by Patricia Feager, 8/14/19
Never assume anything is a lesson I learned many years ago while assisting children with special needs in Public Elementary – Middle School Education. By Webster’s definition we learn:
- 1.suppose to be the case, without proof:"it is reasonable to assume that such changes have significant social effects"synonyms:presume, suppose, take it, take for granted, take as read…
Jeremy Blanton, an agent who spent lots of time on AR in its early days, then took a temporary leave of absence wrote a great blog post “Become A Better Storyteller or Social Media Will Suck,” on 8/12/19. To read it, follow the link. His blog post received recognition through the Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 "BananaTude Group" and he was FEATURED on AR! If you haven’t read it, I would encourage you to do so. Comments are also very interesting to read and sometimes people pose interesting questions. John Henry did in his reply to Jeremy’s post via a comment. He wrote, “Some people actually want to know that you are active and selling a lot of properties, don’t they? Would you contact an agent who is barely scraping by?
I think John asks a fair question and many consumers would and probably do agree with him. As a matter of fact, I applaud him for posing the question. Rather than put my two cents worth under his comment, I decided to write this blog post because, after all, there is always more than one side to a story (or not to be taken literally, to skin a cat). As I mentioned in the title for this post, and in my first paragraph, Never Assume Anything. Here are three examples of how assumptions can be misconstrued and perceptions can be taken as the truth.
During my first year in the business of selling residential properties, I very good friend and client of mine asked me to represent her in the purchase of Commercial Lease. Although months earlier I earned my MBA, I didn’t have experience in Commercial Real Estate. I immediately went to my Broker and because that was her specialty before becoming the Broker, she mentored me and together we succeeded in getting my client a successful Commercial Lease. Was I an expert in Commercial Lease? Absolutely not! But under the Broker, I was able to get my client established as a new entrepreneur in Flower Mound. Because I only had two other residential sales under my belt, did my client assume I was “barely scraping by?” Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, I represented her in additional and successful residential sales including receiving many referrals.
Do I always write a blog post for listings and closings? It all depends. My clients and I discuss marketing techniques and I ask my clients first before writing a blog post about the sale of their home. Respectfully, if a client says no or it’s okay to write a post about the listing, provided I approve the article and the photos first, then I have a fiduciary responsibility to abide by my seller’s wishes. Again, if I don’t boast about their sale, does it mean I was barely scraping by?” No! It means I was obedient to my clients and listened to their wishes.
During the first five years in the business, I was keenly aware of newer and some experienced agents from a former Brokerage Firm who advertised they were #1 in the Metroplex, the Top Agent in Flower Mound, or one of the Top 10 Real Estate Agents in the Dallas Metroplex. Was that true? Well…. It all depends. What a smart consumer should have done was asked if this was true and gotten proof before assuming, they were hiring the best. In reality, their claim to fame wasn’t exactly true. The truth is, it’s a Broker’s Listing, not an Agent Listing and if the agent used statistics for the Broker’s success for the entire firm and not the individual agent, would a consumer assume they were truly hiring the best?
“Would you contact an agent who is barely scraping by?” In the first place, unless you lived with that person or personally knew their business and their finances, you really wouldn’t know how successful an agent is or whether or not all their listings actually came to fruition with sales or did they turn into expired or canceled listings?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Going back to the premise of “Become A Better Storyteller Or Social Media Will Suck,” by Jeremy Blanton, many stories are told, “in the Rain as well as those who are creating content on other social media platforms.” As I was taught working in the Public School System, never assume anything, seek the truth, and be truthful. And most important of all, please keep asking questions, just like John Henry, a very creative thinker and a significant contributor on ActiveRain did in Jeremy's post!
Finally, whether it is an assumption or a perception, the power for the word "assume" or the word "perception" has a powerful outcome for both the successful agent and the one who is "scraping by."
These are my opinions. I welcome your thoughts on the matter of assumption or perception.