“What do you do for a living?” Yeah… I get that question a lot. Then when I try to answer… oh boy. Either I try to keep it brief with the standard Real Estate Assistant – which is followed by more questions – or I try to really explain and it comes out sounding like a tedious laundry list, all while the person in front of me is glazing over and wishing they had never asked.
So – here’s my blog. HOORAY!
My intent here is to shed some light on exactly what I do each day while simultaneously shedding some light on the fact that real estate is HARD. I know a lot of people think we all just fall backwards into piles of cash every day but if it were really that easy – why wouldn’t EVERYONE do it?
For awhile there, it seemed like everyone WAS doing it until the real estate bubble burst and a lot of newer agents quit and went back to “real” jobs. *sigh*
What I do as an assistant isn’t nearly as expensive as being an agent, and I don’t have to be quite as professional or as “on-call” as an agent. However, I do get to be as broke as an agent when there are no sales closing, because I earn my money the same way he does – commission. Don’t get me wrong – I love it that we are in this together and that we are a team. But it can to be daunting, as well.
A huge part about my job that I love is doing architectural photography. LOVE.
As an income enhancer for the slow times (as in the last 2 years) I have found a niche supplying photos to agents that (a) don’t want to spend $500 or more on a professional from the city, and (b) don’t care that my photos are edited and enhanced – but NOT with HDR. The good news is that a lot of advertisers actually prefer my photos because HDR looks amazing on the computer screen – but doesn’t print well.
So yesterday, I went out to get some photos of a waterfront home that Dennis will be co-listing with Molly Neary – from the water. This, of course, is the best way to show with the blink of an eye that it’s a waterfront home. Unfortunately, the private dock I snuck on to had a locked gate at about the middle of it, and I need to get to the end of this dock in order to get a good shot of the house without the neighboring home looking like it’s attached to it, like a Duplex. I spoke with another agent in my office who knows someone with a slip on this dock, and hopefully I can get down there before we go live with this listing next week. Here’s the best of what I got yesterday:
Monday we’ll get the interiors shot and hopefully the sun will make an appearance and I can get to the end of that dock. Here’s a shot I took of the beach, from the deck of this home, on a sunny day. Big difference!
Look! There’s the dock I was standing on! LOL
Anyway, as we go through the machinations of this listing, I will be keeping you up-to-date on everything Dennis, Molly and I will be doing to get it active and noticed by as many agents & possible Buyers as possible. It’s a great house with a lot to offer, so I’m really looking forward to marketing it and getting it sold!