When you run a real estate company practically on your own, it can be easy to lose motivation. We all know that we haven't seen the easiest real estate market out there, and making money has been tough for just about every industry out there these days... except the government, of course.
Starting a real estate company while the economy is entering into a recession could be viewed by some people as grounds for one to be entered into the nuthouse... straight jacket and all. We knew it was going to be an uphill battle, but we didn't know how steep that hill was going to get. Now that we feel that things are on the way back to normalcy, I can't help but feel like I've gotten advanced degrees from the school of hard knocks. Its been a bumpy ride, and I would be lying if I told you that I never said I wanted to pack it all up and go get a real job. No one wants to hire washed up real estate agents anyway. :)
In light of economic catastrophes and housing bubble bursts, I can see how what doesn't kill you will only make you stronger. I've had the opportunity to do business with some wonderful folks during this whole experiment we've called "Home Grown Real Estate". I've come to the knowledge that if I can provide service that surpasses my competitors, then I will always be able to stay in business. I may not have the same amount of resources as the big wigs out there, but I'm convinced that I can do things smarter, faster, and better. I have no idea what 2010 has in store for me, but I hope to double what I did last year. That's right... double!
Over the past year and a half, I've been able to collect a few comments from several of my past clients. I post them below so that you can see the quality of work we've been able to do since we've been in business.
"Great company! Home Grown Real Estate has been very willing to help us find a home. Joshua, our agent, told us how to get a loan and where to get one. He also explained how we could get the best loan even when so many places aren't willing to give them. He's shown us house after house, and even though we still haven't found the right one yet, he is still willing to help us. I think most agents would give up by now, but not him! I'm very impressed with this company. Good work, guys!
- J. Brown
Sold our house in three weeks! With Joshua's help, we sold our home (in a stagnant market) in 3 weeks!!! He went above and beyond the call of his profession to make sure that our sale was finalized. He even came by our new home to make sure things were going ok there! His brother, Noble, has a remodeling company that is in with Home Grown. They made all the necessary repairs on the house we were buying before we ever had to move in. It is so nice to have a real estate company that does it all! I can't imagine ever using anyone else for our real estate needs.
Great buying experience! Joshua Pettus with Home Grown Real Estate provided me with a great home buying experience. As a first time home buyer, the whole process was definitely a learning experience for me - from searching for the right house to all the details dealing with financing, insurance, and closing out on the loan. Josh was always there to provide me with great advice and service. His availability, friendliness, and willingness to help his customer are unmatched!
Home Grown Real Estate rocks! We are thrilled with our new property which we found and bought with the expert help of Joshua Pettus. Thanks, Joshua! A totally positive experience! Look no further for first rate service in the real estate market in Florence, AL. We live out of town, and Joshua Pettus with Home Grown Real Estate took care of all the details for us to buy our dream property. On the day of closing, all was ready and went smoothly. He is a hard and conscientious worker who gave us the customized service that we required. I have nothing but the highest regard for Joshua and would not hesitate to recommend him.
I've had the pleasure of working with all of these fine individuals, and I am very appreciative of their kind words. If you have any real estate needs during 2010, I can promise you that you'll receive the same high quality service that I have strived to provide all my clients since I got into real estate five years ago. Thank you and may God bless you during this new year!
Joshua B. Pettus
Home Grown Real Estate
256.541.0491 or 256.272.1050