The Joys of Being a Self-Employed Real Estate Broker

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Real Estate Agent with Earth Origins Realty

Sure, it can be tough as a self-empoyed Realtor, qualifying broker (with no employees to manage!), General Contractor, and green builder.  Especially these days with the real estate market so stagnant.  (Although must not complain as Albuquerque's market is not as bad as many other across the nation).  There are always ups and downs and ups and downs again.  But as I write this I feel so blessed that I am sitting in my home office as my two year old Eco Rio naps in the bedroom.  I can't believe my fortune that I get to be here when he wakes up and read to him his favorite books "The Mitten" and "Big Red Barn".  So some  might say that if this market was doing better I would be away from my family making money, and isn't that a good thing?  But instead, I am taking advantage of this slow time to be, really be, with my son and wife.  (Although I am building a house right now, so that takes a lot of time-except that Eco and Anita often visit me at the construction site and help -or play).  So I just want to send a shout out to this great big world "thank you" for my prosperity.  And here I mean prosperity resignified-for really what is more valuable than being with the ones you love?  I feel ever so greatful to be self-employed, my own boss, well that is, if you don't count Eco as one.   

Comments (5)

Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Glad to see that you have an opportunity to enjoy your son while he is young.  so many people do not have that blessing as they are married to their JOBS....  I'm sure Eco is the best boss you have ever had....  Family first always...

Nov 10, 2008 07:48 AM
Keisha Hosea- KASIHomes.com
KASI Homes - Chino Hills, CA
Real Estate Solutions For Real People

I couldn't agree more!

Nov 10, 2008 07:53 AM
Bill Ladewig
LoanOfficerSchool.com - Escondido, CA
Experience Is Your Advantage

Hi Paul, we are the lucky ones able to work from home.  Although I do envy you, when my children were young we had to work in offices.  Technology has opened many doors.

Nov 10, 2008 07:53 AM
Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"

Paul..you are a green builder? That's excellent!!  That is my dream to build a "Green House' on a lake somewhere......I have been doing a lot of research on it...it is amazing all the materials that are available.. :)

Nov 10, 2008 08:44 AM
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Living Albuquerque - Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Paul,

We must meet sometime and chat.  I too am a Broker, but my approach is somewhat different than yours.  I joined Allstar after my training with Coldwell Banker.  I envision doung my own thing maybe 10 years from now..  Good Luck. 

Apr 05, 2010 05:58 PM