A Real Estate Career – What was I thinking?

This is my first blog post.


And yes I understand that I’m supposed to use key words and images and write 2,050 words, and blah, blah, blah. Really? I just got my website up!!


For certain, I’ll eventually get there. This time however, I just want to share my story with you. And if you’re thinking a real estate career might be in your future, then I hope my story helps. Maybe it will even inspire.


When I decided to make a career change and go into real estate, I had this perception that Realtors® didn’t really work that hard and they still made lots of money. It’s probably the same perception that many of you have about Realtors® and that’s ok. If you haven’t walked in a Realtors’ ® shoes, how would you know? But OMG, I could not have been more wrong. What was I thinking? It would have been so much easier to just go get a job at Chicos (no disrespect to those sales reps either, I’ve seen how hard they work)!


The truth is I’ve never worked so hard and I’ve been in the work force a long time. Like mommies, Realtors® wear about a hundred different hats. Every single day we are secretaries, marketers, time management specialists, errand runners, accountants, amateur psychologists, cheerleaders and writers. The list of our tasks seems endless. We have to be expert budgeters. Every single day we have expenses, but we only get paid when we close a transaction. We have to be self-motivated and incredibly self-disciplined. There is no boss standing over us telling us what to do. We have to be accountable, not only to ourselves but more importantly to our clients. We need to be expert negotiators. We must be organized. Most days there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, so we have to be great at prioritizing. Yeah, we’re pretty busy. I’m always mystified by those overachievers that do this and still find time to get to the gym. But, that’s another blog post for another day.


All of our actions boil done to just one thing though — we strive to help folks with their real estate needs. That means we have to be knowledgeable about a host of subjects. From marketing a home to guiding clients through the transaction process, it is our job to serve you. Sometimes it’s easy, other times it’s not. Usually clients are wonderful to work with, but occasionally you can get a real sour puss. I’ve had my share of those.


You know, just like any other job, there are good days and bad days, great clients and horrible clients (and I only mean that in the most loving of ways!). But, I wouldn’t trade my job for anything. I love what I do. It is so gratifying to see a buyer’s face light up when they walk into the perfect home, or the satisfaction on a seller’s face when they sign their name at closing. Helping folks… that’s what I am supposed to be doing. I believe it’s what we are all supposed to be doing.


So, how can I help you?

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