Safety First for REALTORS
There are many things that differentiate a REALTOR’s job from almost every other career. For starters, REALTORS work when most other people aren’t working. This is why they have time after your work to talk to you about the details regarding the sale or purchase of a home. That means that evenings and weekends are the normal work hours for REALTORS.
Additionally, REALTORS mostly work alone. Neither my broker, nor another agent, has ever come with me on a typical three hour tour of six potentially perfect homes for you, my fabulous buyers. I do that by myself. Only once has my broker come with me on a date to talk to a seller about why they should choose me to help them sell their house, and I secretly believe he just wanted to see how I do it. Thanks, Michael! As a professional in this off-hours, solitary profession, here are the top four things you might be asked to do to enlist the services of an Orange County REALTOR.
1. Show me the money. If I’m going to devote and entire day of my life to finding homes that hit your hot spots and then show you those homes in person, I need to be confident that you are capable of actually purchasing those homes. You’ll need to show me the letter from your lender that says she’s properly vetted you to make sure you qualify to buy a home for $xxx – or what every you’ve told me about your budget. If you are paying all cash – I need to see your bank statement showing those funds are on deposit in US dollars in a major banking institution.
2. Show me your ID. If you send me an email from a website, where you find the home of your dreams and ask me to meet you there at 7:00 PM on a Wednesday night, I get you to ask who you are. If you won’t give me your name and number, I will not be showing you the home of your dreams. I’ll also ask you to send me a photo of your drivers’ license. So I know who you are.
3. Dress appropriately – and so will I. I don’t wear stilettos anymore. I frequently have to traverse hills and valleys to give clients the overall impression of the property. You should also wear shoes that allow for a thorough investigation of the property you might decide to buy. Six inch heels never work.
4. I’ll show you my protection. Please don’t be offended if you see a mace canister dangling from my key chain – and don’t think I don’t have a Louisville Slugger in my bag of tricks. You can also verify with Master Kang in Rancho Santa Margarita that I am a Senior Purple Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Ka Bam. And that CCW is my next pursuit. And if you are a really interested in getting it done in Orange County real estate, cough it up.
In honor of Beverly Carter and her family.
I’m the Real Deal Orange County REALTOR.
Call, text or email me. I’m here to help.
BRE # 01320915
This blog originally appeared here: http://www.eskildsengroup.com/2014/10/02/302/