Friday, August 14, 2009
MD, DC and VA Real Estate Investors and Agents Are Coming Out From Behind the Cell Phones and PDA's
Maryland, DC, and VA Real Estate Investors and Agents are coming out from behind the Telephones and PDA's!
"I do believe that it is extremely important that each one of us is a participant in life and what's going on around us rather than being a spectator to it and if you do that, if you participate in the world, in your community, your school, your company, or your country, whatever… then you will be useful and hopefully leave the planet a little better."
-Janet Holmes a Court
Court gained fame and notoriety from taking control of her late husband's (Robert Holmes à Court) business. She also took that excellent business and made it truly great and went on to become one of Australia's richest women.
"So what has this got to do with real estate?" Court’s thoughts on bettering the community carries with it countless opportunities to meet prospective clients. Frequently since the onset of the digital age we have forgotten the way to people’s hearts is face to face interaction. We send emails or text messages never realizing how much less important you become to the client that way. By opening up the communication to include car washes or bake sales, or inviting them out to lunch, or simply going for a walk, you will differentiate yourself from other Realtors and Investors by becoming a acquaintance instead of just another advertiser.
Participating in your community and getting face to face with your customers is one of the golden rules of real estate. It is a perfect way to meet people who live in houses without having to add any pressure. Simply starting up a conversation and making sure some time while talking with them they know you are an agent or investor. If they want more information, they will ask.
Court also commented on the way her husband chose to run the business versus the way she did (remember she made this business a huge success), “The company was quite hierarchical. I often think it was like a pyramid with Robert (husband Robert Holmes à Court) at the top and lots of us paying homage to him. I try to turn the pyramid upside down so that I'm at the bottom and bubbling away and encouraging people and energizing them so that they are all empowered so that they can do what they need to do, now that's the dream.”
She understood the way to form a successful company is to include all the people that help run it. The same is true for real estate. By bringing your local community together you will be expanding your sphere of influence and making the planet you live on a little nicer. A win win solution for everyone!
Valarie Jacobs, Realtor/Investor Coach
Feel free to contact Valarie about any real estate question or come out and network with her and other local real estate professionals at DMV Real Estate Investor Association every first Saturday.
Valarie Jacobs is also the President of the Female Real Estate Alliance (F.R.E.A). This is a network of women from all over the country who have come together from many real estate industries to network and support each other in business.