Hello again. Just wanted to touch base with everyone again, and share a little bit of my life. I think I use AR as much for that as I do anything else. It's nice to get opinions and feedback from others in the field.
The first part of this is directed at all of us with other jobs. I don't like the term part-timer, because I've dealt with some of those, and it's more than a little frustrating. I'm talking about those of us that work 18 hours a day trying to support our families, while we chase the ever elusive client that is looking for the perfect home.
The longer that I juggle both jobs, the harder it is for me to switch out of Realtor mode (where it is imperative that we take control), to being just another number at a blue collar job. I find myself feeling like I need to take more of an initiative to "lead the troops", which is not my intention at all at my 'regular' job. The problem with that is that I am often taken the wrong way. It gets a little under my skin when I see new co-workers doing things that I would have been fired for in my early career. I just can't seem to keep my mouth shut about it...lol.
It also seems that, since my employer knows that I am a Realtor, that I am under a different set of rules at times. Believe it or not, I actually get clients from my job, so I have to be very cautious of talking 'business' while we are on the clock. If I miss a day because one of my kids are sick, it is automatically assumed that I am conducting real estate business. I know it comes with the territory, and I am thankful to have the job, so as I'm sure all of us do, I just keep the chin up and move on.
The other down side of the two careers, is tha lack of family time. Fortunately, that one is easy to deal with. I have the most understanding wife in the world. She understands that I am doing this for the family, and I make the most of the time I do get to spend with my family.
The second part of this is directed to the above mentioned part-timers. Please remember that YOU work for your client, not the listing agents. Do your due diligence, and take the time to walk them through the process. Remember that buying a home is stressful enough, without leaving your clients to fend for themselves. This is not meant to be as much of a critism as it is to be a reminder of why we all do this. To provide a service, not just to make a comission.
Thanks agin, as always, for the soap box to stand on, and I look forward to reading your responses.
Have a great night!!