When people ask how I got into real estate, I like to joke that I'm the "typical 9-5'er who though she could do it better". But, there's a bit more to the story than that.
As the US economy bottomed out amidst the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, I was accepting a full-time position at a top Fortune 500 wealth management firm.
In 2011, you couldn't ask for more than a spot at one of the baddest firms on the Street, complete with a healthy 401k match, benefits, and all the potential of a high-powered finance career.
To me, I thought I made it. My circumstances, on paper at least, seemed like THE definition of "success".