It can be argued that, especially in recent years, real estate is one of the most difficult professions around. Between troubles in the market, balancing complex transactions, and the pressure of helping clients sell a house for as much as possible and buy a house for as little as possible, the job can be challenging.
It can also be argued, though likely without much disagreement, that motherhood is just as challenging. While women across the world are balancing these two most difficult careers, there may be no one who is doing it as gracefully as Juliette Kulda, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Half Moon Bay office and a mother of nine.
For Kulda, life if a game of numbers. Twenty years living in Half Moon Bay, nine years selling real estate, two teammates she’s been working with for four years, millions-of-dollars in sales, dozens of transactions each year, 19 years of marriage to her husband, Derek, one four-year-old dog, Stella, and maybe most importantly; Cosette, 17; Derek Jr., 15; Joseph, 13; Marius, 11; Gabriel, 9; Peter, 7; Angelo, 4; Julian, 2, and Mary Ellen, one month. It’s a lot to take care of in 24 hours.
“Whether you’re negotiating bedtime or a million-dollar contract, there are actually a lot of similarities between being a mother and being a real estate agent,” said Kulda. “Keeping track of details, mastering multi-tasking, staying organized and being efficient with your time – learning to balance the needs of a large family has given me skills to balance several escrows at a time. Flexibility as a part of everyday family life is just like being flexible when an escrow doesn’t go as planned.”