Last week a woman called me, desperate for help. We’ll call her Natalie. She had gotten my contact information from her sister, who had gotten it from a friend who is also a friend of mine. (Thank you!) Natalie was in town for one week and needed to find a place for her family to live.
Finding a place to live is very stressful, especially when you’re in a new town and you only have a week to do it. I believe our job as real estate agents is to ease the stress. We do this by providing solutions. When I get a call like this I’m ready to spring into action.
Apparently, there are a few agents who don’t share the same enthusiasm. Natalie was hopeful but skeptical as we talked. She told me another agent had said it wasn’t worth the gas money to drive to the part of town Natalie wanted to see.
Don’t you just hate it when a few bad apples spoil the good name you’re working to build for your industry? I’m shocked when real estate agents lose sight of the fact that we are here to HELP people. There’s always a chance we won’t get compensated for our time, but if we invest in our clients and focus on their needs with a servant’s heart, the money will come.
It’s been tough to make a living in this market. I’ve spun my wheels trying to help many families who couldn’t be helped. So what? It’s part of the job. My goal every day is to help someone move one step closer toward a dream, and I think there’s a good number of agents who share that same attitude.
If you’ve been burned by an agent in the past… please don’t write us all off. There are still some of us left who will welcome the opportunity to invest our gas money in your dream. Just ask Natalie; I’ll even pick you up.