It took years for Eaton Rapids resident Sandy Bailey-Bristol to come across the career that she would come to adore.
Although she’s disappointed it took her so long to become an associate broker, she’s glad she finally did.
“I look at it like this — I started this at a good time because our daughter had graduated from high school, and I needed something more to fill my time and jumped into real estate to fill my void,” said Bailey-Bristol. “And I just never really got bored with it.”
Eaton Rapids has been home to Bailey-Bristol for the majority of her life. At a young age, Bailey-Bristol took a job for the City of Eaton Rapids, then went on to work for the Secretary of State. She later pursued a position within the legal department for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).
“I worked with a lot of developers that were great mentors at MSHDA,” said Bailey-Bristol.
It took about 30 years before she officially retired with the State. While she was still with the State, she received her real estate license and worked with a small brokerage in Eaton Rapids. In 2005 Bailey-Bristol started her own development company, Bailey-Bristol Development LLC. Along with her development business, she currently owns a management company, Sandy’s Property Management, and is a part owner of PreviewProperties.com of Holt.
“I originally thought I’d go into just the development side, but then I really enjoyed the aspect of helping people sell their homes when they needed to move on,” said Bailey-Bristol. “It’s a lot more fun than I thought it would be, and I still love both ends of the spectrum.”
Although she loves many aspects of her career, Bailey-Bristol’s favorite is “that I get to bring my dog, Coco, to work.”
In spite of the fact that she worked under the State for years before pursuing her own businesses in real estate, in her eyes, she has always been an entrepreneur at heart. In fact, in 1992 she started her own nationally syndicated children’s radio show, The Motivation Station, which she produced for three years.
“I was tired of my child listening to local radio shows,” said Bailey-Bristol.
She believes her mother, Bert Bailey, is to credit for many of her successes and ability to function as an entrepreneur.
“My mom has a very strong personality and taught all of us to be very independent,” said Bailey-Bristol.