Real Estate is a Lifestyle, Not a Career

Reblogger Paula Bradfield
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Performance

Salida Colorado Real Estate is a LifestyleReal Estate is  Lifestyle, Not a Career.

This is so true. I have never had a more seamless life...work and play fit together beautifully and without upsetting the apple cart, I can flex with both when I need more time for one or the other.

I am selfish with my family time and can make that work as my own boss. I get up quite early and can knock out 3 hours of followup and paperwork before most people stir in our house.

When the things to do on the real estate side got to be more than I could muster, my partner/husband Micheal joined me (retired architect), taking over the buyers.

I can work around my horse practice, running, fly fishing, downhill skiing and camping.

And, I live in a place where real estate means driving through mountains and valleys.. my eye candy.

A lifestyle is what you make it and I make mine seamless and balanced. It is ideal for self motivated folks who work hard, play hard, and like people.

Original content by Gail Robinson RES.0772823

Black Rock CT This post was inspired by Broker Bryant's comment on Bill Field's featured post, "Is It Time for You to Retire?" Broker Bryant asserted that he doesn't consider real estate to be work, but instead views it as a lifestyle. That gave me pause. Hmmmm. I worked in a very demanding corporate consulting field before going into real estate and frankly, I did make the move because of the lifestyle.

While it's true that real estate is a 24/7 lifestyle and can wreak havoc with our personal lives, if we let it. It also allows us a degree of flexibility in our live to do things that we couldn't do, if we haId set hours and a boss looking over our shoulders. I enjoy the small pleasures of going out for a walk in late afternoon (and I'm still available to my clients by cell phone during my walk) or having lunch with my husband, who understands I need to answer the phone when it rings. If we are going out to dinner or going to a social event, I'll switch the ringer off and just check text messages for any emergencies.

While my husband has been in the hospital over the past week, I was able to keep working on my cell phone and laptop. I paid another agent to step in for me to do the physical work that I couldn't do via phone or e-mail. (My husband is back home now and doing well. For those of you who don't know, he has been battling pancreatic cancer for the past 2.5 years.)

I couldn't have cared for my ailing parents during the final years of their lives without the flexibility of this lifestyle or given my husband the level of care he needs to have the quality of life the still enjoys despite his devastating illness. The photo for this post is a recent one of my husband relaxing in a friend's pool. In fact, we will be going there this afternoon for a few hours to relax and spend time together, but I will still be in touch with my clients as I have five transactions underway and 12 listings to manage.

I live with real estate 24/7, so I consider it a lifestyle. I work in the morning, afternoon, and evenings. I work weekdays and weekends. I weave work and play into my life seamlessly. For those who want to get away from work on evenings, holidays, and weekends, residential real estate will make your life miserable. If you don't have the support from your family for the real estate lifestyle, it can be tremendously stressful for both yourself and your family.

Given your own experiences in this business, do you think there is value in thinking of real estate as a lifestyle?

 

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Winston Heverly
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This is true, but lately it doesn't seem like a career, it just seems like a daily grind and a rat race,

Jul 31, 2012 05:43 AM #1
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Debbie Laity
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I went into real estate, after 10 years as a stay at home mom, because I knew I would need some flexibility. It has worked out for me. It can be a juggling act, but I can also have my daughter walk to the office after school, and no one minds. We've have her answer the phones and working the large scanner for all the agents in the office.

I love working in real estate, and it has become a way of life for me...and not a job. I've drawn in my family to help me when they can. It's taught us all teamwork and to work for the greater good of this family.

Jul 31, 2012 05:47 AM #2
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Barbara Hensley
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Paula - this is so true!  Real estate has been a lifestyle for me - a way of life for me and everyone that knows me that I am real estate!  Thanks for re-blogging this great post! 

Jul 31, 2012 05:48 AM #3
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Mona Gersky
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Thanks for reposting these articles and for sharing your own views.  While I haven't gotten to the most peaceful part of this lifestyle yet, I do agree with you and Gail that it does allow us to do things that would be most difficult with traditional jobs.  I was able to be with my family when my father took his last breath without being concerned about losing my job for inattendance.  Have a great day Paula...I like your style.

Jul 31, 2012 05:48 AM #4
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Paula Bradfield
Keller Williams Performance - Salida, CO
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Winston, ouch. That doesn't sound like fun. When my energy starts heading in that direction I know two things. either i need a career change or i need a vacation!

Mona. ditto. We would be friends if we lived in the same town...that is what i feel. What a beautiful moment....to be with your father at the end and yes our career allows this and more.

Debbie, good point about family. My husband is my buyer's agent and partner, my son is now helping with marketing... love it!

Barbara, i think we are blessed... we just have to make sure we work with the flow and not against it...creating bumps.. but that is true for anything yes?

 

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Paula, This post is a good capture of the way we make real estate our lifestyle. I see myself in what you write.

You are quite amazing in understanding what is important. Let's talk soon.

Margaret

Aug 08, 2012 03:09 AM #6
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Paula Bradfield
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Thank you Margaret! This touched me .. tickling at my core values.

Life is Good and it is how we see it yes?

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