There's nothing quite more humbling than realizing you're not as smart as you thought you were. I think one of the first time's I realized that was when I was on my own and had no clue on how to stop a toilet from overflowing. I was on the phone with my Dad holding a plunger in one hand and getting step by step instructions and using my foot to mop up the floor with a towel at the same time. Humbling.
I have been in the real estate business for nearly 17 years and have made plenty of mistakes along the way. I have worked this business from just about every angle...listing agent, buyers agent, on-site production homes, custom homes...and now log homes. Some knowledge translates...some doesn't. The one thing I thought was universal was selling in general. It DOES translate...well...for the most part.
I came into working for Southland Log Homes with both guns blazing...ready to tear it up and show them how it was done. It took about six months before I realized that I didn't know it all. Selling log homes was a different animal. It wasn't selling someones existing home. It wasn't selling a production home. It wasn't selling a community...or a spec home in a community. It was selling a lifestyle...one that may not be experienced until a few years down the road.
I could certainly go into the in's and out's of what selling log homes truly is...but the point is this...no matter how much you think you know...stay open to what you don't know. Simple in thought...but much harder for bone-headed, stubborn, prideful sales folks to get a hold of...um...that would be me. One of the many truths my Dad taught me when I was younger that I didn't "get" until later in life was..."Stay teachable". We can always learn something if we put aside our pride and open our eyes to see it.
My name is Claire Record and I don't know everything.