Sorry it has been so long since my last post - I've started vlogging as well - but sometimes there is nothing like sitting down and just typing what you think and feel!
First of, we don't exist in a vacuum. What I mean is, we live in communities and I believe in life we are only as strong as our weakest friends. We are a local and global village - I want to help support people - and not because I get any benefit from it other than the feeling of helping those in need. I've been in need before in my life - And I'm someone who has been blessed by the kindness of others.
I am now blessed in a business where I can make money, so I want to use the resources I have to not only help support my own personal family - but also to help support my community. I know that long after I'm gone, the actions I either took or didn't take will affect future generations (mine and others) and I want to make sure I am living consciously in business and in my personal choices as well.
My husband says sometimes I do too much - I join too many committees or volunteer for too many events. But I don't know if that's possible - I want to help people, in any way I can, while I still can, because I know that some day I will not be able to.
I hope that others feel the same, but it is enough for me to know I am trying my best and doing everything I can to make sure the world is a beautiful and wonderful place for my daughter to grow up in.
It's the pits. It really is - and sometimes I think an agent can actually take a deal falling through harder than the client. We are invested in you, and your happiness makes us happy. And when it doesn't work out, we feel that too.
I tell my clients to expect different scenarios, I try to prepare them for the different outcomes when negotiating an offer and especially during the option period.
And we can predict, and try to prepare, but at the end of the day somethings are just out of our control. And deals do fall apart.
However, I think the most important thing I can impart to myself and my clients in these situations is to not lose hope!
I very sincerely believe that when a door closes, a window (who knows, could be a bay window!) opens and that there is a reason some things don't work out the way we like at first.
Robert G. Ingersoll once said, "The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart." And I believe when dealing in Real Estate, whether you're a client or an agent, there are times when you MUST have courage. Be strong and carry on!
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.