And I Jumped Right In.
It was a year ago this week that I stopped staring at the edge of uncertainty and I jumped right in. Initially, the experience was exhilarating and liberating. Now it’s turned into an adventure that’s exciting yet uncomfortable, clear yet frustrating, constant yet evolving.
Hello again AIA EP Blog community! It’s Meg Hohnholt. I’ve missed you.
What’s this jump you ask? A year ago I left the traditional practice of architecture and began my journey of a career change. And now I am a business owner doing residential real estate brokerage.
How I got started:
So why real estate?
I was looking for a career path that would be a great fit for my personal strengths, utilize on my architecture knowledge, and have great potential to capitalize on those assets. So far real estate has fit the bill beautifully.
What was the process to get started in real estate?
I attended Armbrust Real Estate Institute full time for a month to get the amount of education required by the State of Colorado DORA. Then I sat for the state and national real estate brokerage exams, which I would say combined were comparable to one ARE test. After I passed the exams (first try Baby!), I had to select a brokerage firm to “hang my license at”.
In the State of Colorado, new agents are required to be with a brokerage firm for their first two years before they can go on their own at start their own firm.
After all the the necessary paperwork and fees were paid then it was time to build my business plan, develop my marketing and get some clients!
So what business do you own?
All real estate agents are independent contractors for their brokerage firms, so technically real estate agents are all small business owners.
What I’ve learned (so far):
Marketing is constant – from the clothes I wear, to my Facebook posts (both on my personal and my business page), to the events I go to – I am always on. This doesn’t mean I’m all business & no fun – I met two of my clients at a party where we played Cards Against Humanity together. But I am always ready to share my knowledge about real estate and architecture, and help people with excellent service.
Life Balance is more like a Life ‘Counter-balance’. Life is rarely balanced…I’m learning it’s more like a seesaw where you’re standing above the center fulcrum. When I start feeling like I’m dipping too much into the work side of life, I need to put more energy on the life side of life to get things counter balance, and vice versa.
Where you can find me:
Here’s where you can find me at should you want to know more about what it was like to take on a career change, how architects are positioned to be awesome in real estate, or generally what I’m up to next!
I’m still blogging now at www.vividdenver.com where I write about the downtown Denver lifestyle, architecture, and real estate.
Want to say ‘Hi’? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Take Care! -Meg