As a military spouse have you considered putting your Real Estate career on hold while moving from installation to installation? Just when you find your niche and you have developed a client base its time to up root! Is it possible to have a successful career in Real Estate when you are moving every three years with the military?
Recently moving to the Fort Rucker / Enterprise Alabama Area from Augusta Georgia, I was reluctant to reciprocate my Real Estate License. Being a military spouse and the uncertainties of how long we will stick around on this Army installation, I was not sure that I wanted to invest the time or effort (not to mention the dough) into establishing a Real Estate career in Enterprise. After two short months I interviewed with Walt Wyatt at Realty World Southern Homes & Properties LLC, filled out the Alabama Real Estate Commission Reciprocal Application, paid my dues and joined the Wiregrass Board of Realtors.
Now comes the hard part. I had to develop a business plan that would minimize my marketing cost, become familiar with the Wiregrass area and get acquainted with the market condition. I began my research on the information highway and to my disappointment I found that there was little information highlighting what Fort Rucker / Enterprise has to offer to the residents of the area. I also found that marketing efforts were generic and limited.
Meanwhile, I stumbled across Active Rain and became really intrigued by the wealth of information. Bingo - this is where I would capitalize on the FREE cost to market myself. I read and read and read (most of the time staying up until the hubby was waking up to go to PT - physical training for the Army)....took notes and advice from others. I implemented inexpensive marketing ideas from the group marketing for cheapskates.
My next hurdle, to become familiar with the Wiregrass area. As mentioned above there are very few websites that cover shopping, historical information, events and pictures for Enterprise and the Wiregrass Community. Cha-Ching for me! I can now knock out two birds with one stone. I venture out each day with an empty memory card in my camera, a note pad and a destination unknown. While out and about learning the area, I document my adventure and snap endless pictures of neighborhood entry ways, water towers, historical markers, churches and shopping plazas. The second bird - I will turn my adventures into informative blogs to post on Active Rain.
Lastly, the market condition. Since the MLS provides all the needed information to analyze current and past market history, this is the least challenging. Spending a little time each day to pull different reports will help aid in my quest to understand the market condition for the Wiregrass Area.
The flexibility and opportunity to use my creative side drives me to stay active in my Real Estate Career. Final conclusion, because I have to move so frequently and learn new areas, I have become a very informative and knowledgeable agent for several different market areas. "Better known as a Relocation Specialist".
COFFEE COUNTY / DALE COUNTY
PROUDLY SERVING / ENTERPRISE / DALEVILLE / OZARK / FORT RUCKER
US ARMY AVIATION RELOCATION SPECIALIST
MICHELLE TUCKER / REALTY WORLD