Decision making can be tough...make it and feel better!  For some time I have tossed around the idea of changing offices.  Oh, I thought of the pros and I thought of the cons and then I thought of the pros again and then I thought of the cons again.  Around and around I went.  It was tough. 

You, or at least I, found myself entrenched in the office where I was.  I like my fellow agents and the support staff.  I liked the physical space I had (private offices are rare in this business), and I certainly liked the name recognition, national and international, that went with the company where I hung my license for almost nine years.  Not only that, I had had a very successful career there.

However, something was telling me I was ready for a change and so I left.

Dockside Realty LogoThere was no question where I would go.  I would return to Dockside Realty where I first began helping buyers and sellers at Lake Anna.  I was there for six and a half years and was gone almost nine.  A week ago I made my first appearance at the office.  I was there for a sales meeting.  The wonderful thing is, I felt right at home.  At Lake Anna we are very fortunate.  We have a relatively small community.  The whole lake is our least that is the way it has been for me since shortly after moving here.

Many of our real estate transactions are made with fellow agents around the lake.  We socialize and volunteer with one another.  We run into each other in the grocery store.  We know and are comfortable together.

The transition back to Dockside Realty has been made easy by my broker/owner, Gary Griffith, and the managing broker, Dave Moberly.  The two of them, along with the other agents and staff, have been welcoming and helpful. 

Although it took me far too long to make my decision I am happy that I made the right one.  Once made I felt so much better.  If any prospective buyers or sellers are reading this my suggestion to you is to give your decisions sufficient thought but do not agonize too long.  What a relief when the decision is made and you can move forward.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsKate Elim • July 02 2010 08:58PM


Hi Kate, I know what mean, the first office I left although I knew I needed to go it took me a while to do so.

Congratulations on the move,  it helps that everyone is so welcoming.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 8 years ago

Congratulations on your decision.  Moving is never easy.  I've moved once and it was very stressful.  Glad I don't have to do that again.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) over 8 years ago

Good luck with going back to Dockside again Kate. I sensed it felt like HOME to you....

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Kate even though we are in business for ourselves, making the decision to move is never easy.  I imagine anyone who has ever left one office for another has experienced much the same angst as you did.

In the end, I'm sure you made the right move for you.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Jennifer...Well, now I'm back at my first Lake Anna office.  Stewing about the change was the hardest part.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Kay...What really made it tough was that I didn't have to do it.  But I did!


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Gary...Just like Active Rain does!


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Charita...The decision making process was tough because I took too long to decide.  It's a relief when I finally made up my mind.  I'm excited now though.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Congratulations!  I made a change nearly two years ago....on the 17th it will be.  It was the best decision of my life.  I left a big box...and a private office, too.  But, I went with the man who took the time to not only give me advice but give me all the nuances of real estate.  Not training, per se.  But, how to phrase the thought processes that go into making great decisions on the part of buyers and sellers.  Training that can take years and years.  All given to me by sitting in his office and just listening.  What a gift.  So when he left to start his own brokerage????.... no brainer...gone.  I am his assistant and number one agent.  Thankful to be there.  And, you have had a wonderful opportunity  given to you, too.  I am so happy for you! 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 8 years ago

Hi Suzanne...You were lucky...a no brainer.  Mine was more difficult as I was torn between the two but it's done and I'm more than ready to get going.  I'm feeling energized after being in a state of limbo too long.

When someone offers you a helping hand in this business you are very fortunate.  Mentoring can make all the difference.  There's nothing like learning the ropes from someone who has your success in mind. I can understand why you would be delighted to move with him when he opened his own brokerage.  Congratulations to the two of you!  Here's hoping you continued success.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Kathleen. Congratulations on the move. It can be challenging to move when one is accustomed to a brokerage and/or its surrounding. On the other hand sometimes change it good. I wish you continued success.

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida and Washington (Aloha Kai Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Practice making decisions in areas where failure isn’t critical to increase your confidence. If a decision turns out to be wrong, learn from it and move on.

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 2 years ago

Hi Inna...I like your confidence and positivity. Yes, you can practice making decisions. I've found that listening to my gut often leads me to the right answer.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 2 years ago