Week one for Re/MAX Elite Properties is now in the books, and what an extraordinary week it has been! Monday was Labor Day, so our official first day open was Tuesday, Sept 6. That morning as I woke up â€“ or rather decided to get up because it was a sleepless night â€“ I started reflecting. I wanted to put my thoughts down that morning, but as soon as my feet hit the floor, too many other things required my immediate attention. Having my desired moment to write moved to the back burner.
This week is historical for the Buckhoff family. My son, Patrick Nathaniel Buckhoff, will be leaving tomorrow for Ft. Benning, GA to begin his quest to become a US Army Ranger. I could not be more proud of our 19-year old and the decision he has made to serve. But as his mother, my heart is heavy to say a good-bye to him tomorrow and know that he will not return home to us the same. That is not a bad thing, but it is heavy.
I will be turning 50 years old in 2 months. And while I have never really considered that I may be going through a â€śmid-life crisisâ€ť, it occurred to me in a startling way on Tuesday morning that I possibly am experiencing this phenomenon! Here I am hitting the mid-century mark, which in itself is completely freaking me out! I decided in the middle of that to open an office while my son is getting ready to leave home for good! Oh, so why not throw in a massive life-changing diet so I can be a better version of myself by the time my 50th actually arrives! And yes, I also have a 17-year old beautiful daughter who is a senior in high school. I donâ€™t think I need to say moreâ€¦ She left this morning to take the ACT for the 2nd time just to see if she can better her score in hopes to attend a great university, which, of course, will be far away from home
But I digress. That is my life right now. â€śSquirrelâ€ť is a phrase we use around the house and the office when we are so quickly distracted from what we were in the middle of doing or talking about. My reflections this week definitely go in many different directions, but they have been, for the most part, focused on my real estate life to this point. There are so many people who have touched my life and impacted my path. I have thought about each of them and wanted to take a moment to say thank you.
My real estate career began 5 months after we had been relocated to Houston in 2006 â€“ 10 years ago. I started with Coldwell Banker because it was the company our own Realtor was with who helped us with our move â€“ Elizabeth Foster. Elizabeth offered me guidance and encouragement to get started, and introduced me to the world of Coldwell Banker. I enrolled in the training program that was offered and for six weeks immersed myself in learning as much as possible from the trainers, Gayle Edleman and Janice Chretien. Janice later became my office manager for a couple of years, and Gayle has been a constant friend and cheer leader.
As a â€śnewbieâ€ť in the office, most seasoned agents were less than welcoming. However, there were two agents who literally took me under their wing. They became my friends and my teachers that first year. Joe Spilman and Dwayne Sawyer sat in an office toward the front and were completely welcoming when I started my 100 questions â€“ almost every single day. My first paycheck came from helping Joe sort his files. He paid me $100. I still have that $100 bill as a momento for where I began. My first referral check came from Dwayne Sawyer when he allowed me to help with a client who was purchasing a lot in Magnolia. It ended up being a whopping $15k lot, so the check was small â€“ but I was so grateful. More grateful for the experience, time and knowledge these two gentleman were pouring in as they showed me the ropes of how to be a good agent. (The picture posted with this blog is me holding that first commission check 10 years ago.) Joe and Dwayne let me do open houses on their listings, allowed me to sit in the back seat when they went to show property, and even sit in with them on a few listing appointments. I know I was a complete time-consuming barrel of questions for both of them, but they never once told me they were too busy to help me. They are both my friends and strong encouragers to this day. I celebrate my friendship with them and the mentoring they provided to me. I simply cannot thank them enough. It made a huge impact on my life and an indelible mark on my brain to want to be the kind of agent who is always willing to serve and help the new folks.
I will pause at this time in my reflections at the bequest of my 17-year-old, also my chief editor. I have more to say and people to thank than what will keep the average willing reader interested for much longer. So, this initial trot down my real estate memory lane will end now with a heart full of gratitude toward those who were there to help me get started on this amazing journey!