Jordan Bennett, SFR, was burned out after four years as a CPA at a Big Four accounting firm. A friend talked to him about real estate sales, and he decided to try it part-time. After his first open house netted two transactions, he quit his job. Friends discouraged him from the move because the market in 2009 was extremely soft. Bennett was undeterred. “It’s always either a buyer’s market or a seller’s market, so there’s always opportunity,” he says. With his accounting background, he’s quick with numbers. He’s also fluent in Spanish, having studied in Buenos Aires for a year during college. Both skills have been career assets. “You never know which of your experiences will come together to set you up for success,” he says.