Why I Chose Real Estate - I Was Scared!!

Why I Chose Real Estate -- I was scared!

Lottie Thurston Kendall, age 11 monthsGrowing up I rarely gave real estate a thought. Sure, I had fun walking through houses being built, trying to guess which room was which; I knew that some of my friends had very large, nice houses, and I knew which yards and gardens were the most fun to play in. I never knew that helping people buy and sell those homes was a career option.

Lots of things weren't discussed in the 1950's, like careers for women. Or maybe I just didn't listen, who knows? I remember thinking my choices were: a nun (nixed,) a nurse (nixed,) a teacher (nixed simply because my mother was a teacher) or a librarian. A librarian, hmmm, possible because I loved books and reading--still do--but it just seemed so tame and repetitive.

By default I ended up doing clerical work--a file clerk, clerk typist, secretary, medical secretary, administrative assistant of the newly established Trauma Center at San Francisco General Hospital. I had found a great niche, working with people I admired so much.

And then -- I got married, expected a baby, and bought a house. I wasn't afraid about the baby, silly me, but the house scared me to death. What was I doing? Age 25, I didn't feel very grown up, and buying a house definitely seemed like a grown up thing.

So, I did what I do when I'm uncertain -- learn! I went to our local Cañada College and took, "Principles of Real Estate." Before the class was over, I decided it was OK that we bought a house. So, I took "Legal Aspects of Real Estate," then "Real Estate Investing and Analysis" and I was hooked.

Knowing I couldn't raise a family the way I wanted to and be a full-time Realtor® the way I wanted to, I waited. I invested in real estate; I became a landlord; I worked as a weekend secretary at a real estate firm; I started a home-based bookkeeping business, with a number of Realtors® as clients.

The years passed, my youngest daughter was in college, and the time was right--I had a second chance, and I took it! Waiting, gaining life and business experiences along the way, has made these last 14 years as a Realtor® all the more sweet.

Not the right career choice for everyone, but the perfect one for me!

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

Pacific Union International

CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Lottie@LottieKendall.com

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Comment balloon 33 commentsLottie Kendall • July 23 2011 01:01PM

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Lottie, what a great story. Sounds like you found your niche. Wishing you continued success in your career!

Posted by Shannon Jones, Long Beach CA Real Estate (The Shannon Jones Team) about 7 years ago

Lottie, congrats to you on making it in real estate. Your story is a good one.

Posted by Juan Bassett, GRI (Long & Foster) about 7 years ago

Hi Shannon -- these stories are fun, aren't they? I love what I do, which is a good thing since I'm averaging 57 hour weeks this year (even with a vacation tossed in there!) My best to you.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Hi Juan -- it's fun to read about the many paths that brought us to our chose careers. Best wishes to you.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

What a pretty baby!! I love the story and can certainly relate! Great post and thank you so much.

Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 7 years ago

Lottie, Indeed real estate is not the right career for everyone.  You certainly paved a path for yourself. All of your experience, combined with passion and desire, has helped make you the successful business woman you are!  Congrats!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 7 years ago

Lottie, like you, while real estate was not my initial career choice, it's something I was drawn to. I feel certain it will be my 'forever career' now.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Sounds like the perfect path to real estate, Lottie!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) about 7 years ago

This is such a great story Lottie. Real Estate is definitely in your blood (it starts at an early age IMO) and I share your passion. Here's to the next 15 years.

Posted by Doug Anderson, Bay Area Real Estate Views (Tucker Associates Real Estate Services) about 7 years ago

Deb, my thanks to you for urging us to share our stories. There are some great reads here -- have you posted yours yet??

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Kathleen, thanks for your nice words. I definitely have found my place--love it--and a good thing, too. This is yet another over 70-hour week! If you sell in Cupertino, come check out my open house tomorrow, 21547 Rosario Avenue (off Bubb Road) I'll be there, 1:30-4:30.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Hi Vickie -- the thought of 'retiring' sounds really strange, doesn't it? I like your term, 'forever career!'

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Most of our paths to real estate have twists and turns, don't they Donna? I'm looking forward to reading yours.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Doug, sometimes waiting is a good thing--I'm at an age where lots of my friends are anxiously waiting to retire--I'm having a ball, building my business and helping their kids buy homes, and them to sell theirs. No burnout here! Yes--here's to the next 15!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Lottie:

You baby picture is so sweet.  We all look so cute and innocent in our baby pictures.  I can relate to your story.  Very nicely written. 

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) about 7 years ago

Your life experience was building up to becoming a realtor, Lottie.  And what better way to learn than investing in it first.

 

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) about 7 years ago

Hi Evelyn--babies are cute, aren't they. I'm heading over to read your story. Have a great day

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Hi Jane -- our paths have lots of twists and turns, that's for sure. I'm liking this straight stretch!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Sounds like you were very well prepared - better than many agents!  Thanks for sharing your story.

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) about 7 years ago

Lottie - this is a great story ending at the perfect place for you - a career in real estate!  Good luck on your entry - looks like a winner to me!

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) about 7 years ago

Hi Julia - I guess I was prepared; also did real estate assisting along the way. Love it.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Hi Barbara -- I'm glad you liked my story. I'm off to see yours!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

I hope I can find some time to work on it this week.  If I remember correctly there are bonus points if I have it "in" my the 30th of this month!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Lottie, very nice story. It must have been that the real estate seed was within you and was semi-dormant while you further defined your personae. Once the time was right, it sprouted and you've been nurturing it every since.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 7 years ago

Lottie,  I lovd your story.  You tried other things before settling into what you love.   Good for you!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) about 7 years ago

Hey Donna--I'll look for yours. We all have a different story how we arrived at where we are today--fascinating.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Hi Ed -- yes, I knew early on what excited me--just had to wait 20+ years! Worth the wait, though.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Hi Elyse--have you written yours yet? I'm off to check!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Not many, David. But--I'm sure as we read more of these stories, we'll find one or two who did. I'm off to see if you've written your story yet.  :)

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Lottie, I love learning how you got into real estate!  What a great story!  You really did do it the right way ~ learned about it first...  But here I thought you'd been doing this forever!  And you write so well.  Whenever I come to read your posts they just flow off the pages.  You indeed are a story teller!  Well done...

Pamela

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) about 7 years ago

Hi Pam -- your comments made me smile. I wish my posts simply flew--occasionally they do, but often the process is arduous. We're both fortunate we ended up with our chosen professions.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

Lottie ~ such a cute baby with those big eyes!  Wonderful story.  It's interesting how it took you so many years to actually get into real estate.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) about 7 years ago

Hi Dawn -- it did take a while, didn't it? Worth waiting for; I'm loving it, and at a point where many of my contemporaries are talking about retirement, I'm excited, enthused, and building a business. I'm off to find your story now.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) about 7 years ago

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