I recently made the transition from one real estate firm to another. I moved from Prudential Ambassador Real Estate to NP Dodge Real Estate. Both companies are located in Omaha, Nebraska, and both companies have outstanding reputations for quality service and providing up to date technical tools for their agents. So the obvious question is why?
Before I was in real estate and before the 10 years I was a stay-at-home Mom, I was a manager of a travel agency in Fort Worth, TX. I loved management…motivating people, handling complaints and dealing with the daily task of keeping a business running smoothly. I wanted to get back into it when I moved to Nebraska, but got my real estate license instead because I wanted the flexibility of sales as my children were school age. I worked to get my Broker’s license a few years ago because I thought of opening my own real estate firm, managing again, but with the economy turning south I decided to wait. Fortunately, selling real estate came fairly easy to me, and I could sustain a decent living from it, although I have always wanted more from my career.
About a month ago I met someone at a continuing education course I was taking. He was a Managing Broker at one of the NP Dodge offices. We talked about real estate (of course), selling vs. management, and my previous experiences with management and sales. We exchanged business cards and I didn’t think anymore about it. Then a couple of days later the president of NP Dodge called me up and said he’d received my business card from one of his managers. After interviewing and meeting a few key people, I was asked to join NP Dodge as an Assistant Manager, training to be a Managing Broker of a branch as positions opened up. This was an amazing opportunity! Even though I loved working at Prudential and would miss the people there, I took the position.
I’ve been at my new office for about 2 weeks now and I am meeting some great people and learning about all of the tools that NP Dodge has to offer to help their agents succeed at selling real estate. I am still selling homes myself during this training period, and hope to encourage other agents in the office by example. It is just amazing to me that opportunity finds you when you are least expecting it, and you need to embrace it and change with it. I am happy and excited to start this new chapter in my life.