Okay. OKAY. Some of you caught me - I started a blog A WHOLE YEAR AGO and even promised a part two that never came. But hey, the title still works because part 2 is coming at the beginning of (the next) new year! (Oops.)
Let's just say... I've been a little busy.
Becoming a Realtor in the craziness of 2021 is like jumping into a whirlpool equipped only with a snorkel. The year broke all sorts of records and continually shocked and baffled even the most seasoned agents and brokers, leaving everyone trying to stay ahead and doing a little bit of guesswork.
Was that difficult? 1000%. However! I see it as fortunate in a couple of ways, in particular.
EVERYONE was learning. This put me on somewhat even playing ground with those who have been in the business for years because no one "had ever seen a market like this before". I am fortunate to be with a brokerage that encourages collaboration over competition so got to be party to many open discussions regarding how various agents were handling the insanity and brainstorm sessions on how to come out ahead.
Trial by fire, y'all. My broker says that the only real way to learn real estate is to just jump in with both feet and do it. Boy, did I. I got the benefit of fighting my way through an extreme market and (quickly) had to come up with ways to get offers to stand out on the buying side, how to handle multiple offers on the selling side, and how to act FAST. I kept saying that in a "normal" market, I'm going to be a force to reckon with because I have strategy AND systems in place that probably would have come together much more slowly if times weren't so demanding.
I have friends who know, like, and trust me and were happy to let me be the lucky one to help them with their big move even though they absolutely knew I was a shiny new penny in the industry.
I couldn't be more grateful for the people in my life who referred me to their friends, family, and coworkers or moved with me themselves! And there it is, right there: the answer to WHY I jumped into real estate in the first place.
It's unclear why it took so long for me to realize that this would be the career path for me. In fact, though I was always in love with houses and was frequently the "bring-along" when my people were hunting, it simply never occurred to me that I should turn giving this advice into a career. Once it dawned on me, it was one of those cloud-parting/sun-shining moments in life where I basically couldn't believe I had never considered it before.
So you're saying I can study/deeply know everything HOME, promote Omaha, help people, utilize my love of design, incorporate my marketing skills, AND not have to ask for permission to pick up my kids from school? NOICE. Alright, I'm in.
The real fun now that I've spent this year actively participating in and consuming an absolute avalanche of information, is that I get to confidently and expertly turn it loose on my community. I have processes in place so that no one is ever left asking "now what?", plans A, B, & C for weird scenarios, have successfully navigated some murky waters, mastered the art of writing compelling offers, have an organized storage room of the cutest staging accessories around, fine-tuned a team of pros who have the same work-ethic and client-focused mentality as I do and am fired up to take on even more business in the coming year.
Cheers to 2022! How can I help you reach YOUR goals?