Real estate. It's a hard way to make an easy living, as they say. The long hours, the weekends, the incessant
phone calls and emails (if you're established and pretty good), and the never-ending emotional roller coaster of being involved in what most people consider a pretty stressful event, buying or selling a home (or both simultaneously) - yes, that's the
life of a Realtor.
Multiply that times 20+, which is how many transactions our team currently has under contract, plus 15 listings, and all the work that goes along with all of that. I always say it takes a special kind of crazy to do the work that we do. I guess that's why the majority of people who earn real estate licenses quit the business within six months.
And then there's our personal lives. It's a delicate balancing act, to say the least. For me personally, it's been 23+ years of what I described above, and what that looked like is long hours, health stresses, almost getting divorced, a ton of traveling to conferences and seminars, and ultimately deciding I couldn't do it alone. Let's face it, you can't be the #1 agent in the county, or even provide a high level of service nowadays, if it's just you. I just don't see how it's possible.
There's just too much to do, so much marketing, technology all over the place, and constant demands from sellers, buyers, other agents, and your kids. That's why a team. That's why The Kelly Fischer Team happened here in Vero Beach.
So why this blog, why today. Because Life Happens. Let's take our buyers' agent, Beth. She's been sitting at the bedside of her beloved 98 year old Aunt Grace for the past week, along with Hospice and her whole family. Beth loved her aunt more than I think almost anyone in the world. And the truth is, she really was not capable - nor interested in - selling real estate this week. And we didn't mind a bit. She deserved this time, and so did her Aunt Grace. Her personhood and her family are just way more valuable right now than any commission check. And we, as a team, honor that.
It was a privilege for Angie (who's been coming to work with the flu through all this), Paula and I to give Beth all the love and time she needed to love Aunt Grace, and to make sure the clients never felt a misstep. So when you ask yourself, do I need a single agent or a team, know that we're all here to support each other, and YOU, too.
RIP, Aunt Grace, may you fly with wings like eagles. 2 Corinthians 5:1
Next week, Beth would love to help you find a home. She's pretty amazing at that. Her number is 772-559-7013.