So, if you haven’t noticed, it’s been rather quiet in these parts for quite some time now. There’s a reason for that, though it might not entirely be the one you expected.
In sort, I’ve unplugged from real estate to get back to the real world for a while. Not that I’ve stopped selling real estate – I just closed a pair of escrows about 10 days ago and my buyers’ agents are out showing homes even as I type. It’s just that I’ve decided to funnel virtually every buyer lead to my agents while I directed my energies in other directions.
Surprisingly, and refreshingly, it’s been in a return to corporate america as a team leader/manager/etc.
What I have known for years is that there are examples in leadership everywhere we look. I’d absorbed most of them, though the opportunity to use these things in the real estate world is limited. I’ve got a couple of buyers’ agents and, truth be told, the organization can be a little more structured than it is. But, at the end of the day, it’s still like herding cats and that’s not the most enjoyable thing in the world.
Being back in the corporate world is different than what I’ve known, but it’s a relatively easy world in which to exist for someone with the ability to help people see the big picture … an easier feat when their next check and their financial future depends largely on them listening and absorbing what I have to say.
All in all, it’s a bit happier place.
No longer am I spending nights wondering what magical marketing technique might work today that didn’t work yesterday or vice versa. No longer do I spend any more than 12 seconds a week thinking about Zillow and what it means when people are leaving Realtor.Com to go work for Zillow. Couldn’t care less, honestly.
Instead, I spend much of my time thinking about ways of helping people reach their potential – not in the sketchy, social-media-guru-real-estate-sales-expertise-for-a-price type of way, but in a far more concrete, realistic environment.
And when I am not thinking about that, I’m spending time with my wife and kids – and being fully present – for the first time since I got into the real estate game.
The upside of this is that, for those sellers with whom I still work, I’m less distracted by the stupidity of the real estate business and instead focus on what they want to get done without all the interference. So, what I did in real estate, I now do better.
Plus, all of this has allowed me to get me to that exalted state in real estate where I’m earning paychecks without having to spend time away from my family. The buyers’ agents are kept busy, my wife sees me more, and all is right in the world.
Now, having said all this, I’ll try to post here more often. After all, leads make the real estate business keep moving.
But I thought I’d explain why I’d been gone … and how I haven’t been this happy in a long, long time.
Until next time …