Do Real Estate Agents Ever Retire?

Real Estate Agent

Do Real Estate agents ever retire?  This is something I noticed pretty early on in my real estate career.  It's something I've even asked myself over and over. 

Is it the drive to make the next sale that lives inside most of us?  Or the fact that we are always so busy making most of us poor financial planners?  Maybe we are just nice people and we can't say no when a friend or family member needs our expert help.  

Whatever it is, I accepted a long time ago that I would probably never retire from real estate. Not fully anyway. 

But somewhere in the middle, I found something else I enjoyed doing, and that was writing.  And the funny thing is I didn't start writing about real estate. That seemed boring.  I actually started writing about my favorite vacation destination.  Which has lead to many more trip to Orlando, Florida, a planned move, a book, and a whole new set of skills that I can actually use in real estate.  I'll have more on that later.  

It started when I fell in love with this place at Walt Disney World called the Epcot Resorts Area.  


Disney's Epcot Resorts

Yeah, it's pretty beautiful.  Being an REO agent for numerous amount of years kept me busy.  I was a single mom trying to survive the economy and couldn't afford extra help.  And if you know anything about working in REO, you know it's extremely challenging work.  

What does that have to do with Disney?  Well, I started visiting here more and more often to "get away." Don't get me wrong, I was thankful to have the income during those hard times.  But it weighed on my soul and health due to the number of hours I worked.  

When I came here that weight was often lifted, even if it was just for a brief week in time.  And while the REO didn't stick when the economy improved, Disney did.  And the loss of constant work leads to many improvements in my life like weight loss and more family time.  But the extreme difference in income and market turnover left me in a new place with some negative factors as well.  

The thing about the real estate market is that it's cyclical.  And sooner or later we will enter a new cycle and probably find ourselves on the next downturn.  I've been thinking about this a lot lately and know that I do have few tidbits to share on dealing with different markets, life, and Disney.  So I thought I might start coming here again and sharing them.  

If you decide to come along for the ride, welcome.  I can't promise to always offer a true golden nugget. But maybe I can offer a few pretty pictures here and there or give you something to consider. 

So I'll wrap this one up with where we began, "Do real estate agents ever retire?"  What's your take?  


Comments (7)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Welcome to the ActiveRain community. Congratulations on your first post.

Nov 11, 2020 08:24 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Amber Delashaw very good report about do real estate agents ever retire.

Nov 11, 2020 08:25 PM
Resorts Gal

Thank you!

Nov 12, 2020 06:26 AM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on your first post.  I don't believe we totally retire, a real good friend of mine worked in Real Estate for 40+ years, she called herself retiring, but she did not let her license lapsed, so every now and again, she had those faithful few clients that would want to sell or buy and she would do a few sales for the year, but she was happy, she enjoyed being more at home and not having to go out and look for the business. Thanks for sharing beautiful Florida, we love Disney!

Nov 12, 2020 05:45 AM
Resorts Gal

Thanks I agree!  But sometimes the idea of not retiring sounds scary!  

Nov 12, 2020 06:29 AM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

I did retire this year in March 2020 as the doctor said I could not drive. I am only 72 years old and had over 800 sales since 1996, My son has taken over for me and I helped him as I know all neighborhoods in New Orleans...You can join me and follow me...Eric

Nov 12, 2020 02:55 PM
Resorts Gal

Good luck in your retirement!

Nov 27, 2020 08:22 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Amber Delashaw welcome to ActiveRain, and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog on this site.

Nov 24, 2020 03:40 PM
Resorts Gal

Thank you. 


Nov 27, 2020 08:21 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Amber ~ Congratulations on a great first blog post and welcome into the 'Rain!  With you love of writing, I imagine that we will be seeing many great blog posts from you in the future.

Feb 14, 2021 10:17 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Hey, I saw this is your first blog post Congrats! Thank you for sharing this wonderful post, I look forward to reading more from you! - Gwen 

Feb 16, 2021 08:44 AM