Success at 50 Series

In this series I want to share the stories of women that found success after 50. It could be in living their dream, careers, romance, travel, finance, life!

Meet my friend and Marin Women at Work Member, avid runner, successful real estate agent and newly married, Denise Montalvo.

Life is better after fifty

My life has become better since I turned fifty. I started my real estate career and excelled to being a top producer. When I was married with kids, I could barely catch a moment for myself. If I went out alone, my phone would buzz with inquiries of when I’d be home and what was for dinner. Now, my time is my own and I exercise six days a week outdoors in Marin. In real estate, aging can add credibility and respect rather than obsolescence. 

In 2020, I got divorced and had to make my career happen and future happen. I deliberately spent one year alone to figure out who I was and what I wanted and not jump into a rebound relationship. A man I’d known professionally for years happened to be single and the timing was right. A later life relationship can be more joyful as you aren’t navigating whether to have kids, career goals, lifestyles, etc. We got married in 2021 on the 10th anniversary of our first date. This is the happiest period of my life so far. I think too many women over fifty believe men want younger women or that there is scarcity. One good partner is not too much to ask for. Visualizing what I wanted helped me to manifest and satisfaction in both career and love.

And this year I was honored with Agent of the Year/Marin County

Denise Montalvo

Realtor, Coldwell Banker

Global Luxury Specialist/Top Producer


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