It's no secret that the flagging Orange County, California real estate market has caused many real estate agents and people in real estate related industries to take other jobs. Some of us have been fortunate enough to be able to afford to stay in this business to ride out the storm. There was a long period when the phone just didn't ring, so I began looking for ways to use the quiet time to improve my business for the days ahead.
A friend told me about a company that helps homeowners make a connection with lenders to do loan modifications. This isn't one of those companies that asks the homeowner for money and makes a lot of empty promises. They actually are contacted by the lenders to make a human contact with homeowners who have fallen behind in their payments that are good candidates for loan modifications. I've been working with them for about a month now.
This week, I met with a woman who has had a very tough time of it; Business failures, job layoff after 10 years, just a really hard time. We met on Friday morning and were able to get her approved to begin the loan modification process. There's still work ahead for her, but the chances are very good that things will work out.
There is so much negative press these days, but this one small success gave me so much hope. The hug that I got from this very grateful lady who appreciated someone who could come alongside her and give her some hope was like a tonic. I felt my step lighten, my shoulders lift and walked out of her home appreciating the sun on my face.
I know this sounds very sappy, but countless surveys have shown that what drives most real estate agents is that it is a profession that provides us the opportunity to help people. That dear lady helped me to remember what it feels like to be able to help someone. For that reminder and the hope of more opportunity to come is just what I needed for a complete attitude adjustment.
Here's a wonderful video that encourages me and is a wonderful metaphor for today and the days of recovery ahead.
Do you know of someone who is currently struggling to make their house payments? Please let them know that there is someone who is willing to stand alongside them and give them some help. It is my pleasure to provide my clients with information to assist them in making informed decisions regarding real estate matters and when contemplating buying and selling homes in Orange County, California. If you have questions and would like some honest answers or need more resources, please give me a call, text me or email me.
Marlene Bridges, REALTOR®
800 777-1775 - Toll Free ~ or ~ Text Me 714 745-2592
SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist®
CRS-Certified Residential Specialist®
President - Laguna Hills/Laguna Woods Chamber of Commerce 2007-2009
President Elect - Southern California Chapter Certified Residential Specialists® 2008 - 2009
Marlene is a highly experienced and respected South Orange County CA REALTOR® specializing in residential Real Estate and the sale of Homes and Condos in South Orange County, California and Saddleback Valley cities of: Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo.