It's my ANNIVERSARY!!! Well not my first year, but my second year of selling real estate! I am doggone PROUD!!!! I signed on with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors in Charlotte, NC in November of 2007. The first year seems like a blur as I was baptized by fire, and realized that hardly anything I learned in my pre-licensing course would help me list a house for sale or represent a buyer, or prepare a decent CMA, or FIND business! I could write a book called "All I Ever Really Need to Know About Selling Real Estate, I learned on Active Rain!" Oh wait, Fulghum already came up with that idea!
My second year was the year the market tanked, Charlotte real estate property values declined, buyers had a hard time qualifying for mortgages, homes didn't appraise, sellers still thought their home was worth more than the comps said they were. But you know what? I persevered...and since I didn't know any better, I plugged away at becoming a master of my market area, and doing the very best job for any client I was privileged to help. If someone needs a realtor in Charlotte, NC, I am more than ready to help!
Some agents won't put a buyer in their car unless they've been pre-approved by a lender and they've signed a buyer agency agreement. Not me! If they wanted to see a house and I was free, I showed it. If they weren't ready to buy but wanted to "see what's out there," I showed them. You see, I didn't see it as wasting my time because I was developing relationships and learning my market. What else was I going to do, sit around and wait for the phone to ring? Start cold calling? Call on FSBOs and expireds? Those methods don't work for me, because I don't like it when people solicit me. So I can't bring myself to do it. More power to all of you who can, but I just can't.
Slowly but surely, I've developed a loyal following. I've already had repeat business from a prior client. I've had several referrals from past clients and from my sphere. I just keep it simple, I follow the Golden Rule and treat everyone the way i'd like to be treated myself! I've made mistakes and have been mortified, but I'm still here and doing great!
About 8 months ago, I "met" Jennifer Allan on AR and on her website, www.SellWithSoul.com. I had read an article in one of the realtor magazines about Jennifer's book called Sell with Soul: Creating an Extraordinary Career in Real Estate without Losing Your Friends, Your Principles or Your Self-Respect. I felt an immediate connection to Jennifer and her philosophy of selling real estate successfully. I've been a devotee ever since, and have bought practically everything she's written. You should really check out her website - there's so much info there, and lot's of it is FREE!
Jennifer puts on lots of webinars on all sorts of important topics, and guess what? She's doing a series of Rookie-to-Rookie shows. I'm proud and excited to announce that I am going to be one of her guest speakers on her Second Real Estate Rookie-to-Rookie Show - First Year Survivors Share their Secrets! where "soulful" 2nd & 3rd year agents survived to tell about it!
Calling all ROOKIES (and even veterans)! Join us for some fun and informative "story sharing." No holds barred - I'm ready to share my most embarrassing moments and what I learned from them. As you've learned here on AR, real estate is such a collaborative effort - we can all learn so much from each other.
So if you want to join us on this FREE Rookie webinar, click here for details. I hope to meet you there!