|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 necessity.
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.
March 20, 2018
We do the worrying for you.
Because this isn’t our first rodeo, agents can anticipate problems before they arise. Things the average person wouldn’t even think to
worry about are already on our radar — and we’re ready to fix them. Being just the right mix of anxious and a little bit psychic helps
parents predict — and hopefully avoid — difficult situations, like when that beloved stuffed toy goes MIA at bedtime.
March 26, 2018
We’ve got your back
First-time homebuyers in particular can benefit from a little TLC and a lot of support along the way. Real estate agents never hesitate to
let our clients know we’re in their corner, working on their behalf every step of the way. Children thrive when they know they’ve got the
unconditional love of Mom and Dad backing them.
April 2, 2018
We know a great playroom when we see one
When agents are showing homes to families, we feel a childlike joy when we discover a great playroom, which may just get the deal
done. Cool and colorful features attract buyers with kids because a finished rec room is one less thing they’ll need to take care of once
they move in. Having seen which amenities get the little ones super-excited, agents know exactly what children want. We’ve also picked
up tips on taming clutter along the way, which helps immensely when we have a brood of our own.
April 9, 2018
We can negotiate with anyone.
When we agents know our clients have their hearts set on making a deal happen, we put our negotiating super powers to the test. Parents,
too, need to be experts in the business of compromising. (Offering some special and well-timed incentives never hurts either.)
April 16, 2018
We know the best school districts.
Finding a home in a well-performing school district is the dream of every buyer with children. Because we real estate agents have done
our homework and are well-versed in which schools get high marks, we know exactly where to settle down when we become parents
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