40 Something and Starting Over

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

Ok, so I have worked in the hospitality business for 25 years.  But circumstances in my life guided me to follow a dream and get my real estate license.  This was October 2007.  I got my provisional license, joined a company in January of 2008.  I was still with my hotel.  I started with my sphere of influence and taking advantage of the wonderful training classes that were offered for FREE!!!  Then dropped off to take Post Licensing.  So needless to say, all that work with my sphere has to be done again.

While I was working my sphere, everyone would congratulate me but ask, why would you start now?  You can't make any money, the market is too slow.  My answer was, what a perfect time to start. This way I have to really learn the business, go after the business and can use the wisdom of age to my advantage.  Of course I might not be so confident if I didn't have a paycheck from another job coming in.  On the other side of the coin, that paycheck has held me back.  So as it turns out, after 21 years with the hotel, it is being sold and I am being kicked out of the nest.  But my strong faith has kept me positive and do you know what?  I got my first listing off a lead referral last Saturday.  I got another lead from that listing and a long time client of mine is relocating people to his business here and needs 1 more Realtor.  So, you can have a new career after 40.  I may not be a top producer yet, but I know I will be!  So for all of you that are starting a new career.  Thumbs up to you and thumbs up to me.  We have the courage to succeed.  And the market is only down if you convince yourself of that.  It may be slow, but nothing stops until the world comes to an end, so there are clients out there.  I look and myself say "I believe you can succeed in this new career".

You can't go back so you may as well go forward. That's my take on 40 something and starting over.




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Jason Robu
realestate.com - Mauldin, SC

congratulations, the old sayin is true do what makes you happy, I personally am 27 and find real estate a total drive soo many ways to make unlimted money! you have to be a go getter, I started in oct 07, as well and have sold 9 homes in my first year i dont know if its good , but i know i have what it tkes to make it when the market picks up!


GO get em! and congrats on doin what makes you happy, and if times get slow and you need extra money take a side or part time job, or do ebay! I do all three, im a private investigator, realtor and do ebay

Oct 20, 2008 01:49 PM #1
Teresa Harris
Lake Real Estate, LLC - Denver, NC
Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte

Hey Bobbie, It's nice to see people flow their dreams. I wish you much success in your new profession, it sounds like you are well on your way!

Oct 20, 2008 03:58 PM #2
Larry Riggs
Century 21 Redwood - Frederick, MD
GRI, SRS Your Frederick County Specialist


      Well I wasn't 40 something. I made the change 19 years ago at the tender age of 37. The market was like this but not quite as bad. I am thankful I came into the business when I actually had to learn skills rather than have real estate "happen" to me. You are correct. Your business will be determined by your attitude. Keep that in mind and you will adapt to and succeed in any market.

Oct 20, 2008 09:24 PM #3
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

hi Bobbie,

I was forty when I started selling real estate. Everyone tried to talk me out of it except my Dad. All I can say is Father Knows Best!

Oct 26, 2008 01:32 PM #4
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

We invite you back to ActiveRain in 2017.

  Much has changed since your last blog post.

  Best to you!

Jun 16, 2017 03:48 PM #5
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