Why am I doing this?

Real Estate Agent with Striker Realty

Why am I doing this?  This was a question my buyer client asked me as we were leaving the lawyers office after a smooth closing.  She noted that yes, she assumed I made some money, but she said it appeared that it was a lot more than that.  I thought about it and I had to agree, it is a lot more than the money. 

I know we often say that, but today it really hit me.  This was a couple in their first home, expecting babies (triplets), and the smile on their face as they got the keys to the house was so strong it could light up any room.  The parents were there also and it was just a very happy time. I am already invited to the house warming, and to be notified when the babies come so I can again visit.   

Maybe I have been lucky, but all my past clients have been just great to work with and I am having fun.  I spent most of my life in the corporate world, consulting, and it was good, it was also fun, but if I knew then what I know now, I believe I would have gone into real estate and would have had even more fun (and money), and a great expanded family of friends.  Too often we get too smart too late.

Anyone else really just get up and look forward to working with their clients??  Or am I just crazy??

Comments (5)

Dagmar Sands
Real Estate International, Inc. - Johns Creek, GA
International Real Estate Agent, CIPS, FIPC, ABR

Thomas, you are NOT crazy.  I do the same thing.  I have closed large transactions in commercial but my very favorite closing was a divorced mom with 5 kids where her husband left her and she
was purchasing a home on her own.  We both had tears in our eyes as she received her keys and
said to me "I did it".  I have had my children when they were small to go to clients homes and
sing happy birthday to them.  They said "Mom, why do we have to do this? We don't even know
these people".  But I knew this older couple's children left them and nobody else would come and
sing for them. I thought it would take an hour out of our family schedule but we would light up
two lives.  It was well worth it and my clients loved it.  So Thomas congratulations for being a
unique, special and wonderful agent.  I applaude you for being "YOU". 

Jul 23, 2008 02:33 PM
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Central Maryland

It's not about the money for me either. It's the thank-you's that keep coming many years after they have lived in the home I helped them buy!

Jul 23, 2008 03:11 PM
Ronald Gillis
Southwest Florida Notaries (Mortgage Notary Signing Agent) - Port Charlotte, FL
CNSA Southwest Florida. Notaries, Port Charlotte, 941-7-NOTARY

NO, I am now LOVING my job.  Several years ago, I was in a mega-stressful job and miserable.  Although the downturn in the market has hit me hard, and is stressful in its' own way, I'll still take it over my old job!!


Jul 23, 2008 03:12 PM
Michelle Miller
Sandi Latimer Realty - Woodstock, GA

I LOVE my career!  I get the best feeling from helping people to find, negotiate and purchase homes whether it is their first or their dream home.  There aren't many professions where you have the opportunity (or time) to develop friendships with your clients, but ours gives us that opportunity.  Yes, the money is nice (when it is consistent), but I don't think I would be able to tolerate the "up's & down's"  of this business if I didn't truly love what I do and care about the people that I work with.

Great post!

Jul 23, 2008 03:35 PM
Paul F. Stillwaggon Warren NJ
Weichert Realtors - Warren, NJ
NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors

You sound like my partner Pat Cornish and it has rubbed off on me, doing beats happy customers.

Aug 30, 2008 03:48 PM