“Real estate found me, and I’m glad it did.
After I graduated high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I had to work at some point, so I thought going to college was the right next step. In college, they don’t care if you show up to class like they do in high school… so I didn’t. After a semester, I dropped out. I wanted to be in the workplace right away.
To pay back my student loans, that I used on everything but going to school, I got a job selling cars. Immediately, I fell in love with it!
I enjoyed acting as a resource for people and helping steer them in the right direction (pun intended). Asking questions, solving problems and finding the best fit for someone is the basis of sales and it fit my personality. It felt good to be an expert at something and using that to benefit others. What started as a means to pay back school turned into a passion.
I found some early success with car sales and won awards each year I was in it. Just months before my first son was born, I was overcome with the fear of being on 100% commission. I lost my confidence that I could support myself and my family without guaranteed income.
I decided to take a different sales job out of town that offered a salary plus commission. Leaving car sales was tough but it was one of the best things to happen. The progression into the corporate world taught me so much more than I could have imagined.
After spending four years in the logistics industry, I wasn’t in love with it. The corporate world wasn’t for me, I missed managing my own business and being responsible for the work I did. Although, I felt tied to the job. I couldn’t leave a healthy salary with benefits and a pension. Not only did I not have plans to leave, I didn’t think I could. I felt stuck.
I was working one day from a coffee shop, and had a chance encounter with a well-known Realtor in my area. We chatted for only a few minutes but caught up a couple of weeks later on a phone call.
We chatted about real estate as a career. At first, I was skeptical and wasn’t willing to hear him out. I agreed to a coffee meeting and got a chance to ask all the questions I had.
I almost immediately knew that this was what I’ve been searching for. It offered me the ability to be local again. The ability to serve people and not feel like I’m selling. To use my knowledge of the area and my love for houses and my city.
The only risk was… commission only again. I pondered on it for a few days and decided to take the plunge! Now that I had committed to getting my license, I knew I had to make this work, or I wouldn’t be able to feed my family.
Despite finally finding my dream career, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows at first. I had quite the journey from then to where I’m at today.
Right after I left my comfy corporate job, we found out we were pregnant with our third son.
No salary, no benefits, no pension, no guarantees, but this was my calling. Despite the initial feelings of “did I make the right decision?”, I knew in my heart that real estate was for me. I flew through my license in four months and started selling real estate right out of the gate.
A few months into my new career, I decided to move cities and start selling in a brand-new area and market.
I saw a huge business opportunity here (in Orillia).
To say there was an adjustment period would be an understatement. I didn’t underestimate what it would take to start fresh, I simply didn’t consider it at all. There were personal adjustments and business adjustments too.
I had to learn a new city, a new way of doing business, make new friends, find a new dentist, switch the kids’ schools, etc. I had to meet people in order to be successful in real estate. I didn’t know anybody in Orillia at the time.
I joined the Chamber of Commerce, I knocked on doors, I visited local businesses and joined groups on Facebook. I basically put myself out there as much as possible.
It wasn’t easy to earn the trust of clients right away. There’s small town loyalty and credibility that takes time to build. I was rejected quite a bit at the beginning but not enough to give up. I knew I belonged here so I kept at it.
After roughly 8 months, I finally felt like a part of town, which I am proud to now call home. Orillia is my city and where I’ve chosen to raise my family. It didn’t take long to feel more connected and more at home than where I had lived before for almost 20 years.
It was a no brainer to launch my real estate business here. I am absolutely passionate about Orillia and where it’s heading economically. Orillia has a bright future and I’m excited to be a part of it.
I love working with couples and families because it reminds me of when I bought my first home as a newlywed, and when we needed more space once we started having kids. Having those personal experiences is invaluable; it helps me see eye to eye with my clients and understand their challenges.
Over the last few years, I’ve been blessed to work with as many people as I have. I’ve taken those experiences and fine tuned my service to where it is today. I get excited when I have the opportunity to talk to people about what I do.
Through all I’ve done in my life, I’m glad that I landed in real estate.”