A Theatrical Entrance
Julie’s venture into real estate was a complete leap of faith! She worked as a sales associate at a franchise furniture store, making a decent living. On one of her days off, she had a doctor’s appointment, in which she was notified she’d need surgery. Julie was fortunate enough to be able to take time off for the surgery, but during her downtime she had a lot of time to reflect. Conversations with a coworker Tara kept coming into her mind. Tara worked for Elaine Brabham and asked if she’d arrange a meeting. The only reason Julie had for the meeting was to gain knowledge and insight on obtaining a real estate license.
There, Julie and Elaine had a wonderful meeting. She left feeling confident and excited for the future. She called her husband, Bill, has always supported her. They both were very excited about the possibilities, and during the conversation with Elaine, she decided she would stop by the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors’ (CTAR) to get together a timeline of when she could start classes.
When she walked in the door, no one was at the front desk, so she decided to peek around the corner. She saw a woman with a stack of binders up to her eyeballs, rushing from one office to the next. She asked Elaine if she could assist and followed her into the office. When she settled in, she asked whether Julie needed help. There she posed her question about licensing, on which she narrates, “Elaine was quick to reply, ‘classes are starting in 2 hours’ and I have one available seat left if you are interested, and the next licensing course will not start for another 6 months, putting you at another year.” She restrains herself from making such a rash decision and decides to make a call to her husband and discuss the presented opportunity. They were aware that Julie was meant to be there and thus decided to enroll and take time during the day to recuperate as needed. She called Elaine after enrolling, and she became her biggest cheerleader, encouraging her from day one! Although the timing was ideal, the classes were very demanding. Although the timing was ideal, the classes were very demanding. In the end, she passed the licensing test the first time around. Her faith was strengthened by this incredible experience and has gotten stronger every day.