Why I Chose Real Estate - How my niche found me!
Before I could walk, I was fascinated with horses. I know I drove my parents crazy. Sorry Mom and Dad! My family never had extra money, so I was limited to my Grandparent's horses (they lived 6 hours away) and neighbor horses.
Planning and Goal Setting: I remember looking in the classifieds once at the horses for sale, begging my parents to go look at some cheap horse. By then we lived in town, I just assumed we could put the horse in the backyard. I obviously had no concept of city regulations or neighborhood covenants.
Creative and Thinking Outside the Box: I remember as a small child putting a home-made bridle on my dog and pretending to ride it as my horse (I wish I had a picture of that one).
Determined to make things happen: I also use to take the saddle off my Barbie horse and with a little extra string (the cinch was too short) put it on my cat. She was totally humiliated when I played Barbies with her. Why she never shredded me with her claws, I don't know.
Resilience: Like any other young girl, life happens, we grow up and other things catch our interest. Boys??? I was married young, had a child. And not necessarily in that order. One day, our neighbor suggested I get into real estate. I was clueless. I said, "ok!"
Skill building: While still in high school, I worked part time in an office. But apparently, my phone skills started much earlier in life.
I was also a natural when it came to being around strangers: (that is me NOT crying with Santa. But now that I look at the picture, he looks creepy!) I started waitressing, and loved getting tips! Holy cow, the nicer I am and better service I provide, the more I make.. Hummmmmm...getting paid based on results. I like this concept.
Fast forward to real estate school (back then, you could study at home and take a challenge course.) I passed, barely. After fumbling around for the first 2 years in real estate, I finally started to make a little extra money. I lived and breathed real estate. It was my hobby, that was all I did. Finally one day I told my husband, "I need a hobby, a real hobby." He had sports, sports cards, autographed collections, etc, etc. I wanted a hobby!
Duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The light bulbs are on! Horse!!! It just so happened that another agent in the office had 2 horses to sell. So I went to look at them, and bought both! I will skip forward another 8 years to save you hours of horse stories.
About 3 years ago I decided to really target horse owners and their real estate needs. I had sold acreage to my friends and horse buddies, but never really marketed specifically to that audience. After 12 months of planning and more planning, my website was created. And of course, everything else fell into place after that, like my fan page, blogs, Twitter,Google rankings, etc. The best part? It is FUN! I have never had so much fun with my 14 year real estate career as I do now.