Husband and wife brokers thrive after shaky start

Amidst the darkness of uncertainty, the light of love emerged. She met her husband, Paul Olbrantz, and the couple bought a house together in 2013. At the time, Danielle said he was a loan officer at Wells Fargo. “Once we bought a house, we realized we had to work together, but we couldn’t find the right person. Everything was promised to us during our recruitment.

The couple landed at Cross Country Mortgage – her as a branch manager and he as a loan officer – but found themselves doing little work. “We didn’t do any loans, and that was really scary and terrifying,” she said. “The rates were not competitive. It was very pitiful. In the end, we got in trouble with them because they said we had undervalued too many loans. We kind of slapped each other.

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It was then that she turned to another man in her life, life coach Tony Robbins, of whom she and her husband were followers. “After walking over hot coals, we decided we had the courage to try anything,” she said, not speaking figuratively but literally. Robbins has incorporated the practice of firewalking into his seminars, in which people walk over coals – rather than running, which only sinks their feet further into the embers risking severe burns. The practice dates back to Iron Age India around 1200 BC and is considered by some to be a rite of passage testing an individual’s strength and courage or, in religion, a test of one’s faith.

“We came home from the event, quit our jobs and had no plans,” she said. “I had my broker’s license since 2005. Other than that, we had no plan and just dived.”