What's Your Professional Story by Kathleen Daniels

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with KD Realty - 408.972.1822 CA DRE#01366594

In Post 1, What's Your Personal Story by Kathleen Daniels, the experiences I shared in my personal life most definitely influenced my professional life especially in terms of choosing my niche. Or, shall I say, how my niche chose me because of my life experiences. 

I worked in several law firms as a legal secretary, admin, and ultimately as a paralegal.  I loved paralegal work.  It is in my blood and DNA; I just know it. From private law corporations, I made the leap into technology. 

Worked at Tandem computers as a paralegal and contract manager.  Cisco was a hot company and many of us left Tandem after the acquisition and got jobs at Cisco. Still working with contracts, I was both a program and project manager in various departments.  The pay and benefits were great but the blood the company took in exchange took its toll.  When I heard there would be massive layoffs, I begged for it. 

Thankfully, I got the layoff package.  I was paid for nearly one year with medical benefits. I took some time to travel, went to Turks & Caicos for ten (10) days finally getting the R&R which escaped me during the corporate work grind. 

Shortly after returning from Turks & Caicos, 9-11 happened. Nothing more needs to be said about that. 

The layoff package paid for me to go to school, so I went back to school and worked on my MBA.  They paid for books too. As far as I know, that was the best layoff package ever offered.  Thank you, angels, in the layoff outfield! 

School is done. Now what? So many of my friends told me I would be great in real estate.

A Cisco co-worker was a real estate agent. She had her license primarily to purchase and sell properties she and her husband fixed and flipped. She started working full-time in real estate after the layoff.  This was back in the day when people would walk into the real estate office and boom – a client was born, and a listing agreement was signed. 

I shadowed her for a few weeks. I watched what she did and how she did it. Good heavens, could it get any easier? I ran the numbers. Average sales price, average commission, etc., and determined how many transactions I would need to complete to make a good living. 

Off to real estate school. The rest as they say is history.  

Passing the exam. Piece of cake.  The easy button, however, escaped me. The business of real estate is not easy.  Working with people is not easy. It can be fun and very rewarding, but it is not easy. Running a business takes work. Yet at least I am working for myself!  I am reaping the benefits and for the most part, most of what I do does not feel like work. 

 

Early in my career, I did list probate homes however it was not until the passing of my sister, my mother, nephew, and brother-in-law, that my real estate niche in probate found me. It made sense. All of my life experiences brought me to where I am today. 

Not only do I know probate, the laws, the court process, but I also bring a wealth of contract and negotiation experience to the table. I understand what people go through and the emotions they are dealing with. My compassion and understanding are among the many things my clients appreciate about me. 

As to writing a book, in website form, Need Probate Help is written and I continue to add chapters. 

This post is Kathleen Daniels entry in the ActiveRain February 2022 Challenge Co-Hosted by Carol Williams and Miss Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker 

 

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Comments (31)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It's wonderful that you were provided a good departure package from the tech company.  I received a similar thing after working 8 years at a software development company.  My package wasn't quite as generous as yours, however.  But, it provided time for me to regroup, and assess what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.  I had been far too busy to even consider it before.  While working at the company, I was also a Realtor (listing and selling houses to the company employees during lunch, evenings and weekend.  

Feb 13, 2022 02:23 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Myrl Jeffcoat - that would have been a nice gig for me if only I had been licensed at the time.  So many that I knew purchased homes.  Re-grouping seems to be necessary for people when they leave the grind. 

Feb 13, 2022 03:14 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathleen, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 13, 2022 02:24 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you for the Feature Myrl Jeffcoat - you know I am right at home in this group. 

Feb 13, 2022 03:15 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 
No truer words to say - "All of my life experiences brought me to where I am today." I enjoyed learning more about you. Lynn

Feb 13, 2022 03:09 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you, Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727 - each new lesson or journey continues to evolve and I evolve with it. 

Feb 13, 2022 03:15 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - When the going gets tough, you pray well! Receiving that package was a blessing! You needed that time off to get back your brain that was robbed from you. So many of us, traded our souls for the company to benefit (meaning made many sacrifices on their behalf, and we recognized they didn't care about us. Life in Corporate American always was a #%&^! fire drill putting out fires and accomplishing their goals. Your life does have meaning and your professionalism comes through like a brilliant star in the sky. I'm convinced, up there in the heavens, you are loved and guided. May you be blessed. 

Feb 13, 2022 04:52 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I am most definitely guided. I thank my angels every single day.  The corporate grind was something I have no interest in anymore. I like working for myself and enjoying the fruits of my labor.  

Feb 14, 2022 08:31 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Kathleen- I loved learning how you got where you are. I don't know if it chose you or not but I think your interests, or as you said your DNA, certainly drew you to it. The situation you mentioned at your previous company reminded me of a good friend who works for a large corporation. He works from home but the workload is taking a toll on him. 

Feb 13, 2022 06:38 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

What corporate America expects of its people is not healthy. Prayers for your friend. May he find some kind of balance and maintain good health. 

Feb 14, 2022 08:32 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Loved reading about your journey Kathleen. You would have made an amazing attorney had you chosen that career and instead, you are an amazing probate real estate agent and the industry is blessed!

Feb 14, 2022 07:28 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you Miss Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! for stopping by and for your kind words ... which are appreciated. 

Feb 14, 2022 08:33 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

I am very impressed with your inspiring story of what brought out who you are. You are amazing!. Thank you for sharing it, Kathleen. 

Feb 14, 2022 09:54 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you, Aura Alex - I look forward to reading your personal story. 

Feb 14, 2022 11:15 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen loved your comment reminded me of the movie Cool Hand Luke and the CPT saying: What we have here is a Failure to Communicate":))) Google it in case you do not remember it, Endre

Feb 14, 2022 11:11 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

I remember it Endre Barath, Jr. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 

Feb 16, 2022 08:37 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

What an amazing journey you have Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist to finally find your niche. And OMG the angels were with you in receiving a great layoff package giving you the opportunity to move forward.  You are the perfect agent to handle probate (or any sale for that matter). You know this end of the business in your sleep I bet.  And as for 'easy money' .....sure you betcha!!  Another great entry into the February contest.  Thank you!

Feb 15, 2022 02:48 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you Miss Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - definitely not easy money.  One of my clients told me I am not paid enough for what I do.  Note, no discount on my pay either. 

Feb 16, 2022 08:39 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 
Sometimes, a writer gets it just right! All the best - Lynn
"The business of real estate is not easy.  Working with people is not easy. It can be fun and very rewarding, but it is not easy."

Feb 15, 2022 06:55 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Anything but easy Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727 


There are a lot of emotions that drain the energy tank - yet rewarding in the many ways we can help. 

Feb 16, 2022 08:40 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathleen - I love you was your life experiences carried you into your niche.

Feb 17, 2022 06:46 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Grant Schneider - there is no doubt the loss of loved ones led me to focus more on helping others going through the same grief. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 

Feb 18, 2022 08:37 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You remain a woman of interest, someone to know. Thank you for sharing your self

Feb 18, 2022 11:26 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathleen:

That is quite a professional life journey. I knew a little from what you've shared in the past but I enjoyed seeing the gaps filled it. I can certainly echo what you say about the corporate world - I was there for about 16 years!

And now those in need of probate real estate services in the San Jose are are blessed to have you!

Jeff

Mar 13, 2022 11:03 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Kathleen, for sharing some of your interesting personal story.

Mar 16, 2022 08:37 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen hope all is well with you, missing your new posts, Endre

Mar 18, 2022 11:51 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

The similarities with me are definitely there with the addition of my specific area of staging in Feng Shui. :

Apr 15, 2022 06:52 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  Our journeys can be long and tiring at times but well worth it for the community and family and resources they build. I also don’t get tired of the name Anna Banana in my head :) Love and light!

Apr 15, 2022 06:55 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I know the phrase for sure but I think just as a general phrase rather than from the movies. But now I might have to watch the movies :) Endre Barath, Jr. 

Apr 15, 2022 06:57 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen hope you had a wonderful Easter just wanted to stop in and wish you a belated Happy Easter, Endre

Apr 18, 2022 11:44 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It is an honor to read a very well written explanation of what you do for the public, as a true professional. Thank you for sharing Kathleen 🙂

May 28, 2022 11:31 AM