Landlordette: Let’s start from the beginning…give us a brief recap of who you are, where you came from, your business etc.!
Becca: I was born in Illinois, grew up on and off the Air Force base in Colorado Springs and moved to Texas when I was 9. I have always been a go getter, driven and striving to continuously improve myself. In high school, I played volleyball, ran track and excelled in all my classes. I put myself through my undergrad, graduating from Texas State and taking a teaching position immediately after graduation. I taught elementary school for 8 years, with each year pushing me further and further into discovering and creating systems, culture and communication strategies with my class and school. I went back to Texas State while continuing to teach to receive my Masters in Educational Leadership, but soon found out that ripe, young, go-get-’em teachers don’t always get the interviews to move up into administration. I soon found myself wanting more; being able to use the strengths and skills that I knew I had in another capacity. I stumbled onto the mortgage industry, studied for and took my licensing exam, didn’t sign my next year’s teaching contract and was bound and determined to make a change. I joined a mortgage team, not really knowing much at all, and very quickly moved up to eventually be the team captain. I made another leap this past May to be a loan officer on my own and I couldn’t be happier! My creativity, amazing systems for follow up and organization and my love for helping people has helped me stand out among the crowd.
Landlordette: What inspired you to get where you are at today?
Becca: As I entered the mortgage industry, I was exposed to many very successful loan officers and teams. I saw very quickly that I had the ability to create and fine tune systems to accomplish the same success, all I had to do was have the courage to make the jump. If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough!
Landlordette: Throughout your career what have been your biggest struggles?
Becca: Worrying about what others think has always been a struggle for me. I am a people pleaser, which in some ways is helpful, but not always. I learned that I do not have control over all things. As long as I’m doing my best, being kind and communicating with people, that’s what is most important. I had to stop determining my self-worth on what others thought or what I perceived they thought. It has to come from inside yourself.
I also am somewhat introverted, which I didn’t really fully understand until I was needing to go out and network to grow my business. I have learned to keep a good balance between socializing for business and giving myself enough “me” time in order to fill my cup.
Landlordette: How did you overcome these ups and downs? What advice would you give to people in that position?
Becca: A big part of my overcoming my struggles was identifying them and then attacking them. I started by reading Jen Sincero’s book You Are a Badass, then I discovered the Miracle Morning and set a routine. I continued to find books, videos, quotes and anything I could get my hands on that spoke to me to help me change my habits and reshape how I think. My best advice is to not wallow in self-pity but to grab life by the horns and take control. As Jen Sincero would say, “We get to choose who we want to be in life – and I choose to be a badass! (pardon the language :))
Landlordette: If you could, would you change anything about your journey?
Becca: Oh, all the would-a, could-a, should-a’s. I could spend an enormous amount of time wishing things could have been different. I think I’d rather spend my time being grateful for the journey and figuring out how I’m going to keep getting better, keep growing and keep digging into what really makes me, ME! The journey has made me what I am today – and I’m good with that.
Landlordette: Has luck played a meaningful role getting you where you are today?
Becca: I don’t know if I think of it as luck or being in a place in my life where I could recognize opportunities. The same opportunity could come in front of us at different times in our life and if we aren’t ready or open to it, it will pass by. Is it luck, kismet, fate, chance…? I’m not sure. I know that when I have been open and ready, opportunities have presented themselves and I have jumped on them. That energy and attitude of tackling the unknown has definitely played a meaningful role in getting me where I am today.
Landlordette: Let’s talk real estate…what do you think will be the biggest changes in the industry over the next few years?
Becca: The market is shifting with rates going up. Historically, rates are not as high as they have been, but we have a large population that is at the home buying age that likely doesn’t remember when rates were higher, even within the past 2 decades.
I think in Austin, renovation loans could really grow in popularity, because we’ve run out of room in some respects. If you want to live closer to downtown, finding a small house that needs a bit of work could really open up the options for many homebuyers!
Millenials are at that home-buying age and the way they consume and purchase is different. Not bad in any way, shape or form. Just different. Those in the industry have to keep up with what clients are needing digitally, electronically, socially, etc. in order to connect with them. Being tech savvy is almost a non-negotiable anymore and having things like a mobile app, amazing website and social media presence are really important.
Landlordette: Any shout outs? Any mentors? Who has played a meaningful role in getting you where you are today?
Becca: Shout outs- My mom for always having my back and cheering me on when I take risks. My husband for helping me push past fears, identify my strengths and believing in me when I struggled to. The many teachers, professors and mortgage industry professionals who are growth minded and have taught me so much about who I am, communication, leadership, culture and connection. My teammate for her endless support, friendship and drive as we continue to fine tune our systems, push past barriers and become better with each passing day.
Landlordette: A couple fun questions…If you could have an all expense paid vacation anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Becca: This is so hard! I want to travel the world by sailboat one day, so to pick one place…man! I think New Zealand has to win it. Between the North and South islands there is such diverse topography and so many amazing places to see. Land, sea…it’s got it all! I want to see the Lord of the Rings set, visit Auckland, couch surf, hike, play in the sun and then go play in the snow (but then very quickly go back to the sun ;))
Landlordette: Would you rather have an all expense paid wardrobe or new car of your choice?
Becca: Dang, another hard one! We are waiting for a Tesla Model 3 and I cannot wait to get it, but I love having great clothes to feel confident and express my personality. Technology for cars is changing so rapidly, that your car choice may be obsolete in a few years. Fashions change, but I think I would have to go with the wardrobe on this one. I’m picturing a never ending supply of options in all colors that fits me perfectly. Yeah, that’ll do 😉
We happen to love both of the books Becca referenced above. Definitely worth checking out. A morning routine is crucial to our daily success. A huge thank you to Becca for sharing her awesome story.