Not many children say to themselves, “When I grow up, I want to be a Realtor”. Parents and teachers often hear the more typical answers: astronaut, doctor and ballerina or in my case, Mia Hamm. But why is it that our children aren’t wanting to grow up to be real estate agents? It’s obviously not as thrilling as some of the other professions aforementioned. But maybe it’s because most of the world doesn’t really understand what Realtors do. That’s my theory. Before I got my license, I thought I knew what l would be doing as an agent, but what goes on behind the scenes is what really enriches our lives.
Real estate is one of those professions where you wake up and expect to do one thing, and then 9 hours later, you’ve done a laundry list of other things that you’ve never had to do before. You get to learn something new every day! Yes, some days the lessons are much harder and annoying than other days. And sometimes you want to throw in the towel and call it quits. But then the next day you’re reminded of all the joys the business brings to your life. Real estate touches every single chapter of other people’s lives. That includes the good, the bad and the ugly. Before selling real estate I thought it would be great to set my own schedule, have an income that is only limited by my own skills and determination, and of course, drive around and look at cute houses all day long. What I couldn’t have expected was that I would build relationships with clients who turn into friends and other agents who turn into mentors. What’s more satisfying that a $3,000 pay check? Helping a 50 year old first time home buyer, who has had a lifetime of struggles, find a home that he can call his own. Or meeting clients who live across the country and want to retire to a quiet town in Arkansas to live out the rest of their days. You’re realtor is with you every step of your life. I get to celebrate with young couples purchasing their first home. And celebrate again when empty nesters have successfully gotten all the kids off to college or to begin their own adult lives. And then I’m there again during the harder times, like job losses that force families to move. Or the death of loved ones, that may cause a grieving spouse to need to relocate.
As a real estate agent, I get paid when a client buys or sells a home. But as a Realtor, I help clients navigate through the muddy waters of life and a real estate transaction. Opening doors and writing a contract is the easy part. A good Realtor is also an educator, cheerleader, therapist, negotiator and friend.
So to sum things up, let me scream it from the rooftops:
“WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO (continue to…) BE A REALTOR!!!!”
By Emily Daniel with The Tabatha Davis Team