Deciding to move is already an emotional process, but throw in the fact that you’re considering downsizing and it’s likely to add an extra element of anxiety to the mix. But considering we’re living larger in the U.S. by an upwards of approximately 1,000 square-feet since 1973 — and space per person has doubled — you’ve got to ask yourself, how much space do you really need? There are several benefits that come with moving into a smaller abode, and once you become privy to them, you won’t even think twice about packing those boxes. (more…)
Real estate sales is an art where–and those in the industry can well attest–the success and failure of a particular project is frequently separated by a razor’s edge.
Issues so small that they go unnoticed or are deemed inconsequential can fester resentment between inexperienced Realtors and their real estate clients, causing deals to fall through. But if you keep a close eye on what seem to be minor details, you can use them to your advantage, and can bring even the rockiest situation to a fruitful conclusion.
One such subtlety you need to pay attention to as a real estate agent is the difference between being sympathetic or empathetic toward your clients. Empathy is defined as being affected by another person’s feelings, moods, or behavior. Being sympathetic, on the other hand, is to understand but not personally identify with someone else’s feelings or situation. Sympathy allows for some distance between you and the other person. While I may sound like your sixth-grade teacher handing out a pop vocabulary quiz, in reality I’m giving you an important lesson in eliminating codependency from business partnerships.
In real estate or life whenever you and I embark on anything new, we most likely will have to step outside our comfort zone.
For some this exploration is exciting and empowering. For others, especially in a real estate context, this can be a scary prospect. How do we overcome our fears of the unknown so we can do our best job in helping real estate clients find the right home under the right circumstances, and make the sale?
Or, if we are the Real Estate Seller, how can we be more realistic in our pricing and expectations rather than allowing emotions to cloud our judgment when pricing? Market indicators might not be what we want to hear, but if not listened to can derail any real estate transaction. (more…)