Liz Crowe and I are swapping blogs today. So while she’s here, I’m over on her Brewing Passion blog. If you haven’t already, please stop over and visit me.
Is Real Estate Sexy?
Depending on your perspective…sales of any kind is sexy. Anyone who can make a good living by the sheer force of their personality and creativity– i.e. “sales skills” has got something going on.
I should know.
I got my real estate license after toiling in the non profit fund raising, marketing and promotions fields for a couple of years, then after doing some free lance marketing consulting to a few architects in Ann Arbor, I got some good advice from one of them (my favorite architect—extraordinarily creative AND a big fan of the 2 martini lunch!)
“You’re damn good at this (writing marketing plan, implementing same). You should do it where you can make REAL money. Go get your license.”
So I joined a room full of former teachers, nurses, stay at home moms and other random souls in a week long class where I learned about debt to equity ratios, seller disclosure statements and imminent domain, took a test in Lansing and BAM I was released into the wild, ready to sell. It took me a while to get a handle on the ebb and flow of a Realtor’s week (heavy on the evenings and weekends just sayin’) and the whys and wherefores of the multi list system.
By the time I got it, I was pregnant with my 3rd kid and headed overseas. Flash forward eight years….back in the saddle in Ann Arbor, with the biggest brokerage in the county, and ….. 2008 happened. You remember right? All those loans given to folks whose only qualification was “have a pulse?” yeah. However, believe it or not, 2008 was a banner year for THIS Realtor….my best (six figure) yet.
I still have a real estate license but those of you who already know me can fill in the blanks after that. I got “recruited” to be a “Beer Wench” and never looked back!
YES “Jack Gordon” is based on a very successful local realtor I got to know very well. Kind of…he’s actually an amalgam of two guys but whatever.
YES “Sara Thornton” is based on me. “BASED” on me mind you….
These two folks are very real—with all the trappings of success but nurturing deep flaws and an emptiness that all the six figure closings in the world can’t fill. Until they meet each other…
Love is an easy word to use, a hard one to demonstrate, and sometimes impossible to trust.
The Realtors is a sweeping epic, encompassing over ten years in the lives of two people who know how to love with their bodies, how to please and get pleasure, to control and be controlled. When it comes to the deeper meaning of the one word they both need however, their strong personalities get in the way. While their physical connection sizzles they continue to disappoint one another emotionally.
Jack Gordon has it all–money, success, a string of women—but sustains a deep longing for something more. When he thinks he finds it with Sara Jane Thornton, his world is never the same again. Sara releases his natural Dom, a side of him he’d thought buried out of frustration and unhappiness. Sara learns a true submissive must trust implicitly, something she cannot associate with him, no matter how many times she tries, and he fails.
With a rich cast of secondary characters, including a young man who presents a near-perfect foil to Jack’s intensity, and who falls hard for Sara; The Realtors series is a romantic saga with an emphasis on contemporary life and love, with a healthy dose of white-hot eroticism. Modern, busy, driven characters living lives of purpose and real-time stress, seek the ever-elusive and highly coveted combination –a friend, lover and trusted advisor who will be there for the long haul.
Floor Time (The Realtors – Book 1):
Jack Gordon is Ann Arbor’s most delectable bachelor. At age thirty-five, he’s made millions as a top-selling Ann Arbor real estate broker and has the right connections to close a deal by any means necessary. With his rugged good looks and compelling personality, he has a virtual black book most men would kill for and he uses it often, never settling for one woman for very long.
While his D/s past remains buried, exactly where he wants it, an undercurrent of boredom and dissatisfaction runs through his life now. A disastrous experience years earlier made him swear off the whole scene, but the more Jack suppresses his natural Dom, the more his frustration grows.
Sara Thornton, a rookie in the real estate game, has fast-tracked herself to the top of the Ann Arbor market. Her life reflects a disciplined and focused routine, exactly the way she wants it. However, as her career takes off, the fulfillment she seeks remains inexplicably out of reach. The one thing she knows for sure, she will not join the Jack Gordon groupies in her company, no matter how tempting that might seem.
A chance encounter, then a difficult transaction, throw Jack and Sara together and the sparks fly high and hot and often. Forced to confront the compulsions that gain momentum with each sizzling encounter, their relationship seems to spiral out of control until Jack finally admits what he needs, and shows Sara what she’s been missing.