Amanda and I have always been entrepreneurs.
Amanda and I have not always been successful entrepreneurs.
Back in the day we tried an ebay business selling over stock clothing, hitting garage sales and turning a profit selling items we found at these sales online, and we even tried multi level marketing once. GASP??!! A pyramid scheme??
It was not for us.
While trying to make money on the side, we did both have full time jobs with benefits. Booooring...
A former employer turned business partner and I started flipping foreclosures during the rush of 2005-2008. He'd front the money, I'd do the work, and we would split the profits.
Then Amanda joined me and we both quit our jobs and jumped in full time.
We had a lot of fun doing the work together and found a fair amount of success, but it didn't last very long.
There were a lot of different reasons the success didn't continue, but there's no need to rehash that.
Our house flipping days were done but we had a crazy idea: We know houses. We know the market. Amanda had her real estate license already for our business. Why not become full time Realtors together?
I got my license and we jumped in. It was late 2008, not exactly the best time to start in real estate as the market was in the tank.
We came in when many were leaving. Our thought process was that if we could learn to succeed in a down market, it would benefit us down the road when things change.
We had no idea what we were doing. In hindsight I can see truth in that thought process, but really we were just two dumb kids trying to find our way without having to clock in anywhere.
In the beginning we struggled learning the cold harsh world of full time sales, as we both despised most salespeople. We still do actually.
Real estate wasn't easy, and neither was working together. You see, I'm your typical male. I want to fix things. When Amanda came to me with a problem I would automatically assume (like the dumb dumb I am) that she needed me to fix it.
We're both control freaks and we battled for a while until we eventually slid into the partnership we have today.
We're 100% equals and partners. Our strengths are the exact opposite of each other, so it works out well. She respects me and my skills just as much as I respect hers.
When we head to appointments together we have our "main" routine down, but are always calling audibles depending on the situation and personalities involved.
We know how the other one works in every real estate situation and conversation. We know what the other is going to say before they even say it.
It's weird. It's fun. Every once in a while it's annoying, but you'll have that.
We aren't killers. We aren't the top selling team in our office or the area. We don't sell $100,000,000 a year. Not even close.
What we are is a husband and wife team that are a fine oiled machine.
Sure, we've won awards, we've received a lot attention for our sales, but we're just two lost souls swimming in a real estate fishbowl...
We do our best to keep it real, provide excellent customer service, and keep surprises to our clients at a minimum.
Oh, and we really like each other too.
Thanks for reading. Any comments are welcome and all of our contact information is below if you'd like to have a chat about your Fort Wayne area real estate needs or anything else really. I like to talk a lot.
Have a good one!