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Rising Stars: Meet Nicole Oleson of Cary

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Oleson.

Hi Nicole, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My journey into Real Estate is not the typical one.

My dream career was to become an Air Force Medic. I joined the Air Force after graduating high school and was selected to become a Pharmacy tech/Medic and got stationed at Nellis, AFB in Nevada. While that fulfilled my career goals, I had to decide between a career and my now husband. Of course, the saying is true “a love like this only happens once in a lifetime”. So, we decided to proceed long distance for 4 years until my enlistment was complete.

I’m the type of person who believes “everything happens for a reason”, so I frequently trust in God and my intuition.

At the age of 22, I separated from the Air Force and moved from Las Vegas, NV back to Cary, NC to work in a compounding pharmacy. Although the job was close and convenient, my passion for medicine was quickly fading.

My husband and I have always been “go getters”. While I was in the service, he purchased a foreclosure and remodeled it to become our first home, all while he was working as a construction manager and attending Wake Tech to earn his degree in Construction Management. Though shortly after, he was asked to fill a manager’s position in his family business. He agreed to the position due to the flexibility that allowed him to be able to visit me more often, leaving the dream of becoming a custom home builder on pause.

Although I only lived in our house for a year and a half, he (my husband) had been living there for over 5 years, so we decided to sell our investment and we purchased our dream home at the ages 24 and 26 in December 2019.

During this time, I saw firsthand how important and lifechanging it was to have a good Realtor. Steve Gillooly was our expert, and he opened my eyes to what life has to offer. Less than a month later, I enrolled in Real Estate school. Knowing my husband’s long sought-after passion was building, I figured this could help motivate him since I would be working 8-4pm and attending school from 6-10pm.

Although, it was a huge decision, in the spring of 2020 the Pandemic pushed me to pursue my life worth living, and I quit my pharmaceutical career. I quickly realized my passion wasn’t directly saving lives but helping families believe and realize financial freedom is capable through real estate.

Amazingly enough, my husband has seen the joy this business provides me with and it inspired him to get back into the profession and pass his General Contracting License for Residential and Commercial construction.

I feel fulfilled now to be able to run a successful business with passion and ambition. I truly wake up every single day with the intention to better the lives of those who allow me.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As a REALTOR® there are new obstacles every day. Overcoming self-doubt is one that stands out the most to me. Going from a job with a schedule to be able to dictate your own, is exceedingly difficult. Even for the motivated. 

The path to where I am today has had so many unpredicted twists and turns but I am grateful for all of them. If I had been afraid of failing and making a life for myself, I would not be who I am today.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a North Carolina REALTOR®, that specializes in the Triangle area. I work with the wonderful firm Keller-Williams Realty Cary. My mission is for my clients to feel stress-free and help guide them through one of the largest investments a person can make.

I take pride in knowing that I’m trusted to guide my clients through the journey to find their perfect home. Along with helping provide an easy transition from place to place.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I have a picture outside of my office that says;

“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever. In its place is something that you have left behind.. Let it be something good”.

If your heart is desiring something great, don’t let self doubt and fear control you.

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