I'm a second generation real estate brokerage owner. First licensed in 1969, I transitioned from traditional house brokerage to long term investing in 1976. Opened Brown and Brown Investment Properties with Dad, in January of 1977, the same month I obtained my broker's license. I was, and have always been the designated broker of the firm.
I've executed hundreds tax deferred exchanges, many of them multi-state in nature. I stopped countin', cuz it really doesn't matter at that point, right? :) Also, I'm CCIM trained, having successfully completed all 200 hours back in 1980. It's the backbone of my strong points of analysis and strategic planning for my clients.
In late 2003, I could no longer advise real estate investors to acquire San Diego properties. I then made the decision to leave my home market for better performing regions. Though many thought that a 'pioneer' type move, I disagree. In hindsight, I was at least a year late in that decision.
The idea is to get folks from where they are to a magnificently abundant retirement -- and sooner rather than later. The rest is Charlie Brown's teacher talking. :)