What to blog. Hmmm.. After being in the real estate business for nearly twenty-five years, I have enough fodder to fill several libraries, and stories that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you a believer in hiring a professional.
Keeping abreast of the new and constantly changing real estate laws, rules, and regulations can be a full-time job in itself. Then all of the ancillary services are constantly changing their software programs so that as soon as you learn your way through the links and mazes, bingo! They hit you with a change. So when do agents find time to actually preview properties, meet with clients, and write offers? The answer is, by working all hours of the day and the night, learning to utilize laptop computers and those pesky little hand-held creatures called cell phones with Internet access.
Aha, the text message. Irritating little devils, aren’t they? Yet when you need answers, and you need them yesterday, that tiny magic gizmo the size of a package of cigarettes (did I really say that?) comes to the rescue. I personally use a Blackberry, but that is only because it was the first Merlin that I purchased for multi-use, and I don’t want to have to go through childbirth again training on a new one. Being able to give clients and agents quick responses in this fast-paced business is imperative if you want to stay at the head of the pack. Like it or not, it is here to stay. But, and that is a big BUT, don’t become a prisoner to it. I suggest to my agents, and try to abide by it myself, that if you are with family, friends or clients when the buzzers goes off, politely excuse yourself and take the call or answer the text in private. And more importantly, don’t initiate text messages or surf through old ones if you are socially or otherwise engaged. If you MUST read your messages, wait until it is appropriate. The cell phone is supposed to be an asset, not a liability.
With that in mind, I understand Google is coming out with space-age, eye glasses that are actually a cell phone. It will alleviate the carpal tunnel syndrome, but unless they come in multi-colors, it will be very boring to see everyone running around in sleek, silver wraparounds. I think I will stick with the rose-colored glasses I wore while writing my last article until they become available in some really cool colors, which is probably just around the next Open House sign.