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Does being a Christian work for you on the job?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with eXp Realty BR562939000

Is being a Christian in real estate feasible or must we change our values to make decent money?  There are a lot of different cultures and religions in America today as we are still a land of opportunity.  This adds up to a lot of instances with the potential for conflict.  In fact, many aspects of the "American" culture are opposed to what God says is acceptable behavior for Christians.  How do you handle these conflicts while on the job?  Here are some of the ways I do:

Honoring God with my time as well as my money - I find that most trainers and advertisements aimed at real estate agents relay the message that if you aren't super successful, you should be doing more, More, MORE!!  However, in the Scripture, I find that God requires us to put him first in more than just our tithes.  I see that while God desires a strong work ethic from his people, he wants to be first in our lives and he wants us to care for our families second, with work being after that.  This is very hard with the constant demands of real estate and our need to be available to our clients at all times.  I have found through experience that I absolutely MUST put God first or things don't flow as well.  One thing that works for me is not turning on the computer or checking phone messages prior to my time with God in the morning.  This way I am giving him my time and attention.  I also turn my computer off at a certain time at night and spend time in prayer

Keeping the Sabbath Day holy - I know that not all Christians still do this, but for me, Sunday is a day to spend time focused on God as well as taking a break from all my regular activities.  I do answer my phones on Sunday because I know that in real estate there are emergencies and my clients may need to contact me.  However, I don't do listing appointments, open houses or show homes to buyers on these days.  When I first started in real estate, I didn't know if this was going to work, but was determined to honor God in this way.  I have never lost a client from this practice.  Most clients say something along the lines of, "You take Sundays off?  That's good.  You need a break.  Working everyday is crazy."  I believe that this is God's blessing to me for honoring him.

Keeping Jesus as my Role Model - As an agent, I get to work with people of all different backgrounds and religious beliefs.  I don't feel that it is my calling to preach to them, but rather, I serve them to the best of my ability, remembering that Jesus himself came to serve.  It is through serving and doing an excellent job that people become open to knowing what (or who) it is that "makes me tick."  The real estate process is unique in that you work with a client for at least a couple of months.  People get to know you very well, which allows them to assess whether your faith is genuine and lived out in your everyday life.  Most of my clients get to know that I love God and some even ask me to pray for their needs.  However, there are many times that people aren't interested in God.  That is okay, too, because I'm not called to save the world.  If God respects a person's right to make his or her own decision about whether to accept him, why shouldn't I also respect that right? 

Never Being Dishonest - This is a no-brainer and we are taught in real estate to be ethical.  However, there are many opportunities to do the wrong thing or to do something that is just a little shady and helps your client out in the long run.  I refuse to go with the crowd in these situations, even if I expect it will cost me business to remain honest.  I would rather stand before God with a clear conscience and a little less money than the other way around.  Besides, you'd be surprised at how many times people are anxious to do the right thing if someone will just stand up and say, "This isn't right.  I'm not going to do this."

Taking Care of Business - As a representative of my Father in heaven, I feel that I should do an exemplary job rather than just getting by to that next paycheck.  Like any other agent, I have made mistakes and I learn how to do things better with each transaction.  However, I do my very best, treating each client as I would want to be treated.  This means that I pay close attention to detail and keep in contact with them even when the house isn't under contract yet.  It also means that I give them honest advice, instead of telling them what I think that they want to hear.  I also take the time to listen to their needs and desires because every client is different and deserves to be treated as an individual.

So what things do you do to honor God in your business?  Is there anything special that you do for your clients because you are a Christian?

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Posted by

Robin Siddle

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Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

Hi Robin,

This is a great post.  When I read the title, I thought you were going to say you were having problems because you are a Christian. 

I am still pretty new to Real Estate and have wondered how I should handle working on Sundays.  My church has services on Sat. evenings, so missing service is not an issue, and, I like to go then, especially in the summer.  :) 

My broker is a Christian and so are several of the agents, so when we meet or get together, the focus stays where it needs to be.  Some in the group take week days off. 

I am sure there will be plenty of temptation to do the wrong thing.  Again, I am fortunate that my broker has many years of experience and recognizes when things are not right. 

I believe God is putting more Christians in the Real Estate field for a reason. 

BTW, I grew up in Tucson. 

Thank you for this post, I agree with you. 

Have a great week. 

Doreen

May 16, 2007 08:36 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Very nice Post!!  I have gone to a Thursday morning bible study for almost the entire 10 years that I have been in real estate.  All I can say is that God works that time out.  Occassionally I have to miss but not very often.  I always like to think of God as my CEO.  When things are slow I just have to remember he will provide and he always does.
May 16, 2007 10:26 AM
Robin Willis
eXp Realty - Tucson, AZ
CDPE, SRES, Associate Broker

Doreen, Thanks for your encouraging response.  I know that God will guide you as to how he wants you to handle working on Sundays.  I also like the idea that some others in your group utilize, which is taking another day off. 

Marchel, Thank you for the reminder that God always provides, even when things looks slow or scary.

May 16, 2007 01:37 PM
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174
Robin - You have always had it right! I think when we hold to our beliefs, take time with the Lord, God provides everything we need. It works for me! We have to be true to ourselves and God!
May 16, 2007 03:05 PM
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

Robin....

That is exactly why this group was formed...so we can tall talk about how good it is to be a Christian and be in real estate....we talk about how being a Christian affects how we practice our profession.....

You will find LOTS of posts about values an ansers to your questions you have raised in this post, sis.....

Suffice it to say.......it is GREAT to be a Christian and be in real estate......

=-)

May 17, 2007 08:17 PM
Jenny Croshaw
South Florida Structured Real Estate - Miami Beach, FL

Robin,

What a beautiful post, I am really happy for what yo have fond in your heart. You obviously have very well thought out convictions and express them extremely well.

Life is short, so follow your heart :-)

 

May 17, 2007 09:19 PM
Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN
Robin, years ago I was always thinking in the box with all other Christians.  Now I think a little more outside the box, and read the word a little closer.  I was in church service on a Saturday morning, not Sunday, as this church was a Saturday, and Sunday service, and was questioned as to weather or not Jesus knew Judas was going to betray Him?  Not only do I think Jesus knew this, but He planned it.  Now that takes some thinking.  Great post.  Much to think about.  And I still have not had my first cup of coffee.   Keep smiling.
May 19, 2007 12:15 AM
Robin Willis
eXp Realty - Tucson, AZ
CDPE, SRES, Associate Broker
Bob,  I agree that we should read and study the Word carefully.  In it is our life and one of our main connections to God.  It is also the infallible Word of God so it's important to know and understand when other ideas are conflicting with the Bible.  The betrayal of Jesus was prophesied (Psalm 41:9) and it is obvious that Jesus knew that it would be Judas (John 13:21, Matt 26:21-25, Mark 14:18-21).  However, I disagree with the ideas that are floating around that say that Jesus planned it.  Here's why:  The Bible always calls it a betrayal.  Betrayal indicates that the person is not acting in line with the plans or desires of the one being betrayed.  In fact, Jesus did not need to "plan" his arrest as the religious leaders were working on that furiously.  If Judas has chosen not to betray his Lord, someone would have because the prophecy was certain to be fulfilled.  I think that many times Christians get confused by the fact that God knows what will happen and they jump to the conclusion that God must have planned it.  God allows us our free will but he IS able to see what we are going to do and he allows us our free will to do these things even if they are wrong or sinful.  
May 21, 2007 05:37 AM
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Robin: Thank you for this blog. I think it's a very appropriate one.

So what things do you do to honor God in your business?  
I hope that every task that I do honors God in my business. I treat others that I come in contact with like the way I want to be treated. I hope to further His Kingdom by becoming His feet and hands - wherever He calls me to go, I will be there. 

Is there anything special that you do for your clients because you are a Christian?
Hmmm.... I got to ponder on this one. I have been a realtor longer than I have been a believer. Thinking back, (I was never a sly and deceitful person) but I really put myself in the other person's shoes - whether it's a client or another realtor now more than before. I try to get back to them on a timely manner. I focus about glorifying God now through my works and give Him credit for it, rather than thinking it was me and my determination.....

May 23, 2007 10:09 AM
Dan Allred
Allred Realty - Thousand Oaks, CA
DRE#01761967
Robin- You almost got me as well with that title. Seek ye first the kingdom... that is the key to any believer in any job in any time inaany place. You are right on in Keeping the Lord first in all you do and if somebody has a problem with it it is with the Lord not you...
May 24, 2007 07:10 PM