In 2005 my husband and I were infatuated with buying a home of our own and no longer wished to rent. To get started we asked my husband’s coworker for a referral and connected with an agent. Being the analytical types, my husband and I looked at 30+ houses, which in this market doesn’t seem so crazy for first-time buyers, and we finally found something that worked for us.
During the house hunting process I had my first glimmer of becoming an agent. My first experience as a home buyer left me believing the real estate profession was dysfunctional and in need of an overhaul. At the time, I was too deep into becoming an architect to let myself consider changing career paths, but I made a deal with myself that once I had my architecture license I could pivot.
The real estate carrot dangling in front of me is probably one of the reasons I completed my architecture licensing in 12 years versus the industry average of 13 years… to never. I was also assisted by the Great Recession and having a Bachelor of Architecture, which The NY Times dubbed the worst degree to hold. All this “free time” was transferred to studying, taking tests, and having children. Check, check, and check (read: silver lining).
By 2012 my husband and our two kids moved to Seattle and didn’t know a soul here. I had an architecture license in hand and it wouldn’t take long before I got my real estate broker’s license. Armed to pivot, I gave myself 3 years to sink or swim, and to determine if selling real estate was my calling.
Now in 2017, I’ve found that having a calling and a passion for an occupation is bunk. I know because every day I wake up happy to be doing what I’m doing, but I know it’s not because I sell houses. The fulfillment comes from the experiences associated with selling real estate, and in the Pacific Northwest the potential financial payoff can be validating for those that work their asses off.
I’m often asked why I switched from architecture to real estate, and my only real answer is that it just felt right. After 5 years of self-employment, I’ve found that what I relish the most in both professions is helping people with transition in their life. I’ve learned that my calling is to be a calm observer and to ask people precise questions so they can make better decisions. No matter the profession, I’m a person that loves growth and change and I enjoy being the one others trust to help them move forward.