When I started in real estate as an administrator I didn’t have a mortgage, I didn’t own property and I definitely didn’t have any kids. I had a 9-5 salaried job. I was 19 and ready to take on the world.
Fast forward 7 years I had bought my first condo, got married (and subsequently divorced) and had a 1 year old son. For some strange reason and with the help of my parents I decided that working ‘in the business’ and owning the business were two different things….and I wanted to run the business.
The first memory I have of being a working mom, is the day that I decided to door knock in a snow storm. My 10 month old watched me get ready by putting on my bright blue winter jacket. This was around the time he was cruisin’ furniture and learning to take his own first steps.
As my 10 month old was learning to take his first steps, I was practising my door knocking skills “Hi there, my name is Ayn. I was in the neighbourhood today, and wanted to see if you would be interested in knowing what your home was worth?”. It was like I was trying to learn how to walk and talk just like he was. Knees a little shaky, steady hands… and I was off on my own two feet.
I remember nights of making hand-made seed packages on the dining room table and then having to pack it all up, to make dinner only for it to be thrown on the floor by a hungry 1 year old. #DailyOccurrence
First listing had an offer!
My first listing was a girlfriend of mine that I had met through play dates. Our kids were around the same age, and I guess for some reason they feltI could get the job done. A few days after the listing went on the market we had an offer. It was irrevocable until 11:59pm that night and it was just shy of 10pm and my son was sleeping soundly in his crib. I had to make a quick decision, let the deal die, or get him in the car seat and get to the house to get signatures. Luckily he was young enough that he fell right back asleep in his car seat. The deal was eventually signed on the front step. #Anotherhappyfamily.
Now almost 2 years later, I now;
Tell my clients up front that I am a mom, and sometimes I have to wear 2 hats at one time…. and yes that means showing houses with my 3 year old.
I set all my irrevocable times for 7pm. If the rush is on, make the rush happen at 6pm, not 11:59pm
I have learned to keep a generous amount snacks and toys in the emergency road side kit – they always come in handy.
The biggest learning curve of all was knowing how to juggle and manage my schedule. This has taught me to say, “sorry I just can’t make it across town and through traffic in 5 minutes”.
It has taken me sometime, but I now have 5 or so babysitters on speed dial. They understand my schedule and a lockbox has been placed on my house.
But at the end of the day, I now book quality time with my son. It sounds crazy, but I actually schedule time to PLAY with him. I tell my clients I have a very important client meeting, and that I have to go.
If there’s one thing I have learned selling real estate and being a mom is that life happens. I work hard for my clients night and day but sometimes being a mom is paramount. Everyday gets a little easier to manage. My son is still too young to understand my work, but I hope as he grows up that he realizes that I help people.
I’m lucky that I love what I do, and I’m lucky to have the flexibility and the support from my family and friends to help me be a good salesperson and be a good mom.
Such a trooper
Recycling Bin rides at the office:
Fell asleep at the meeting:
Car-Dancing while mommy drives an offer across town:
This blog was originally written for the #oreaypn blog. Ontario Real Estate Association – Young Professional Network