Love Is In The Air, You Never Forget Your First...

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Real Estate Agent with Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon

Love Is In The Air, You Never Forget Your First...

There is a saying that "you never forget your first", and it's so true. I will never forget my first real estate listing....seemed like yesterday (although it was over nine years ago).

I was an eager to learn and succeed as a newbie real estate agent, so I tried everything Tualatin Homesfrom door knocking, cold calls and the like, but found that I liked doing open houses over those two so would hold as many as I could for other agents.

This one Sunday, a couple came in and said they lived across the street from an open house I was holding in Tualatin. I was trained that neighbors are a great source of not only information, but might also have family and friends that would like to move near them. We got to chatting for a while and they said that if this house was priced as it was...they would love to know what their home would sell for! Not missing a beat, I scheduled a pre-listing appointment to see their home (tried for that day but they said their house was messy) to get things going.

I gathered all my info on the house and neighborhood and worked up my comparable market analysis (CMA). One of the sellers was a big wig sales guy with a local company and I was nervous. Not only was this my first listing appointment, but as a newbie agent, I didn't have the cofidence that I have now. No where near! After my presentation, I decided that I wasn't going to push for signatures that night (as I was Love is in the air, you never forget your first...trained) but instead let them think on it. A week....a very LONG week went by before they called me and said I got the listing. It was a great house, easy to show and was in a really nice price point and this newbie agent was ecstatic!

I never did tell them that they were my first and I don't believe they ever had any inkling. When the buyer's agent said she wanted to present in person...again, I was nervous. Would she KNOW I was so new at this? She was so professional and I learned quite a lot from her. It was great to see how it was done..and done well. The home sold quickly at full price and the seller's were happy with me and how the sale went. The day that home sold I felt like an official real estate agent! I couldn't have asked for a better first listing! You never forget your first...

This is for the Love Is In The Air Active Rain Contest. Thanks Lisa!

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Comments (12)

Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

I remember my first sale. I back a seasoned agent in the corner and did not give up til I got what my clients wanted. The seasoned agent wanted me to give on the commission to cover something. I said nope, I will get "full commission" and I did.

Feb 07, 2014 08:47 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Cindy, Waiting a week to hear back must have been excruciating. They must have like your style and could sense you would give it your all. Nice story.

Feb 07, 2014 09:38 AM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Rob, We may be new...but not stupid...LOL. Good for you!

Feb 07, 2014 11:23 AM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Debbie, It was a very long week indeed and one that I kept going over the presentation thinking about things I could and should have done differently!

Feb 07, 2014 11:24 AM
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

What a great story.  You are right, you never forget your first listing!  Mine was family and the only listing I had the entire first year in the business.  All of my business came from open houses and I dealt with all buyers.  Thank you for sharing!

Feb 07, 2014 12:14 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

You know I remember my first buyers, but not my first listing.  I suppose it was because I was doing marketing for all the listings in my office at the time and they all just blended.  

Feb 07, 2014 12:32 PM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

What a great beginning! Mine was a foreclosure for a very small asking price to a really nice family.

Feb 08, 2014 09:08 PM
Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

So how long have you been an agent?

Feb 08, 2014 09:23 PM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Karen, Our business can be a tough one to get started in..especially if you don't have a good sphere base, so open houses get your face out there. I haven't done them in a while now..but always a go to when needed.

Feb 08, 2014 10:46 PM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Tammy, I was trying to think of my first buyer after reading your comment and it I had to think on it. The first listing came to me right away..maybe because listings always seemed harder to come by.

Feb 08, 2014 10:48 PM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Jill, That threw you right into it! I've never listed a foreclosed home. Helped buyers to purchase them though, but quite different.

Feb 08, 2014 10:52 PM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Aloha Steven, 10 years this coming August.

Feb 08, 2014 10:53 PM