Sous Chefs and Real Estate Agents

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

Yesterday was a quiet Thanksgiving for us.  Our relatives are all about 7 hours drive away and it's not practical every year to make the journey, so this year we stayed put with a dinner for two.

Liz is a very good cook, me?  My idea of cooking is "what do you want me to pick up on the way home?"!!

But I can help, so my role yesterday was to be the sous chef.  I sliced and prepped more celery, carrots and potatoes than I think I ever had in one day.  Ground pepper, measured salt, chopped Parsley, Rosemary and Thyme (wasn't that a Simon & Garfunkel song??), and the like.  Liz put it all together and when we were done we had a dinner of ham, stuffing, broccoli, carrot/yam puree, scalloped potatoes and pecan pie and it was all delicious!

Now what I do as a real estate agent is in some ways similar to being a sous chef!  I do a lot of prep work for our clients.   For sellers advice on how to get a home ready to sell, how to price, etc.  For buyers we're discussing what they can get for their dollar, where they want to live, factors both pro and con for what they want and how we're going to go about getting it for them.

Basically I'm gathering the ingredients of the real estate recipe and prepping them for a good experience for my clients.  My clients are the "head chefs", the ones I'm working to satisfy and provide great results for!  And when our sellers have a SOLD sign in their yard or my buyers have moved into a new home, I've done my job as the sous chef/real estate agent!

 

Ready to talk details about buying or selling a home?  Please reach out to us at 513-520-5305 or Liz@LizSpear.com. 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Serving Warren County area home buyers and sellers,

Liz and Bill aka BLiz

 

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Bruce Brockmeier
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The recipe for success! 

Nov 26, 2016 08:27 AM #24
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Great analogy, Liz and Bill Spear!  I think the sous chef often goes unrecognized but, is honestly, the main "ingredient" for a great agent's success!

Nov 26, 2016 10:46 AM #25
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Alek, And I also learn the estimates of "prep time" on the recipes are accurate for those who do it for a living.  Their "15 minutes prep" is probably my 30 minutes!

Bruce, When it works!

Debe, We get it right and it all looks easy.

Nov 26, 2016 02:11 PM #26
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There are definite similarities between being a sous chef and a real estate agent.

Nov 26, 2016 05:14 PM #27
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Myrl, I think we each have to buy our own tools of the trade too :)

Nov 27, 2016 06:05 AM #28
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Good job, Bill --- and your smart post is definitely tip-worthy.  

Nov 27, 2016 08:45 AM #29
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I very much enjoyed your post today. We are looking forward to more insightful ones.

Nov 27, 2016 09:48 AM #30
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Michael, LOL!

Harry, here every day :)

Nov 27, 2016 02:15 PM #31
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I never thought about it like that , but it does make sense! Thanks!

Nov 28, 2016 12:50 PM #32
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Frank, Glad to add a new angle to it for you!

Nov 28, 2016 04:05 PM #33
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Francine Viola
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Lately, I've been feeling like the dishwasher - not that there is anything wrong with that - just trying to clean up after the mess the clients have made of their transaction!

Nov 28, 2016 04:35 PM #34
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Jim Whatley
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I think the term you are looking for is  Mise en Place French culinary phrase which means "putting in place" or "everything in its place." It refers to the set up required before cooking.  Chef Skills are very transferable to Real estate. you need to be able to preform with mutliple dead lines.  Can you get the food on the table, on time, correctly, and does the customer like it? Will they recomend you? Will they be a returning customer? Some think because they can make a sandwhich the can run a kitchen. 

 

   

Nov 28, 2016 06:35 PM #35
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Francine, The joys of real estate, we get to wear pretty much every hat out there!

Jim, I believe you've got the right terminology in place, and the right parallels to what we do.

Nov 28, 2016 06:50 PM #36
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Kimo Jarrett
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Interesting post, yet, I would not equate my position as a Realtor as that of a sous chef but rather a head chef but that's just my opinion.

Nov 28, 2016 07:48 PM #37
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Kimo, In this case I'm taking my tasks literally.  I was the prep cook, Liz the main chef, so I'm extending the same analogy to my clients.  My job is to make my clients look good (e.g. they can brag to their friends what a great deal they got on the purchase/sale).

Nov 28, 2016 09:06 PM #38
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You made this cook smile. Thank you.

Nov 28, 2016 09:38 PM #39
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There is a lot of preparation in what we do. If we've done our job right, everyone will feast at the success.

Nov 28, 2016 09:48 PM #40
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Lauren, Always happy to put a smile in someone's day!

Tammie, I think because so much of the prep work is behind the scenes, if we're not careful our clients might think we're not "doing much" for them.

Nov 29, 2016 07:26 AM #41
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You nailed it...as a real estate agent or cook's helper!

Nov 29, 2016 07:36 AM #42
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Gary, Thanks!

Nov 30, 2016 03:08 PM #43
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