When I was first getting started in this business, I did interview at brokerages in Cambridge, then I called Jacquie Krismer at the North Branch Edina Realty Office. When I walked in, I could immediately tell things were going to be different here. Jacquie was not only the sweetest and most loveable managing broker I’d met, but she knew her stuff. She knew what it would take for a new agent to get going and Edina Realty had the tools I needed to do so.
She also asked me questions that no other broker had. “Why do you want to be in real estate?” This was an important question, because my prior work history wasn’t really sales-based. Leading up to real estate, it was mostly analytical, paperwork type stuff, design, construction or jobs where my sole purpose was to care for others. I didn’t want to get into real estate to SELL, I wanted to get into it because the thought of helping people make the biggest purchase of their lives made me happy. Because I come from a family that values real estate. Because I have a good knowledge of houses – from building to decorating. Because I’m good with paperwork and with helping people. Other brokers saw my history as a weakness, Jacquie showed me that it is a strength. It takes all kinds, as they say. Some buyers and sellers need an agent who will give them a push. Some need an agent like me, who is there to research, assist and offer my expertise.
Getting to be who I want to be – not the vision someone else has for me –
makes me LOVE my job.
On top of all this, I work with some amazing people at this office. Our office administrator, Connie, is a wealth of knowledge and reason and helps keep all the agents in our office organized and on track. The other agents here welcomed me with open arms and offered to help with anything I needed, they didn’t guard themselves against me as competition like many agents might. I feel like I BELONG at this office and at this company. Even though we agents are self-employed, Edina Realty treats us like we are an integral part of the company – of the Edina Realty family. I knew when I walked in that this would be my “home” and years later, I still plan to keep it that way.
Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that our North Branch office is directly across the street from beautiful Central Park. And that there are a LOT of places to grab lunch in town. 😉