What have I been doing since the market slowed down?

I was expecting to not be at all busy this fall and winter with the slowdown, but I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of people who have been referred to me lately.

Being a realtor is always interesting.You never know if you’ll be working two months from now. You just hope that the work keeps coming. Fortunately, it has been steady for me for nearly 18 years.

One recent day, I didn’t really have much going on and out of the blue, a past client calls to say a co-worker of his is moving and wants to talk to me about selling his house. So we do a group call and later that afternoon, I’m meeting the seller and we are making plans to list his house. I have really enjoyed working with this seller and his family. They have never sold a house before. They took all of my suggestions on what to do to prepare the house for the market. They seemed like a fun family so I asked if I could put on my Santa Suit and do some pictures with me in the house for the listing. They thought that was awesome. The husband said he was told by his co-worker that I would be fun to work with. We priced it right and it was in a very popular neighborhood, so it sold quickly.

I had the chance to work with a past client whom I have always enjoyed. He was ready to sell a duplex I had sold him several years ago. It didn’t take long to sell and he was happy with the process and results. It was great getting to see him and his wife in person again. We used to randomly cross each others paths when I would see them bicycling in Hamburg or at Good Foods Co-op.

I am getting ready to list another duplex. This one is owned by the mother of an old friend. I’ve mostly been dealing with my friend’s sister since the sister has a POA for the mom. The sister is a lot of fun. Really nice too. And it’s been great to see and chat with my friend.

I’ve got an old family friend whose house I have listed. She renovated the entire place. This has been in the works for most of the year but we just recently put it on the market. It’s been a blast to see her this much.

A couple of weeks ago I get a call from somebody who said they were given my name by somebody they knew. Turns out it was a client that has used me 3 times that lives on the same street. This seller had talked to a few other realtors and picked me. Truth be told, I don’t give that strong of a first impression so I usually don’t “Win” in these types of situations. Usually there is some flashy agent with a bunch of graphs and brochures that gets the listing. The seller is a super cool lady that has been so pleasant to work with. It is always nice to start off with a bit of trust having gotten the endorsement of the person referring them to me.

And just this weekend, I get a text to show one of my listings. It is a young man and his wife who were referred to me from a friend that lives across the street from my old house. He had told me he was referring this couple to me quite a while ago. I assumed they had found another realtor and had already bought a house but they just decided it was time to get serious. It’s pretty cool working with them. The husband was a couple of years ahead of my oldest son in school. The last time I had seen this young man was probably when he was in high school. I love working with first time buyers!

And just now, while I am writing this blog post, a friend who has used me several times texted saying an employee of her’s is wanting to see a listing. I’m not sure yet where that will go, but wow, what an honor to have all these people promoting me among their friends and family.

So to answer the question in the title, I guess I’ve been a little busy with work!

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