Tough Enough

Real estate is like the Wild West. While there is the overall governing law which each agent abides by, each agent operates independently and calls the shots in their territory, much like the lone sheriff of a dusty, prairie town. In a transaction, this can pose problematic. Not all agents are created equal and each one has a different background, different set of motivations. Many times, agents clash due to differing values and ethics. Strike that – every day – agents clash.

For me, this is where exercise comes in. Not only am I getting fit, but it is also a great stress reliever and source of the almighty endorphin. And because I put in 110 percent for work, I need every molecule.

One day, I stopped by my lender’s office in my gym clothes. She saw me and said, “Wow, I wish I had time to work out.” I said to her, “You do!” See, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. I don’t have more than anyone else. I actually have less because I am a single parent of two and my oldest is very active in sports. Lots of my days are already spoken for. Working out wasn’t always the case for me let me assure you, but I learned the hard way how important it is to make time for me.

Recently, I had been in a large transaction yet exercising regularly. It got very stressful, however, and I stopped going to the gym. I just worked the transaction day in, day out. Finally, it finished, but there I was – depleted and probably 10 years older from the process. Fortunately, my 20th high school reunion was approaching and I had to start working out. It was then that I decided I would not allow that to happen again. Come hell or high water, I would go to the gym.

I understand my lender’s train of thought though. In real estate, as in many other jobs I’m sure, we get so busy and work around the clock that it is almost impossible to squeeze something else into our schedules. Every spare moment is spent tending to our families, working transactions, or generating new ones.

I’ve learned, however, that each day that I am sweating and pushing myself at the gym, I am not only making myself physically tougher, but mentally tougher as well. The stronger I am in body and mind, the better I will be able to handle the challenges in a transaction.

So now, instead of watching my e-mail box change before my eyes, I am at the gym enduring pain, improving myself… becoming tough enough.

An Unexpected Love Story

Along the path of real estate, it is not easy – there is elation and heartbreak all the time. It is very easy to become distracted and jaded. I see it often and if I allowed myself, I, too, could become unfocused and bitter. Fortunately, a blessing came along that reminded me just exactly why… life is so beautiful.

My client, Karsten, who is six years old, has been on a long journey with his family. He has kernicterus, a rare neurological condition that occurs in some newborns with severe jaundice. One of the major steps of that journey, was to find a new home that would fit his needs. To meet his current and future requirements, his family decided that new home construction would be the best for him. With a custom built house, they could make the necessary disability modifications that would accommodate his needs now and anticipate his growth later. After all, he won’t always be a cute little boy 😉

With the help of Karsten’s team and the understanding of the builder, Standard Pacific, we were able to find and go into escrow on the perfect house for him. It is a one-story, 5 bedroom, 3.5 baths property. It took about four months to build, but it was well worth the wait.

After the floors were installed, I had the opportunity to wheel Karsten around the house on the Preview Walk. It was an amazing feeling to push his wheelchair in and out of all the rooms with ease. We even cornered a small hallway between the dining room and kitchen, no problem. The best part of the Preview Walk though was seeing his mother push him in and out of his private shower while still in his chair. Part of the disability modifications the family had constructed was a roll-in shower in his private bathroom and the master bathroom. As Karsten gets older and bigger, it will make it so much easier for his mother to tend to his needs. His bathroom also has enough clearance for his wheelchair to turn around.

I wish just by touching the screen, you could feel the joy we felt that day. The house – Karsten’s house – means so much. It’s a symbol of faithful love, undying hope, and absolute good will. This little man and his family’s dream have introduced me to beauty I haven’t known before and brought out the best in me in unexpected ways.

Thank you, Karsten.

Team Blue Pacific

One of the great aspects about working for Blue Pacific Property is the support we have for one another. Even though we are individual agents striving for essentially the same business, we have respect and goodwill for each other and function as a team and family. Below are pix from our monthly all-hands meeting at our HQ in Irvine.