Most likely this will not increase my popularity or win me an abundance of new friends; however, popularity doesn’t pay bills and my cup runneth over in the friend department therefore my opinion will freely flow. While the market is in fact shifting, the insurgence of overwhelmed and over excited agents is a bit surprising. It seems as though as Realtors many of us are a bit out of shape (present company included:). Having been in the business for almost 10 years, I do remember the times of free fall, where a simple pulse guaranteed success in the real estate world. Everyone was a builder and everyone’s wife, husband or mother was a Realtor. It was a time when juggling eight to ten contracts was common place and juggling a marketing budget a breeze!
I remember those times well. Now that the shock and awe of the great recession has dwindled and buyers and sellers have arrived at the acceptance stage of grief; many Realtors, it seems have quite frankly, lost their mind. Bless their hearts; now that buyers have started to buy and sellers are starting to sell, the most basic of real estate principles have eluded the masses. Once the joy and exuberance of an executed contract fades, it seems more and more Realtors are unable to dig down deep and reach their once physically and mentally fit persona. After a minimum of three years of dreaming, wishing, and hoping for a contract, they now find themselves in an all-out panic. This is exactly what we wanted and it is time to greet the task with the same energy and attitude that brought us to the business in the first place.
What a glorious mess it is. Realtors trying to remember what it is like to handle two buyers at once, successfully close numerous transactions in one month, and keep up with their $&@^*! lock box key. We have been waiting for this moment, there are no trumpets sounding, the heavens aren’t parting with rain drops full of buyers, and our sellers aren’t quite bursting with childlike anticipation, but the shift is here. It isn't near as insane as it was in the past, we can do this! It is time to polish your signs and iron your pants. Take a deep breath, appreciate each and every difficult time management task, get out of bed before 10am and once again find the strength to juggle four thousand things at once. After all, that is exactly what we have been waiting for, for quite some time.