Well 2019 was another banner year for the Queen Team! More sales, bigger sales, a larger team, more awards, you get it. But honestly, where did the year go? As I sit down and look at my calendar from 2019 I see a lot of 14 hour days consisting of team meetings, client appointments, agent mentoring, home inspections, various committees, open houses, etc. You name it, we did it. We give everyone the funny, the good news, the excitement and the “pretty” on social media. We choose not to post the ugly, because we aren’t expecting people to feel “sorry” for us – it’s part of the job! There are peaks and valleys in any job and that is what we signed up for! But in truth, the hours can be long, VERY long. There is no “closed” sign for clients – we’re here for them 24/7.
Sometimes we give more to our clients than our own family. We understand that there is a reason and a season, and the simple fact that they chose US, is what keeps our business going.
Milestones for the Queen Team in 2019:
#AgentAmy returned from maternity leave! In October, Amy returned to work full time after taking some time off to raise her sweet son, Gavin. We are so glad to have her back. She was the first person to ever agree to work with me – the poor soul. She is a full time licensed realtor that brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clients and I know that this year will bring great joys and successes for her, both personally and professionally. Her dedication and commitment as a person shines through in all that she does, including now being a working Mom! She’s more than just a colleague and work wife, she’s become a great friend.
#AgentAshton got married to her amazing husband, Mark! She managed to handle showers, socials, and the planning of her wedding in 2019 and never broke a sweat! In fact, she had her own banner year in real estate and not only hit the sales goal she set for herself, she surpassed it by 25%. She continues to astound me and I know that 2020 will bring even more good things for her. She has a great work ethic, a fun and positive attitude, and her clients absolutely adore her for it.
#AdminCarrie continues to be a rock for everyone – her team as well as her family. She is often the first in the office and she runs a tight ship. She has three teenagers; her son just graduated high school and is now in University. Her twin daughters just got their learner permits. Bless her soul! She has a huge heart, whether it be going above and beyond for one of our clients or team members, fostering dogs, driving all hours into the night to get her kids to their extracurriculars, or working longer hours than she is supposed to just to make sure everything around the office gets done. The Carrie’s of this world are truly a gift and we feel so lucky to have her.
#AgentLogan and I bought our first two rental properties. We’ve helped many investors over the years and watched as their wealth grew. Finally we got the nerve to take on the endeavour ourselves! We have hired a property management company that deals directly with the tenants. So really, it is a steady stream of passive income. The goal for 2020 is to buy another 1-2 rental properties. I actually thought that buying rentals was going to be more challenging than it has been, but we have a great bank that has worked closely with us. All we needed was the down payment and proof that the property rents could sustain the monthly expenses, and we were on our way! The most important factor is finding the right deal so that the numbers make sense. This is something we are quite capable of doing!
We finally updated our pictures in 2020 as well. It was time. My headshot was from the day I got my license in 2011. I had been reluctant to have new pictures taken as I had a couple of children in that time, gained a few (or a lot) of pounds. With the picture date in mind I set a goal to lose some weight, and lost 50 pounds in 2020 doing a modified Ketogenic diet. For a long time I knew that carbs were not my friend, but I love cake. Knowing these pictures were looming got my butt in gear and kept me motivated. The goal moving forward is to do more regular updates. We aren’t secret agents after all!
We finally incorporated our real estate business. I know this sounds like the most boring piece of information, but it is something I’ve been meaning to do for a few years and was a huge undertaking but now a weight off my shoulders. Fellow Realtors, if ever you have questions about incorporating your own business, please feel free to reach out. I can put you in touch with a good tax accountant as well as a corporate lawyer or just talk to you about my experience with it. There are many tax advantages and strategies that can be implemented to multiply your tax savings! Some of these tax savings have gone to the down payments for our rental properties!
On a personal level, #AgentLogan and I discovered we are pregnant. Yep, you read that right! We are expecting our third child. A lot of people commented when we had our son that we now had the “Million Dollar Family”. But to us, our family didn’t feel quite complete. I looked at my dinner table in the future and couldn't imagine my life without 3 children. We are both one of three children, and we liked the dynamic that having two siblings brought. Perhaps that, or we secretly love chaos in our lives. Being outnumbered by children while running a busy real estate practice – sounds completely sane, right? RIGHT?
For 2020, we dare to push the limits.
I’ve written a pretty aggressive business/marketing plan for the year and we want to accomplish more than we have in the past. We will dream big and aim for the stars. There is no goal we can’t attain and no task we can’t complete. We have exciting new things to come, new members joining and, just like always, creative and innovative marketing strategies to WOW our clients. 2020 - Look out!
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