During one of my last photo shoots, I realized how incredibly blessed I am. It was almost exactly one year ago that I moved to Florida and started my virtual tour business. I came from 20 years in the corporate world of 70+ hour weeks spending most of my time buried behind a pc or locked in conference rooms. When I came to the Jacksonville/St Augustine area, I was determined to make a change. Hence, I formed Ad Vantage Virtual Tours to take advantage of one of my passions, photography. Since then, I've never looked back, but the other week gave me reason to pause.
I arrived about 15 minutes early to shoot a virtual tour for a house down in St Augustine. The realtor wasn't there yet so I drove to the end of the street to wait for a few minutes. To my surprise, the end of the street was actually a sand dune. I decided that, of course, a tour of the house would not be complete without showcasing the proximity to the beach so I wandered up the path - heels sinking in the sand as I made my way up path to the sand dune. I got my shot, took a few minutes to enjoy the view myself and then headed back to my car to wait and meet the agent. As I shook the sand out and got back in my car, I had to reflect on how lucky and grateful I was - no longer sitting in a stuffy conference room waiting for a meeting to start - but standing at the edge of the water getting to photograph unique beach homes and beautiful neighborhood homes throughout the area ever day.
Now, I just need to remember to always keep a pair of flip flops in my trunk !
I am curious to know how many others in the real estate industry first started with careers in the corporate world vs. always knowing real estate was the place for them.