REAL ESTATE...ROLLER COASTER, MERRY-GO-ROUND, or BOTH? Some time ago (back in January) I read a post by Loreena Yeo. Now if you are a subscriber to Loreena and have read many of her posts as I have you will realize what an organized, competent professional she is.
In that post Loreena told us how she was searching for her sanity. Sound familiar? Have you been there? There sure have been times I was. However, there are some members that give you the feeling that they are composed and on top of their tasks unlike the rest of us. I said "feeling that they are" because I have been in the business for enough years to know that it can not be true 100% of the time.
Why not? Is it that real estate is a mix of being on a roller coaster and a merry-go-round? You are running around with too much business one minute and not enough the next minute. While other times we are going in circles doing some tasks such as showing the same clients the same type homes over and over again. It's what they want but they are reluctant to commit.
No matter how hard we try to keep things at a more even keel real estate is a business that has its own rhythm, its own beat. As much as we may like being in "control" there is just so much control that we can exert over others. We cannot push buyers into buying and we should never even try. We cannot force owners to list their homes with us nor should we try to.
Unlike the rides at the fair, sometimes it seems as though our rides will never end. The roller coaster is nonstop and the merry-go-round becomes part of our day to day existence.
So if you feel overwhelmed at times, and underwhelmed with the amount of business you have, please do not feel that you are alone. Many, many of us go through these ups and downs right along with you. Accept that real estate is a ride...fun and exciting but it can make you feel queasy at times.
Do I want to get off? No. Real Estate is too exhilarating...that is, if you like challenges. Luckily I do. Hope you like what you do too.