A very interesting week...

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster - Harbour Pointe Office

     This has been a very interesting week for me. It started on Sunday when a fellow Realtor ( I'll call him John) asked me to help out with a client of his. John will be taking off for sunny Florida in April and has some transactions that are in the works that will need someone to watch out for them so he asked me to help. Being new to the industry, I take all the experience I can get so I agreed to help Sunday. And so it began...

     I met up with John at our office, we discussed our plan of action and then we picked up his clients not far from there. We took them out to two locations as it turned out. We had planned on four but circumstances changed after the first house (one of the prospective homes was being ‘visited' by somewhat unsavory types and then the rain started...) so we only got two visits in. John's client liked the second property and we ended our day there. It was good experience and now they and I are familiar with one another so if I have to end up taking over from John then it will not be a ‘shock'. And then it started to snow....

     I live and work in Virginia near Richmond. The last major snow we had was in 2002. Southerners do not know how to deal with snow let me tell you. The reason you don't see NASCAR races ran in either the rain or in the snow is that Southerners don't like either very much and cannot drive well under those conditions. We had about 6 inches of the freezing white stuff drop on our heads by the end of Sunday night. Monday was spent digging out my deck and some of the sidewalks so I could go out and feed my starving cats and wild birds. Not much in the way of real estate work happened that day anywhere in Richmond. Tuesday brought sub-freezing temperatures but at least we still had power and the Internet so I could get some work done. And then the phone rang.....

     I have been actively talking to For Sale By Owners in my area. This one couple I had visited about three weeks back and followed up with a letter to see how they were doing. Between the visit and the letter, they had actually contacted my broker to talk to him and mentioned my name. That was a good thing since my broker would like ALL of his agents to go after FSBO's but most do not. Again, being new, I don't know any better so I do what I'm asked. Strange isn't it? Anyhow, this couple decided that I would be a good listing agent based on my previous short visit, talking to my broker and the follow up letter I had sent. And now the panic hits.....

     Once I know I now have a potential listing, I realize all the things that I don't really know. I have had listings before so most of it is familiar to me but I now have to research the neighborhood more deeply as to the market trends, prepare my Price Trend Analysis and get my ducks in order for my listing appointment to include seeing if my home stager will be available to assist should I actually get the listing. And then my teenage daughter informs me her laptop as died and about the same time I notice one of my outside cats has gotten himself hurt and needs a trip to the vet.....

     You see? A very strange week and it's not over yet. I am reminded of the ancient Chinese curse ‘May you live in interesting times'. Well, this week has certainly been ‘interesting'. Who knows what the weekend will bring? At least it won't be snowing....

Comments (1)

Wendy Hayden
Photographer, Home Stager, ePRO - Richmond, VA
Chesterfield, Richmond & Powahatan

What a difference a year makes, NOT!  Crazy snow in Virginia, two years in a row.

Feb 09, 2010 04:04 AM