I mean it, and I am not trying to “nerny nerny” you with a typical “I am better than you are” chant (although I am not above doing it). I have loyalty and longevity in my real estate career and today I got the pin to prove it.
I am still in a bit of a state of shock over this number, but today at the REALTOR Association of Pioneer Valley’s holiday luncheon, I was awarded with my 20 YEAR REALTOR pin.
How is that possible? Well, obviously I was given my license in pre-school.
Seriously, I grew up as what I term a “real estate brat”. My mom owned a real estate company and my sister and I were her assistants all through the years. I got my license and started working as a REALTOR when I was eighteen years old-straight out of high school.
I am proud of my longevity in the real estate industry, but in this age of most people having 3+ careers in their lifetimes, it is very rare. I think the reason I have lasted this long is multi-layered:
#1- I have worked in almost every capacity in the field over the last two decades. I have been an agent, publicist, manager, trainer, speaker, TV host, office coordinator, writer, home retention specialist and social media teacher in the real estate industry. This variety sure does make the years fly by and also makes me a very well rounded real estate professional.
#3- I have pride in my career. Real Estate isn’t a passing thing for me and it has never been a “quick way to make some money”. This is a family trade, passed down by my mother and I take it very seriously.
#4- There are so many niches, specialties and angles that this career can take…if one avenue isn’t what you were looking for you can always pick another…
#5- I have control over my success. This is huge for me.
So today has me thinking: What do the next two decades hold in my real estate career? Stay tuned to find out!