Erin Oldham became a licensed REALTOR® in the summer of 2016. It was a big career jump after being an elementary classroom teacher in the West Ada County district for eight years. She never anticipated the change but teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students was something that actually prepared her for a life in real estate. It had been vital for her to know her students, know their goals, know what they were good at and what challenges they faced ahead. That same process manifesting itself in her new adventure where,
“Building relationships, knowing your own abilities and choosing to dig into those becomes the key to serving your clients.”
The number one motivator for Erin to pursue becoming a REALTOR® was her own family. She grew up with multiple family members working throughout the industry as agents, builders, and developers. In a sense, it was already a part of her bloodline, and she was ready to take the leap to provide a lifestyle that best suited her relationship with her husband and their small children.
“The relationships you build along the way are the most valuable and within those you learn how to serve naturally. You focus on how to help make goals more realistic for them.”
It takes a client-first mentality to succeed in this industry and Erin takes pride in all of the steps leading to solutions for her buyers and sellers.
“Just start somewhere in homeownership,”
she stated as she reminisced about a client of hers that had bought their first house at the end of a recession in Caldwell. This client had just received their U.S. citizenship and was willing to buy a home for $100,000 that definitely needed some work but had potential. A few years later, she dedicated two more years of her time to helping the same client seek out a new property to call home and they were able to sell the remodeled house in Caldwell for $320,000.
“It’s a process to build net worth,”
and it took building that relationship at the same time to reach an end goal that was beneficial for everyone involved.
She attributes a large portion of her business to out of state referrals from out of state agents. Her assistant, Kaitlyn Meath, is a marketing director as well as an agent that helps her care for clients on a deeper level and not solely related to transaction needs. Erin is a Buffini Trained Agent and Coach, mother of two, and a REALTOR® who feels inspired to pass on her knowledge to others while aspiring to meet her own goals along the way,
"In the last year I have seen the vision I have for my business over the next five years. I am working to help Kaitlyn move into production and leaning into starting a team and what that looks like! The leveling off of the industry last year really made me dig deeper into what I want my life and business to be like."
Erin is full of gratitude in her career,
"I am so thankful for the personal connections and relationships I have built around the country to not only help clients moving to Idaho, but to help those moving across the country."
She values her roots in the industry, but she still has attainable aspirations in front of her that she would like to build on,
"I would love my niche to be working with 'move up buyers'. Helping clients use the equity they have in their current home to either buy a second home or to buy a larger home that fits their lifestyle better."
Mountain properties are another avenue she would like to eventually explore more. Real estate has been nothing short of a rewarding experience for Erin. She doesn’t shy away from hard work, and she laughed with joy when she quoted Isak Dinesen,
“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.”
It’s a quote that resonates with anyone who has a dream and the determination to make it come true. She has been that sturdy helping hand in paving the path for homeowners and making their dreams a reality. Relationships have been the core of her building her business and bringing her own vision to life too.