YAY! It's Official....my "new venture" is ready to begin! My family and close friends know what I've been working on since June 15th - but now I'm ready to share my news with the rest of the WORLD.....haha....or at least whoever reads this post, and hopefully most of Cloud County....
I am now a Licensed Kansas REAL ESTATE AGENT!
I don't know what the exact "trigger" was that made me finally decide to take this leap....but here's how I "got there." I've been interested in pursuing a real estate career since I was in my early twenties. I admired from afar, the well respected agents in our community. As a young person with a young family - I was always afraid to take that leap into this field. It is, after all, not exactly "secure" income at times. I also thought there seemed to be more than enough agents in our small community to fill the need. So, I plugged away at my "real job" as my love of property grew. The start of shows like "Property Virgins," "Designed to Sell," "Sell This House," and "Income Property" has really fueled my love of real estate these past several years.
We had only used a Realtor once before in any of our previous property sales/purchases. We purchased our first home at a real estate auction a couple of months after we got married. It was tiny, but it worked well for a young couple just starting out in life. A couple years later, we came upon a home that had gone into foreclosure (we did actually have a Realtor show us that home). It needed a lot of work, but it was mostly cosmetic and we were up for the challenge. We were SO excited to make this larger house a "home" were we could raise a family. We kept our first home as a rental for about a year, and then someone offered to buy it from us - so we went ahead and sold it.
Fast forward and trying to make a long story short.....we found another house we wanted to purchase, but had an unfortunate experience with a Realtor (again, trying to spare the details). We sold our second home ourselves, and were left with no home to purchase. We considered building at that time, but with our son's first birthday coming soon, we decided to buy the home we are currently in from the owners who had it "For Sale by Owner." So, again, we hadn't had much experience using a Realtor other than for the purchase of our second home, and the unfortunate experience we did have.....was frustrating.
So, that brings us to last fall. We looked at a few houses, thought about building again, thought about putting our home on the market....and then chickened out for the winter. When Spring came, we came across a couple more houses that we really liked. We're really just looking for an extra bedroom for guests/my crafts, and MORE garage space for James' wrecker for when he gets called out during the cold winter nights. We were afraid that with our home being a little more expensive this time...it would be harder to find a buyer ourselves. So, after having met with a few different realtors that showed us some different homes....we decided to put our home on the market with the realtor that we felt was the most ambitious.
God has a plan for us all, and after watching two homes that we both really liked sell to other families while our home has yet to receive an offer....as well as now not being able to find a home that we feel best suites our needs....AND, not being quite ready to build....it feels like this might not be the right time to sell our home. And that's okay. James and I are honest, trust-worthy people. We keep our word, and we are finishing out our current real estate contract. After all, you never know....there may still be someone who is ready to make our house their home.
So, where does this leave us now? Well, we still live in a beautiful home for which we are very thankful and feel very blessed. I feel that I have learned a lot of "life lessons" through our personal experiences with Real Estate Companies and Agents, and I have gained a lot of knowledge about the laws and ethics of real estate through my education these last couple of months. I have joined an agency that I feel I will fit in comfortably with, and I am SO excited to get started!
As far as the shop goes.....James and I purchased Budreau Muffler, Automotive & Tow from Ben & Julia Budreau in October 2007. From the months of planning in advance, and ever since that big day - this business has become a huge part of our lives. We overcame adversity in those first few months as we were surrounded by rumors of "how we did it," and nearly four years later are still working very hard and doing quite well with our amazing customers and awesome staff. In fact, part of the reason I am able to pursue this dream of becoming a real estate agent is because my husband and also our service advisor have been SO supportive. They do a wonderful job at the shop so that I don't have to be worried when I'm away.
I talked in my last blog post about being hurt by others and things that they said. It happened when we bought our shop, and it has already happened before I even got my license in the mail as I venture into this new industry. I don't know why some people say the things that they do. I don't know why some people believe the things those people say about others. I do know who I am, and how I got to this point. I've spared several unpleasant details because I don't think it's appropriate to air others' mistakes....so I've simply tried to discuss myself. I wouldn't be where I am today, with the family I have, the business that we have, and the friends and community relationships that I value - if I wasn't an honest, trust-worthy, hard-working person. So, again I'll thank God, my family, my close friends, and those in the community who have helped me become the person I am today, who have stood beside me along the way, and who have defended my family.
That being said, I will actually still be working at the shop during the day. I am able to leave the office to show property or meet with clients, and am certainly available in the evenings and on weekends. The agency that I am licensed with is Thummel Real Estate and Auction, LLC. They are located on 6th street right next to Kristy's Restaurant. The office is open in the afternoons, and Kelly is super friendly and helpful. My cell number is 785-243-5221 for anyone that would like to go "House Hunting" with me, or would like to list their property for sale.
And, as always.....if you have any questions about me.....just ask! Please & Thank You!! :)