It’s hard to believe that I have been helping people with their real estate needs for two and a half years already. Time flies, and I have been having fun. When my position was eliminated at Vanderbilt, I wasn’t sure what I would do. But after a few interviews I realized, I did not want to work an 8 to 5 job again. So I choose real estate for a number of reasons and found it offered so much more.
As an agent, I work with and help other people. Throughout my various careers, that is the part of the job I always enjoyed the most, coaching and developing others. Buying and selling real estate is a very emotional and often a stressful process. For many, it’s the largest investment they make during their lives. Feedback from clients say my calm demeanor helps a lot when things get stressful or their emotions are getting the best of them. They can rant and rave to me about all the personal information their lender is asking for, how the requests from buyers are ridiculous, how unreasonable a seller is being, or how the inventory of houses is awful and I will listen carefully and be a voice of reason.
Engaged in Nashville
I love Nashville and being an agent gets me out and about in the city and surrounding areas. It’s fun visiting neighborhoods in Brentwood, Franklin or Nashville for the first time. My clients have reached from Hendersonville to Franklin and Smyrna to Bellevue. I get to see firsthand all the changes taking place in every corner of the city. And being an agent lends itself to being involved in the city and I am again involved in so many ways that I wasn’t able to be while I was at Vanderbilt. One of my more recent endeavor has been participating in the Transit Citizen Leadership Academy (more about that in January).
I love connecting others to the resources they need. I certainly help my clients connect to services like inspectors, lenders, insurance agents, etc. needed while buying or selling their home. But it goes beyond that. I have helped clients find jobs, try new restaurants and stores, learn new parts of town, get engaged in networking and the political process, and meet new people. And friends and my sphere of influence have called for connections to services too, even if they’re not buying or selling a home – maybe an architect to remodel their home, or an appraiser to refinance, etc.
Broadening my Circle and Perspective
Since I started I have had the opportunity to work with many of my friends past and present, keeping connected to them and learning more about them. I have also met so many new people. People I would not have met any other way. Like the Brazilian business man most recently from Russia buying a condo in Nashville and getting established in the US. Or the Nigerian establishing a home for his children as he finishes his Master’s degree. Or the young architect buying his first house and creating his first project. The investor who is buying properties for short-term rentals and creating a career for herself when she retires. Or the developer who sees Cleveland Park as a thriving neighborhood, upgrading properties and visioning new restaurants and retail.
Using my Business Background
The job has a lot of variety. As a business owner, I am constantly seeking new business so my marketing and networking skills have proven to be very useful. My accounting background keeps me on track with the IRS and my business background has helped me create the systems needed to be successful and complaint. There is a lot of paperwork to keep up with! And there is quiet work in my office which is great for the introvert that I am.
I am very thankful I found a career that lets me do so many things I enjoy and am good at. I have been very successful and am so grateful. I hope your year has allowed you to engage in the things you enjoy and has brought you success as well.
Contact me if I can help you in any way.