Realtor 'Moving On" 101

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Morningstar Properties BK668047

Well, It's been a very long time in-between blogs..So long that I don't think I can even call it a "blog", but I've made some huge changes, and I hope you'll all bear with me,while I explain myself!

Have you heard the saying, "If you keep doing the same thing, you'll get the same results?" Well, I had finally reached the "brick wall" in Real Estate land. Nothing seemed to be working, and the harder I worked the worse it seemed to get. The more homes I put on the market..the worse the market seemed to get. Nothing was selling, my sellers were all disgruntled, and I couldn't do anything to make it change. So, I decided to "make a break for it." It took a few months of  sleepless nights, and many heart to heart talks with friends,husband,kids..but I  (with family in tow) decided to move to a completely new town, Vero Beach , and new real estate office, this Summer.  I left the booming,busy, and chaotic West Palm Beach, where I had had almost 10 years of success as a Realtor.It has been scary and tough.. I don't know a soul, and I am basically starting all over again, to build my name and reputation in the real estate world. But, I knew it was time to try something new and different, and to be courageous. I have joined a terrific company with great Realtors, but I really miss my old friends, and fellow Realtors. (and I had 2 fantastic Brokers that it was hard to leave)

I have just gotten my first listing, and I'm on my way.. I'll be happy to give any advice to any other Realtors contemplating thinking of a move to a new area. I'm glad I did it, even though it isn't for the "faint of heart." I had no mentors to guide me or give me advice on "what to do with all my existing listings", "How to tell my sellers, and clients",how to pick a new company", "what to look for in a Broker",etc. etc.  I had many questions, and I worked them out..eventually..Not everything went smoothly, and it was at times very emotional - but, Change is always good, and brings new opportunities, and adventures.

Please let me know if I can help any other fellow Realtors..I'd be glad to advise, and to give you the needed "Go For It!"

Till next time,


Posted by

Linda George, Real Estate Broker/Owner & Realtor, GRI, CDPE


Fort Pierce, Florida on the Treasure Coast

772-205-5982 or 772-801-5554



Comments (18)

Chastity Guevara
Camelot's Quest Realty - Casa Grande, AZ

You are a very brave soul.  I am from the mid-west and miss trees and greenery, but the thought of starting over scares me so for now I am stuck with the heat.

Sep 04, 2008 12:41 PM
A. J. Fischer
Keller Williams Ft Myers & The Islands - Fort Myers, FL

Hi Linda,  I too made a move permently over a year ago from Naples florida to the Mountains of North Carolina.  I know how you feel.  I miss my friends and all the things I knew about my town.  It isn't easy breaking into a new group of Realtors but in time you will.  I remember last year when I finally got a listing on my own , I am having to learn all over again and start branding as if I am a new agent.  It gets lonely sometimes...I wish you the best and much success in your new town. AJ

Sep 04, 2008 12:45 PM
Carol Knott
RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring - The Woodlands, TX

How I admire you. For about 4 years, my husband and I have talked about moving "home" to Tennessee but it scares us to start over. Now my grandchild is about to be born here and I can't think of leaving....

Sep 04, 2008 12:55 PM
LS Rogers Realty
LS Rogers Realty - Richardson, TX

I may take you up on that as I've been considering a move in a couple of years.  It's a HUGE step and you're amazing for taking the leap and offering your guidance. Much continued success to you.

Sep 04, 2008 12:57 PM
Michael Wayne Jackson
Coldwell Banker - Novato, CA
Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato

Good luck on your new beginning Linda. 10 years in the business, you were doing something right.

Sep 04, 2008 01:01 PM
Leslie Woodall
CENTURY 21 Real Estate Group, LLC - Maryville, TN

Carol...If you decide to make that move to Tennessee, consider the Maryville area.  I love it here!  Congrats on the grandbaby!

Linda...I do respect any professional that is dedicated enough to their profession to know when a change is necessary.  I wish you the best of luck....and thanks for the offer of advice.  I may take you up on it!

Sep 04, 2008 01:01 PM
Dave Woodson
Dave Woodson - Chesterton, IN
Not the Average Agent

good job, good luck with that and all.  I know moving is stressful.  I just shuttered my office and moved it home


Sep 04, 2008 01:25 PM
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management


Thanks for the post. Is there a book in the making. I am not planning on a move anytime soon and believe me if I can avoid it I will. However, if I can't I will be looking for your pearls of wisdom. Hopefully by that time it will be sage advice!

Sep 04, 2008 01:29 PM
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Central Maryland

Good luck to you Linda- you are braver than I. I love the fact that I work on referrals and I would be lost having to do all the Realtor basics in an arena that did not know me.

Sep 04, 2008 01:32 PM
Linda George, Real Estate Broker/Owner
Morningstar Properties - Fort Pierce, FL
St Lucie County FL Real Estate,Waterfront, Acreage

Thank you to all for your kind words..yes I am brave, maybe a little "nuts", and William..that's a good idea. Maybe I will write a book..I certainly couldn't find any helpful information when I needed it. And, Ellie..believe it or not, my first  (and only)listing was a "referral" from an agent across the state (Naples)  She didn't know me and I didn't know her, but she picked me out of a big referrals still happen..even when you don't know a soul!

Linda "aka" Shakespeare George..I like the ring of that!

Sep 04, 2008 01:50 PM
Linda Lipscomb
Linda Lipscomb RE/MAX Lexington Henderson County TN - Lexington, TN
731-695-1118, Lexington TN Homes


Hooray for you!!!!!

No guts, no glory.

Wish you the best and much success.


Sep 04, 2008 01:56 PM
Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
Keller Williams Realtor & Career Consultant


Congratulations on your move! In the real estate business we see what people go through every day from the day they call us in to evaluate their home until the day of their closing. Isn't it so very different when it is us doing the moving? It helps to know what our clients are going through. It is tough starting over, but can be very invigorating also. I have also moved several times, but have stayed in the same market area. You are courageous. Good luck to you!

Sep 04, 2008 01:57 PM
Linda George, Real Estate Broker/Owner
Morningstar Properties - Fort Pierce, FL
St Lucie County FL Real Estate,Waterfront, Acreage

That is so true, Donna. I have a huge amount of sympathy for all sellers and buyers, and that is one of the good things that I have learned.  I can put my knowledge to daily use being a little more "emphathetic."  (Also,trust me when I tell you, that a move can try the best of marriages, and make usually charming,perky I like to think of myself..into real witches!) At least I can admit it..


Sep 04, 2008 02:21 PM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Change is always difficult but it sounds as if you are taking all the right steps.  Hopefully you will fall in love with your new area and take it by storm (not a hurricane though)

Sep 04, 2008 02:23 PM
Linda George, Real Estate Broker/Owner
Morningstar Properties - Fort Pierce, FL
St Lucie County FL Real Estate,Waterfront, Acreage

Cindy, I am already loving it. Much different than where I am used to doing business, but a refreshing change.


Sep 05, 2008 03:04 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

That's a big step to pick up your roots and move to a new location not to mention starting your business all over again. With one listing, you're off to a good start. All the best.

Sep 05, 2008 03:51 AM
Aaron Cullen
Brokers Inc. Residential Real estate - Folsom, CA
Folsom, El Dorado Hills & Sacramento Real Estate &

Hey Linda, good luck with the big change. I did it 4 years ago and I could not be happier!

Sep 05, 2008 03:56 AM
Linda George, Real Estate Broker/Owner
Morningstar Properties - Fort Pierce, FL
St Lucie County FL Real Estate,Waterfront, Acreage

Hi Aaron..I'm walking "towards the light.".I can vaguely see it! I'm glad to hear from someone who passed through to the other side, and is happy they did it.

Take care,


Sep 05, 2008 04:53 AM