Why I Work With Friends, And You Should Too

Why I Work With Friends, And You Should Too

 

Do you have a policy on working with friends and family?

I have been surprised by how many people have the policy to not mix business and pleasure. When the topic comes up, people bring up being concerned about the relationship being ruined. Maybe they had a deal go south and it ended the friendship, or their obnoxious cousin, Shelly, can’t help but pitch her new MLM, which ruins the family gatherings. Sometimes it’s as simple as not trusting that your friend or family member is an expert in their field.

All of these reasons have definitely crossed my mind over the years, and I have chosen to not work with certain friends or family members in the past. But this post is an explanation of why I continue to work with friends and family as often as possible:

There is no need to feel awkward!

You already remember each other’s names. You already know each other’s preferences, and there is no need to impress each other or feel silly asking questions. You’re just talking to your friend!

Communication is seamless.

Balancing work and personal life can be a bit of a hassle, but I love what I do, so chatting about real estate in social settings isn't an issue for me. We already know each other’s preferred form of communication, and what is reasonable for everyone involved. Sometimes people will apologize for asking real estate questions when we are just hanging out with our kids, but truly, it's not bother. It's a delight!

The custom service is ideal!

I love having friends know me well enough to notify me of something that might serve me or my family. Typically, I live real life with the people I work with, and my friends are able to educate me on services that I may need but didn’t even know were an option.

I get to celebrate with my friends when they reach milestones.

There is nothing better than helping and seeing someone I love and care for succeed.

Honestly, working with friends is my favorite. In fact, most clients that are referred to me end up becoming friends! Sometimes it’s not a great fit, and that’s okay. But after years of practice I have been able to navigate the bumps in the road and keep the relationship intact. You know that old saying, “communication is key”? It’s so true! Being able to communicate your needs clearly is so important to any professional or personal relationship.

Find out the questions I ask myself BEFORE I decide to work with a friend or family member.

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Is the price right?

Are You Sure The Price Is Right?

 

 

If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to guess the price of the item without going over. The closer you are to the right price, the better...but if you go over at all you lose everything.

In today’s shifting real estate market, where inventory is catching up with demand, properties need to be priced just right or buyers won't even entertain them. Listings will need to employ the same strategy as the game show: be the closest without going over!

Over the last six months, new construction inventory has increased,  but we still have a shortage of existing homes on the market. This is especially true in the Fife-Milton- Edgewood market. Although home values are still appreciating, the rate of appreciation is leveling out.

Homeowners who make the mistake of overpricing their properties will eventually have to drop their price. This leaves buyers wondering if the price drop was caused by something wrong with the property, when in reality nothing was wrong, the price was just too high to begin with!

If you are thinking about listing your property this year, let’s get together to price it right from the start. Learn more about the process of selling your property Here.

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