According to someone on Twitter.. today is “I Love You Day” or something! I have no idea.. but my mailbox is full of LOVE today. Who cares.. I feel loved for sure!
This morning I got up at 7 am to have breakfast with my two last customers.. my first time home buyers, who took me out to breakfast with a part of their $8000 first time home-buyer credit money! (Wow.. now that’s a treat!) But, while eating, an idea came to me.. so what better to do than write about it while sitting at open house.
Your Realtor.. are they smart, funny, intelligent,.. do you connect or is there silence (hello… anyone home???) People forget we are people too. Most agents have NOT been in the business their entire lives.. although there are few locally raised in it.. and that’s all I hear… booorrring. Good people.. just no connection. Anyway… It is my belief that the BEST in the business have a great deal more knowledge than all that pertains to the very important real estate knowledge. They have,.. well.. life experience. They connect to people, they laugh, they have fun.. they shop at the same grocery as you.. and yes.. some have even cleaned your teeth before! (did I say I was a dental hygienist in my previous life?)
When I started in the business.. some.. well.. 8 years ago now, the first thing I did was interview all the local “Big Boys and Girls in Real Estate” business, ( a great book!!). How’d they do it.. Why do they still do it, and What can they tell me about how to make it happen? those were me three questions. Well, they’re still doing it.. and I am there with them.
Three things they, now we, have in common.
1. They love life… if real estate ended tomorrow.. these people will be having fun.. somewhere. I’m amazed.. artists, former PR people, Moms, geeks, teachers, probasketball player,.. you name it.. people in real estate are used to change and variety. They thrive on it!
2. They work about 90 – 100 hours a week. Hmm..how many of you think Realtors drive around and play golf all day? Think again.. my customers get my finest email compositions at 2AM.
3. They are social, connected, passionate and involved. Whether at Board meetings (where they market your property), Chamber events, Commission meetings (where they help protect your property rights), showing properties (Where they bring qualified buyers to your property) or at a school function, they are working.. 24/7.. the wheels turn, the connections are made to set up the perfect match between buyer and seller.
So, I set up camp using those three cornerstones. It wasn’t hard! Those who know me, know I love to talk, love to explore people and places. I’ve always had a good real estate website for marketing, I belive in technolgy and that the internet and the digital world (My Hello World)will be as much a part of out lives as a grocery store! It is a necessity! So I began with Facebook, then some blogging.. some broadcasting and video e-mails, all good for work. But the social highlight, My good friends on Twitter.. the Twitterqueens…. now there’s a group. Keeping each other motivated, entertained, laughing and in tune to what’s new wtih technology,.. music and well.. just about anything. Connections. Social. @FloridaSunSales… all about the people and 72 characters. Conversations and mutual admiration, challenges and fun with @HeyAmaretto, @MayaREGuru, @LeslieLambert, @DeeGeeBee, @kvBuckley @KimWood @elainehanson ,.. uhh don’t worry, if I forgot someone I am SURE they will remind me! #Twitterqueens Rule.
So… find you a REALTOR.. a good one.. these are lifelong connections.. I want to see your babies grow up, (Thanks Lynn and Bob – my 4 .5 year customers.. we’ll make it happen soon…*fingers crossed*), and we really do care about you!
So,…lighten up, enjoy the adventure,… and,… if you are coming to FLA… I’m your real estate girl. Email me… @FloridaSunSales.