Real estate has been a calling since I was in high school, I just didn't know it. One of my elective courses included building a model home. The furniture was made from every day sorts of things. I fashioned a chair out of a wooden spool of thread. The walls were wallpapered with contact paper and there were drapes glued on the walls from fabric scraps. My project won second place and I was very proud. But I had no idea that would turn into real estate.
My resume went on to include banking, insurance, securities, property management of a 200 unit apartment complex, and co-owned businesses in Kansas, Alabama and Tennessee before moving to Arizona. Switching into real estate was a no-brainer as I had vacuumed backwards out the door from Kansas to Missouri to Alabama to Arizona. When you roll all that together, it's real estate!
Real estate wasn't a first choice, but ti's definitely my last choice. Through every career choice I was very comfortable helping people to meet their goals and I love the challenge.
Working from home, saving gas, saving time and prioritizing projects helps me to be very effective. But as the housing market changed, I decided I needed to change.
Switching from multi-family sales to energy efficient homes was another light bulb moment in 2007. To this day, that "energy" has kept me moving in real estate without looking back. At every turn I focus on what value I can bring to my sale and business to help others.
Real estate now also includes teaching, public speaking events, advocacy work, and volunteering with the US Green Building Council. I have to be able to process everything and sell real estate, so managing time is critical. But somehow it all flows together and my clients are smiling at the end of every transaction!
Why would anyone do all of these things? Because learning more about real estate helps me to stay on top of the upcoming changes and keeps everything fresh. We've all seen contract changes, but I get to see energy efficiency changes, upcoming changes in new forms, changes in new courses for realtors, and upcoming building code changes.
Why is all of that important? Because as a NAR GREEN® designee, these things are important to a business model and niche that I've been working on for the last 9 years. I've become known for this and am the go to person for speaking engagements.
Real estate is only as boring as you allow it to be. Seek out what is new and upcoming and you'll soon learn that changes are constant! that is Why I Love Real Estate!