Real Estate Advice from a Soccer Coach
I have been a Soccer Mom for 7 years. This year, I somehow got suckered into coaching! YIKES! I have never played soccer. I have never coached ANYTHING, and I must admit, I am extremely nervous.
I have been reading, studying, googling and asking a million questions, and I have come to one conclusion. Coaching a soccer team is much like the wonderful world of being a Real Estate Agent.
- Knowing your position - There are many positions in a real estate transaction. Seller's Agent, Buyer's Agent, Closing Attorney, Home Inspector, Appraiser, Buyer, Seller, and often more. As long as everyone remembers their position and knows how to perform properly, everything will go much smoother.
- Communication - Just like soccer players need to communicate verbally on the field and know when & where to pass the ball, Real Estate Agents must know when to seek help from other folks in the transaction. They must sometimes pass the ball. They must also practice verbal communication. Pick up the dang phone (but not on the soccer field)!
- Working as a team - If every player on the team works together, the chances of winning are much higher. In real estate, every person involved must work together to get the deal to the closing table. If one member forgets to show up to practice, or shows up to a game exhausted and unprepared, the entire team can fall apart. In sports, they often say that your team is only as strong as your weakest player... Hmmmm?
- Being a good sport - Sometimes you win & sometimes you lose. Either way, you need to be a good sport. Don't forget about the other players in the game. Congratulate the winners, compliment the losers and keep a positive attitude. As long as you do your best, play a good honest game and don't give up... you have nothing to be upset about.
My soccer team, "J-CREW", will have their very first practice this evening. Please wish my boys a great season, and if you know anything about coaching soccer... Feel free to share any tips or advice!