My job isn't guaranteed. What I mean by that is that - I work very hard for months on one transaction, but when it's over that's it as far as me being paid goes. I get one paycheck at the end - and though I will be in contact, here for anything following the transaction that my client might need, I'm not going to be paid again for it. So, I am always moving forward and planning ahead. I do my job to help support my family, and I like to think I do it well. My goal is to make the experience as enjoyable and headache-free for my clients, and I will go the extra mile every time because I've been in their shoes and I know what it feels like. That being said, the best thing you can do for me if you enjoyed how hard I worked for you as a client, is to tell people about me. Tell them what I did for you, why you liked me, and why they too, should use me as a Realtor! Refer me to your friends and family - that's the highest compliment I could ever get! And whenever the next time comes around for you to need a Real Estate professional (and don't think I won't be checking in) but stick with me and let me help you again! It would be the highest honor for me, to be your Realtor for Life!
Everything is done on the internet these days. And I mean everything. You can order clothes from around the world, talk to your great-aunt Susan who lives 5 hours away (thank goodness) and even buy live animals. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Pinterest, are just naming a few ways that people are not only keeping in communication with the world but also, in a more real way, marketing themselves and their lives. There are new apps and websites where you can sell stuff yourself online and Facebook market place is becoming even more popular and prevalent as a way to find anything in your area quickly.
The average (I'm talking like 95% of folks) home-buyer is searching online before they ever even contact a Realtor. So web and social media presence is unbelievably important when selling a home today. The days of grainy cell phone pics and putting something on the MLS only are over. And they should be. Technology is a blessing when used correctly as a marketing tool. Just be careful - make sure you're Realtor is doing things the right way and making your home available to all potential buyers and showing it in it's best light!
(and for all those FSBO's -For Sale By Owners- out there who are thinking "Well, why don't I just sell it myself on Craigslist?"- yes people try doing that! Just be aware - You are opening up your home to the world, it's not the same as posting a picture on Facebook and getting 34 likes, these people will be in your home. When you list with a Realtor, you know a buyers agent will be with a client, and has probably already met and vetted out that client as a serious buyer. When you sell it yourself, you're not really marketing it everywhere, and your allowing yourself to be vulnerable - Also, remember that potential buyers are listening to everything you say, if you are present and trying to sell your own house, you may actually do more damage than you intend!)
I love my job. I love having fun doing my job. But as a wife and mom, I'm almost always hyper-aware of the dangers that come with it. That's because I have a family to help support and take care of - they need me almost as much as I need them, and so my safety on the job is priority one.
I recently got my LTC (license to carry) here in Texas. That means after a very long class and hands-on training/firing a weapon, I can now carry open or concealed most anywhere I go. That is important to me. And gun safety is something I take seriously as well. My father always had guns and taught me from a very young age how to handle, clean, and most importantly respect them for the lethal weapons they are. Guns aren't toys, and that's why I use them for my personal safety. We keep them in a gun safe when not in use, because I know how dangerous they can be.
And Realtors do find themselves in (for lack of a better word) sketchy situations from time to time. You want to believe the best of people. But you can't. You always have to put your safety first. If that means making a new client drive out of their way to meet you at the office so be it. Any reasonable person will understand. And I like to think of myself as an absolute professional. Most lawyers and doctors nowadays no loner make house calls and neither should Realtors be expected to on the first meeting. After I've established a relationship with a client, then it's a different situation. But before that it's up to me, and if that means I risk losing a potential client, then it's worth knowing I have been safe and put my family and life first.
would smell as sweet. Right? YES. But the opposite is true as well. Animal droppings, by any other name, still smell like poo. That is why when listing a home, first impressions for a buyer and that first smell are everything.
I have entered many a house with clients and watched them walk right back out saying, "Something clearly died in there. Next, please." because of an overwhelming stench that bombarded us as we first entered the door.
Overall, no smell is better than a bad one. That would seem obvious. But going to extra mile and making sure a property smells pleasing to potential buyers can actually, in my esteemed opinion, make a difference.
My personal favorites are your clean smells - fresh scents like linen or spring breeze. Those that aren't too over-poweringly fragrant but that and something light and airy.
I've known some people to bake cookies before a showing. Which is great, as long as you feed me all of said cookies. Because if I smell cookies, you'd better believe I expect to be eating those cookies immediately.
Make your homes enjoyable to visit - make the buyers feel at home, and they will want your house to be their next one.
It almost feels like the beginning shot of a horror movie. You find yourself slowly creeping up an attic stairway or peering down into a crawlspace. Your fingers are crossed and you're internally praying to yourself, "No dead bodies, no dead bodies."
And you find one, only it isn't a human body, but a rat carcass, and it's been there awhile.
However, this isn't a scene out of a Hollywood screamfest. It is simply the day in the life of a Realtor (or inspector).
Back when I worked in Personal Lines Insurance, this was a daily occurrence. As a Realtor, we aren't always required, and in fact many flat out refuse to get a little dirty for their clients for fear of liability. I try and take a different approach.
Safety is always a consideration, however, any extra info a home buyer or agent can glean from the inspection of the property is very important, and on multiple levels.
Is it safe? Sound? Insurable? And if there are any dead bodies... how low should you offer? (I joke, however, that situation can and does happen - though not usually)
The more information you have about a property, even on the seller's side, will benefit you in the long run. So don't just let buyer's walk through on their own. And don't let seller's just tell you "everything is in great condition". Discover and do the research, because that's how the best deals are made.