I was at what seemed like the end of the road when I learned a valuable lesson.
I looked at the screen, dumbstruck. I stared at the small black letters, “DECLINED.” One word and yet in those eight short letters it shattered me. This morning I thought I had at least $20 for gas and another $20 for groceries for my family. With that one word, I found out I didn’t have enough for any of that.
Things had been tight for a while, ever since I decided to leave my steady 9-5 banking job for real estate. I’d always wanted to do it and the timing seemed right. Once I got started though, I realized it was more than a simple transition. My wife, Dominoe, believed in me and supported me, but after a few months I became acutely aware of how it wasn’t just me who had to adjust. I’d made this huge decision for myself and it felt like my family was paying the price, living on my wife’s salary while I started at the very bottom in this entirely new field.
It all built to that moment at the gas station, where I hit absolute zero and didn’t know how I was even going to get home. With tears clouding my eyes, I pulled out my phone and checked our account. I was hoping somehow this was all a terrible mistake—though I knew it wasn’t. When I logged in, something miraculous happened—there was $160 in our account! I knew it was there by accident, an oversight on the part of the bank. When I worked at the bank, I learned that these accidental deposits happen all the time and disappear quickly.
I knew there’d be consequences, overdraft fees, if we used the money. In that moment I decided those fees wouldn’t matter because I could do this. I would do this. I knew I would do everything in my power to keep my family from experiencing absolute zero ever again. From that moment forward, I went into overdrive. I did everything and more, looking for those opportunities to go the extra mile and started climbing back up from the bottom, one step at a time.
I’ve always been a hard worker, I learned that from my grandpa. Growing up, I went to work with him on weekends and some afternoons. He owned several businesses, including investment properties. Through my time with him, I learned how to fix plumbing, electrical, painting, and more. He taught me how important it is to show up and do the work. He and my grandma also showed me what true compassion is. Whether helping out a family member financially or watching grandkids an extra afternoon a week, they were always lending a helping hand. I’d known hard work and compassion for years and brought it into my work but what I didn’t realize until years later, that day at the gas station, was how important mindset is.
Since then, I’ve continued to climb upward and a year later, on July 20, 2013, I knew that I’d done it. I still have the note I wrote to myself, reminding myself of how far I’d come. That day at the gas station, I had a mindset shift and began to believe in myself in a way I hadn’t before. I realized then that we create our limitations and we’re capable of far more than we know. It was time for me to get out there and get started.
I’ve been a licensed REALTOR® since 2012. I love spending time with my wife and our son, Aiden, especially building Legos. What I love most about my days as a REALTOR® is helping my clients push past those limitations, realize the impossible, and accomplish their dreams through real estate.
Buying a home is overwhelming, there are so many things to factor in. That’s where I step in. I take the time to explain things to my clients and make sure that they make an informed decision that fits best with their lifestyle. With my years of experience in banking and my mortgage license, I know how to help you throughout the process and how to plan for those next steps financially. I also have extensive experience in home renovation and can help you spot problematic issues such as plumbing and electrical in order to save you time and money. I care about my clients and want to see you continue to succeed and grow upward. That’s why once we finish the first transaction, I’m just getting started as your lifelong REALTOR®.