How It All Began

10 years ago I had no idea what I was going to do with my life. I just quit my job in Boston and moved back Oak Forest, IL to live with my parents. I was 25. I had no job, a little bit of money I saved, and really wasn't sure what was next for me. Oh ya, the country was also going through the worst recession it has ever had. Not a great time to be quitting a secure job and trying to find a new one right? For a few months before leaving Boston, I had been applying for jobs in Chicago and actually scored a few interviews. But, that's as far as they went. I didn't have a ton of experience and in reality, no one was really hiring back then. Most companies were actually letting more people go than bringing them on. On top of that, my background was in finance. If you have ever seen the movie "The Big Short" then you know what it was like in the finance world during that time. 

After a few weeks of trying to find a job, my money was starting to run out (I probably should have done a better job of saving while in Boston), and I was starting to panic. At one point I actually thought about going back to school to get my Master's degree. Let's just say I am not a huge fan of school so you can see how the desperation was setting it. As I was researching jobs I came across an article about investing in real estate. Even though I was pretty much broke and had no money to invest, I called the one person I knew in real estate, my cousin Sam. My cousin had been a top realtor in Chicago for a long time so I figured why not give her a call and ask a few questions. 30 minutes later I was hooked! I knew exactly what I wanted to do, I wanted to become a realtor! 

2 weeks later I had my license and was ready to dominate the Chicago real estate market! And here is where reality slapped me in the face. In my excitement of finding a "job" and figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, I forgot one thing; IT WAS THE RECESSION AND NO ONE WAS BUYING REAL ESTATE!!!  Something that I probably should have considered. But being young and nieve, I didn't. 

I would love to say that I was one of those immediate success stories you hear about. You know the ones where the agent gets her license and sells $10 million her first year and is a top producer winning awards and being recruited by every company out there. Well if you think about the exact opposite of that, that was me. I did one deal my first year and a handful of rentals. Not really an immediate success story. My second year was more of the same, but my third year was a little better and I started to see all the hard work I put in those first years pay off.

Looking back at those first years in the industry, I wouldn't trade them for anything. The amount of knowledge I was about to acquire back then is what got me to where I am today. I dedicated those first years to learn as much as I could. I asked a million questions, I read everything I could get my hands on, I shadowed any agent that would let me and did not waste any time I had. I am successful now because of everything I went through and learned back then.

Fast forward to now, gathering all of that knowledge and helping first time home buyers over the years is what Inspired me to write a book about buying for the first time in Chicago. I know first hand how scary and exciting buying a first home can be. I went through it myself a number of years back. I have also seen it with my clients. My goal is to help anyone who is nervous or scared about buying for the first time.  I want to prepare them so they know what to expect and can be comfortable through every step of the process. If I can prepare a buyer before starting the buying process then that person can have confidence going in and not be overwhelmed.

I look forward to sharing more of my knowledge in future blog posts. If anyone has any questions for me please do not hesitate to reach out any time. My info is below. 

Cheers,

Mike

MIKE OPYD
MANAGING BROKER | OWNER

REMAX NEXT

1046 W Kinzie Ste 301 | Chicago, IL 60642
Cell: 312.929.8910
Office: 312.620.3446
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