When I was a teenager I thought being a Realtor would be the coolest job in the world! I didn't personally know any Realtors. The only examples I saw were attractively dressed professionals driving big shiny cars and living in beautiful homes. They set their own work schedules and helped families achieve the American Dream of homeownership. What is not to love?
I came from very humble beginnings. My parents worked for ‘the man' to earn a steady income and had no entrepreneurial aspirations. The thought of working for 100% commission was a nightmare to them and they instilled that fear in me. That being said, my dream of becoming a Realtor would not be realized for many years.
Fortunately I started working in the electronic components industry and became a manager at a very young age. It was a career that afforded the ability to take real estate investment and business management classes.
I decided to become a loan officer. It led me to help families facing foreclosure (even when it wasn't a way of life). I began working for an appraiser to become an apprentice. One day it occurred to me, while I was explaining to a Realtor how I came to an appraised value, I am better qualified to sell homes than the Realtor on the phone. I asked myself, "What are you waiting for?" So I decided to dive into the world of real estate sales and never looked back. Some would say I went about it the long hard way and they would be correct!
I am a Texas Real Estate Broker, coach, mentor, salesperson and business owner. It would be a challenge for me to calculate how many investors, families, and agents I have helped achieve their financial goals while realizing my own.
My career permits time to do other things I am passionate about as well. I am a wife, mother, domestic engineer, daughter, sister, volunteer and a friend of many. What other job could afford someone the opportunity to do all those things?
My second choice would be a head chef in a five star restaurant. I wouldn't have time for much else, however.
Yes, my passion is real estate! I was right, it is the coolest job in the world.
And every now and then I get to do this!