New Homes 'Aint For Me

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Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities
I succumbed to the fears and applied for a job with a new home builder, one who is actually still in business that is! I’ve been sitting at a new subdivision near Paulding County now for two weeks but knew within one day there was a problem and not being the most tactful person in the world I told them so. Well, you can probably blame the fact that I am British and have always been what you Americans would call blunt. Look at Simon on American Idol, so to get to the point I told the General Manager he couldn’t sing and was wasting my time. Website was appalling, marketing was juvenile and moral within the ranks very poor and who can blame them apparently a week before I was hired the existing sales manager was let go, but not because of sales I was assured. Hum…..then for what? You can’t get much wrong sitting at a desk in a finished garage waiting for drive thru’s to want to stop and buy something in a subdivision with absolutely no evidence of any building going on. I have a marvelous listing that is perfect in every way in a finished subdivision priced right and I can’t give it away so why any sane person would buy a home in an unfinished subdivision right now is a stretch that my mind doesn’t seem to be able to make. Needless to say I have had no sales or even a hint of a sale in two weeks. Makes me wonder how long before I get the chop? What’s odd about that as a residential sales agent even when I failed to “show up” I never thought of firing myself or even worried about the possibility but now after years out of the corporate world setting my own schedule which lately included a lot of “stay in bed with head under the covers time” I find myself in the precarious position of facing being let go….I for one don’t like it! So, I’m asking myself the question of “why the heck did I give up?” Why did I not get back to basics, as all my peers advised me to do, and make those calls and send out those cards and door knock or do whatever the heck it took to get business. Is it too late? Are you suffering from lack of money (ok I’m near bankruptcy so beyond the lack stage) low moral or even a “I can’t do it” attitude? If so, I want some advice from all you mega agents out there how the heck to get back in the frame of mind that IT CAN BE DONE in any market. All of us agents feeling that way need you to take a couple of minutes and write a comment that will inspire us to make it in the industry. I guess what I need is a Paula Abdul comment about how I can sing like a bird and will be a success.
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