It only gets harder but that's the best part!

Real Estate Agent with Carolina One Real Estate

When I go running, I usually have the same route but I switch up the speed and the distance just a bit.  If I'm really adventurous and have extra time on my hands, I will go to the big bridge and run that bad boy!

When I have a listing, I have a plan but because all homes and people are different, I usually need to switch up a few things regarding my method.  If it's a short sale or a handy man, I'm ready to invest a bit more time and get a few more experts involved to make the process tick.  

But with both my running and my sales one thing it true; the hardest part, the time I'm really pushing and tracking each breath, is at the end!  Running is great but accelerating the last quarter mile or so is EXHILARATING!  But it's not easy.  I speed up when I'm exhausted.  My body is done and I know I can finish dragging myself or I could just quit.  

The last 45 days, give or take, of the transaction period can also be exhausting.  I'm not a crazy micromanager but I do feel it's my job to make sure things are happening and all parties are doing what they are suppose to be doing.  This is the big "push" time of sale.  The inspections, lending paperwork, insurance pricing, setting up utilities, walk-throughs, title work, lawyer needs, etc...  But this is the time to accelerate!  Where you show you are not skipping a beat or a breath and that you are running with your client not behind them.  If you want to breathe easy at the closing, stay on top of the big and little details, cross the "t's" and dot the "i's" each step during this sprint.  Then you can all be exhilarated at the closing vs. dragging disappointed/mad/sad/worried clients to a closing or quitting and losing it all. 




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Laura Sargent


Carolina One Real Estate 

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Justin Ochs
Diamond Ochs Enterprises - Nashville, TN
Real Estate Auctioneer

Great comparison Laura!  I had never really thought about it, but I kick up the mph over the last 5 minutes of my run as well.  You're absolutely right, we need to gain momentum towards the end of each transaction to ensure all the pieces fall into place smoothly.

Mar 09, 2011 12:03 AM #1
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

Yes, I can see the similarities between running and getting to the finish line on a transaction.  We need to endure to make it to closing in order to get it sold!

Mar 09, 2011 12:10 AM #2
Candy Miles-Crocker
Online Real Estate Agent Training - Chevy Chase, DC
Realtor - Real-Life Real Estate Training

Laura, too many agents don't realize that once you have a ratified contract, the REAL work begins. We truly have to stay on top of every little detail.

Mar 09, 2011 12:13 AM #3
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Laura.  It is so true.  We get so excited when we get a property under contract and then the work begins.  Its like a juggling act to keep all the balls in the air.

Mar 09, 2011 01:46 AM #4
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes -

Laura, so very true.  It is such a great feeling when all details are clearly met and the property is under contact.  We are in constant fast mode as Realtor wearing many hats in a days time.

Mar 09, 2011 05:26 AM #5
Laura Sargent
Carolina One Real Estate - Mount Pleasant, SC

Thanks everyone!  The momentum does kick in upon ratification and all parties involved make each transaction different.  It's so fantastic when everyone works TOGETHER and keeps the ball moving forward but for some reason not all move so easily even though you think this is when everyone would work harder.

Mar 09, 2011 06:20 AM #6
Diane McDermott
Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market

Laura, I see a lot of parallels between running and what we do, this is a great one!  There's no coasting to the finish line from contract to close, at least not if you want your clients to make it there :)

Mar 09, 2011 09:11 AM #7
Laura Sargent
Carolina One Real Estate - Mount Pleasant, SC

Hey Diane!  Thanks for you comment and your right coasting is not part of closing!

Mar 09, 2011 11:25 AM #8
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