I’ve certainly (and proudly) assisted individuals and families of all backgrounds throughout my career, and I love diversity. But, as a lover of stories since my days studying French literature, I recognize that everyone has a story. Here’s mine:
Oftentimes, people ask me how it is I made my career in Real Estate.
Prior to beginning my career in Real Estate I was in technology sales, specifically selling Technology Training to large corporations and then IT Consulting for small and medium-sized businesses. This proved to be a very good fit for me but after the fall of Enron followed by 9/11, the industry shifted dramatically as more and more companies facing financial hardships decided these services would have to be put on hold. It seemed as though I was watching the caboose of a train moving further and further down the tracks and no matter how fast I ran, I could not catch up to the train.
"Martha recently represented me in the sale of my home in Garden Oaks. She got the job done at top price and kept in contact with me ?throughout the process. Her patience and understanding during the stress of selling was greatly appreciated." Cherry W.
This left me seeking a new career in 2003. First, I considered pursuing my passion – Porsches. I love them. I personally have the privilege of currently owning a beautiful red Boxster. And before this one, I had two others: the first was a 1984 944 and the second a 2000 Boxster. I loved them equally and even to this day find myself pining for the 944. The idea of building a career selling these beauties really appealed to me but I worried about selling a commodity that was so sensitive to economic changes and concluded this was not the path for me.
Then, after interviewing individuals in the industry, I discovered Real Estate was a better fit for me. The first thing that inspired me was all the professional individuals I met, most of whom were so willing and eager to help budding agents, like myself, succeed as respected professionals. The second aspect about this field is that it makes full use of my consultative sales background. I find myself having to walk my clients through so many different and unique challenges. And finally, no matter what the economy is doing, there’s always movement in Real Estate.
After working in this industry two years, I was able to establish my own brokerage and kept it for 10 years before deciding to join Boulevard Realty. As my journey continued, I became involved in various organizations and served on a few boards. And finally, I designed and built my own house.
I would say that the most important lesson my journey has taught me is how important it is to be heard. And because being heard is so important to me, I make sure I hear my clients. My clients, whether single, married, or partnered, can benefit from my experience as well as my resources. The result becomes a partnership where my clients feel empowered throughout the home selling and buying process.
Since my journey continues, I will continue to draw from my broad experience and expertise to exceed the results you expect while giving you the care you deserve, no matter who you are. But I want you to do business with someone you know and trust, so I wanted to share my story. Now it’s your turn. What’s your story? And how can I help you write your next chapter when it comes to all things home, property, and lifestyle?
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