I'm Thankful I was Fired

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

How can a person be thankful for being fired? In my case, it was November 15, 2010, during the height of the recession shortly after the brokerage I was working for had a change in ownership. Our 2nd child had graduated from college earlier that year and our youngest had just started. My husband, general contractor, had been without work for 2 years and we were relying almost exclusively upon my salary as the desingated Principal Broker of a large Central Oregon brokerage to cover our bills. All credit lines for my husband's contruction company had been canceled, but we had scraped together enough money to personally finance a small spec home.  The day I planned to list the house (about 30 days before completion), I was terminated from my job. I left the office devasted.

Bend Premier Real EstateBut that afternoon, two agents from the brokerge came to visit me at my home.  They encouraged me to start my own brokerage. As I don't compete, I let them know we would have to have several more join us; they thought we could make this happen. I started making calls and received encouragement.  I put together a temporary brokerage so I could list my husband's spec home.  The day after I listed the home, I received a full price cash offer.  The proceeds from this sale financed the new brokerage and the end of January, 2011, we opened the doors to Bend Premier Real Estate with 12 agents. We have grown each year since then to today have 54 amazing real estate agents and are ranked among the 4th most successful brokerages in Central Oregon.

I am a loyal person. I would never have stepped out on my own had I not been fired. I am so thankful and humbled that those initial agents put their faith and trust in me and so blessed that we found success. Many prayers, much work, and much encouragement has provided a future for me that I never envisioned. I am thankful I was fired. 

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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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You shared a touching story, and did so brilliantly! Continued success to you and your firm.

Nov 22, 2016 08:03 PM #30
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Teri Pacitto
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What a wonderful and inspiring story. I'm sure your previous brokerage lost a valued Broker but luckily for you it allowed you to branch out on your own. Thank you for sharing and wishing you continued success.

Nov 22, 2016 08:15 PM #31
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Dörte Engel
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Dear Lynnea,

Talk about making some class A lemonade from the lemons you were handed. Way to go.

Nov 22, 2016 10:36 PM #32
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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My Dad used to say "Look at every knock as a boost"...and that was certanly the case for you...glad that it became your "happily ever after."

Nov 23, 2016 04:01 AM #33
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Thomas F. Scanlon
Borgida & Company P. C., CPA's - Manchester, CT
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Lynnea Miller - Well done!  Having been fired from my job many years ago I could not agree with you more.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheers,

Tom

Nov 23, 2016 05:16 AM #34
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Jeanne Dufort
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Great story. Sometimes we have to let go, sometime its someone else who cuts us loose - either way, moving ahead to embrace the new day leads to more than we can ever imagine!

Nov 23, 2016 05:27 AM #35
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Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

What a great story!  And what a testament to your abilities that the agents approached you.

Nov 23, 2016 06:59 AM #36
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Theresa Akin
CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP - Corpus Christi, TX

Happy Thanksgiving! The old brokerage is probably sorry to have lost you. Their loss your gain! Congrats!

Nov 23, 2016 07:17 AM #37
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Lottie Kendall
Pacific Union International - San Francisco, CA
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Lynnea, your story is powerful. It's hard to immediately know when a "set-back" is actually a blessing in disguise. I'm glad yours was.

Nov 23, 2016 07:56 AM #38
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Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
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Congratulations on your success. Sometimes the best things hsppen in the face of adversity. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2016 11:49 AM #39
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Lauren Williams, CPO
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BRAVA to having the courage and tenacity to start your business! 

Nov 23, 2016 02:12 PM #40
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Jon Quist
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I can relate somewhat. 20 years ago my then company went on a cost cutting jag, and I made too much money. Forced to move back to Arizona from Texas I looked up an old cohort who advised me to go into real estate. 20 years later still at it! And the old company in Texas....long gone!

Nov 23, 2016 02:52 PM #41
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Mary Jo Quay
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You know the saying, "If you can't get along with management, become it."

That doesn't always occur to us when we have our backs against the wall.

Nov 23, 2016 08:45 PM #42
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Harry F. D'Elia
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I can very much relate to your story. I am still here today.

Nov 24, 2016 05:14 AM #43
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Great story!  I have a similar one in that I was axed right after 9/11 --along with several other pp at the company. I loved my job so much and was very good at it.  After a year I went into real estate and that has turned out so much better for me than the previous job...more $$ and more friends!

Nov 25, 2016 09:09 AM #44
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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Lynnea Miller - What a great success story! May you continue to prosper!

Nov 26, 2016 03:30 AM #45
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Ed Silva
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It sounds as thought someone else had a better appreciation for your abilities than you had.  From the damage comes new life, like the Phoenix

Nov 26, 2016 06:41 PM #46
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Lyn Sims
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I was also asked to leave my brokerage just about under the same conditions & it turned out to be a blessing.

Nov 27, 2016 05:40 AM #47
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WOW!  I LOVE this story, Lynnea Miller!  Congratulations on having sticktoitivness and pushing forward through the recession and beyond - I'm SO impressed!

Nov 27, 2016 08:13 AM #48
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Evelyn Johnston
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What a fabulous story Lynnea Miller , you know the old saying, the best revenge is to be successful, and you certainly have!

Nov 30, 2016 05:19 PM #49
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