The Realtor Circle of Life? This one will make you sit down a spell. Maybe smile. Maybe ponder a thing or two. But you will definitely mull over this story.
Let's start in the middle. I made a conscious decision a few months ago to help a few past clients and long term friends navigate a profound loss in their life. Some people had helped me navigate intense grief and it was high time in my mind to give that gift of support back. A circle of life kind of belief.
Now let's go to the beginning. About four months ago I signed up for Real Estate Boot Camp. The topic was that there was no one way to get real estate leads or specifically sales and listings. I mentioned that I got a listing with a Bank Teller once because of my Jeep magnets. One of my Blue Jeep Magnets had mysteriously just gone missing after a recent car wash visit so it was on my to do list to order a replacement set. After all, I could put the single remaining magnet on my old Green Jeep.
So let's go to the end now.
I drove the paperwork from my settlement tonight to Annapolis. The whole transaction went like clockwork. On the way home, I pulled over twice to place a call or two to a few of these selected clients and friends. I also chatted with my Mom about a few recent transactions. It is remarkable how when clients do what you ask how smoothly the whole transaction invariably goes. Mom's parting remark was that I needed to make more room for those type of clients.
Now fasten your seatbelt because I am still shaking my head over what I am about to share. I was pulling off and within 60-90 seconds of this Mother Daughter conversation a woman started chasing after me in the Jeep, pounding on my Jeep and calling out my name. Yes, you heard me. It was a kind of a jubilant excitement.
She treated me like a Rock Star. It was sweet. Very special. Anyway...
She has been talking about wanting to reach me. I had sold her a house decades ago. And then she started crying and crying. She had just, JUST, just lost someone near and dear to her. It had been just six weeks. That special person had a house that needed to go on the market in the Spring.
If I had not pulled over twice to comfort two clients and pals I would not have been in that spot at the exact time. And the person who really needed comforting right then was really her.
Do I need to even mention....
As a client she always does exactly what is needed and requested to get the job done.
So what is the rest of the story?
It's time to order the second set of magnets for the old Green Jeep.
It's time to call to set up that listing appointment.
And most of all, it's time to call and lend the support to the several someones in my life who are navigating lots of grief and loss and sadness. It just takes two ears and a little time and much appeciated invitation for coffee or a snack and jibber jabber about nothing in particular.
Oh, and of course, last but not least, it's important to always listen to Mom. Move over Beethoven, I've got a great new listing to start getting prepped and marketed for Spring!