The Myth vs. The Reality
And go I did. One of my first realizations was that real estate agents spend much more time in their cars than they do in the office. My mileage log became a live artifact very quickly.
Getting Clients Around
Obfuscation — What the Heck Does that Mean? —
Compared to Knowing What You Need to Know
Entering the world of real estate I had the what turned out to be a wrong impression that it was a cutthroat, competitive, dog-eat-dog industry. The reality I’ve experienced is that fellow agents, both veterans and new agents like me, have all been very kind and helpful. They have shared their knowledge and gone out of their way to help me learn. I’ve never felt as if anyone has tried to undercut me or our business in the name of getting more business for themselves at our expense. Maybe Coming Home Realty exists under an umbrella of magnanimity, but, for whatever reason, I’ve been grateful for the support and encouragement I’ve received not only from my supervising broker but also from other brokers and the Board office.
Phones And Dirt
One other myth vs. reality buster I’ve encountered concerns phones. We have a landline, but I often wonder why. Nearly all of our business is conducted on our cell phones and when we have people want to come work for us in an administrative capacity and they offer to answer the phones for us, I think what a boring job that would be if that were their only task because our cells blow up with calls and texts every day and our landline sits
Now for a word about Colorado soil. Never did I comprehend how hard our dirt is until the first time I had to plant a For Sale sign in front of a seller’s house. There Carla and I were pounding and pounding; pouring water from our water bottles into the holes to soften up the dirt in and around the stake posts; retrieving more water from a fortunately full and flowing nearby ditch; shoring up our wobbly effort with piles of rocks all around the base; and hoping fervently it would stay up. Not to be. An hour later we received word our sign had fallen down. Since then we’ve invested in a rubber mallet and buffed up our arm strength. I have also become adept at evaluating the available soil composition at the sites in the name of selecting the best possible 2 square inches x 2. Success is in the details!
Homes Are What They Are
In my pre-real estate broker innocence, I had assumed all houses looked just like their pictures. I now know how a professional photographer can create magic. Having said that, however, Carla and I always try to see the homes we
Gifts from the Heart
Finally, I’d like to end this perspective piece with what I previously thought a real estate relationship involved vs. what it has been and is in our practice. Before I became affiliated with Coming Home Realty, I thought the nature of a real estate relationship was that agents provided clients with a service and then gave them a closing gift to signal the end of the transaction. What I have now experienced is that our clients give us much more than we give them. For one thing they give us their trust. That’s huge in business these days. Also, they teach us every day and, as former schoolteachers ourselves, we highly value education in all forms. They also honor us by giving us referrals, heartfelt notes of appreciation, and invitations to be a part of their lives even after our transformations (what we call transactions) with them are concluded. In one special case, a client gave us her prized African violet plants because she knew they wouldn’t survive the trans-continental trip during their move. I’d like to end by dedicating this post to Joy Dale, a treasured client. Look at her flowers bloom!