The following article is compliments of Pat Kennedy, a DC Realtor that I admire and follow on Active Rain.
~Pat Starnes, McIntosh and Assoc., LLC
Real estate is a profession that chose me, and I’m so glad it did!
Why do I love it so?
- Every day is different. I never know ahead of time what it’s going to look like, and a phone call or chance meeting can open the door to something new and exciting.
- It’s all about the relationships. In my case, many personal friendships have led to real estate transactions, and many new friendships started out as new clients.
- I have a lot of control over my own destiny. Sure, stuff happens that is beyond my control, although I have pretty much total control over how I react to it.
- There are many choices among business models. And the choices are mine to make. I can work in whatever price range, I can provide whatever levels of service, and I can alter my business model to fit changes in the market place.
- I am the boss of me! Well, perhaps if anyone is my boss, it’s the clients who use my services. But there is not much that my broker does to dictate what I do, how I dress or how I behave, as long as I obey the law (which she didn’t make up). Of course, there is a certain expectation that I’ll look, act and be professional, and I enjoy working in an office where that is the norm. But in terms of how much I work and what projects I take on, the choice is mine. And being a little control freak, I really love this!
- After all these years, I am in the best place possible in terms of my broker. Donna Evers, the owner and principal broker at Evers &; Company is amazing. And maybe it was important to experience less than amazing companies to totally appreciate what she has created for her agents.
- I can go shopping when everyone else is sitting behind a desk at some office downtown! I don’t have to fight the crowds, at Bloomingdale’s or at the grocery store!
- This gig is really fun - at least most of the time. There are a few days when it temporarily sucks, but often, I have to pinch myself as I’m reminded that I actually get real, green money for doing this.
- Over the years, I’ve gotten good at it! (Gee, Pat! You are so humble!) And maybe that’s what makes it fun.
- I have a lot of freedom to pursue other stuff I enjoy. That would be playing the flute and writing - my little blogging addition!.
When I began in this business in 1983, it was sort of an accident. I had a political job, and my guy lost his bid for a second term. I had no clearly identifiably marketable skills. I was a government consumer advocate and a Democrat with a bachelor’s degree in flute. I couldn’t go back to work for Ralph Nader because I had a mortgage and he didn’t pay enough for me pay my lender. And when Shannon &; Luchs, my first brokerage, actually wanted me, pursued me, and hounded me into this unlikely career change, It seemed like a good idea - although I didn’t have any other options!
After 25 years of challenges and goofy markets, I’m glad that real estate found me.
And, I hereby tag Fran Gaspari and Todd Clark!