knew we were kindred spirits, Richard. Me, too. Me, too. Pittsburgh breeds artists and musicians, doesn't it? And writers. It's all coming clear to me now. I can't wait to get together again and share some of both with you. How exciting. Here's to a phenomenal next chapter.

Jan 23, 2016 10:24 AM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

I just wrote a members post about you. A tribute to an ActiveRain thought leader and all around nice person.

Jan 29, 2016 08:42 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Richard, I went looking for this blog post of yours, because I am making the same decision as we approach the end of 2016.  I am presently going through the mental wrestling and the tossing and turning, as I prepare to make the announcement.

     Your words in this post are encouraging and inspiring to me, as I approach "the deadline". 

     I trust that life is treating you well.  Take care.

Oct 12, 2016 05:57 AM