Why I'm Retiring from Real Estate

I started my real estate brokerage three and a half years ago, and it’s been a really wild ride.  At times, it’s been tough – dedicating all of your nights and weekends to your business and having to spend that time away from friends and family can be really difficult.  On the other hand, though, this business has given me a lot of enjoyable moments and it’s been so much fun getting the chance to go through all the homes I’ve gone through and to meet so many great people and families who have since become amazing clients.  I’ve honestly had such a good time getting to know each and every one of them and helping them find their first home.

But now, I’m on to something else.  I’ve decided to scale back a bit on the amount of work I’m doing for buyers and sellers to shift my focus to building new homes and developing land in Minneapolis. So while I’m jokingly referring to it as “retiring,” I’ll still be here helping my clients out – I’m just going to be turning a lot of that focus towards pursuing building.

People have asked me why I’d want to do this.  The answer is that it’s simply where my interest lies.  Building science fascinates me and I want to learn all that I can about it and work to build great buildings to help contribute to Minneapolis in a positive way.  My goal is to create structures that last a long time, are low cost, and easy to use. I want them to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly; the idea is to make net-zero homes that produce more energy than they consume.

So my next move is to continue to study building, architecture, and the entitlement process with the city of Minneapolis, and frankly, I’m really excited for that. I’m still going to be a realtor. I’m still going to be a broker.  But I’m just going to be devoting more of my personal time to these other interests.

Plus, at the end of the day, this new focus is going to make me a much better realtor because I’ll have this whole new wealth of knowledge to draw upon in order to help my clients in the search for their new homes.  And while this journey may have begun three and a half years ago, it’s definitely still not over. Stay tuned.

Looking forward to spending some more quality time with family, friends, and our pups - Barkley is pictured here with me at my dad's country farm.