Dusting off the Cobwebs & Keeping the Pencil Sharp

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Pencil Character Sweeping clipart

Ever found a task that was easy as falling off a log backward become difficult?  I had the pleasure of this lesson over the past weekend.  I was an appraiser for over fourteen years.  I could whip out my tape measure and measure up a property lickety split, square it up, enter it in on a sketch program, press calculate and bingo the living area square footage unfolds before my eyes.  I have not done this task for well over a decade.  I had the great idea of helping my husband, an appraiser, over the weekend with some of his files.  No problem I thought, I'd just pick up where I left off, like riding a bike.  WRONG, I now am humbled by time.  I soon learned about the art of using the laser beam, those darn angles and rounded bay areas came to haunt as well.  To be perfectly frank, I soon realized this was not as easy as I had envisioned and felt very green as a newcomer to the industry. 

 Kid Crashing on His Bike - Royalty Free Clipart Picture

Makes me realize the need to keep skills tuned, education updated and practice to not stumble.  One huge lesson is an appreciation of the task that we think is easy and take for granted.  Even what has a perception of being easy usually requires skill and expertise, that is what makes it look effortless.  Ever been told that selling homes or working with buyers is a gravy train job and easy money? Maybe they should walk in a good Realtor's shoes like I did with my husband over the weekend.  They would realize a professional does make it fun and look easy but the layers of complexities would be discovered.  I will now look for some up and coming educational offerings to make sure I keep up on my expertise.  If I don't keep "sharpened" I will find out quickly that resting on my resume and past background will just result with me flat on my back eating the dust rather than dusting off and keeping my professional skills up to speed.


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Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor


You are so right. If you don't use it you lose it!

Jan 19, 2009 08:54 AM #1
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I love this.  The industry is constantly changing and we have to just do our best to keep up.  But, shucks, it beats working for a living. 


Jan 19, 2009 09:00 AM #2
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

I cannot agree more. 

Jan 19, 2009 09:01 AM #3
Dom Naidoo
Westside Properties - Venice, CA
Malibu to the Marina Real Estate

I had the pleasure of realizing that even riding a bike can be forgotten...well almost :)

We always have to keep the tools sharpened and be ready for the next prospect. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 19, 2009 09:05 AM #4
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

We do have to use our skills and keep up with the competition.

Jan 19, 2009 12:36 PM #6
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Connie, that's what keeps me hopping is trying to stay fresh on all the facets of this business! Not to mention learning the new technologies, etc.... but it's great fun!

Jan 19, 2009 12:45 PM #7
Emily Lowe
The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty - Nashville, TN
Nashville TN Realtor

Staying on top of things can be difficult in this industry - things change at such a rapid pace!!!

Jan 19, 2009 01:22 PM #8
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Like muscles, you have to keep exercising to stay in premium shape !

Nice reminder Connie :o)

Cheers !


Jan 19, 2009 02:27 PM #9
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

I think this is true with anything - Practice DOES make perfect... and inactivity leads to rust.

Jan 19, 2009 03:57 PM #10
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