Someone criticized me today for complaining that my real estate business has taken a hit since the coronavirus has started to spread. Many people are out of work like me right now, including most of my musician friends. But somehow, because people are dying, I'm not allowed to worry about money. Why? Because I'm in real estate?
It just goes to show you the negative perceptions some people have about this business. I am a sole proprietor. I have no team. I took an 18-month leave of absence to attend school full time and I returned to the business a few months ago. I was just getting restarted.
Google what the average real estate agent makes and then maybe you'll understand. Even if I was a top-selling agent, it doesn't mean I wouldn't be worried about my livelihood. What gives someone the right to judge what another person does for a living? Especially when it's based on some arbitrary criteria that they know nothing about.
People love to vilify this business. They love to have someone to hate. Is it because they hate success? I'm not denying that there are agents in this business who have earned their bad reputations. There are agents who have no interest in maintaining a relationship with their clients, and in some cases, that is the expectation of the client. And in some cases, the client rebuffs their agent's attempt at further contact.
In almost 20 years of being in this business, I work hard to change those perceptions. I genuinely care about every single person/family that I have assisted in purchasing or selling their home. It's how I'm wired. I don't know how to do business any other way.