Balancing Work and Family Life: Insights from Top Realtor April Buffum

Being a mom and a realtor is not an easy job. However, it’s not impossible. It’s even rewarding!

Juggling the demands of motherhood while working in a competitive industry is a challenge, but it’s one that many mompreneurs take on with passion and determination.

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with April Buffum, a top realtor at Nebraska Realty serving the Lincoln and Omaha areas, on my podcast. During the episode, she shared her story and offered practical and inspiring insights for other mompreneur realtors.

Watch the entire podcast episode here

Now, let me also share with you the key insights from our conversation.

April Buffum's Career Journey

April’s career journey is a testament to her resilience and commitment. She didn’t start in real estate right away. Early on, she made several career decisions and transitions that eventually led her to where she is today.

Her involvement in housing advocacy and various leadership roles highlighted her passion for the industry and her desire to make a difference.

April’s decision to go full-time in real estate was a significant turning point. She realized that her skills and passion aligned perfectly with the demands of the real estate market. The reasons behind her decision were rooted in her love for helping people find their dream homes and her dedication to her family’s future.

How to Overcome the Challenges in the Real Estate Industry and Reap Rewards

As April also sees it, real estate is a volatile industry. It requires self-marketing and a strong network.

April faced numerous challenges along the way, but her determination and proactive approach helped her overcome them. She emphasized the importance of building a personal brand and leveraging social media to reach potential clients.

Networking, she said, is also crucial in real estate. Building relationships with clients, fellow realtors, and other industry professionals, such as mortgage brokers and lenders, inspectors, appraisers, and lawyers, can lead to more opportunities and make things a lot easier for you.

Balancing Professional and Personal Life

One of the most striking aspects of April’s story is how she manages a demanding career while being a single mother. She integrates her family into her business activities whenever possible. For example, her children would accompany her on property tours and open houses, making them feel involved and valued.

Prioritizing family over professional aspirations is key. April believes that success is not just about closing deals but also about being present for her children. She schedules her work around her children’s activities, ensuring she doesn’t miss out on important moments in their lives.

Importance of Rest and Mental Health

The business of real estate can be relentless, and it’s easy to burn out if you don’t take care of your mental health.

April practices self-care by setting aside time for herself. Whether it’s a quiet morning routine or a weekend getaway, these moments of rest help her maintain her energy and enthusiasm.

April’s routines, such as regular exercise and mindfulness practices, help her stay grounded and focused. Advising other mompreneurs, she emphasized finding out what works for them and making it a non-negotiable part of their schedule.

Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Realtors

For those starting their own real estate business, April has some key advice as well. First, discipline is more important than motivation.

She stated, “You need to become disciplined enough to do the things that you need to do because you're not always gonna be motivated. I would say most of the time you are not motivated. It is the discipline that keeps you going.”

Motivation can wane, but discipline keeps you going. Setting clear goals and sticking to them is crucial for long-term success.

April also shared some real estate industry statistics to emphasize the importance of perseverance. The market can be tough, and not every lead will convert into a sale. However, persistence and a positive attitude can make a significant difference.

Moreover, it’s always smart to seek out mentorship. Real estate coaching goes a long way in making the right decisions and growing your career to become a successful realtor.

Staying Focused on Your Values and Long-Term Goals

Reflecting on her journey, April emphasized the importance of staying true to your values and long-term goals. She shared her future aspirations in real estate and housing advocacy, underscoring her commitment to making a positive impact.

April’s journey is a reminder that success is not just about achieving financial goals but also about contributing to your community and staying aligned with your values.

Raising Entrepreneurial Children

Encouraging children to participate in business activities is something April holds dear.

She shared how her children engage with her work, from helping with marketing materials to attending client meetings. This helps them understand her job and fosters an entrepreneurial spirit.

April’s advice for parents is to involve their children in their business whenever possible. This can be a fun and educational experience that teaches valuable life skills.

Follow the R.E.A.L. Moms Podcast for More Engaging Real Estate Conversations!

April’s story is just one of many inspiring conversations we have on our podcast. Her insights on juggling work and family life will be beneficial for any mompreneur realtor.

Balancing a real estate career and family life is challenging but achievable. With the right mindset, discipline, and support, you can thrive in both areas.

I invite you to follow the R.E.A.L. Moms Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube for more engaging conversations with industry leaders and fellow mompreneurs.

And if you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Columbus, Nebraska, don’t hesitate to contact me. Together, we’ll find the perfect home for you and your family!

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