In the 1990s, Julie Bosma was working at Schnucks grocery stores when she was approached by Janice Miller of ERA First Advantage Realty Inc. with an offer to change her career.

“Every time I would check out, I would say, ‘Why are you the checkout girl? You should be in real estate,’” says Miller of Bosma. “She has a wonderful personality. That was why I knew she would make a great real estate agent. She likes people.”

Finally, one day Bosma — a Castle High School graduate and former Western Kentucky University student — decided to take Miller up on her offer. At first, Bosma says she had no intention to sell real estate, just work in the office. Then after a year, she once again made a change and obtained her realtor license. The checkout girl, who once joked she couldn’t sell real estate, was now an agent with Miller at ERA.

That was in 1998. Since then, Bosma has used a passion for helping others to place new and current residents of Evansville and Newburgh, Indiana, into the homes that fit their wants and needs. It is that very aspect that makes her career in real estate so rewarding, she says.

“I love meeting people. I feel like it’s a natural high when you find them what they like and meet their needs,” says Bosma.

Real estate is not for those looking for a 9-to-5 job, however, she says. She attributes her success in realty to putting in the time after 5 p.m. and on the weekends. It’s not a job where a real estate agent can “clock out and forget about it,” she says.

“It’s very demanding,” she adds. “I am constantly thinking about my job.”

For the last 20 years, she has asked herself every day what are three things she can do each day to help her job. It’s that philosophy that’s helped her succeed. Having a passion for your work helps in achieving goals as well, she adds.

“I think you have to like what you do to do it well,” says Bosma. “And I love what I do.”

For more information about Julie Bosma, call 812-457-6968 or visit juliebosma.com.

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