"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." This saying, which has often been associated with the Post Office, actually comes from a book by Herodotus, a Greek historian. During the wars between the Greeks and Persians (500-449 B.C.), the Persians operated a system of mounted postal couriers. The reference is to these couriers.
But the phrase could just as easily been written about the Real Estate Agent. Real Estate Agents work on the client’s schedule. We hear every rational reason for why the Seller cannot show the house today. We accommodate the buyer that wants to see 8 houses, in 7 different neighborhoods. It doesn't matter if it is raining, snowing or if there is an excessive heat warning. We submit offers at 10 o’clock at night. And of course, the phone starts ringing at 8:00 am.
Have tickets to the latest concert? I’ll bet you can stop on the way to show a home. Dinner on the table? “It will just be a few more minutes.”
So to any agent that has had to negotiate a sale from their vacation hotel or stopped at an interstate rest area to send a fax. Or set up a temporary office at the public library because the lake cottage you rented doesn’t have internet. Let me applaud you.
Herodotus probably never envisioned that someone would want to show a home during a hurricane, hold an open house in 110° weather or drop off keys at 11:00 at night. If did he might have written about the real estate hero.
Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix & Scottsdale metro area. You can follow Joe's real estate blog at From The Outside Looking In or find more great information about Arizona real estate by visiting his website at www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com