What was I thinking? With savings to last me only a couple more months of rent and a measly Subway diet, leaving a stable income was risky business. It was the Spring of 2011 and I decided to quit my cubicle job in the biotech capital of the world, Cambridge, Massachusetts. To say this job wasn’t a good fit for my personality was a gross understatement.
It was my first “real job” out of college. I was working in customer service for a huge biotech conglomerate where my hours were filled with irate callers. When I wasn’t pacing my cubicle like a caged zoo animal, I was trying to get off the phone as quickly as possible to escape the constant beratement. All of our calls were on a recorded line, and this meant HR was calling me in weekly to play back how poorly I had handled the situation. I knew it was time for a drastic change, and the writing was on the wall, I wasn’t going to be a good fit for corporate cubicle work life.
When I was called in for another meeting with my manager, I felt like it was elementary school all over again. I was getting called into the principal’s office, and I was facing more than detention, most likely an expulsion. Before my manager could say a word, I decided to be proactive rather than reactive. “I’m giving you my six-week notice, this job isn’t a good fit for me, I can’t sit still and let’s be honest, I’m horrible at this.” I couldn’t afford the standard two-week notice, so as I was mentally preparing to deal with my version of hell for six more weeks, he surprised me. Instead of dissecting my horrible job performance, he assigned me to a completely different department: filing duty. The next day my manager was let go, as the company was downsizing. Because of the downsize and my lowly position, I was able to slip in between the cracks and go unnoticed in the back filing room. This is where the wheels started to turn for this next chapter in my life. For the next six weeks, I would take calls and answer emails as I plotted on my career in real estate.
I started my career in real estate right down the block from where my current office is in Brookline Village. From day one I knew that if I was going to succeed in the cutthroat world of real estate, I had to become an expert in my line of work. I found mentors in older more experienced real estate agents. I added value to them by handling the minutiae of their business. I rented the small apartments for these seasoned real estate agents while they closed million dollar deals. All the while I would watch them meticulously and learn how they handled real estate sales. I would tag along to their listing appointments and take notes. Eventually, I gained more skill and that translated into more confidence. I started selling two bedroom condos in Medford, and studios in Fenway and Charlestown. Shortly after I sold a million dollar listing in Jamaica Plain, followed by a big single family house in Brookline near the high school. I consumed all things real estate, from books to podcasts. I became obsessed with learning everything I could about real estate.
In the fall of 2018 I decided I was done working for a large corporate real estate company, they were slow moving and did not offer much value to my real estate business. I opened up a brokerage in the heart of Brookline Village that offers superior customer service and offers me the ability to better serve my clients. My company motto is simple “Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity”. I am confident I can add value to your real estate goals.