As some of you know I am really new to Real Estate. As a kid I remember when my parents sold our home. I thought that the Real Estate Agent was GOD! I saw this guy in a suit come over to our house and walked thru our house, the same house we spent all day cleaning and wiping everything down, making it look spotless and perfect. He walked thru and commented on how nice the tree forest wall paper on the kitchen wall was, and how the green toilet looked just great. After my mom and dad showed him the how nice the house was, we all sat at the kitchen table and that is where this man told us and yes I mean me, my mom and dad what he thought about our lovely house, and you guessed it I was in awe. This guy must be smart, he dressed in a suit, hair slicked back, nice shiny pen, he even had a leather briefcase. That was my first impression of a Real Estate Agent.
So as an adult I still had this picture of what a Real Estate Agent should be, well my balloon was popped, (and I dont mean the RE/MAX Balloon that I work for). When me and my wife bought our first home, in the beginning when we started looking for home it was a new and wonderful experience, but when we did not find one in the first 4 houses, something changed. It seemed like we were wasting our agents time, but all we were trying to do was find OUR DREAM HOME. Is that to much to ask for. I do not think so. Our total search was less then 3 weeks, and it was about the 11th home. which is actually very few veiwings looking back now. We used a VA loan and everything cleared in about 30 days, after we closed we got the keys and a handshake. That was all, no note or card, no phone call 30 days later, absolutely nothing.
About 3 weeks after we moved into our new home my brother wanted to move up and get a nicer home, did I refer him to my Realtor, no I did not. I know that sounds bad but it is true. I could not refer our Realtor because of the service that we had received.
Now as a Realtor, I still hold the same feeling.
I grew up with a wonderful and sweet grandmother, she was one of the greatest women in my life. Years ago I heard the saying "Treat every client as if they were your Grandmother" and that is what I want my business model to be.
I know that being new to Real Estate I still have a twinkle in my eye, and that I can change the world. What world you might ask, I can change the world around my SPHERE OF INFLUENCE. One home at a time. Whether for a couple and it is there first home or by helping a grandmother stay in her home of 40 years that is being foreclosed on.
If I ever lose the drive and my dream to do this, I hope I can look back at tonight and remember why I decided to be a Real Estate Agent
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