My family valued hard work and home ownership. When I was 18 my mother gave me and my sister a down payment to buy a home together. We were both working full time at the Price Club (what is now Costco) and we shouldered the added responsibility of home ownership because we knew how important it was to our mom. We trusted that she knew it would be good for us to start with this type of investment at a young age. Instead of throwing rent money out the window each month, our hard earned money would be earning us equity in something real; it would be our investment in the future. So barely out of my teens, I learned firsthand how great real estate investing could be.
It was a long time before I came to real estate as a career though. After working in retail for many years, I went into radio sales and management. It was during a golf tournament where a client of mine told me, “You would be good as a real estate agent.” It clicked. All of my professional experience led me to this career as I had become very skilled in working with customers to get them what they needed and in managing the details of large, complex projects. In 2003 I started working in real estate lending, and by 2004 I was a licensed real estate agent.