Carrie Wasson, owner of Realty Network, started her real estate career 16 years ago as an assistant to her grandmother who was a broker. Carrie learned so much from her grandmother and after her retirement, Carrie was asked if she would like to purchase the company. Not imagining doing anything else, she took a big leap from being a branch broker to owner.
REI Women’s Business Center had the pleasure of assisting Carrie during this period of re-evaluation as she was looking at her newly acquired business from different angels.
“Being a small business owner is not for the faint at heart”, said Carrie. “If you lean into the growth and allow yourself to be challenged, it is worth it! The relationships I’ve made through business have been life transforming. It’s all about serving and loving people! We get to forge a new trail and create an environment that is tailored to both us and the needs of our community. What’s better than that?”
When Carrie was ready to expand her office, she reached out to REI WBC again to discuss small business loans. REI Oklahoma’s Business Lending team assisted Carrie with a loan for her expansion and she is on track to add two additional staff members after the expansion is completed this fall.
“Having the freedom to serve our clients with the values and level of care that we embody means everything. We get to practice the golden rule in all we do here without a corporate boss pushing us for sales volume or property turn arounds. We partner with our clients to reach their goals toward homeownership, walking with them through every step.”
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