I miss many of my friends who left real estate related professions and now must go out into the real world. The real estate world has definetely shrunk and there are less of us. I can remember regularly dealing with people that I like and had similar interests and goals to me. Now their days are consumed with working out into the new careers.
I have noticed real estate agents working at Walmart. Not any that I was acquainted with, however I did reconize a couple. These people surely had friends and contacts in the real estate world that worked with them. I hear other stories of people working in bars today that were real estate professionals last year.
I used work for a Mortgage Orginator that owned her own mortgage company. I used to receive at least one appraisal order from her per week. Today, she works full time in a nursing home and occasionally she is still able to work a real estate mortgage. It's great to hear from her, when I do. Other mortgage companies have reduced their staff significantly for overhead concerns.
Some of the people that I do still interact with regularly really are not themselves, anymore. The stress of trying to stay alive in this business that got them down and they are changed indivisuals. Most I am still able to enjoy interacting with.
I do not talk to many appraisers regulary, however I hear stories of many looking for work outside the industry. Sometimes I am able to pick up their clients, however many of these mortgage professionals were very comfortable with their past relationships in the business. The work just was not enough to keep them in the business.
I cannot wondering, as I dig my heels into this business, how many of the people were really prepared for this? Was this actually a blessing for some people who were forced to focus on other things in life? How hard should I try to keep contact with some of the people who have vanished for the industry, not to come back? Do they not communicate with their former associates because they are embarrased of the choice to get out of the business.