If you had asked me 5 years ago what I wanted to do in life, I would have told you that I was doing it. I thought I had the perfect career and I was happy with my life. I worked in the event industry for a large corporation as their Director of Sales. I worked non-stop. Traveling all over the country, training our sales teams and doing site visits. I planned events with major companies like ESPN/Disney and also celebrities. I truly thought I had a dream job.
In March of 2020, everything changed. I was in good company with the rest of the hospitality world and did not know what I was going to do. After countless days and weeks looking at jobs, I finally decided that I needed to make a career move. I had no idea what but I knew the one that I had spent the last 16 years in was not going to recover any time soon. I started looking through tons of job searches and kept coming to real estate. My dad is a home inspector in Florida and my aunt does interior design so I knew a little about it already through them. When I finally made the decision to make the jump, I went right in the deep end. I found a broker that was willing to take a chance on me and went to work on getting my license. I was able to get through all the red tape and became a licensed agent in August of 2020.
I signed on with the brokerage and they told me to get to work, which sounded great until I realized I didn’t actually know what I was supposed to do. I had joined as an individual agent and wouldn’t be receiving any leads from this brokerage. I thought that it would be fine since I knew so many people in Nashville and had a decent amount of friends, but what I didn’t account for was all of those friends already knew 7 realtors each. It became increasingly harder to get any type of momentum started, until one day a good friend of mine from the hospitality world reached out to me and asked if I was still in real estate. His name was Adam Spivey.
I met Adam when I first moved to Nashville almost 7 years ago. We went to the same networking groups, worked on events together, sat on boards together, he was someone that I trusted completely. He asked if I would ever be interested in a team and asked if we could meet up. I immediately took him up on this offer. One of the things I missed the most about my old job was that I was always surrounding by people. Being a solo agent was completely opposite. You have some support but it wasn’t the everyday kind of support I was used to and it was something that I really missed. Adam and I sat for hours catching up and talking about the differences between being a solo agent and on the team. The thing that first attracted me to the ideas was the leads. This was something I was not getting and really did need to get started. I was a little skeptical because I had heard this before that you will get leads but you are just given a random list of names that you call and that was it. I wanted to know more about the HOW and WHERE the leads came from to really feel comfortable. Speaking with Adam really reassumed me of this and I decided to make the move.
Almost instantly, I had the gut feeling that this was the right move for me. I started getting leads after going through the paperwork and trainings and knew these leads were different. They were real people that wanted to talk to you. What was even better was that I had a full team behind me to help with some questions. Everyone is supportive and wants you to win. Of course there is friendly competition, but it’s a genuine happiness for others and their success as well. I wish I would have found Patrick and the NHG team back in August 2020, but I know things happen for a reason and I needed to go down the other path first to truly appreciate what Patrick has built. After such a short time, I know that this has been one of the best decisions I could have made for myself.
If you are on the fence about whether you want to go on a team or as an individual, I would love to discuss with you my personal experiences with you!