Why real estate over law?
I get this question a lot – why switch careers after going to law school and practicing for so many years? To be completely honest, I wasn’t completely happy being a trial lawyer. My clients always came to me because of a bad thing. My role was to fix a mistake or wrong that had already occurred. I enjoyed helping people, but it was always because of a bad event occurring in their lives. Despite successful outcomes, I was naturally associated with the unpleasantness of the event that brought them to my door. But in real estate, I get to meet people in the beginning of a happy process – to find the perfect home, or to sell their family home and help them get the best return on their investment. The result, whether buying or selling, is one of elation and joy. And that’s important to me, not just as a broker, but as a human being. I like the process, and most of all, I like the happily ever after.
What words of wisdom would you pass on to your childhood self?
Three things I would pass on to my childhood self:
1) Do what truly makes you happy and you will find success.
2) Always be kind, even if it’s not the “cool” thing to do.
3) When things get tough, always remember “This too shall pass…”
If you could be any age for a week, what age would that be?
If I could be one age for a week, I think I’d go back to the summer after my high school school graduation. I was 17 years-old and didn’t seem to have a care in the world. My friends and I were full of excitement – ready to move on to the next phase in our lives, but knowing we needed to enjoy every moment of our last summer together before we went off to college and everything changed.
What would be your “perfect” day?
Since I grew up on the Oregon Coast, I love everything about the beach. I also love being around people. By nature, I’m a very social person and don’t enjoy being alone. An epic day for me would be spent at the beach, under the warm sun, with family and good friends.