Ozaukee & Washington County Real Estate: Sometimes Realtors® Make a Move, Too

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Sometimes Realtors® Make a Move, Too

I changed brokers this week. After 10-1/2 years of working at the same firm, I was given the opportunity to partner up with a former colleague. After many conversations with him, much praying, going over the pros and cons of making such a change again and again and again, talking with family, and realizing I could no longer ignore the many signs that this was something I had to try, I made the move.

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I opted to tell my sales director in person of my decision rather than sneak into the office in the middle of the night and leave my key along with a farewell note laying on her desk. (I never understood the reason for leaving that way. Just seems silly.) After all, my entire real estate career had been with this company, and I felt no ill will toward them. It's a great company; I just could not pass up this new opportunity.

I had contacted some co-workers directly to tell them of my decision and was humbled by their responses. Support. Encouragement. Grace. Class. Dare I say even some love. I got teary-eyed. A lot.

There were, however, some less than flattering comments said directly to me, as well as to others that found their way back to me. Dang. Sucked the air right out of my balloon.

So it was a mixed bag of emotions this past week. And it was a bag full of lessons and reminders, too.

You have to do what is right for you.

You cannot control what others say about you.

Family and friends will always have your back. Always.

Change is scary. And change is exciting.

Sometimes it is best to keep what you really think to yourself.

Mom and Dad were right. Honesty is the best policy.

Mom and Dad were right again. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

Focus on the positive. Always the positive.

I worked for a great company for 10-1/2 years, and I am beyond grateful for what I learned, for the people I met and got to work with, for the relationships, and for the skills and knowledge I am taking with me.

What a week it has been. And what a journey I have ahead. I am moving on...


Peggy Wester
Phone: 262-370-1757
Email: pwester@realtyexecutives.com
Website: peggywester.com
Blog: peggysblog.com

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Comment balloon 12 commentsPeggy Wester • November 17 2012 08:08AM


Best wishes to you and Jim, what a great combo!!
Posted by Pat Tasker, Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI) (Shorewest Realtors) almost 6 years ago

I wish you success on your move you are right you have to do what is best for you. There will always be those who say things just ignore them and move on in the right direction.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) almost 6 years ago

Pat T. -- Thank you. So, so much. :)

Pat C. -- Yep...remember the positive. Always the positive.

Posted by Peggy Wester, Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County (Realty Executives Integrity) almost 6 years ago

Best wishes Peggy on your new venture!!  CHanging brokerage firms is always a very difficult decision, thus

re-inventing the wheel.  But with the rightr attitude and the same business principles you have been applying to grow 

your business, you can make anything work!!

Posted by Dan Hopper, Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale (Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC) almost 6 years ago

People can't give what they don't have. Real estate brokerages can't give what they don't have. So, if you reach a point in building your career where you need something "more", it may be necessary to change where you choose to conduct your business for that to happen. I only hope that the owners/leaders of your company acted professionally and supportive toward the business decision you've made.

Posted by Ken Brandon, Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage (Jacksonville, NC)) almost 6 years ago


Congrats on your decision! You are the reason you are successful, and that will only get better!



Posted by Dave Didier almost 6 years ago

Dan -- It was the most difficult professional decision I've ever made. But I am excited for a new venture and new opportunities and so ready to get started!

Ken -- With the exception of one person, I have had more support than I could have ever expected, and I am so grateful for that. My decision to leave had nothing to do with anything my former broker did or didn't do; I simply had something offered to me I could not pass on.

Dave -- Thank you for your kind words. Again, I am humbled. See you at the broker's opens!! :)

Posted by Peggy Wester, Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County (Realty Executives Integrity) almost 6 years ago

I see a shift coming your way and bring new success! Good luck with your transition to someone and something new! :)


Love and light,


Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 6 years ago

After 4+ years I left a firm years ago and the boss went south on me in a hurry. Didn't see that one coming. I did a private, polite, face to face when I informed him. He has since came around and even sold one of my listings last year.

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI (Windermere/lane county) over 5 years ago

Hello Peggy,

I was just introduced to you by John McCormack. I thought I would stop by to say Hi.

It must have been tough to leave a firm after a decade. I have been with my curent agency for 9 years and it's the only one I know. Still works for me. I wish you luck with your new firm and also a good 2013. Dana B.


Posted by Dana Basiliere, Making deals "Happen" (Rossi & Riina Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Hi Peggy, I came over from John's reblog. It's hard to leave but you did it right. Congratulations on your decision and a Happy New Year.

PS: Mom and Dad are almost always right :)

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 5 years ago

Laura -- Thank you. I'm looking forward to this New Year!

Rob -- I have to admit I did not see some things coming either. Disappointing but I'm staying focused on all the kind words people have said. Glad to hear your boss has changed his behavior toward you. The best to you in 2013!

Dana -- Thank you for stopping by! I really wanted my first broker to be the only broker I worked with, but things changed so much over the year at the office I was at that I knew I couldn't stay. Sure fought that feeling for a long time but when this opportunity came to partner up with a former colleague I had to take it. I wish you continued success and happiness in 2013 and beyond!

Toni -- Thank you. So far, things have been pretty good. Such a nice feeling. :)  Happy New Year to you, as well!!

Posted by Peggy Wester, Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County (Realty Executives Integrity) over 5 years ago