A one year journey through real estate. Week 2.
Well, here I am at the end of my first week of this blog. It’s been a fairly busy week, though not as busy as I’d like.
Last weekend started off great. I took a couple of first time buyers to see a second condo in the same complex where they had just mad an offer on another unit. The sellers on the first place were not very willing to come down much from their asking price. So the couple asked to see this other condo. They were pleased with it and decided to make a final counter on the first place. Later that day, the sellers agreed to their counter and we signed off on the contract.
As I mentioned, these were first time buyers and they need a lot of guidance through the process. Hopefully, I have been beneficial in that guidance and have offered them good advice. It really is gratifying to see their joy and excitement over becoming home owners. That is truly one of the best things about my job.
The rest of the week was divided between working on my web site for better SEO, working at all of my social networking sites, phone duty at the office, which didn’t produce anything, and filling in at a builder neighborhood. Unfortunately, no one showed up that day.
At the advice of a friend and colleague on the commercial side, I went out visiting several new construction neighborhoods. I ran into an old friend, who has been working for several production builders over the years. He was a bit frustrated because of slow sales, but confident he would have a busy spring. He was however concerned that sales would die off after the tax credits end in June. I’m not sure I disagree with him. So far, I have seen an impact from the first time buyer $8,000.00 tax credit in the lower end of the market, but no activity from move up buyers from the $6,500.00 tax credit. Hopefully, they are going to be out in droves this spring.
The end of the week has been pretty uneventful. I will head into the office for phone duty this afternoon. I can just hear the phones ringing off the hook now. Hey, we have to be optimistic in this business, right?