Growing up, I always thought real estate agents were similar to used car salesmen, never really working and always selling people substandard products at an inflated price.
When I was in my twenties, I worked as a carpenter and remodeled homes for a real estate developer (I call him dad). Dad would look around for distressed properties, negotiate a fair price and we would go to work. Years later, he found a partner whom worked as a real estate agent and helped sell the properties once we were finished.
My dad’s partner is the nicest man I have ever met in real estate. He sells distressed, average and luxury places. He always told me, this job is about consumer needs, honesty and building relationships. It was not that he just said it, he live it–and it showed. I finally learned that their were real estate agents integrity.
Years went by, the economy crashed, real estate was a bust, and I went back to school to be a more marketable employee. I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley at the age of 35 and thought a fancy Director of Sales job was what I needed. Well, It was the first job I got after graduating. A million to one shot, I landed it. I was successful, got married, bought a house, but quickly became complacent. I’m one of those people that just needs more, I always have a new dream or goal. And, being changed to a desk was killing me.
I decided to get my real estate license in 2016. I can tell you, it’s not easy, things don’t happen fast and worrying about your next paycheck can be hard. With that being said, I’m probably the happiest I’ve been in years. My success is directly correlated to my effort. I love that. I’m bringing that same honesty that my dad’s partner brings and helping people find their dream home in the Napa Valley.
I know there is more to this story, but I’m writing after lunch and all I want to do is take a nap!