I love this job! Admittedly, selling residential real estate isn't right for everyone. Hours are long, days off are few and far between, and there are no steady paychecks. The emotional ups and downs can be huge.
But when it's right, it is so very right! If you have the passion, you find opportunities where you least expect them.
Take my last 3 days, for instance:
Friday: My colleague, Chris Hansen, and I met in San Francisco for a day of hiking, brainstorming, sharing what each has learned in recent seminars. It was a day only a Realtor can appreciate--imagine the two of us on our cell phones, putting out those last minute fires before we started our hike. And lunch, sitting on a bluff overlooking the ocean, each returning phone calls, texting clients and colleagues. Then, saying our good-byes around 4:30, and once again whipping out the phones to take care of the last details of the day. And the great thing was, it didn't spoil our day at all!
- A pre-listing appointment with a potential new client, needing to sell her mother's 1.2M condo--this was the result of one of those Friday calls!
- An appointment with a wonderful young couple ready to buy their first home. He is a friend from yoga classes some years ago; we've stayed in touch via Facebook primarily, and he reads my blogs.
- A telephone call from past clients sharing their dream of finding a rural spot with simple cabin, within an hour's drive from their home, where their grandchildren could have the freedom of running and playing freely, without being confined in a small suburban yard.
Sunday: Who knows exactly what tomorrow will bring, but one thing I do know -- my planned hike will now be taken at Portola State Park, next to which is a rugged piece of land with house that just might work for my client. Accessible only via 4-wheel drive, we'll hike in to check the lay of the land and preview the property before enjoying the "day off."
I love this job! (especially these last 3 days.)