27 www. ReadMPM. com | www. VOICE forRea l Es tate. com | www.MountPl easantBu i l der s . com on-site projects and coordinates subcontractors. Each has mastered his or her role, creating the best customer experience possible. The Tipples expounded on the idea that, “as long as your partner is successful, allow them to do a task in their own manner, even if it is different from how you may approach it. Get excited to see their strengths and weaknesses and become aware of how you can help support one another.” However, this is not to say the process of finding balance is easy. These couples recognize the necessity of quality time away from the office to enjoy their families, traveling and local beaches and waterways. When the need arises, though, it is useful to have a teammate readily available. The Colemans, for example, do their best to avoid work topics at home, yet they also confess it is convenient to have one another right there to chat. “Our personal life mixes with our work life fairly effortlessly,” they agreed. The Tipples find they can come home and talk challenges through when they face something tough, leaning on one another to solve the issue. Sean believes their collaboration both at home and at work is more helpful than harmful, simply because their jobs allow them to be flexible with one another, allowing for spontaneity when a client requires it. If there is any drawback to the work-marriage relationship, Carey admitted, “it is when we go through waves and are both slammed, yet still need to coordinate kids’ schedules. It can be overwhelming at times, but we absolutely love what we do!” Alternatively, their common work has taught them to rely on one another and better synchronize roles so all bases are covered. “It is all about communication,” she said. With work and home life intersecting, it’s easy to assume countless hours are spent side by side, when, in fact, constant overlap is less frequent for these pairs than one would think. When they encounter a busy season, the Hunnicutts explained that they simply prioritize activities where they aren’t thinking and talking about real estate all the time. Ed plays music as a release, and Cathy maintains her nursing license and goes on medical mission trips to Guatemala twice a year. Each couple clearly has discovered how to value and appreciate what their spouse brings to their team. This recognition, paired with patience and support, aids in their business success and builds a stronger marital foundation. “There are going to be ups and downs,” the Colemans summarized, “but thankfully, we have our life partner to ride those waves with.” real estate Cathy and Ed Hunn i cut t of Caro l i na One. Carey and Sean Tippl e of Dan i e l I s l and Rea l Es tate.