Annette  Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Never take your time for granted and make each moment count. For me; I elected to get back into RE to spend more time with Sandy

Apr 26, 2016 12:29 AM
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

I got into real estate when my marriage was ending and my husband refused to help send our son to college.   Like Susan Laxson I realized that education was not going to support me and four years of college for Lance.   The rest, as they say, is history.  Lance graduated from Virginia Tech as a Theater major in 2002. Today he works as a lighting designer for CNN in New York.  And I discovered  that I love helping people buy and sell homes  : )

Apr 25, 2016 11:21 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Real Estate was a career move for me, I knew my DJ career was in later half of it's natural span, so I preparing for my 40's basically. But, ironically in part, the extra hours and running two careers in parallel, ended my first marriage. There were other deeper factors too, but it sort of lit the fuse to a "relationship-bomb" we'd built over the course of 5 years.

Apr 25, 2016 11:01 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

For me it was just a change and it was time to move on to new adventures.

Condolences to you and your family on your loss :(

Apr 25, 2016 10:57 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Hmmmm, I know no one who came because of a loss

Apr 26, 2016 03:29 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I got into real estate after I lost an incredible job.  It was a political post, and my guy lost an election.  In DC, I think a lot of us get into real estate after a change in administrations.

Apr 26, 2016 02:41 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

NO loss here, we wanted to make more $$$ A

Apr 26, 2016 02:17 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm sorry for your loss........Annette. 

I went through my share of downs.... 

Apr 26, 2016 08:48 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Mine was a loss of love for corporate BS and politics!

Apr 26, 2016 05:57 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

For me love plaed no part

Apr 26, 2016 12:55 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Love lost actually took me out of real estate. Like you, my husband died after a long illness.  I was broken hearted and tired! I didn't want to do anything.  I told myself I was taking a year off because I deserved. It was 3 years before I could even stand to be home without him.  I did a lot of traveling, visiting family and friends to fill the void.  After the 4th year, I decided to go into the training aspect because of the woeful results many agents experience.  I had done training before and love that aspect, and couldn't imagine going back into the daily grind.  So, here I am, plugging along but not pushing.... trying to contribute in some small way and enjoy the flexibility of life.   

The lesson learned?  No matter how hard it is, you will never regret a single day taking care of someone you love unconditionally and being loved by them in the same way.

Apr 26, 2016 12:45 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It is on just everyone's wish list. Some tries by getting a license hang it on the wall.... 90% dropped out...

I am the lone survior the rest all drop out. Some go out get a real job.

Apr 26, 2016 12:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sorry to hear about your loss. Time in the corporate world ended when our online marketing company went Chapter 11. My wife and I opened about art gallery for 3 years and I moved into RE during that period

Apr 25, 2016 11:51 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Sorry for your loss Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 

Apr 25, 2016 11:25 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Interesting how life takes you down different paths. I'm sorry for your loss. I began in real estate when I divorced and was left a single mom. New career and personal thing that ever happen to me.

Apr 25, 2016 11:23 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your story.

Apr 25, 2016 11:11 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

Annette, what a profound and moving lesson you have shared with us. Thank you and I am sorry for your loss.

I came into real estate when I learned that I would never make enough money to help support my family by teaching elementary school. My first commission check was more than I made an entire year of teaching.


Apr 25, 2016 11:05 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Sorry for your loss.

It was a time for a change from another sales career.

Apr 25, 2016 10:54 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 Sorry to learn of your loss.  By sharing you have given others the opportunity to share their story and for others to show they care.  Thank you

Apr 26, 2016 02:35 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

From what I read here, it sounds like life changes have been a major factor in bringing people to real estate as a profession.

Apr 25, 2016 11:50 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The lesson is an ongoing one i.e. that no one is singled out & all go this way

Apr 25, 2016 11:24 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am sorry for your loss Annette.

For me it was just another challenge to dig into.

Jul 25, 2019 09:59 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sorry for your loss.   Got into RE thinking we would fix n flip homes, but we divorced instead.

Apr 29, 2016 12:54 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Very sorry for your loss. :(
Is Sasquatch not your husband?
Anyhoo, I didn't get into RE via a loss. BUT I got into publishing, metaphysical counseling and teaching (longtime passions) via a series of HUGE losses. Nothing could possibly be as hard as going on without half of your soul, though.

Apr 27, 2016 12:42 PM