Last week I told you of the real estate agent who laughed me out of his office in 1987. I was dejected yet determined that one day I would own a home. Today I want to share with you the nasty surprise I received on my birthday and how that led to my becoming a homeowner.
It was my birthday!!!
It was October, 1989 and I was unwrapping a beautiful red Fender Stratocaster guitar for my birthday. We had a few friends and family over to my apartment in Astoria.
The phone rang; it was my boss, Rich.
“Trevor I have some bad news. The company is out of business; don’t come back to work tomorrow. Human Resources will be in touch about any s
everance you might be owed.”
I was shocked because I thought we had been working for months to save the company from disaster. I was obviously wrong. I had a great position as Regional Manager in Customer Service and I had worked my way up from lowly Customer Service Rep at the company.
“Happy Birthday to me, by the way.”
Three weeks later I had an invitation for an interview with a mortgage company on Long Island. Someone in the family knew someone whose brother owned a mortgage bank. I met the man and soon thereafter began my career as a Mortgage Banker just 30 days after losing my job in electronics.
I was determined to accomplish three things:
1. Work on commission and never work in the corporate world again
2. Buy my first home
3. Help my Mom and Dad buy their first home.
I’m happy to report that I have accomplished all three goals thanks to that nasty birthday surprise.
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