What do you do for a living? I am sure we all have been asked that question many times. How do you answer? Normally, I say something like “I’m a Real Estate Broker, I list and sell houses”. And I think that covers it all. But does it really? Is that all I am? “A Real Estate Broker, who list and sells houses." If so, then I must say, I am a sad individual. Real Estate, to me, is so much more than that.
Kristal Kraft wrote a post yesterday, referring to us as “Super heroes”. And you know, I like that. I’m a “Super hero”. Wow, now that’s something I can get my head around. The irony is, that most of the time I am far from being a “Super hero”. I always try to do my best. But my best is not always enough.
As most of you, who have read my posts, know, I talk to my Sellers constantly. I truly like them and I want to be able to help them with the selling of their homes. With this changing market it is getting a little more difficult to sell properties in the timeframe that my Sellers have. I spend a lot of time talking with them and explaining market conditions and I keep letting them know that I am doing my best, so hang in there. I like them. They trust me. Most of my Sellers are what I call “need to sell” Sellers. They are not “testing” the market or hoping some sucker will come along and over pay for their house. My Sellers have their homes priced right and willingly do, whatever I suggest, to help get their homes sold. They trust me.
Let me introduce you to a few of my Sellers:
Charles, his lovely wife and 3 children(they are expecting their 4th). This family is wonderful. Charles is only 26 years old but is a hardworking man and loving father. They desperately need to move out of their 1200 sq ft 3 bedroom home into a larger home for the children. I want to help. They trust me.
Bernyce and her husband Leroy. They are in their 70’s and really need to downsize and move to Georgia to be nearer their children. Every dime they own is tied up in their house. Poor Leroy works the night shift as a security guard and Bernyce just wants to be able to buy a small place, where Leroy can finally retire. Bernyce worries about Leroy all the time. I love Bernyce and Leroy. They are friends of mine. They are depending on me. I can’t let them down.
Elsa and Prudencio are really nice folks from Puerto Rico. They are also well in their 70’s and don’t like Florida at all. They made a mistake when they moved here and all they want to do, is move back home, where their family lives. Elsa has had her house packed in boxes for 10 months and they just sit at the dining room table, day after day, waiting for a Buyer. This is a new listing for me. I talk to her everyday and try to reassure her that I will get her house sold. Will I? I don’t know. They are very closed to being top heavy and have no other money. I hope I do. I keep them in my prayers.
Naomi and Luis. Also elderly people who just want to downsize. Someone sold them on a reverse mortgage a few years ago and their equity is slowly getting eaten up. They’ve been trying to sell for about a year with several other Realtors. The house is way to big for them and Naomi has health problems and struggles to stay on top of things. Leroy can hardly walk and it was taking him a week just to mow the grass. By the time he finished, it was time to be mowed again. So I hired my lawn service to take care of that for him. We talk everyday. Naomi is real smart and I really enjoy talking with her. I learn something everyday. Together we are going to get their home sold.
Mr. Morales I have known for years. I sold his house about 4 years ago and put him in a larger home, since his grown daughter and son-in-law live with him. He is a disabled Vietnam Vet. The daughter helps to take care of him. Driving 100 miles to the VA Hospital is getting difficult to do with his health failing and gas prices going up, so we are trying to move him closer to the hospital. His house is not selling. He has done everything I asked, even so far as tiling the entire house to get rid of the worn carpeting. He trust me explicitly. And I must get his home sold.
So folks, there you have it, real people and real situations. So what do you do for a living? “My name is Broker Bryant and I strive to help people.” Super hero? I don’t think so.