I've been through a few natural disasters in my life. Mother Nature has her moments where the wind blows, the earth shakes, and we're just along for the ride.
There are things you can do to prepare (we have water, food and a stove in our basement and don't ask me how many months worth of cat and dog food we have!).
But disasters aren't limited to the natural variety. Are you a prepper of the real estate variety? Do you have a Plan B & C? Things happen, so are you ready?
Let's say that Ben decides tomorrow to close the doors on ActiveRain. (and no, I have no inside knowledge this might happen).
Are you ready for that?
Well I'm not totally ready for that either, but there are things we can do to be ready. It's prudent to download your posts periodically so you don't risk losing ALL the work you've ever done here. Click along with the bouncing ball: My Home, My Blog, Export Blog Entries. When done you'll have a zipped XML file that contains the essentials of ALL your blog posts. Don't count on pictures and formatting transferrring cleanly, but you'll have the content and if you know what to do with it, you can drop it into a Wordpress site, or worst case hand it to some techie who will know how to make use of it.
Other things can fail too. Your phone, your PC, your website. Do you regularly back up/sync so you're not going to suffer an info tech disaster if there's a failure. Have your researched what you'd want for a replacement?
What if your brokerage undergoes a radical change? Years ago not long after we left our first brokerage the brokers sold their internationally branded office to a local office. Agents had 3 days to decide to make the switch, or find a new home. New signs, new logos, new marketing, updating everything that had RE/MAX on it. So do you have another brokerage in mind if your current home no longer fits your needs?
What if your niche is no longer viable? Not all that long ago in our market foreclosures and short sales were in high demand. Some agents made a specialty out of them, pretty much excluding any other kind of business. But what happened when the economy bounced back and the distressed market shriveled to almost nothing? Is your specialty sustainable through good times and bad?
Can you survive your next closing falling through at the last minute? This speaks to your financial reserves. If there's anything we should learn in this business is that the check isn't ours until it's in the bank. Unpredicatable things happen and the deal becomes NO DEAL all too easily.
And of course you've got the disruptors out there, and depending on where you are on the belief spectrum we're either going to be fine or we'll all be out of a job by next week.
Are you ready for what's next?
Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!
Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz