I get asked this question a lot. How did I go from being a Chemist who worked for 13 years in compliance, to suddenly selling real estate? To me, the answer is simple:
I want to help people.
When I was 20, I decided I no longer wanted to throw money at rent, so I bought my first house; it was 2004, the height of the housing boom. I obtained my Nutrition degree in 2007 with the intention of becoming a Diabetes Educator; to help people like my dad who suffered the effects of diabetic complications. After college, jobs were scarce, and I didn’t have the financial means to continue my education. I used my degree to get into Bio-tech where I climbed the ranks into a position responsible for product quality and I loved it. I had a great eye for detail, excelled at document review, and the work we were doing helped people.
Through all the financial turmoil over the next 10 years I found security knowing that no matter what happened, I still owned that overpriced house in Reno; a little plot of land that I could call home.
In 2015 we lost my dad to his illness, and I took over where he left off managing our family’s real estate portfolio. My dad had taught me that when someone lets you use something, you return it to them in better condition than you received it. I could never give back to my dad for the legacy he left, but I began seeking a way to turn it into something bigger, something better.
One day, during my rounds with my therapy dog partner Marvin, I made an immediate connection with a Veteran who had served in the Korean war; he reminded me of my grandpa who was a Korean war Vet as well. He shared with me that he had just been diagnosed as a diabetic and he was scared to be discharged. He explained; he had a new medication that required refrigeration, but he had been living in a weekly motel prior to being admitted. My heart broke for him, and I immediately saw an opportunity for my career to come full circle.
This man, who had fought for our freedoms and safety in a treacherous war, didn’t have a safe place to call home.
I went home that night with a heavy heart, and shared his story with my husband, a Veteran himself. We decided that we would make it our mission to dedicate whatever resources it takes to help supply sustainable housing for this population in need. I was disappointed and rather shocked that I did not receive the responsiveness and support for my mission that I expected from the residential and commercial real estate agents I was working with. To get things done as efficiently as possible, I got my real estate license concurrent with completing my MBA program, and am dedicated to focusing our portfolio and my real estate earnings on providing sustainable housing for our Veterans.
I hope you will be a part of my journey as I strive to send our Veterans, and all qualified others, Homeward Bound.