Nobody ever believes me when I say I don't like to work too hard. I think that's because they look at what I accomplish and naturally assume that I work very hard to get there. But the truth is I am always looking for ways to work less hard and get more done. I'm lazy that way. I'll take the path of least resistance if it gets me to the same destination.
As real estate agents, we can't be bumblebees all the time, zipping from one flower to the next, one short sale listing to the next. Sometimes, we need to kick back and take in a little sun. Relax a little. You might not know this, but bumblebees rarely make it through a winter. Like some spiders, as soon as the males mate, they bite the dust. An average worker bumblebee's life span is about four weeks.
I think about this when I attend my closings. I went to 2 short sale closings yesterday and I have another today. It's the last time I will see some of my sellers because maybe they live out of the area or are moving away. The closings are bittersweet. On the one hand, I'd say my sellers are grateful that I have performed a service for them that not every agent can do. My short sale closings are not like regular real estate closings. Those of us who call ourselves a Sacramento short sale agent recognize that fact.
On the other hand, I tell my sellers that even though they might be soured on home ownership at the moment and possibly believe that they will never ever buy another home, they will probably change their minds in 2 to 3 years. Because in 2 to 3 years, the nastiness from their bank will dissipate in memory and the warm feelings of owning a home will probably return. That's the good thing about a short sale. Sellers can qualify to buy another home in 2 years.
So, my sellers' names go into my database at closing. I stay in touch. I'll help them to buy a home in 2 years. They're such nice people, too. Short sale sellers are typically responsible and smart people. I like them. I can't say that about everybody in this business, but I can say that about my clients.
Today I am working on my holiday cards. I work on them for 30 minutes or so every day starting around Halloween and finishing by Thanksgiving. Yup, I may not have time to write a personal note on each card -- and can't do it on this year's holiday cards because they are black and gold -- but I do print out my labels, affix them to the envelopes, place the card inside, seal the envelope, attach a stamp, and I will take them to the post office on Broadway in Land Park. That counts as a personal touch, I'd say, even though I'm the only one who knows it. I could hire somebody to do this for me, but I like to do this job myself. It's my break from buzzing about, from one short sale to the next.
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