Last October, I “retired” from the mortgage lending business. I had a hunch I wouldn’t really stay retired. I just needed some time away from work to reflect on life and what my next venture might be. During this time, and actually before while still in lending, real estate, my first love, kept calling. So, after 4 years in the mortgage business and 9 months of retirement, I reactivated my real estate license this month and joined Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties [Update: I have since moved my license to Ridgway Real Estate]. I am so excited to be back!
Don’t get me wrong, retirement was fun. I’ve never been bored with time off. It was great having no agenda, no commitments, and just, basically, leading a life by stream-of-consciousness, jumping from one activity or project to another as the thought and notion crossed my mind. I dabbled in e-commerce, stock trading, and cryptocurrency. I played music, hiked, camped, traveled, worked out with Team Beach Body online, caught up on neglected projects around the house, started an Airbnb business renting out a room in my home in Ridgway, got appointed to the Ridgway Town Council, read lots, and overwhelmed myself with email subscriptions and news alerts. I’m working on minimizing that now!
Throughout this time, people kept coming to me with real estate questions and needs, still thinking of me as a real estate professional. Many lamented I was no longer in the business. I had to refer away those who were actually ready to buy or sell to active real estate licensees. Working with them on a very limited basis reminded me how much I enjoyed real estate–and was good at it. So, rather than continue to give away business and ignore that which really motivates and makes me happy, I decided to return to real estate. As someone recently commented to me, real estate brokers really never retire. I can now attest to that.
So, here I am, relaunching my real estate career and resuming my participation in the great real estate community of Ridgway and its neighboring towns of Montrose, Ouray, and Telluride. I love where I live and sharing it with friends, visitors, colleagues, clients, and anyone who can benefit from my extensive knowledge and appreciation of this part of Colorado and my real estate expertise. That’s why I started this blog, Ridgway Living. When I’m not engaged in my real estate activities, you’ll still find me hiking, biking, jogging, skiing, fishing, kayaking, and camping around Ridgway and in the beautiful San Juan Mountains and beyond.