Balancing Act with Class Cassandra Homer balances career and motherhood

Balancing Act with Class  Cassandra Homer balances career and motherhood

by Steve Gamel

It’s a typical weekday morning and Cassandra Homer keeps apologizing for a cluttered office that really isn’t as messy as she’s letting on. Sure, there’s the occasional stack of real estate paperwork on her desk and not one — but two — laptops fired up and ready to go. But what do you expect from a Monday?

“I just hate for you to come in with it looking like this,” Homer said with a laugh.

What we saw from our visit with this Lantana resident and real estate guru wasn’t clutter, but rather the perfect blend of work and family. To her left was the busy work life as the proud Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Elite and Team Leader of The Homer Group. But to her right were several framed photos of her nearly one-year- old, cute-as- a-button daughter, Sloane, and husband, Travis.

As it turns out, Homer was smack dab in the middle of the balanced and increasingly fulfilling life she has carved out.

“I always feel like Bambi learning to walk,” said Homer, 33. “I’m not sure I’m doing it right, but then I realize I need to take a minute to see how far I’ve come — because when you’re in it, everything moves so fast. Happiness isn’t about being perfect. Happiness is in the moments. I’m just trying to do right by my family, myself, and my clients.”

When we last spoke with Cassandra a year ago, she was days away from being a first-time mother. And she was showing no signs of slowing down. At eight months pregnant, she was still at her best with eight or nine things on her plate.

Since 2013, Cassandra and her team at The Homer Group have steadily become a trusted partner and friend for home buyers and sellers in Bartonville and Lantana. They promise and deliver on an unmatched level of commitment to the community as well as a consistent understanding of the individual needs of their clients.

Bringing that mantra under the umbrella of RE/MAX Elite created the perfect marriage between the unrivaled resources and reach of an internationally recognized real estate company and a local agency that loves the community it represents.

Cassandra has always been the perfect representation of that dedicated and driven mindset. She moved away from her parent’s home in New Hampshire when she was 18 to chase her dream of being in real estate. Despite being a small-town girl with 88 dollars in her pocket, she wasn’t afraid to move all the way to California to get what she wanted, and eventually Raleigh, North Carolina before finding a permanent home in Texas.

She worked her way up the ladder, never saying no, and to this day, her daily schedule includes recruiting, training, and managing agents. She’s a successful business coach through the number one real estate coaching company in North America, Tom Ferry International, where she works with 25 young agents, and she still finds time to help about 30 clients a year buy and sell their homes.

But over the last year, Cassandra has struck an even bigger balance between being that successful agent you know and love, and the successful and doting mother she’s waited all her life to become.

“I crave work, but I’m doing a better job turning it off,” Homer said. “Every minute I get to spend with Sloane and Travis … that’s what matters. These young agents get into the business and they think they need to work 24 hours a day. That’s how I started, and I’m telling them, ‘No, you don’t need to do that!’ The reason you do all this is to provide a great life for your family, not the other way around. It’s a hard balancing act, but I’m doing the best I can.”

Cassandra said being a mother, wife, and business owner has forced her to get comfortable being uncomfortable, and listening to her talk lovingly about Sloane will melt your heart.

“The hardest part about going back to work [after maternity leave] was when she was hugging me back,” Cassandra said. “I could feel her chubby fingers around my neck. If I could get 15 more minutes with her before going to work, or five more minutes before she goes to bed — or even cleaning up the blowouts, I’d do it. Sometimes I wish I could build a tiny house somewhere and we could spend the day hugging while I home school her forever. But then again, that would be weird.”

The goal now is to continue striking that perfect balance between work and family. It’s still new for this constantly on-the-go gal. But she appears to be balancing it all just fine – even if her office is a little messy.

“I think all working moms are doing the best we can trying to figure it out,” she said. “Am I the perfect mom? No. Am I the perfect business owner? No. But I’m giving it hell trying.”

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