Do I like schedule? You bet! Routines? I can't get enough of them! Maybe it is the teacher in me. I know that with watching young ones, it is so important to be structured. This need for planning moves beyond caring for babies and having an almost two year old in my life. It has helped me in (almost) sticking with the full month of Whole 30. It also assists me in my scheduling and balancing of working from home full-time and adding the real estate work for at about a 75% of full time, then the daily needs of said almost-two-year-old... and if I do one thing off routine, I feel like my life is spiraling out of control.
Okay, so it's not really that serious. Considering how structured I like to be, I think I am aces at going with the flow, adapting to change, and making the best of whatever life throws at me. I mean, babies are all over the place, and as much as they need structure, every day is different. Ironically, working with babies and children of all ages has prepared me for the world of real estate! It may sound funny, but the patience I need all day with toddlers, translates so easily into the type of patience I need to demonstrate in working with buyers, sellers, and other agents. Wait, don't misquote me though! I am not saying they act like toddlers. I am just saying, there is a lot of listening, trying to understand what the end game is, and the necessity of clear communication.
Case in point is as follows. I was lucky to pick up a buyer-client who is relocating from a southern state. Family is up here, and she has targeted North Colonie schools as her desired search area. With the market being what it is, these houses are going under multiple offers after one day on the market, but my client is far, far away still! Combining my technology skills from my former life as a library media specialist, I suggested that we use Skype or Facebook messenger to do virtual showings! It is working fairly well with two notable hiccups along the way! Here is where my overwhelming patience and adaptability come into play.
The first day we did two showings. One home has been on the market for awhile. Great neighborhood. Nothing glaringly wrong with the house, just a really small corner lot. We leave that house, and go to the next, corporate owned, vacant house. This one was fairly large, again, great neighborhood, but needed some work. By the time I got home and had finished Ev's bath, I had a voicemail from a very upset homeowner. Turns out, she was watching me from across the street the whole time. She saw that no client showed up to the property, and was (rightfully) upset that I left feedback that she thought I made up. I immediately called the seller back and left a message for her. It probably did look weird. I know I was in and out of the house. I was on the phone showing real time video of the house to my client and walking her around the whole time. I completely understood why she thought I was alone, but my client was with me the whole time, etc. etc. I wish I had the opportunity to speak to her directly, but it might have been for the best. Lesson learned. Now, in my showing requests I make sure to note that this is a virtual showing, and that my client will be joining me through video conference.
The only other hiccup in half a dozen virtual showings was when both of us had spotty connection last night. So, I filmed video walking through and once I got home to the wifi, I was able to send it to her for review. I think we have been making the best of this crazy market, and without putting the cart before the horse, I really think we are narrowing in on what she is looking for, and I can feel a contract coming soon! Fingers crossed!
Shifting gears a bit, I will admit that this second time around doing Whole 30 has not been as successful. I can't say I really stuck with the plan the whole 30 days, and I didn't re-start the way I should have when I went out for ice cream the first really beautiful spring day. Going out for that ice cream I can say that I do know my triggers. I think going through the full 30 days once already, I know the end game. I know my problem areas, my triggers, and what I need to do better. So having that realization was clutch, and maybe that is all I needed to get out of this second re-set. But again, let's talk about patience (no alcohol still), and adaptability (staying 98% on plan). Today marks the last official day of what was supposed to be the 30 day re-set. The first two weeks were perfection. I got over the sugar and dessert cravings. YES!!!! But I still want to enjoy some ice cream now and again. So, the decision has been made that we are not allowed to buy desserts to have in the house. If we want a dessert we have to go out and buy it in a single serving. This is both not cost effective, nor convenient. However, I think it will keep the sugar dragon at bay a little bit better! Also, did you hear that I lost another 10 pounds this month!? What?!?!? Not even really being on FULL plan! And energy and sleep and skin all looking better!
There is absolutely something to be said about eating as cleanly as possible. The key to maintaining this lifestyle is moderation when going off plan, oh, and ROUTINE! Ha. Doesn't it always come full circle?! I didn't make my potatoes for breakfast on Sunday. Whoops. So yesterday was really off plan. Today, I did not snooze my alarm, and got up 30 minutes early and made my breakfast potatoes (and my potatoes for dinner so I could be done cooking faster later tonight). Scheduling for the win!
Does anyone else find the need to be so routine oriented? Or can you just wing it? I would love to hear from you!
I am an instagram girl... I am way too wordy, but also very visual. However, I was scrolling through my usually forgotten Twitter feed (@jhrealestate518) and I saw this article from REALTOR MAG. First, I am going to go on a small tangent, so bare with me. Did you know that in order to be a REALTOR, you have to abide by a strict code of ethics? No? I didn't know either... until I joined! Real Estate Salespersons and Brokers DO NOT need to be REALTORS though. And also, it's REAL-TOR (two syllables... not three: REAL-A-TOR)!!!!
And, just one more side note: I strongly encourage you to use the websites and apps that are sponsored by the National Association of REALTORS. When I was looking for our current home, I was on REALTOR all the time. It is REAL-TIME updated with the most current information provided into our REALTOR networks Multiple Listing Service. Some of the other home shopping apps that shall remain nameless are not. Better yet, get in touch with me and I can link you to this really awesome one that lets you take a PICTURE of the property, and it will pull up the information for you!
Ok, so side rants over, click here for the article about home appraisals, but then read my summary and commentary below!
So, this article struck a chord with me. I was working diligently on writing a contract for a client late Sunday night, and in doing so, needed to make sure the comps were going to support our offer in the multiple offer situation/bidding war that is all too common in today's market. I pulled some cool graphics from our local REALTOR organization to help illustrate what I am talking about (see below). It is no surprise that sellers are receiving full asking price (or higher) offers given just how much of a seller's market it is right now. We are still awaiting April's data, but you can see from looking at the graphics that the trend is showing less homes on the market, with homes going for more money, and closer to full asking price, and this is from MARCH! We know that typically Spring brings the real boom to the buying and selling of homes, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
If we go back to the article, it offers a word of caution that these bidding wars may leave the buyer in a situation where they are offering more money than the home is really worth. Personally, I would never let my client get into that situation. As real estate professionals, we have to look at the data, and make sure the market will support both the asking price, and the eventual purchase price. The bank is also going to do their due diligence to ensure that they are protecting their investment and that the home is actually worth what they are loaning to their customer. These appraisal issues turn out to be the second most common reason why closings are delayed in the current market (issues relating to OBTAINING financing being the first).
So let's bring this all full circle, shall we :) :) :) First of all, I could have been one of those who looked down my nose at real estate professionals. I think for a long time, there were some unscrupulous ones out there preying on the innocent buyers and sellers.. and there very well may be some icky ones out there still. But, I believe that the popularity of my favorite channel, HGTV, along with the convenience of the websites and apps that were discussed in the beginning of this post, gives the average buyer or seller some (false) confidence that they can handle their own real estate needs, and that they don't need a professional. Again, I could have been one that said the same thing just a short time ago! After going through the schooling, testing, and training that I have to become a REALTOR, I can say with confidence that it is crucial that you use a professional if you are ready to dive into the market right now. A REALTOR will help you on either side: as a seller, making sure your home is priced accurately, to both reflect the market, it's value, and what we believe it will appraise for when it comes to that point. On the buying side, the professional REALTOR will guide you along the process, making sure you are not getting yourself into a situation that could cause unnecessary delays in obtaining your new home. Honestly, I am not even saying that you have to work with me!!!! I think you have to find a match, someone you are comfortable with, and who has the time for you. These are some of the biggest decisions you will make in your life, and you have to have trust and confidence in the real estate professional you are working with. But, insert shameless plug here: I see this process from both sides. I like to keep it real, and I love HGTV too!
We have The Whole 30 book by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig. After studying hundreds of thousands of participants on their plan, these are the days that someone is most likely to quit. To sum it up, I am sick of the routine, I haven't seen the "magic," and all I can think of are the foods that I am "choosing not to eat." Also, it does mention cranky and impatient. Ha! Makes even more sense now. Evidently, I just experienced the most psychological draw of the cravings and draw of food. I should have read ahead. It would have really helped to think of the suggestion, has a cupcake ever made me feel accomplished? No, it hasn't. But over this past week, I keep getting invited to/planning these events, and I keep having to say, oh wow, I didn't really plan the timing of this re-set so well. So no, I won't be celebrating the Cinco de Derby. No DeFazio's at the first Troy Farmers Market this weekend. And, Mother's Day? No waffles at brunch! Oh man, and then there's Tulip Fest. No fried dough or lemonade for me. Yeah, I picked the wrong 30 days!
Did you know that a typical craving lasts 3 minutes? Yupp, should have read ahead. That fact would have helped a lot this past week! Instead of repeating my mistakes, I re-read the next few days. Ready for it? On Day 12 I should be prepared for pregnancy like cravings and weird food dreams! Yay. The weather is perfect for some Ice Cream too. Do you know the only thing that has kept me from falling off is knowing that I have been posting this to any of you who are actually reading it! I can't stop. What would that look like. You would think I have no follow through, and we don't need that associated with my business. Even though these food cravings have nothing to do with how well I can help you with your real estate needs, you, whoever you are out there reading this (Hi, Leah), are helping me! So thank you!
Jamie L. Holmes
Nothing Fancy. Just me, my girl Evelyn, and my new journey buying and selling Real Estate in the 518!
Capital Tech Real Estate Group LLC
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Wynantskill, NY 12198