Real Estate practices have changed dramatically over the last five years. Technology has been such a wonderful venue, enabling us to reach potential clients in ways we never would have dreamed possible.
One of my favorite agents to co-broke with (a real estate transaction where the other participating broker isn’t a member of my immediate Roohan Realty family) is a 30-something with whom I share nearly identical work ethics. She actively uses technology for business: Facebook, Pinterest, a personal website linked to her company’s…she reaches out to other agents, utilizes email blasts, is an avid texter, and an overall incredible promoter.
Technologically speaking, she runs circles around most of us, yet she does it professionally and with great taste. I feel like I could learn so many things from her. She is engaged to be married and travels extensively as she has yet to have a family.
Sometimes, I think about how wonderful it would have been to have had all this technology at my disposal when I was just beginning my career. How many more folks would I have been able to reach? How many more listings could I have previewed and marketed using things like virtual tours? Much of the time actually spent “hitting the pavement” in so many ways would have allowed for more time with family and friends.
I have no regrets – juggling of all of those things gave me such an appreciation of the life we lead as Realtors, and the successes and experiences we can have choosing this career path. We may have missed some Saturday soccer games while out showing property, but we also got to be the “field day trip” parents due to schedule flexibility. Instead of weekends of long lines and packed movie theaters, we were able to go early in the week and escape the crowds. Apple picking in the fall on a Wednesday afternoon pretty much guaranteed room in any hay wagon. Taking vacations during off-seasons allowed room on the plane and on the beaches. (Yes folks, the kids can bring school work with them, it works)
“I can let her know that, yes, she can have it all…and on her own schedule, not someone else’s.”
So maybe I can help my friend out when she’s married and starts her own family, the way she’s shown the way for me technologically. I can let her know that, yes, she can have it all…and on her own schedule, not someone else’s. Best of all, her family will have a wonderful appreciation of what a flexible schedule will allow that a 9-5 Monday through Friday job never would.
About the Author
Meg Minehan is an Associate Broker and a consistent top producer at Roohan Realty. She specializes in residential real estate, relocation, marketing & negotiation, and leadership development. She lives locally with her husband Jack Minehan, who is also a member of the Roohan team. Learn more about Meg and view her listings on her *new* website: www.megminehan.com