Blog Post 3: August 27, 2012
I admit it openly: I’m a big picture idealist. I believe that I first must think well of people and let them prove me wrong. I believe that the work I engage in should matter and be a blessing to others. And I believe, without question, that every person should have a home. Whether they rent or own, people need a place to feel at home in.
Because I believe these things to be truths, my work is motivated by a desire to be a blessing in the lives of others. I want my work to provide for my family (thus being a blessing to them), while also caring for others. Real Estate provides me that very opportunity.
However, people work, and choose different types of work, for many different reasons. Some are involved in real estate for “the money”; others for the schedule; and still others because they like working with and helping people. Helping people is at the very heart of this profession, and yet unfortunately, not all people feel that real estate professionals actually want to help them. And sadly, as in all professions not everyone in the profession works in an ethical and honest way (although most do).
My work, every day, is designed to bless others. Everyone needs shelter. Everyone needs a place to call home. For many, home ownership becomes that haven. Becoming a home owner means doing something that in most people do just a few times thus are not very skilled at it. Agents who either have conducted many transactions or who know people who have, are skilled and able to address the thousands of things that need to be done when real property changes ownership. Our profession matters. And, personally, the work that my wife and I do in real estate matters.
If there is a challenge or frustration in our profession it is that, frankly, I’m not busy enough. I don’t make a dime unless things go to close. And most importantly, I don’t get to help people unless others come knocking and let me know they need help. I market face-to-face, in letters, with post-cards, and by giving out hundreds of business cards. I even call my friends and ask for referrals. But ultimately I can’t help if no one lets me. It isn’t much different than my work as a college career counselor in that I wasn’t much use if people didn’t come, but I am good at my job. Tammie and I are good at what we do. And we do it, paying all our expenses, because we believe in home ownership, and, most importantly, in helping people.
Not all realtors are created equal and everyone has something different to offer. But ultimately the relationship and connection you build with a realtor is the fundamental heart of how you feel about your experience with an agent. Selfishly, and by way of self-promotion, Tammie and I extend an open invitation to allow us to help you and your friends with your home buying and selling needs!
I look forward to your questions, comments, and thoughts!