About two years ago I had made a decision to make a big career move. I was going to take my Real Estate Salesperson license up to a Broker license and open an outlet of the brokerage I was working for out here in my area.
There were several reasons for this decision. A big one was job satisfaction. As a Real Estate Appraiser, I enjoy the actual work itself, . . the problem is the rest of the stuff that isn't really about valuing houses. It is the "rest of the stuff" that is cited for the reasons that a lot of people leave the business after decades.
My appraisal business is good and has been good for my family in numerous ways. But where do I want to be in 5 years? 10 years? I want to be happy. I don't want to be chasing ridiculous turn times or being blamed for ruining peoples' lives when I'm just doing my job. I know there are downfalls to every job, but really appraising is a thankless job. People only call when they want to complain. In 12 years now, I think I maybe average 5 - 10 compliments per year. From hundreds of files per year, that isn't a high ratio. The complaints are much higher - and they are generally unjustified. I ask the complaintants, tell me what I missed; show me the market data that you believe is missing from the report. I can remember only a handful of valid answers . . in 12 years.
Ok, so I made this decision around two years ago. I signed up for classes. And I struggled to get them done. Really struggled. It was very bland information and I was doing it in my spare time, which there is never a lot of. I had to get a few extensions on my classes. Finally I finished! Hooray! I took my state test. I passed! Hooray! And then I began all the other legal stuff required. That was about a year ago. I had a wonderful agent sign under me and things were under way!
Then I stalled. The appraisal business was booming. I saw how much help that boom could be to getting my family more secure. And the first year of Ethos Real Estate West floated by without me doing a lot of the things that I wanted to do with the business.
So here I am with the beginning of year two. This year will be awesome! All those classes I had to take were good. But I didn't get a lot of the information that I wanted to know. These past few weeks I have now been finding the information that I want to know! Last year I searched the internet. And although the internet is a great tool, it still isn't as good as books! I'm excited. It's hard to put a good step forward until you have a clue where you are stepping to. Now I have a much better idea and vision for where I want my next steps to be!
Tonight I am thankful for my resting time today. (I'd be lying if I said I rested all day. Because really, I'm not good at resting.) But I am thankful for the time I rested! I sat in bed under my nice, warm blankeys and finished my research - for now. Much more information is available for the future. For now I've got some exciting work to do: to put together all this great information and make some good decisions! I'll start on that during tomorrow's resting time ;)