Sooooo, I’ve been pretty busy lately. With lots of things, but definitley real estate.
I have long said that i should write a book (Office style) of the life and happenings of a competent agent. I’m not sure if it would be a drama or a comedy.
I have maaaaany entries for my ever growing tome (crazy/ridiculous/unbelievable things happen everyday in this business).
Though a mild incident, the following vignette is just one tiny example of the level of professionalism that I’m dealing with on a minute by minute basis these days (and one more reason why I will not reduce my commissions…I EARN my money). :)
*EXPLICIT MATERIAL. If you have any young children reading this with you, you should have them leave the room at this time
-trying to preview homes for a client
-calling all of the listings to verify status, make appt with occupant, determine any other relevant info
-always seeking to be professional and friendly (cuz you should as a human) because you never know who you’re going to need to be negotiating with in the long run
-ME: (calling on a 3/2 little tract quasi single family home in a copperhill neighborhood…standard…nothing unique) I see your listing says I need to give 24hr notice. Is it still occupied and do you still need 24hr notice
-THE OTHER AGENT (TOA): oh, that should be showing as pending
-ME: oh, huh. maybe I didn’t refresh the page. well, so it’s pending. congratulations!
-TOA: thanx! But, here’s what I’d like to do (said with a lot of salesy-ness), I’d like to take your name/number because I have another listing in the same tract that will be on the market tomorrow and it is G-OR-GEOUS . . . (blah blah blah…goes on and on and on about the features…is VERY flamboyant about the upgrades/colors/etc. and then says..) Let me put it to you this way…I never have an orgasm when I walk into a house. I had an orgasm when i walked into this house. okay? (his tone made me picture a stereotypical gay guy waving his hand in the air). I’m serious this is the most A-MAZING house you’ll ever see.
-ME: (nonchalantly and rolling my eyes, silienlty sighing with complete disinterest) Huh. Ok, my number is _
-TOA: Great. I’ll call you.
Not one word of that was made up or exaggerated.
Welcome to my life.
Real estate is not for the fainthearted.