Blog Post 1: August 20, 2012
After 14 years in college career services, I know a fair amount about career choices. I also have more information about the struggles people face in making career choices than most. I care so much about career decision-making I had to find a new line of work because the concerns I have about students and how universities serve them. So Tammie and I chose Real Estate and helping people with home; because our greatest work has been in the home.
We know that Home Matters. When we blended our 8 children in 2008 we found ourselves without a normal employer and yet able to make ends meet. Although we invested in a distance-based career coaching company and I held a title, attended some meetings, and worked to actively promote the company, we were fortunate to be able to be full-time parents in hopes of beating the odds and having a successful second marriage. We committed to our children, to help them blend, and are proud to say that the commitment has paid off.
Our story, which I will weave into my writing, is at the heart of what sets us apart from most real estate agents. Most agents are able to help people do all the things necessary to help someone sell or buy a home. The process is structured through state and national standards and laws, and regulated to assure people are treated and cared for professionally and ethically. Tammie and I do all those things with great integrity, kindness, and attention to detail. We also do it with expertise in how to manage the challenges of life. When life happens, home issues occur. Getting married, getting divorced, the passing of a spouse, the growing of kids, new children on the way, the loss of a job, a job transfer, new hobbies, changing careers, retirement, grandchildren, etc. Every change in life can bring changes in the home. We have lived those experiences.
This blog is a service to others, an outlet for my voice, and in response to the many people who have encouraged me to write a book about my experiences as a single father of 3, and now a married father of 8 (I adopted my wife’s 5 children). The blog is focused on Real Estate, but real estate issues arise when we choose to make life happen or it happens on its own. Some day the book will come, but for now, I blog.
I look forward to your questions, comments, and thoughts!