I’m what you may call an over planner, a scrupulous decision maker, an advanced weigher of options. Basically, I like to know the ins and outs, and dissect every pro versus con of every decision before taking a plunge – believe me I have the lists to prove it.
So, at the age of 32, having worked in the hospitality industry, the fitness arena, and in sales I found myself once again weighing options. Career change… Really? I mean, I had some good things going for me. I was paying bills, and putting some money in the bank while I was at it, so why rock the boat when it seems to be smooth sailing?
I’m not sure if it’s my greatest asset, or my greatest vice, but I have what you may call an “ambition issue.” I had a career, I’ve had a few, but always felt limited. I’d hit the ceiling with nowhere else to go. What could I do that would allow me to have no ceiling? What gives the people willing to work for it no limit to personal and earning potential to match a work ethic? What business allows you to simply work hard and see your hard work pay off? Where can intense motivation and energy actually see an equal reward? Real estate.
Yes, real estate, more specifically Baltimore real estate. Being through the daunting home buying process myself, I knew being a first time home buyer can be terrifying and that most the people in the world think of real estate agents as sleazy used car salesmen. I also knew that the industry is flooded with Baltimore Realtors, this was concerning to me. Could I do this and could I help maybe take the “ick factor” out of being an agent? I drilled every friend I knew in the business and began my lists. Pro – I love working with people, I love interacting and helping people especially during exciting times.
Pro -I not only have experience in sales, but was a top producer in my industry.
Pro – I’m well networked and versed in the many neighborhoods of Maryland. Things were looking up for ol’ Meighan Sweeney!
Oh, but wait, the Cons. Yes there were a few standing in the way of my starry eyed vision. By my calculations it was going to cost me just about a million bazillion dollars to get started (okay minor exaggeration,) but between classes, getting licensed, becoming affiliated with a broker, marketing, registering, signs, cards, and well I would go on but you get the idea; to make a long story short I was going have to drop some major coin if I was going to do this. Also, while I am driven and motivated, like so many things in this world, the reward was no guarantee, while the risk seemed ample. Also a major con, it would be a slow start into, from what I could tell, is a dog eat dog world.
Lucky for me, as I mentioned before, I had lots of friends in the biz. It was with their guidance, and their reassurance that I pulled the trigger, registered for classes, and hit the ground running. I’ve been told that real estate is a “business built on relationships.” I have to say, as things play out, not only is that completely true, but I am already not only capitalizing on my relationships but building a future upon them.
The picture above was taken this month, January 2016. I had my first settlement of the year and placed Nelson V. into the 21224!