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Is it just me,or does the “to-do” list keep growing every week?
This week was filled with home inspections, home tours,my own bathroom demolition(dust is everywhere), fighting a cold, kids school work and tons of community service. Not to mention, a panic attack realizing my birthday is on the 24th of this month and I needed to insure I had enough CE (Continuing Education) credits to keep my license active. Why did I JUST remember this at the 11th hour? … this sent me into a frenzy, staying up all night taking online courses-being cranky and frustrated the next morning when I didn’t complete the course. All of this has my husband ready to strangle me…and ME ready to strangle me.
Suddenly, something told me to check the Georgia Real Estate Commission site to review how many credits I DO have?…. to my surprise, I’m not due to renew until 2015!! *Can you see the cloud lifting *
However, I have paid for courses that expire in a few weeks so I will complete them but WITHOUT the pressure (you should see a much happier, calmer Nia-who I’ve missed). Some of the courses have been really interesting and leading to other courses I will eventually take to obtain my Eco Broker certification i.e. environmental hazards and Green living. Next on my list is my Brokerage License..and I’m not sure if I will stay with Morris& Raper as an Associate Broker or move forward with Area West Realty Group as my own brokerage.
What’s on this weeks agenda? Well, I have a final home inspection on new construction, a 2nd home tour of a Craftsman Bungalow in Westview (I think the buyer will make an offer tomorrow-it’s perfect for her),follow up on 3 short sales (always fun arguing with the bank and being directed to the wrong people when my negotiator has been changed 3 times in 4months) a few home tours, followup on 60 listings for a new client seeking a Lease/Purchase (no, I do not do this for everyone- he was referred by a neighbor and is in a particular price range), and advertise/promote my Open House on the 25th for Summer Lane Dr. …but besides that, this week I plan to focusing on getting my marketing team the needed documentation to complete my website, and work with my husband to complete a few paint project, select the materials for my new master bathroom. This should be a great week…
Now after a long day, I can finally relax and read Westview’s first neighborhood newsletter! – If you want a copy, let me know, the next version will be online also.
It’s amazing how crippling fear could be, and how “fear” could be the underlying motive driving our decisions.
I have a client who has viewed many (I think we’re up to 20) homes, and today I just realized why we do not have one under contract. FEAR.
I have shown everything on the “wish list”, intown- out of town, up and down, pools, facing North… flats.- You name it, and we have come -THIS- close to making offers…until we have a 3rd tour of the home. Right before signing on the dotted line, she finds something wrong, something unchangeable (the flow of the walls) to convince herself “this is not my home”.
How do I help her overcome this? It’s funny, because I have lived in MANY homes-i would never have thought (from initial inspection) that they were “MY” home. It wasn’t until I put my stamp, MY love-and MY life in it that it transformed into MY home…but there is nothing I can say about the feng shui of a wall…
Just when you think being a Real Estate agent is only opening doors and wearing cute shoes…I must use some phycology and find out our stumbling block or we are just wasting time and turning down a lot of great homes!
I often receive emails or calls of potential buyers curious about our neighborhood. Many times they want to know if what they’ve read in online reviews are true….
-High crime, blighted community, depressed, no shops, low-income families – and many more negative comments that would make anyone wonder ‘Why should I buy there..?”
All I can say is “Don’t believe everything you read..!!!” We all know, often times the media does not paint an accurate picture of what really IS. Old stereotypes, opinions, rumors and past experiences can influence our thoughts. When I first moved here (5yrs ago) I spent a lot of time fighting and trying to prove to family and friends just how wrong they were about the neighborhood. Now, I am really enjoying being one of Atlanta’s best kept “Secret Neighborhoods”. I felt,‘ if someone is so foolish to let their opinions on a community be swayed based on rumors than we don’t need that kind of neighbor anyway’. I want more neighbors like those I have- movers and shakers, adventurous, passionate, caring, the challenge seekers, strong, those willing to break down barriers to do what others say ‘can’t be done’ , I need more neighbors who garden (because I LOVE getting fresh veggies from their garden-lol), more neighbors who bake (and drop my kids off cupcakes or make me dinner when I’m sick/prego) The neighbors I have care enough about their kids and education that they didn’t just move to a good school district, they created a charter school, home school and WORK IN the local public schools to MAKE them great.
And when we didn’t have anything to do- we created our own: Chili Parties, Pizza Parties, Historic Holiday Parties, Auction nights, Screen on the Green, Dog Parades, themed dinners! But there are also plenty of public places i.e. Museums, restaurants, Book stores and need I say it.. Krispy Kreme!!
The community benefits of living in West End and Westview are endless…………it depends on YOU!
But if you’re still not convinced and need additional information-here is my New Buyer script:
“Welcome to MY South West Atlanta!
The Historic West End and Westview communities are the best intown Atlanta neighborhoods currently offering Craftsman Bungalows for under 100K! For more neighborhood information please visit their websites and subscribe to their chat groups: www.WestviewAtlanta.com or www.AtlantaWestEnd.com