There was a time when the real estate market was good, when the business was easy. But we’ve gone through the worst downturn of my 33 years in real estate, and I’ve seen the struggles my agents have gone through.
I could not be more proud of them.
If it weren’t for the agents and staff, there is no way I would have been named RE/MAX’s top multi-office broker/owner in the United States for 2012.
It’s a great award, and it has my name on it, but it’s really theirs. They all deserve this award.
We are like a family here, and the hard times we’ve been through have made us closer.
Before the market became unstable, I was considering retirement. Now, I don’t even think about it. Retirement right now would feel like a divorce. We’ve built something good here and it’s gratifying to be part of it.
I don’t want to give that up, especially after the rough road we’ve traveled.
Five and six years ago, I was back on my heels.
My business was still the Michigan Group. We were losing agents, losing market share and I could feel everything going down. But I was confident that we were going to make it...