How I became the Realtor I am Today
The Real Estate business has been around for a long time. Property has changed hands since the concept of ownership evolved. Those who controlled the land controlled the people and the wealth. Wars were fought defending and taking of land. It is still happening today.
Fortunately I don't have go into battle to sell property. I am in a business that by helping my fellow Realtor's, I help my clients and myself.
With the advent of the Internet and the electronic delivery of listing information provided by Real Estate Boards, The MLS (Multiple Listing Service) , made selling real estate easier and harder. Electronic delivery of listings to my clients makes my quest to educate my buyers and sellers easy.The hard part is lack of eye contact and social interaction. Creating trust and confidence in your Realtor is difficult through a machine. Emails do not convey emotions, humor, irony, and can be incorrectly interpreted. The nuances of speech, facial expressions and body language are missing!
In 1983, I took my real estate exam, passed the test and became a Realtor. I had my listing book, my sphere of influence and a telephone. Those were my tools. The listing book had small black and white pictures and a brief description of the property and the agent's phone number. I would discuss with my clients what they wanted in a home, what was important to them, their price range, the neighborhood they desired; and we would look through the book, pick some properties to preview, make an appointment and go and look. Quite often the favorite property was under contract or sold, creating disappointment, frustration and more work. The listing book came out every two weeks. Imagine having to deal with two week old data? It was crazy.
The real estate electronic revolution began in the early 90's. Large city Real Estate Boards went to online data sharing. The information was not like today. It was the old fashion book - just on line. The information was mostly current and it really helped the agent. In the good old days not many people had computers and few people had email accounts. AOL became popular and "You've Got Mail" was introduced into our vocabulary. Realtors are now able to communicate with their clients and send listings through the net. My first computer got me hooked. What a way to serve my customers! I got a website. I became one of the first to market online. The e-Pro (electronic-Professional) designation was offered by the National Association of Realtors. I took the course and earned my degree. It was one of the first courses to be offered on line. It was a wonderful course and taught me skills I still use today. I have continued studying online and in class rooms; and I am always learning new ways to help my clients. Life to me is a learning experience. Knowledge is power. Being powerful enables better control of your destiny. My goal is to use my skills to inform you, educate you and make you a buyer with power. I know my market. I will impart my knowledge to you, but I need your help.
As an e-Pro I know how to educate you though creating a customized listing search. I can only input information into a computer. The options are numerous. The less input the more general the information. A general search of 3 bed room 2 bath house in Grand Junction in the $200,000.00 to $250,000.00 price range could generate hundreds of emails. The more targeted criteria creates a search with fewer properties but better results. Too many criteria selections result in a search with no properties. It is a fine line. Talking with my clients and asking targeted questions help come up with a search that comes closer to their wants and needs It won’t be perfect, but “the house” will eventually appear.
Call me now to get you started. Elizabeth Birmingham 970 464 1000.