How many times have you tried reaching a Realtor, and gotten bumped into voicemail? I hate when that happens. Usually I do leave a message,and eventually the person will call me back. When I signed on to becoming a Realtor, the family discussed how it would impact our lives.
There was school, post licensing education, specialization classes, and of course customers. I have always believed that customers need to come first. I take phone calls on major holidays, weekends and yes even after hours. This past weekend, on a 1 night mini vacation, I had the pleasure of arranging shows for one of my customers. (Hopefully her house will get an offer soon.) And present an offer, while at the pool.
Being accessible is a necessary service I believe. I have been in the shoes of my buyers, long before I was Realtor. I needed someone who was available when I was. Harder done than said. I sold an $800,000 home because I was willing to show it on Easter. The buyer had only a few free hours and I was willing to accomodate him to the best of my ability. It worked out well for both if us. He made an offer on the spot, and got a fantastic house. I got a sale. That is a win/win.
Real Estate is a service oriented business. While I will never begrudge anyone needing a break, I certainly understand how it can become overwhelming. I will keep going for as long as I can. In a challenging market, I feel availability is a key component to success. That means weekends. That means holidays, that means communicating with buyers and sellers.
In Central Florida, in particular Osceola County, there are over 300 single family homes for sale.