I retired from the corporate world at the end of 2014. My husband asked me what I was going to do. “Plenty,” I said. I do have a life outside work, family, church, ministry, “me” time. He told me, “You can have an office next to mine, work part time and come and go as you please.” I thought, “What a deal!” That was December 31, 2014.
On January 2, 2015 (I did have a day off for New Year’s Day), I show up at the office and was given the duties of Repair Coordinator. After all, we have a family business, we are property managers, first and foremost, as well as a real estate brokerage, and someone needs to handle all the repair requests for the 400+ properties we manage. I said, “Sure.” (How hard could it be?)
In three months I’ve processed over 600 repairs for properties in five different counties. I’ve learned the business from the ground up and inside out. I’ve had the privilege to get to know owners and tenants, and (hopefully) they can say the same about me. It’s fast-paced, never a dull moment, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
On top of that, I got my Realtor’s license. The majority of our staff now have their license, all in an effort to better meet the needs of our clients, owners and tenants. This helps set us apart from other property management companies.
Goes to show you’re never too old to learn something new. I’ve even learned if you take ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of white vinegar and let it stand for 20 or 30 minutes, it will clear just about any clogged drain.