My Story

My Story

Mike J. Gold, Realtor

Everything changed in an instant.  My preplanned future dissolved.  As I cobbled together the pieces, I learned a valuable lesson about myself.

I sat down on the couch next to my girlfriend, Mina.  Senior year had started with a whirlwind of classes, work, and job interviews.  She was watching TV and the blinds were drawn.  In the glow of the screen, I could see her thinking about something.  When I asked her what it was, I fell backward into the soft cushion of the couch.

She told me I was going to be a father.  As the TV flickered in front of me, I disappeared into my mind, the world going silent around me.  ‘What does this mean for us, me, the future I want?’  I thought.  The past three years, I studied finance at the University of Colorado.  Dreams of investment banking and trading stocks had danced in my head.  My senses came back and I heard Mina talking next to me.

“What now?” She said.

This changed everything.  We were both in the middle of a string of job interviews to start work after graduation.  There were a lot of heart-to-hearts and tears shed over the uncertainty of what lay ahead.  In the end, I decided to give up my dream of investment banking and stay home to raise my son.

We were lucky, I know that.  In the course of those interviews, Mina was offered an amazing job opportunity.  It afforded us the option to let me stay home.  When graduation came, followed shortly by the birth of my son, Caleb, it was time to begin my work as a stay-at-home dad.

When I was young, my relationship with my father was complicated.  I’ll always be grateful to him for the things he taught me when we spent weekends fixing up his latest condo or house.  But we didn’t always see eye-to-eye.  And between him as an entrepreneur and my mom working full-time, there wasn’t a lot of time to stop and just be together.

When Mina told me I was going to be a dad, I wanted to create a different story for my family.  In that moment, the TV flickering in the dark, something inside me shifted.  I realized I wasn’t just working for me anymore.  I was working for my family.

I had the freedom to stay home with Caleb for a year and a half.  It’s a time I’ll always treasure, even the hard parts.  During that time, I changed diapers, warmed bottles, did everything needed.  All the while, I slowly started to build a business.  From the start, Caleb was a big part of that.

Real estate was something I started in college.  I became a licensed REALTOR® in 2000 during my senior year.  It was a way to earn extra money at the time, but it turned into so much more.  I brought Caleb with me to those first house showings, he was in the background as I fielded calls and filled out paperwork, happily babbling in his bouncer.  Building a business while being a stay-at-home parent was hard.  There were days when everything seemed to go wrong.  But at the end of them, I would watch him sleeping soundly in his crib and feel the stress of the day wash away.  He taught me that sometimes when you give something up, you get something even better in return.

In the years since, my family has grown.  I married the love of my life, Mina, and we have three beautiful children.  I learned early on that who I’m really working for is my family.  It was scary to change the direction of my life.  My senior year of college was unrecognizable compared to my friends.  But every day I hear one of my kids practicing piano or take them to a hockey game, I know this life is the one I really wanted all along.

Buying a home is a huge decision, the biggest financial investment for most families.  That’s why I treat every client the way I’d want to be treated.  I realized a long time ago with my first son, Caleb, that your family is who you really work for.  We want what’s best for them, no matter what.  That’s where I come in.  With my background in finance and expertise in investing, I can help you make the best decision for your family’s future.  Whether you’re buying your forever home or dipping your toe into rental properties, I keep the best interest of you and your loved ones in mind.  I want you to have time to enjoy your family, those special moments, recitals, sports games, just like I have.  Let me use my expertise and experience to help you enjoy the important things in life.

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