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.
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?
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