|Real Estate Blog
|While real estate agents are busy helping buyers and sellers navigate the often-rocky terrain of the real estate world, we
put dozens of important skills to the test. Possessing an uncanny ability to anticipate the needs of others, we’re also pros
at the art of negotiation, often diffusing potential problems before they begin. And let’s not forget our tireless support,
which keeps clients feeling secure every step of the way and helps them achieve their life goals.
These strengths prove invaluable when it comes to another vocation: parenting. Caring for young children is one of the
toughest jobs in the world — not unlike being a real estate agent. While both often feel like relatively thankless gigs, it’s
good to know the skill-set is virtually interchangeable and, oh so important!
Over the next few weeks we will cover: The 11 reasons real estate agents make great parents.
February 5, 2018
We can handle anything.
When a seemingly straightforward home inspection turns up something horrific like asbestos or pipes held together by
duct tape, agents are ready to guide buyers and sellers through to the other side. This is great practice for those future
calls from the school nurse who says your kindergartner has head lice or just broke an arm at recess. Agents, and parents,
have to be on their toes at all times for whatever comes their way!
February 12, 2018
We can function on very little sleep.
Preparing contracts and readying for a weekend full of open houses and showings is a recipe for exhaustion. While it’s not
easy, the ability to keep many balls in the air simultaneously is key when you’re a mom or dad — especially because you’
ll be doing it all on very few hours of sleep.
February 19, 2018
We’re accustomed to endless driving.
Shuttling clients from one home to the next is great preparation for all those school drop-offs and pick-ups. You’ll quickly
become skilled at answering questions, mediating potential squabbles, and answering the age-old, “Are we there yet?” all
while keeping your eyes on the road.
February 26, 2018
We’re adept at explaining complicated information.
From the in-and-outs of attorney review and the meaning of the mysterious-sounding term “escrow,” agents take
complicated information and put it in language anyone can understand. This talent comes in handy when kids inevitably
ask the old, “Where do babies come from?”
March 5, 2018
We know that enough coffee can get us through anything.
Staying up late to ensure everything’s in order ahead of buyers’ and sellers’ closing is almost like a dress rehearsal for
those sleepless nights with a teething toddler or preschooler who’s had a bad dream. But, because we still have to get up
and go the next day, agents and parents quickly learn that morning and afternoon coffee isn’t just a “nice-to-have” — it’s a
And wine at the end of the day doesn’t hurt either…
March 12, 2018
We’re always imparting wisdom.
Without seeming overbearing, agents have a way offering helpful suggestions like, “Let me recommend a great home
stager!” Or, “I know a way we can tackle that dog odor together!” that puts clients on the right path without straining the
relationship. If you can manage to do this as a parent, you’re ready to raise teens.
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