Three years in the evolution of a real estate agent

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

About three years ago, I started full-time as a real estate agent, all gung-ho and full of excitement. I'm still excited about my career choice. I have, however, noticed a slight change in the way I respond to certain things. Below are just a few examples of what I mean.

 

 

 

Three Years Ago

Today

Getting an Accepted Offer

“OMG, I just got my first accepted offer!  Buy the wine!  Time to celebrate!”

“We’re not through inspection, contract, mortgage or appraisal process yet. This is just step one. Here’s a list of inspectors; get going!”

 

Having a Closing

“OMG, I just had my first closing!  Let’s go out to dinner! The treat is on me….  Hurray! Hurray!”

“Oh no, I only have two more deals in progress and need more business asap --- no time to celebrate -- off to prospect”

 

“Hey, how many square feet in an acre?”

“Great question! I’m not sure, but will find out and get right back to you!”

 

“43,560”

Getting a client phone call during dinner

 

“Oh my, a phone call! This might be incredibly important! I’ll be right back after I take care of business”

 

“They will just have to wait till after Jeopardy.” 

(*note: I am very responsive to all calls except between 6-7:30pm!).

Finding an animal in a house I’m showing

 

“OMG, I almost just stepped on a dead squirrel in the middle of the floor – I’m scarred for life!!”

 

“Ehhh, it’s just a squirrel, let me get a shovel and get rid of it.”

 

 

It's amazing how much can happen in a few years.  In all seriousness, I've learned more than I could have imagined when I first started in this business. I've developed ways to stay organized and learned the importance of keeping my prospect bucket full. I've dealt with wonderful professionals as well as people I hope I don't have to work with again. I've made friends and helped people realize their dreams. I've become proficient with the negotiation and inspection processes, contract issues, and mortgage and appraisal activities. I've dealt with keys that fell into several feet of snow, and doors that simply would not open, and dead animals, and cats that flew out the door and ran away, and people that never showed up. Every day is a new experience that teaches me something else.

 

Bottom line, I am having a great time experiencing life as a real estate professional and I can't wait to see what new things the future brings!

 

 

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®

 

Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

eXp Realty - New York

 

email: kat@thehousekat.com

www.thehousekat.com

 

406-270-3667 (MT) and 914-419-0270 (NY)

 

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Debbie Reynolds
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I so realted to your post even though my first year has been 35 years ago. In many ways it seems like yesterday.

Aug 30, 2015 11:18 AM #45
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Kat Palmiotti 

lol. Great post and so true. We live and learn. Have a great week. 

Aug 30, 2015 01:41 PM #46
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Kat Palmiotti
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Grant - Things change for all of us.

Dana - Yes, that squirrel sure did make an impact. Just laying there, all dead and everything. ick.

Martin - I have reached out to new agents; it can be a bit overwhelming to start.

Patricia - I can imagine how things change the longer we do this -- I hope my energy levels can stay high!

Sharon - Thank you very much.

Evelyn - I answer the phone all day long, except for a small window of time. 

Susan - We have to evolve to stay current!

Joan - My phone is off when I'm sleeping, but people do send emails in the wee hours of the morning. They get answered when I get up (also pretty early!)

Lou - Thank you so much for your comment. 

 

Aug 30, 2015 08:14 PM #47
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Larry - Experience is quite helpful.

Praful - Your use of food words is making me hungry. Have a great day.

Gita - We sure do.

Conrad- It never ends, does it?

Joe - Ha, I'm glad I'm not the only one that adjusts!

Mike - There is definitely a lot between "Hi,I'd like to buy/sell a house" and the completion of that process!

Joan - It's funny how, for me, it's just now another part of the process and not a time to celebrate. 

Karen - Thank you! I'm sure we all have our own dead animals...  

Bill - Yum to the wine and ewwwww to the rat!

Amanda/Jared - Thank you!

Debbie - Time does go fast, especially when you're enjoying it.

Alan - Thank you - I hope your week is great also.

 

Aug 30, 2015 08:20 PM #48
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Gabe Sanders
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Love this, Kat.  I'm curious to see what this little chart will look like in another 3 years.

Aug 30, 2015 09:08 PM #49
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Kat Palmiotti
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The House Kat

Gabe - I hope there are no curse words in the "after" side!

Aug 30, 2015 09:11 PM #50
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Hello and congratulations on your featured blog post! Well done and hope to see you have many more featured post. 

Aug 31, 2015 02:48 PM #51
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Kat Palmiotti
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The House Kat

Mery - Thank you very much.

Aug 31, 2015 08:19 PM #52
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Kat, after reading your article I have but one question: How many dead animals HAVE you found in houses that you have the ability to compare over three years?  It reminds me of this scene from the British TV show Vexxed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-7iOT1a-D4    In it two DIs (Detective Investigators) are shopping for a new flat, except there is one surprise near the end...

Sep 02, 2015 05:26 AM #53
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Congrats on your featured blog, hopefully you can keep them coming, topics that are featured take blogging talent!

Sep 03, 2015 02:17 PM #54
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
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Ryan - Not really that many! I'm going to have to watch that show!

Vick - Thanks so much for your comment!

Sep 03, 2015 08:02 PM #55
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Hey, Kat!  I included this post in today's "Last Week's Favorites".  Enjoy the rest of your long weekend.

Sep 06, 2015 05:51 AM #56
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Patricia - Thank you so much for the add!

Sep 06, 2015 06:06 AM #57
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Christine O'Shea
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Congratulations on hanging in there and your experience really matters!

Sep 06, 2015 07:49 AM #58
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Janice Zaltman
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Hi Kat: Great post and one we can all relate to.  We never know what we can expect each day and that is what can make our business exciting. It really is an adventure. Glad I haven't found any dead squirrels in the middle of the floor. Just dog poop. 

Sep 06, 2015 09:07 AM #59
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Kat Palmiotti
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The House Kat

Christine - Thank you for your comment!

Janice - The different experiences every day keep this job very interesting.  (I've seen feces too but I thought it might have been human in nature .... ick)

Sep 06, 2015 10:02 PM #60
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I remember reading your first post so I was excited to read this one.  Smiled the who time I read it!

Sep 07, 2015 01:05 AM #61
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Good choice to be on Pat's favorite list. I'm fighting more animals this weekend, woodpeckers. 

Sep 07, 2015 04:39 AM #62
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Kat Palmiotti Experience brings perspective and "calm".  The "new" is always exciting!

Sep 24, 2015 01:01 AM #63
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Allison - Thank you!!!!  I should go read my first one so I'll remember what I said.  :-)

Karen - It might be easier if they were not alive - they have nasty pointy beaks.

Tony - Yes, new things are exciting (which means we just have to keep finding new things to try)!

Sep 24, 2015 03:44 AM #64
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