I was speaking to another agent this week about the market and the conversation turned to the emotional satisfaction with what we do for a living. We both admitted that right now, in this market, there's much less emotional satisfaction than in years past. By and large, all of us are delivering a lot more bad news than good news these days. Many of us form emotional attachments to our clients. And, clearly, some of them are in trouble.
Don't get me wrong. This is not a pity party! And I know that compared to those clients who are really losing sleep, our level of discomfort is nothing.
But a couple of years ago, with homes selling in 2 or 3 days sometimes, we were often treated like heroes. And, even on the buyer's side, when you finally were able to get them a ratified contract, they were truly ecstatic. And, again, we got treated like heroes. I have to tell you, it is a huge ego lift to get that kind of reaction to what you do for a living! If it were a drug I believe they'd have to make it illegal!
Now, bringing bad news and then more bad news, we're more often treated like dogs! The truth is, we weren't heroes then and we're not dogs now. (Although there are certainly both among the REALTOR population!) We're people trying to do our jobs in a very up and down market. We get to deal with people in one of the most stressful periods of their lives. And when we succeed the financial and emotional rewards are very nice! And then in years like this, it's a little less fun!
Tomorrow is Friday and I'm doing another analysis of the market and determining which sellers need to lower their prices or what other market accomodations we might need to make. Another fun Friday in the greater Piedmont area real estate world!