Experienced, where have you worked, interned to know the ropes, the ups and downs, twists and turns of any profession, not just real estate.Had neat talk with kids this weekend about the path they decide to take and where college fits in to the rest of life's carnival ride. Big believer in not programing kids, but letting them think for themselves. Develop their own repertoire but exposing them to lots of travel, heart to heart talks, and whatever I was taught by a pretty neat set of parents.
Business, learning a trade along the way as your summer college job will not hurt. Life is a business of living within your means, watching your overhead and spending. How to get maximum value for those hard earned dollars. Because debt makes you old, worry makes you sick. And their kids will be watching. Being a parent is the biggest responsibility and not to be taken lightly.
One of my four brothers Brian worked his way to the top of Freightliner, the truck company. As a kid, he was always designing, drawing cars and trucks. My dad and mom ran a potato farm with our help and having eight trucks to haul the spuds as a grower/shipper, potato broker exposed all of us to travel. We took trips in to New York City NY, Boston MA, Hartford CT and got a taste at an early age of life outside Maine.
When Brian, the mechanical engineer of the bunch that settled in Portland Oregon had the task of the new design of a Freightliner truck a few years back, he interviewed engineers for the job. Many thought with the degree from the prestigious school they had attended, nothing was beyond them.
But he reminded them how much experience in a truck, going coast to coast have you had so you can design a truck that some operators live in 24/7/365?
They looked confused and wondered what difference that would make with their pedigree, blue ribbon education with CAD experience in design, etc. Being top in their class had gone to their head. Made them blind, limited on what they needed to know for practical application.
He made the engineers on the team to build a better truck live with an over the road Freightliner owner operator. To hear his whines about almost jack knifeing the truck reaching over to the XM or CD player. Or having to stand on his head to get to the fuse box. Help him unload freight, share bacon and eggs with him at local diners where other drivers hang out, speak up. Take lots of notes boys and girls and bring it all back to the engineering drawing board.
Learn from the over the road truck drivers that International has a better air ride seat that did not hurt your back, kidneys so much on bumpy roads. Or that many liked the quiet cab of a Freightliner and this, this and this that would prompt him to buy another one. And all that good, bad constructive criticism or praise...bring it back to factor in to the new design of what to keep, what to change, modify. And also, truck dealers were asked for help too. Input on what were problems causing down time, expense for everyone in resources..the down and dirty issues needing airing, addressing. That is how you build a better truck, product, service. By asking, listening to those stuck in the middle of the operation, using the software, product, service that are painfully honest, out spoken.
Buyers of real estate searching for area information, property listing details are experts on how all the real estate agents, brokers, REALTORS in an area do or don't do their job.
Ask them. They'll tell you from nights on line who has the best presentation or the most awkward and lacking.
If you want a taste of what it is like, don't just look your real estate market over. Pick a new spot from some Active Rain member. Zero in on his or her GPS coordinates and start the dog and pony for area info, property details. You quickly see from real estate websites, videos, aerial maps, helpful links, podcasts and blog posts who is doing a better job delivering the product. Peddling property information and local communities and having fun, being creative in the process real estate buyers, sellers appreciate.
Be that kind of go to person in your real estate market. Remember Real estate, not just a job. Kinda of a sport that you are some kind of passionate about. It's what you were made to do for a living, a labor of love. A little marketing, a lot of being a personal fan of your state, hometown. Where you raise a family, work, play, live. Maine, time to wake up and start the dream. Maine properties to scope out. Watch our Maine listing and local area videos too!