This is it, a monumental moment in my career, my entry into the blogosphere. If you haven’t read my bio, and there is no reason for me to assume you have, then I’ll take this opportunity to offer some background. I am a Realtor®, actually an associate broker, licensed with Windermere Real Estate/Wall St., Inc. in Seattle, WA. I am entering my seventh year as a residential specialist, though I do sell commercial properties as well, and am a member of our Commercial Brokers Association amongst others. I am California-born, European-raised and have lived in Seattle for a dozen years now. If you haven’t been here, you should come and if you have, you were likely impressed with its beauty.
I find that few of us are attracted to this business without having traveled a different occupational road. I am no exception. I transitioned to real estate from a career in consumer and educational software development prior to which I worked in television and film production. After a decade of riding the technology start-up roller coaster, I reached my limit with a mass lay off at my previous employer. I was ready for a change, eager to explore new professional fronts and desperate to find greater flexibility in my life; more time for personal pursuits and to spend with my family and friends. By all appearances, a career in real estate would make that possible. So, I went for it. Six years and a few scars later, I am very content with the state of my business as it develops from one level to the next. Furthermore, I love what I do, am motivated to provide my clients with the highest level of service and believe that educating, stretching myself makes me not only better at my career, but as a person as well.
I come to you by way of either inspiration or insanity as only time will tell. My brother, acclaimed chef and fellow blogger, Kevin McKenzie, is the author of “Chef’s Notes” which you will find in Blogging’s Restaurant category. I noticed, while reading his postings and perusing Allbusiness.com’s many sections, there was neither a space devoted specifically to real estate commentary nor a presence of professionals from our industry. So, I offered myself up as the sacrificial lamb of real estate blogging and here I am, eager to share thoughts, engage in an exchange of ideas and offer one Realtor’s® insights in a world of many.
Ours is an industry in constant flux much as the business for which we compete and are responsible. As professionals, we are called upon to remain nimble and adaptive to market currents regardless their nature. My goal is to both inform and be informed while remaining sensitive to and aware of license law and my fiduciary responsibility to my clients. Anyone who has been in this business long enough understands we all have our stories to tell, experiences to explore and it is my hope this blog will inspire you to offer your own insights as well as gain from mine. In doing so, we may all achieve even higher levels of personal and professional success. Certainly, there is no shortage of conversation or absence of opinion when it comes to the topic.
So, let’s write real estate.