Realtor and Grimes Chamber of Commerce member Susan Sutton-Ludwig started her career in real estate 14 years ago. She started off as a nurse, then a stay-at-home mom where she was also able to run an in-home daycare business.
“I love working with people and both of those jobs involve family,” Sutton-Ludwig told the Grimes Journal. “I made a career change because I knew I wanted a job that was able to let me have a really good business but still let me be a part of my children’s lives.”
The realtor had a lot of naysayers along the way and had to suffer through adversity in order to become successful in the real estate world.
“My drive and the inspiration that I had inside of me pushed me to succeed,” she said. “I had a lot of people around me who were negative and kind of didn’t support it.”
Sue Sutton had a few supportive builders in her corner helping her get through the moment of launching her real estate career but her wanting to better herself was the biggest driver.
“When I got into it, it was very much of a man’s world,” she said. “It was for the builders and still somewhat that way but women have started making a path and having a say on the builder’s side of it.”
At the start, it was hard for Sue to stand on her own because she went into a world where most of the big-hitter realtors were men and the building side of real estate was dominated by men.
“I would say the women movement has really changed the world,” she said.
Being a woman wasn’t the only challenge Sutton had to overcome. There was a big market crash in 2008 where 30 percent of people in real estate dropped out of the business because they just couldn’t survive.
“That was a huge thing to get through and I hope we never see a crash again,” she said.