The neat thing about our job in peddling property, selling real estate are the characters.The people we meet and learn from all along the path to the closing. If you are not working in real estate now but are one of those that exclaims "I love houses, property" the product brokers / agents list, market, sell is only half of the profession equation.
In every listing, sale, there are lots of people crowded around, attached to that listing. The property being promoted to sell. Before an agent or broker gets to bolt the SOLD panel on top of their brand parked on the front lawn or nailed to a tree for all to see in their cars, there are many people that have to be in agreement. Hopefully working together on the "team" to get to the long closing table surrounded by all those leather padded chairs. Keeping the sale alive. Hooking up monitors, tubes, wires to keep the deal breathing, healthy.
The real estate variables often involve keeping the people in the sale happy, or somewhat content. A compromise is when two parties are not doing cart wheels thinking they got the better end of the deal. Many times neither one of them is happy but a broker does his/her best to hold the sale together. Like a patient on life support, the monitor beeping, showing declining signs of health the longer the sale lingers. "We have to get this property to a closing stat Dr. REALTOR." (Rolling up sleeves, wiping brow) "Yes nurse, I am fully aware of the vital signs on this one. Time's a wasting, administer 20 cc's of endorphins to plane out, calm the over reacting buyer, seller, attorney, banker, appraiser, mother in law, ex-husband or wife, etc.'".
The property buyer who can be like a kick in the kidneys with their demands to do this, this and this or he is going to walk. The real estate seller who keeps hinting maybe he should not sell the lake home after all. Just fix the place up, use it himself, yank it off the market. Sale derailments...watching the track ahead for obstacles or missing iron as the sale percolates down the rail assembly line.
The lawyers who are on vacation. Tied up in court more than attending to title work. Delays, set backs, and the human condition. Appraisals ordered but not being done, put in the chute to the processors. Missing paperwork from the buyer, seller.People that the broker tries to keep happy, bending over backwards to appease. To motivate to do their part in the sale. To keep all parties informed and smooth out the never ending wrinkles that keep coming up on real estate radar. Our job is way way more than just the property with the fireplace, stained glass and marble counter top. And the vibes it sends to attract a buyer. It's the marketing to find the buyer, get the seller to list with you and dealing with all the personalities involved in the transaction.
So I ask you, (throwing Mexican blanket poncho over right shoulder and easing hand toward holstered six shooter) one question. Do you like people...and not just the property? Can you deal with people? Do you really understand them, like them and put them first in this service business that is not about you? Well can you do that "punk"? (Another blog pre-written, pieced together in the shower , under water about the trials and tribulations of being a real estate peddler, dealer, broker for thirty years and counting.)