“There’s a thin line between confidence and arrogance. It’s called humility. Confidence smiles. Arrogance smirks.” – Anonymous
I read this on John O'Leary's page which you can read here: the-thin-line-between-confident-and-arrogant. It's a great lesson.
And this is why I believe 2015 was a whirlwind for me. I write this post with the attitude of gratefulness and with a confident smile because I know I have helped a lot of folks this year which is my job AND is also extremely heart-warming for me.
I was able to be a part of over 20 transactions, as both a co-list and solo list agent and while serving as a buyer's agent.
This year I helped market and sell a 500 square foot bungalow after the client had no success with other agents. It took a little longer than the 6 months I had anticipated but it did sell and for only $2K less than the original list price.
I also helped a client market and sell her semi-detached home that was approaching a short sale status. This was a tough property to sell because it had two (2), not just one, walk-through bedrooms. I remember her fondly and how she messaged me one day after I told her the feedback from one agent was the property did not look as good as it did in the photos (I photograph all my listings w/ my own professional camera). My client mentioned maybe I should take more photos, but this time make them, well...not so good. I smiled and told her, "Nope we will be just fine. The photos are doing their job, bringing people in to view the property in person." Confidence not arrogance...
I also was able to sell a listing that had a failed septic system. The property owner discovered she literally had a cess pool instead of a septic tank after owning the home over 10 years and having her "septic tank" pumped on a regular basis. I helped my client investigate options such as what it would take to replace the cess pool (perc and probe tests along with sewer enforcement officers and engineers proposing possible plans). None of her options were enticing. But AFTER the septic system reality was discovered and her first buyers walked, I was able to help my client recover from the entire disheartening experience, get the property sold and help her find another home to move into, all in less than 6 months.
This year I also discovered two properties I listed were incorrectly assessed on property value. One had too much square footage officially recorded and the other had the land parcel size incorrectly recorded in the official courthouse records. These incorrect assessed values (too high) were corrected after being discovered and advising the clients to contact the assessment board which ultimately saved the property owners money in addition to helping the new buyers/owners because the property taxes for both listings were reduced when the errors were uncovered.
Finally, I was able to help one home owner who listed her property with me to save literally hundreds of dollars because no one had taken the time to explain to her the cost effectiveness of combining home owner insurance and auto insurance polices together with one insurance provider. My client could not believe how much it took off her total insurance costs annually and was very grateful.
These are just some of the snippets I fondly recall as I organize my home office, finish continuing ed class requirements and prepare for 2016 and beyond.
I know in my heart 2016 will bring more unique difficulties and challenges but along with those it will continue to teach me how to grow in confidence and bring me even more gratitude for my work and the people I serve.
Happy New Year Everyone! Here's To Making 2016 GREAT! ~ Aimee