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Meet Jean Finch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jean Finch.

Hi Jean, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My journey into real estate started when I was 20 and first moved to San Diego from Las Vegas. I originally started in the mortgage industry, followed by escrow and transaction coordination. I was always the “contracts girl” and anyone who ever had a question about contracts could come to me, and I usually had the answer. I met my (then) husband and had my son Elias. I quit my job to stay home and raise our son. After almost two years, my marriage ended and I needed to go back to work and figure out how to support my son and I. My brother and I grew up with a single mom, and I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but I would do whatever it took to make sure my son was always well taken care of. I didn’t have any family of my own in California, so I was faced with the challenge of needing to figure out how to provide an awesome life for my kid in one of the most expensive cities in the nation…..and I needed to figure out how to do it without any help.

It started with me taking a job at an escrow company and working the standard Monday through Friday, 40 hour work week. I had to commute, and that meant putting my son in daycare. By the time I took him to daycare, worked a full day, picked him and came home, I maybe got to spend 2 hours with him before it was bedtime. One night after another 14 hour day, I put my son to bed and just started crying. I knew something had to change. I couldn’t watch him grow up while I was stuck behind a desk. I was going to do whatever it took to be able to not miss out on being there for everything for Elias. I knew being self-employed and being able to make my own schedule was the only way for me (in my life) to be able to do everything I wanted for him. It’s important to me to take him to school and to pick him up. I’m able to attend all of his school activities and even help in his classroom. I’m at all his baseball games and I’m his biggest fan. This didn’t just instantly happen.

Four years ago, I made the decision that I was going to get back into real estate. I had the experience and the knowledge, I just needed the courage to take the leap. I worked four jobs my first year of real estate to keep a steady flow of income coming in. They were odd jobs like driving Uber and doing DoorDash. I was grateful at the time to be able to do those odd jobs because they gave me the flexibility to continue to work on my real estate career. Eventually, I was able to let those jobs go and do real estate full-time. It definitely hasn’t been easy, but it has 100% been worth it. I’m extremely grateful for the support of my amazing friends, family and fellow agents who have all been my biggest cheerleaders. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for their unwaivering support. I am also blessed with the most amazing eight year old on the planet. Okay…maybe I’m biased, but Elias has been incredibly understanding and helpful while I navigate my career. He often goes with me to show homes, do home inspections, and give keys on closing day (our favorite part) He might have an amazing career in his future!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not at all. LOL. I would say the biggest struggle was making that initial leap from the “corporate world” to the “self-employed” world. Working odd jobs just to make ends meet was exhausting. Sometimes I would tell myself to just go back to a 9-5, and at least I would have a steady paycheck. I would just remind myself that while, yes, I could do that, then that also meant forfeiting time with my son, and for me that’s a non-negotiable.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in first-time home buyers and home sellers. While I work with ALL types of clients (from million dollar purchases to cute studio condos) my heart is with my first-timers. I know first-hand the struggle that can happen when trying to make your dreams of homeownership come true. Being able to empathize and guide my clients really fills my cup. It might be someone’s first time selling their home too. It also might not always be a happy story. They might be divorcing, relocating, etc. and knowing how to guide everyone in their own unique home journey is why I love doing what I do.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
The 12 Week Year is a fantastic book that can help teach you how to break up your goals and plans into shorter segments to make them more attainable. I’m part of a FB group called Real Estate Mega Moms and am part of the “inner-circle”. That is a coaching program that teaches women and mothers who are in real estate how to not sacrifice family time while still being successful. They are AMAZING.

The Go-Giver. If you have never read this book (whether you are in real estate or not) you need to. This book taught me a whole different way of doing business. Being a helpful resource to EVERYONE with no strings attached and no end-goal will make your cup overflow. Be a good person, do good things. It’s simple.

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