I moved to Sarasota with my life and career intact. Within 2 years, my life had changed to something beyond recognition - I was single mom with sole responsibility - physical and financial - of my children, unemployed and searching for a way.
My natural personality is very friendly and outgoing. I have never had any trouble meeting people. But with so much on my plate, I never had the opportunity to network, get out, or socialize. My life was largely centered around survival.
I became a real estate agent in 2004. I guess I never really expected it to be a career, more a band aid. But as an accomplished business person, my natural instincts kicked in and pretty soon I was thriving in this business.
I have seen many folks along the way who haven't made it - who haven't been successful in creating a solid buyer base, and a healthy referral stream. I have theories for all this, but I know why its worked for me...I have been blessed with clients who have become friends. Through touring town, wading through hundreds of homes and backyards, laughing at being locked out of a home, corralling pets desperate to escape, and even locking my keys in my car on a blistering hot day - through it all, I realized I was making friends. Friends who ask me to holiday dinners, and call just to say hello.
This business gives us an awesome opportunity to impact pople's lives in such a positive way. From the disillusioned divrocee to the scared first time home buyers to the seasoned retirees looking for their dream...we bring calm, peace and happiness to people. We help them to fulfill their dream - how great is that? By not taking myself too seriously, but taking their quest extremely seriously, I have carved out a niche and a reputation as an agent who cares enough to provide my very best, every day - and to keeping it fun!
I still love sliding keys across to buyers at the closing table. Seeing their eyes light up when they realize that "ITS MINE!". I don't think that will ever get old.
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