It’s getting close to my ten year anniversary in the real estate business. Its so hard to believe it been that long. So many accomplishments, milestones, ups and downs. While thinking of this article, I also though I would compare it to the music charts. What was popular to what is popular now. When you see the songs and the artists who created them, some are still around, some have split up.
The real estate business too has seen it’s changes. Who is still in the business, who left, and also what was once a big company is now gone and never heard of. Its interesting to see how the times have changed, and what life brings to us in opportunities.
I reflect on past sales and how families have grown faster than a speeding bullet. Some people have moved into larger more spacious homes. Some have found retirement, and moved into smaller homes, almost back to when they were single or newly married.
The amount of education I have had is also enormous. I got my Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI) designation, and took countless classes and seminars on various real estate subjects. Also going to the conventions and seeing what the trends are, and the times I’ve gone, I think I’ve been ahead of the curve in my technology and my creativity. I enjoy learning and reading and listing to the stories of peoples failures and learning from the mistakes they made.
You also have seen the people who are trying to make a comeback in the business. Not only do you see that in real estate, but you see it in other business ventures as well. Some are successful, and other struggle to erase their past, and get moving with the future.
Staten Island has also gone though its changes also and the end is not in sight. I really enjoy the fact that Staten Island has the Greenbelt, and that it can never be developed. It is acres of enjoyment for people to walk on the hiking trails, see plants, hear nature, and a place to get lost for hours in the serenity of nature, all by being in your backyard.
Social Networking has allowed me to connect with old classmates, some of which I never thought I would see again! It has been nice connecting with them, and learning what they’ve been up to. Its weird how we were once kids, and now we are grown up doing some great things.
My business is commissioned based. So its up to me to come up with my salary and to meet my goals year after year. Its about building relationships with people, so that they will introduce me to their family, friends, and neighbors. I know I can sleep well at night with the hard work and effort that I put forth in growing my business. I never thought I could give it up, while there were times I did, but I stuck it through. Countless fliers in the doors of Staten Island homes, all waiting for that magical phone call.
Driving through Staten Island, I can point out the many homes I was was welcomed into and saw go through new ownership. Truly amazing and rewarding. There are so many homes, and the stories are endless. I can only imagine what the next ten years will bring.