“We didn’t start the fire…No we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it” Billy Joel
Can anyone relate to this famous lyric by Billy Joel?
Do you ever hear other Realtors say "I'm so tired of putting out fires all day"?
Have you ever had a fire to put out in your business and you’re asking yourself how this fire got dropped on your plate or how it even got ignited?
Of course you have…you’re a Realtor!
I personally struggle with fires from time to time myself and how I handle them. When a fire pops in my business and distracts me from my task at hand, I let it get the best of me sometimes. I’ve been working on taking a different approach with these situations and try to spin them into a positive personal development action. When a fire get’s started, the Realtor is one that everyone turns to for answers and solutions. Window of Opportunity!
Here are 3 positives that can result from a fire being dropped on our plate that will go a long way in proving our worth in a real estate transaction gone-bad
- Display our communication skills: At the top of the list of required skills for a good Realtor is communication. A fire in our business is an opportunity to display our prompt and efficient communication skills in working toward a resolution that works for all involved.
- Display our positive attitude: A lot of Realtors in tense situations will get frustrated and hide in the corner. A fire in our business is an opportunity to display our ability to be positive leader toward a resolution. Keep your eye on the ball!
- Display our Professionalism: Like it or not, professionalism among Realtors can be sketchy from time to time. A fire in our business that we did not start, yet have been designated to put it out, is a great opportunity to show off your professionalism and make a very positive impression with buyer & seller, lender, attorney, appraiser, inspector…all involved! This will pay off big time in the future of your business and you will reap dividends over and over by simply handling situations with professionalism.
So, the next time your thrown into the middle of a blazing fire, take a step back, breathe and ask yourself…
What positive actions can I take in this situation to solve the problem for all involved and establish myself as a skilled and professional Realtor?