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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

A 40 hour work week, health insurance, retirement plan.  Good lord, what was I thinking 

Dec 09, 2015 10:14 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I gave up nothing.... I had retired from the corporate world, moved overseas for a number of years. Wanted to go back to work when we moved back to the USA.

Dec 09, 2015 08:26 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Actually unemployment.

Dec 09, 2015 11:26 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I worked for Safeway for 20 years prior to starting my career in real estate, and have to say --- didn't give up any and gained LOTS!

Dec 09, 2015 09:59 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Well I did some "magic" to convert savings into living expenses to start.

Dec 09, 2015 11:40 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I gave up a corporate management career in hospitality. Yes it was a regular big paycheck with bennies but I was under the microscope 24/7 and had a horrible director or dictator more like it. Never regretted the decision.

Dec 09, 2015 07:34 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Debbie. I gave up a family business, the time was right for me.

Dec 09, 2015 05:08 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

nothing. Best opportunity that ever fell in my lap.  I was in sales before (radio and newspaper)

Dec 09, 2015 01:02 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I gave up my free time but still had great flexibility to spend time with my daughter.

Dec 09, 2015 12:17 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Nothing Debbie, it was a win win situation. I love my work and was tired and burned out on my last career in the IT world.

Dec 09, 2015 11:01 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

My mind?  Just was retirement!

Dec 09, 2015 10:29 AM
Jack Gerbehy
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

if all goes well retail

Dec 09, 2015 09:54 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Nothing actually. I was at home with kids and they were in school. 

Dec 09, 2015 08:08 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

A lot of time with family

Dec 09, 2015 07:24 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Nothing, Ron was working full steam, and he needed my help.  A

Dec 09, 2015 05:17 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Not a thing! I found myself a single mom and needed a career..Real Estate seemed the best opportunity!

Dec 09, 2015 09:58 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I started at 18, so i gave him 4 years of college shenanigan's to be a grown up 4 years ahead of most my age, That was 30 years ago tomorrow.

Dec 09, 2015 09:44 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

My first marriage.

Dec 09, 2015 12:52 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Graduate school.

Dec 09, 2015 12:43 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Nothing. I have always been a career minded woman. At 23 I had already been in broadcasting for five years, and had won some awards. I started managing my own newsroom and doing local talk shows. I didn't stop there. I've also managed a few businesses since then, and took ten years off of my life to be a stay at home mom. After that I had to do something for me and I went into real estate.  

Dec 09, 2015 11:37 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds I was an Oracle DBA,  an IT professional,  prior to starting my Real Estate career. A major switch for sure.

Dec 09, 2015 10:50 AM
Bill Cherry, Realtor - Dallas, TX
Broker & Wealth Coach

I was supposed to be an English teacher, but found my way into a summer job at a bank.  I found out that I had a talent for making real estate loans, and before long, I was a broker in which I have now been active for 49 years,

Dec 09, 2015 10:24 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Gee, I never thought about it that way!  I never felt like I gave anything up.

Dec 09, 2015 08:13 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I gave up a good automotive career but now do not miss the upper management.

Dec 09, 2015 07:05 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Micromanaging bosses, reporting hours in three different systems, corporate politics and BS and losing control of my personal schedule to corporate's wants.


So to sum it up, I didn't lose anything I'd miss!  I gained freedom!


Ok, that's not true.  I do miss the healthcare plan: $2 a month, everything covered, free surgery and hospitalization, 80% off doctor's fees, no co-pay for prescriptions, $500 ER visits (used to be free as well).  The joys of working for the largest for profit hospital management company...

Dec 09, 2015 06:06 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Debbie, I did give up teaching subjects that I loved (US History and Economics) and being around high school kids (99% of them were GREAT)  for 31 years, but I do not miss all the preparation and nightly grading of papers and quizzes/tests.

It is nice for both of us to sell real estate from our home and for me not  to make the daily commute and be controlled by 26 bells every day.

Dec 09, 2015 04:53 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I gave up a job where I was very unhappy to work with my husband!

Sep 04, 2016 03:49 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Debbie - I gave up a nice paying job where I put in 50-60 hours a week, and was salaried. I also worked in a cubical, was surrounded by incompetence, and was never really rewarded for my skills and value to the business. Everything had a policy and procedure, annual reviews, standard vacation, and the typical 2-3% raise every year.

Very hard to be motivated when you were just in a system where everything and everybody move at the same speed, and there seems to be no breaking out of the pattern. People who worked half as hard still got all the same benefits, and pay as I did.

Dec 11, 2015 03:33 PM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

All that corporate hassle, driving to a job, endless meetings, hiring and firing, etc.

Dec 10, 2015 12:03 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I did not give up anything. I opened my first real estate and insurance office after finishing law school.

Dec 10, 2015 09:21 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Free time


Dec 10, 2015 02:15 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I was a teacher and gave up health insurance, retirement package and a week off every 8 holidays and summers off.... the pay was lousy.... loved the job and the kids....

Dec 10, 2015 12:07 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds I gave up a lot of free time. Work your own hours, easy money are all fabrications of the real estate schools and brokers looking to recruit you.

Dec 09, 2015 11:31 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Getting on airplanes for 2 to 3 round trips a week - both domestic and international for 11 years...  It's called Corporate America! 

Dec 09, 2015 10:33 PM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

My sanity, or the little that I had left. 

Dec 09, 2015 09:56 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I did not give up anything. I used to be a Customer service rep at a major bank .

Dec 09, 2015 09:36 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Limited income and working for the man.

Dec 09, 2015 09:31 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The practice of law! Good move for me!

Dec 09, 2015 09:06 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I didn't give anything up when I started my career in real estate.  Kept my grandkids past 4 and 1/2 yrs.  Started classes while keeping them, they are in school now.

Dec 09, 2015 01:24 PM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Hmmm. The only thing that even has the "flavor" of giving something up is prior to real estate my evenings and weekends were 100% my own - no need to even own a cell phone or a home computer (other than if I wanted one for my own personal use).  I don't know what to call that - pure "off the clock time"??  That sounds bout right to me - I don't really have 100% off the clock time and more and that's OK,  but that's the only thing that I kind of miss at times.

Dec 09, 2015 08:53 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Nothing. We are really glad we made the move!

Dec 09, 2015 06:08 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe


But I have been in property and home improvement longer than I can remember.....

Dec 09, 2015 05:23 AM