What A Glorious Mess it Is~!

Real Estate Agent with Cherimie Crane & Associates

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.


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Dick & Sandy Beals
Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC - Wilmington, NC
Hi Cherimie, Great times are a coming.....shift happens Dick Beals
May 16, 2012 08:45 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Cherimie -- real estate, as in "real" life, is constantly changing and being able to keep up with the nuances of that change and to be able to communicate it effectively with our clients is so important and very very necessary.   I like Dick Beals' comment above -- shift happens --- so true!

May 17, 2012 01:20 PM #2
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

it is so true that many agent have forgotten many of the basics of a transaction... I do know that I am much more productive with a big pile infront of me than a small one.... so I 'get it' that they get flustered as the flood gates open.... But the common sense piece of keeping a transaction together once it starts... That is the piece that so many are missing now..

May 18, 2012 02:24 AM #3
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
"...time to polish your signs and iron your pants." You are hilarious, Cherimie!
May 20, 2012 12:50 AM #4
Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

I was not offended or maddened in any way by this post. i liked it a lot and can definitely relate to it. Looking forward to the "Shift" as said above. And I too believe the basic principles of real estate has eluded my folks in my area as well!! 

Jun 01, 2012 05:36 AM #5
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
ABR, CRS, ePro ~ Curator of Happy Endings

Refreshing!  I LOVE your style... Cherimie.  Perhaps it's because you dig down deep into my soul and force the thoughts I'm thinking onto your page... Wow!  You didn't know you were clairvoyant too!

Jun 01, 2012 05:44 AM #6
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


All I can say is hallelujah. It may be a bit insane today, but this truly better than it was. cheers cvc

Jun 02, 2012 04:09 AM #7
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