Do you live in your market area? Does it matter?

View from my new office!!!Do you live in your market area? I don't. And here's why. When TLW and I first opened Tutas Towne Realty, Inc back in 1998 we did live in Poinciana(my market). We actually moved to Poinciana back in 1995 and worked for a very small real estate company located right in Poinciana.

When we opened up our own company we decided to have it as a home based business. It worked pretty well since the house we lived in at the time was an old model home and the garage had already been converted to an office. This became the home of Tutas Towne Realty.

It worked very well for a few years but as our business grew our privacy diminished. It got to the point where folks would knock on our door at all hours of the day and night wanting me to conduct business. Our privacy was taken from us.

I never have been a REALTOR® that works 24/7. I have a very strict schedule. I answer my phone, or return calls promptly, from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. I rarely take appointments before 10am or after 4pm, Monday thru Saturday. I will book a Sunday appointment but only if it's a very good listing and only if there is no other convenient time for the Seller.

Personally, I feel being available 24/7 weakens our professionalism. I'm very good at what I do but I'm also not on call 24/7. I work by appointment only. I'm just too busy to be available at a moment's notice. If there are folks that require an agent that jumps when they say jump well…….then I won't be able to work with them. It's best my potential customers know this up front.

OK, let me get back on topic here. Anyway, we moved out of Poinciana in 2001. And when we moved we changed our business's address and registration to a PO Box so no one could find us unless we gave them directions. It was the best thing we have done in a long time. No more Sunday afternoon knocks on the door!! We took our privacy back!!! Yippee!!

There is a REALTOR®, in Poinciana, who advertises that they are the only REALTOR® who owns, lives and works in Poinciana. First, this is far from being true as I know many REALTORS® that have lived in Poinciana for years. Secondly, I'm not sure why this is supposed to make a difference.

Even though I no longer live in Poinciana, I have been selling property there for almost 14 years. I have seen Poinciana grow from a small neighborhood to a booming community of almost 67,000 people. I've helped hundreds of Sellers and Buyers with their real estate needs. And not ONCE has anyone ever had a problem with me not living in Poinciana. Nor do they care that I work from my home. Trying to use these things as a negative against me, as some do, is an effort in futility.

The consumer is very smart. They want to hire someone who can get the job done. None of that other stuff matters in the least.

OK so maybe I have a little bug in my hiney today. Sorry about that. I just needed to get this out there. Pest control anyone?

***The photo is my new office. Hey someone has to do it!!!

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