A long time ago, a famous old Greek fart said “No one ever steps into the same river twice.” Perhaps that’s a little high falutin’ for what I did a month ago – ergo my preference for Monty Python’s pithy version – but this much is true: change is constant, and never more so than in our professional lives.
So, after about a decade of working as an independent real estate broker I’ve decided to join forces with Paragon Real Estate Group as a broker-associate. Why?
Two reasons. First, they are, simply put, a great group of people. Smart, ethical, professional, and diverse. There’s a certain synergy in this business – maybe in all businesses – that comes from working with other like-minded people. And after just a few weeks of working at Paragon, I already see the benefits of being able to get a broader sense of what’s going on in the market than what I could possibly get on my own.
Second, they’ll provide me with the infrastructure I need to take my business to the next level.
Our courtship began with the most unromantic of subjects: data. Over the years, I’d asked Patrick Carlisle, Paragon’s Chief Market Analyst and Head of Business Development whether I could repost some of his charts here. When, after several emails back and forth about market metrics he suggested I let them do the data-crunching and that I come and work for them, I was intrigued. Meeting him and other managers at Paragon in person won me over.
What does this mean for you, gentle reader? In coming weeks you should see some significant improvements on this site, beginning with far more regular posts. My focus will continue to be on data. From time to time, I’ll also post on other subjects close to my heart – a favorite recipe or restaurant, for example. As always your comments, suggestions and support are much appreciated.
So, without further ado, it’s time to jump into that brand new river!