Green Spaces is celebrating almost six years of being online. 2012 has been a record year in sales for me (evidenced by LESS blogging!) since becoming licensed for a second time at the beginning of the real estate crash (crap timing, I know). I also spent 2007-2010 as right hand to two different broker owners, and not focusing on sales – instead my specialty is compliance (file administration and keeping people in line with the law from a paper perspective), marketing, and social media. Two years ago the broker I was working for essentially went under, so I began full time sales – and it is true, it takes 18-24 months to get up to full steam. I have been licensed to sell real estate for a total of ELEVEN years (1998-2002, 2007-2012), but much of that time I am working on other real estate related projects.
As 2012 melds into 2013, I am faced with the prospect of a major relocation, from Seattle to Orange County in Southern California. My husband is being considered for a job there and it is a 50/50 chance we will be moving before the end of January (there is one other final applicant competitor). I admit, I started this ball rolling as I have lived my entire life in the Puget Sound area and even I can get sick of rain after 8 months straight of it. A move will also give me the opportunity to remake my own career. I will study to get my CA real estate license but I may not go into sales there, waiting to see if marketing or property management opportunities become available, or finally take the step I’ve been trying to figure out for awhile – how to leverage my experiences in real estate and GREEN into a job in the new green economy. I’ve been thinking about solar sales for awhile, and this would be an opportunity to change gears.
Today I am also celebrating my 15th wedding anniversary with my husband Stephen (and tomorrow, 16 years since the day we met sitting outside of a Starbucks and smoking cigarettes – ironically we quit smoking the first year we were married and caffeine too about 5 years ago)), and I wanted to share this awesome mashup from DJ Schmolli (discovered through the movie Pitch Perfect) to celebrate LOVE of all kinds all over the world. What we need is love, more love, to make the world a better place. I am hoping for more love for the world in 2013.
Happy New Year.