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What a journey!
It feels like I have been to the moon and back this season and all of you got to come along for the ride. This market was one of the most challenging out of the 12 years I have been in real estate. Every homeowner has felt the market downturn even if they weren't in the market to sell. My client Bradley purchased his property for about $2,300,000 and was on the verge of foreclosure! As you saw, Bradley was very depressed and his world was turned upside down. I made it my mission to try and keep Bradley in his home. I always say: "Where there's a will, there's a way!"
I met with my mortgage broker who offered great advice which I gave to Bradley. At the end of the day, it all worked out and I was able to buy Bradley some time. I can't even begin to tell you the satisfaction I felt in helping a client from losing his home. Now I tell people commissions aren't everything especially when it comes to helping each other.
The Habitat for Humanity day was a lot of fun! I made myself a deal that I would leave my business out of this day as it wasn't about me, it was about Habitat for Humanity. You can see how frustrated I was when a few real estate agents kept wanting to focus on past business and personal issues which were not for the benefit of others. It felt as if the day was being cheapened and I was not going to be a part of that. The only reason why I was there was to work and give back to those in need as you clearly saw in the episode.
In the end, the most important thing that I learned this season is that you have to ride the wave of life and put others before yourself. Victoria and I have come a long way in our three and a half years of being together. She has been such an amazing girlfriend because she understands and accepts how demanding my business is. I even got Starla to help me sell homes so we could spend more time together. Since the show, Victoria and I allocate "quality time" together. We love going out on date nights and our cell phones have a date of their own at home ;)
I don't regret anything that I have been through this year. It was an incredible learning experience.
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