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Advice for the Rookie Realtor

Spousal support enables 'nonproductive enterprise'

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Re: 'Rookie Realtor spouse speaks out' (May 10) Dear Rookie: The spouse is correct to encourage his wife to get a steady income if she's going to work outside of the home. He sounds like a good sport and supportive of her efforts to get on her feet in her new endeavor; however, there comes a time when support becomes enabling of a nonproductive enterprise. I know, because it happened to me. My spouse became burnt out with paying for my desk costs and gasoline expenses, while he and the kids suffered with evening and weekend calls from customers, late meals, missed school activities, and a tired wannabe Realtor for a wife-mother. I finally got out of sales and into a "steady" job as a real estate appraiser. Spouse is happy; dog is happy; kids are grown now; and this ex-wannabe only complains about too much work these days. For the sake of her family and marriage, the newbie Realtor should listen to her husband. (He sounds like a good one.) Lucia GoheenAzalea, Ore. Dear Rookie: I've b...