I was recently approached by a family member who wanted to apologize for not using me as their Realtor when they sold their house. I get it. I really do. Do you know how many real estate agents I knew before I got into the business, tons. They are everywhere and I know that. Let me tell you a secret, working with close friends and family is extremely stressful. I feel more pressure to sell or find a home for my brother or best friend. It’s true.
In my short 2 years as a licensed Realtor I have found a solution, referrals. Before I went to real estate school, and yes I went to ReeceNichols Real Estate School, I didn’t even know that referrals existed in this industry. For example:
My best friends are getting a divorce and they need to sell their family home. Obviously I don’t want to get involved in this transaction for so many different reasons. There is so much stress, emotions, financial issues, and personal information involved in a normal real estate transaction but would be at an all time high while doing it during a divorce. In this case I would REFER my friends to a amazing agent that can get the job done for them. And the bonus is, I get a referral fee from that agent without being involved in the transaction. Everyone wins.
In my small community in Piper, there are 5,657 real estate agents. Some good, some not so good, some full time, and some part time. What I am saying is that there is a lot of competition but we still are all working together for our clients. The point of this post was to let you know that yes, sometimes it hurts that a friend or member of my family goes with another agent but I understand. If I can’t help you, at least let me find a great agent that will be a great fit.