This will be my last Karen's Korner blog post.
The growth I have experienced over the past 7 years – has prepared me for the next step in my real estate career. It is with deep sorrow – that I use this forum to inform all – that I am leaving my FAMILY at The John Hripko Real Estate Team. I will embark on this real estate journey alone. I am ready to pursue the next level of challenge in the industry – with all the tools/expertise and knowledge I have gained – from John Hripko specifically – and from this amazing team.
I had worked for TELUS for many many years. I migrated into yellow pages sales with Brava Media (yes I am old!) – and when the sun started to set on that medium – I needed a new focus. John gave me that. He believed in me – BEFORE I had any proof that I could even do the job!!!!
My loyalty to this man runs very deep.
I did the work. I asked the questions (so many questions………) I did open houses every single weekend – sometimes 4 in 2 days.
I told myself lifting the signs in and out of my car over and over – was like a workout!!!!! I NEVER said no. Whatever he needed – I did. Someone once said – “are you worried he will see you as his assistant?” I never felt that way.
John empowered me and included me from day one. He trusted that some things – I just did better than he did. Even though I had limited “real estate” job experience – he respected my other skill sets. With my staging background, he always deferred to me. In front of the client – he would even admit he was wrong – and I was right! I was in awe of this.
Chris Cummings came to our boardroom to present – and changed my life!!! I felt like this was EXACTLY what I needed. I knew these were my “people”. I filled out my form – added my credit card details (tough to commit – when you have not made any money!) and stood in line to sign up for the in person event in Vancouver in June.
Much to my surprise – John was standing behind me (a few feet back) with the same form in hand. In my mind I was thinking…what does a realtor with 30+ years of experience need to learn?! We each did our thing and didn’t really chat much about it.