My background is in sales and marketing. My first Real Estate License in New Jersey was obtained back in the early 70's. Raising a family, and needing the kind of time that Real Estate usually does not allow forced me to take a short break... So; 2 children and 3 granddaughters (27mos, 28 mos and 13 mos) later I took the licensing exam again and was fortunate enough to join a wonderful local real estate brokerage.
Why Real Estate? Opportunity. I started my first business around 1975, during the "worst economic recession since the great depression". I worked, and succeeded. I look around now and see tremendous opportunity. Tons of pent up home buyers, just waiting for someone to show them that " OMG THAT IS THE ONE " house. And mortgage rates? lowest in memory. I also hear how terrible things are; How slow they are. and do you know what? I'm kind of glad that they are slow, because it gives me a chance to play catch up. Simply sitting around at seminars, listening, and sites like this one, Active Rain, can give one who listens and reads a lifetime of experience in a few short months.
I have to catch up quickly, i only have another 20 or 30 good years left.