“Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.”- Albert Einstein
Like many people in the real estate industry, I entered as an investor in my hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona.
In 2002, I bought my first condominium with an aim to buy and rent property long-term. My goal was to ultimately sell these properties for a profit when I wanted to retire. At that time, financing with 0% down was available for almost anyone and I don’t even recall going through an underwriting process, although I would have to assume they at least checked I was alive and breathing.
Over a 3-year period, I was involved in nine transactions as a buyer and seller with the support of my trusted real estate agent helping me every step of the way. I recall countless sleepless nights filled with worry and anxiety during every transaction. Despite the good work of my real estate agent, I was riddled with fear about taking on this much debt and responsibility.
Now, after 15 years of maintaining my own home along with four rental properties, this difficult but rewarding endeavor has given me the financial stability that I needed. I had never intended on getting my real estate license until 2016 when I thought it might be a good time to start selling a few of my properties.
I had no idea that being a real estate agent would lead to a much more full life.
What Led Me To My Real Estate License
My professional career as an engineer in the solar power industry has been my trusted companion for 20 years. It has provided a steady income to cover expenses related to my real estate portfolio. While this career choice has given me the capital required to make this investment, it lacked the emotional enrichment I sought. Engineering relationships are built on trusting one’s ability to solve problems quickly, ethically, and profitably; emotions of any kind are considered a negative and can be easily misunderstood as lacking confidence.
I received my real estate license in 2016. I’ve been both surprised and pleased with the continuous stream of family, friends, and colleagues asking for help with their real estate needs. I have felt true happiness and deep satisfaction supporting others in achieving their real estate goals. Little did I know how much I would personally benefit from this process or how it would deepen relationships with people. Being able to provide unwavering support through the entire process has strengthened the value of my relationships and built trust with every client at every turn beyond any measurable means. Referrals have shown themselves to be the truest sense of compliment and trust.
Real estate has afforded me an avenue to support others in an enriching and fulfilling way.
Tru Realty has been with me every step of the way. The people at Tru Realty represent the many diverse facets of real estate available to all people, all along the investment spectrum, from the first-time home buyer to seasoned investors. The Tru team has provided me with the tools and resources which have emboldened me to become a leader in my industry.
This has created the very best possible life experience for me as a new real estate agent and it has benefited my clients immensely.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”- Winston Churchill
Erika Hanson is a Phoenix native, with a passion and excitement for real estate in her home state! She is especially honored to be a part of the Tru Realty Team. She went to Horizon High School in Phoenix, and the University of Arizona where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. Erika has worked in solar power development and engineering and also owns and self-manages her rental properties. Erika is looking forward to helping people realize their property investment dreams.