MY LAST DAY AS A REALTOR IS MAY 31, 2019.
An opportunity came up that made my heart sing.
The idea of doing a job where I could potentially be helping to save people’s lives was enticing to me. So, I said yes to a new job!
Emotional fulfillment at work is important to me. I sure have had some good helpings of that as I assisted people find a home where they could live happily ever after.
However, I would not have noticed the job advertisement if my heart had not been open to a change.
When I started selling Real Estate I said I would do it until I was 55.
Well, I am about to turn 55 this summer. So, as always, when I reach my goals, I ask myself this question;
Real Estate Sales has been a successful career for me. I have been a consistent award winner. In fact, I am on the top producer list in our office again for the month of May.
I have enjoyed every aspect of the business. It was stimulating to have so much to learn and to work so many roles.
However, I have spent way too much time working and not enough time with the people I love.
I came to one conclusion for sure!
“I am not willing to work as many hours in the next decade of my life as I did in the last decade of my life.” That is my final answer.
I declare that being a successful real estate professional is like owning a business and having at least three jobs. It is demanding, intense, time consuming, and hard work. It is all consuming. (Perfect career for a stress junkie)
Some things I will miss
- I will miss being able to protect people when they do a real estate transaction.
- I will miss showing off beautiful homes.
- I will miss attending the annual NAR Conference and Expo.
- I will miss collaborating with Winnipeg Realtors on social media about A Day In The Life Of A Realtor.
- I will miss many opportunities to help my previous clients to make a future move.
- I may miss playing with tech tools and apps but then again I may always find another use for that. As if I will put the iPad down. pfffft
- OK, I will admit, I will miss the big paychecks.
What I won’t miss
- I will not miss spending countless hours working for someone just to have them give my paycheck to a different Realtor. I will never recover the financial investment I made on behalf of others.
- I will not miss the loooong hours. People. You have no idea! Most of you come home from work and you are done. When a Realtor comes home from work they still have to do numerous things like provide feedback for showings, book more showings, do market evaluations on properties they saw that day, put a listing online because they will get fined if they don’t get it up in a short time frame, and respond to emails which can take a very long time. Those are just a few of many things and when you are tired those things can take a while to complete. I will not miss the amount of hours required to do a good job.
- I will not miss other people imposing unreasonable demands of my time. I still am not over the fact that an agent recently insisted that I deliver an offer at 10 pm, with a response deadline of 11:30pm, on a Saturday night, to a recently widowed senior citizen. I had to be the face that put her through undue stress. I have never been so ashamed to be a Realtor as I was that night. No one at any age should have that kind of pressure placed on them when making such a serious decision.
- I will not miss paying the ridiculous amount of bills. Just ridiculous. Painful. I maintain that it is easy to make money in Real Estate Sales but it is a huge challenge to profit.
- I will not miss all the solicitation that comes along with the public assuming that we are all filthy rich and should certainly buy goods from every Tom, Dick and Harriet. (borrowed the Harriet term from Jeff Stern, a fellow real estate blogger)
Where will I be working?
I will be the local representative in Steinbach and surrounding area for a non profit organization called Victoria Lifeline.
I begin training on June 3, 2019.