I'm a Realtor, and I know stuff. Actually, all of us know stuff that is not real estate specific. Some of that stuff can be valuable information to staff and clients and it would be great to share. For instance, many years before I entered the real estate business, I worked for General Electric. I learned a lot of about machine mechanics, production and process. One of our most common questions we asked when things started getting off course was, "What was the last thing you did?" That often led back to the source of the problem.
How many deals have gotten off course because of personality issues, document issues, vendor issues? What is the last thing you did, they did, someone did? Was there a curt voice tone, a snarky email or text, or a cutting comment? Maybe it wasn't you. Maybe it was the other agent or a vendor, but how did you respond? We just had a closing delayed because a HOA rep and a lender could not get along. It was all personality driven.
Later in my life, I opened an electrical contracting company. Here again, that experience taught me that electricity has a flow. The most important thing for an individual is not to interrupt the flow. If you can imagine, you would make a great ground rod that takes electricity to ground. That seldom ends well. Every deal has a flow. In real estate, you want to flow with it, and not try to flow against it.
While I was young, I learned how to maintain my cars. That has served me well for decades, but it's not for everyone. If you want to make sure you don't get ripped off at a shop, you should have some experience or knowledge of auto mechanics. My biggest challenge is time. On a recent auto repair, it took me six weeks to get to it, but it only took an hour once I was able to get started. I just replaced the inner and outer tie rods on the front of my car. That repair always leads to a wheel alignment.
When I was picking my car up from the shop, a young man was being told his car failed inspection for brakes. The tech was giving him some ideas of costs if he just replaced pads, or if he also replaced rotors, and in a worse case scenario if he also had to replace the calipers. I'm listening to the numbers and I was watching the teen turn pale. The numbers started at $350 and went to $650 in seconds. The tech didn't even give him numbers for a caliper change. When I do a pad replacement, the materials cost an average around $75 for high end pads. In this case the $275 was labor. It's an hour or less repair for a talented mechanic.
The teen didn't know stuff, and his mother standing with him didn't either. I was thinking to myself, how many dates would that be for this guy? How many football games, trips out with friends, or other adventures would he miss out on? I felt bad for him, and everything in me wanted to tell him to bring it by my shop and I would teach him to do his own brakes, but I caught myself and moved on.
The point is this, what do you know that you can share with someone else? I just had a Sentri-lock refuse to release the shackle. The company support, and I, did everything we could think of it get it off the door. No good. They said they would have a locksmith come out and cut if off later, and they would replace it. Great.
They couldn't get a locksmith, so they called and asked if I would go by and cut it off with bolt cutters. Sure, but one thing about those locks is they are super tough and bolt cutters don't even scar the metal. So, I reached back in my experience and took the lock off myself. My mechanical experience made it a simple task. The lockbox was mostly destroyed, but they were confident that was going to happen no matter who took it off.
And, here's the thing, there is always a solution to every problem. It might not seem like it at the time, but you or someone you know "knows stuff." Collectively, as we share with others, we all build a mental database of great ideas, techniques and solutions to whatever we're facing. It might be getting more customers. Who knows how to do that? It might be prepping a house for sale. What are the most important things to know about that? It might be negotiating a home inspection report. There are people in your circles that have had experience and expertise that might help you. Remember, your life isn't made up of just the months or years you've been an agent, it's made up of a lifetime of experiences. Share what you know. You're a Realtor, and you know stuff.