‘Tis the season of giving and receiving. The season for thankfulness and making wishes. It’s great to reflect on all the big moves you’ve made within your business and relationships but what about in your home. Too many times I hear negative comments from people who want to talk down about the real estate professionals that they worked with in buying their new home but what about the good experiences?!?!?
It seems like more people are eager to jump on the negative train vs. having a positive outlook on things in life. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gone through some REAL stuff in my life but I decided a long time ago to think positive and to always try to think the best of people. I try to look for the opportunities within every bad situation that I could use to catapult me to the next level. When something bad happens, I believe that we all have it in us to know if the person did it out of malice or unintentional. This holds true when buying or selling a home.
There are so many moving parts and many different real estate professionals that are involved to bring the transaction to closing that it’s not unusual for something to fall through the cracks or go overlooked. This is why I can’t stress enough the importance of interviewing the real estate agent, the loan officer and/or the real estate attorney before you hire them. Make sure to ask them to give you an example of a recent difficult situation that occurred and how they resolved the problem. It’s easy for any person to sing their own praises and brag about how many transactions they’ve done but it takes a certain type of person who has the character to get into the trenches to fix things even though it’s not in their “job description”.
Buying and selling a home is difficult because you have many outside elements that play a big part into how quickly you’re able to sell and/or how much you’re able to purchase your home for. Some of these factors are; how aggressive your market is, how quickly homes like yours are selling for and at what price, the appraised value, updates needed to the property, new or lack of new developments, schools, shopping, parks, and restaurants in your area. Your real estate agent, the mortgage lender and the title company have no control over this changes. They can only market and coordinate the property based on those terms to help close the transaction.
You are also a big component of the real estate transaction. Your credit score, credit “worthiness”, amount of debt, amount of savings, assets, salary, past collections, child support, student loan defaults, amongst other things determine how smoothly your new loan can be processed.
If you have a good team and everyone is working hard to coordinate everything so that you are able to close on your home, then you should feel satisfied. Even if only one or two people in the transaction are working hard on your behalf be grateful that they are. At the end of the day, it’s the people who go above and beyond to get things done that are the reason you have your new home.
This holiday season, let’s try to be grateful for the people who work hard and go out of their way to help you. They don’t have to do it but they want to help you achieve your goal of owning your own home. I have the privilege of helping a seller sell her home in an area which was challenging. Unfortunately, she was not able to get the amount that she originally wanted for her home due to some community changes but with the right marketing, we were able to obtain a solid buyer.
After the closing, she told me that she was extremely grateful for all my hard work, constant communication and going above and beyond to help out with some “hiccups” with the transaction that the attorney’s failure to handle. “If it wasn’t for you going above and beyond Shena, I just don’t know what I would have done with this home,” she said. My Christmas wish is that more people take the time to be more appreciative of those who work hard to help you make your dream come true. I strongly believe in karma and I believe that you will reap good things in your life if you practice being grateful for all things.
Written By: Shena Omotola, Dream Home Specialist & Broker Owner of Skyward Realty – Skyward Realty services Chicago, Suburbs, and Northwest Indiana
P.S. Feel free to email me any questions. I’m always here to help. Shena@SkywardRealty.com