I had been working with a new buyer the last few days—her first house—and I just assumed I’d be working over the Labor Day Weekend for her. My client didn’t assume that.
“Go have fun,” she says. “I’m going to Breckenridge.”
It didn’t occur to me that I would have a holiday weekend off. If I wasn’t showing property, I’d be creating a new marketing plan or writing a note for our new Market Reports or write a few blogs for the next couple of weeks.
I’m not alone. Many self-employed folks are always trying to figure out when their next paycheck will be and consequently, don’t easily spend money on fun and recreation. Like going to the beach with my dog for two weeks.
NOCO Agents are Some of the Best
Real estate agents are some of the most conflicted. I called an agent this weekend to see how the activity on one of their listings was going. He said he would call me back when he found A/C and a whole lot of water because he was showing property in 100-degree heat.
I showed property in this heat early last month and I think I got heat stroke. Northern Colorado agents work hard and often.
I started real estate as an older agent and have now been doing it for 20 years. In all that time, I’ve had very few bad interactions with any northern Colorado agents. Sure, there’s always one or two who never call you back, who never respond to offers or lie about a listing, but we have very few agents like that.
More Agents Less Homes
The number of agents has exponentially increased in our area just as inventory has stayed low. The competition is intense, and sellers have more of an edge to negotiate commissions, etc.
My advice is to go with the person who you trust, not the one who dangles overpriced promises. Go with the agent who talks about how the transaction will go, discusses possible obstacles and how to navigate them or better, ward them off in the first place. Get that inspection done. Replace broken appliances. Test your radon. Have someone look at your roof. Paint that blood red bedroom. Clean up the yard debris. Water the lawn.
Your real estate agent tries to accommodate your needs regarding time and stress levels. They re-arrange their schedules to accommodate yours. They work when you need them even it’s a holiday or during a snowstorm. Yes, I did that and never will do that again, so don’t ask.
Real estate agents aren’t magicians, but they are your partners in in one of the most important financial transactions you will make in your lifetime.
As my buyer said as she drove off to Breckenridge, “agents are people, too!”
To the Cape
I didn’t make it to the beach this year with my dog Frida but Cape Cod is on the agenda for next summer. I’m going to buy one of those little campers and drive cross-country.
You’re welcome to join me.