This past week, I have had the opportunity to meet a really interesting individual, and it just so happens she is my client. In this business, you get to meet loads of people - you show houses to them, sometimes for months, you get to know their likes and dislikes, get to know what type of people they are, and their families. Sometimes it's pleasant, lengthy and you become friends, and other times, it's fast, business like, and they just want to buy a house, not know the Realtor.
This week, I had the pleasure of meeting my very first military client. She is employed with the Canadian Armed Forces, therefore has about a week to find a house. Her preferred area was country living in the surrounding areas of North Bay, so I suggested we take one vehicle to save on gas, especially as she does not know the area. It's not often I get to do this, because most clients like to take their own vehicles or are scared of my driving skills.
As you can guess, we got to spend a lot of time together, and I had the pleasure of getting to know her and all the amazing places she had gone in her life as being part of the military. I never really knew how being employed with the Canadian Armed Forces worked, and wanted to know more as I will have a family member joining. She explained the process, the upkeep and training every year, the relocation process, and that their modo is: you are a soldier first, trade professional second. She explained the ups and downs, the three tours she did in Afghanistan, her thoughts and feelings on it all, and her overall experience with employment and personal experiences.
It was a breath of fresh air meeting this client, and I truly believe that I love this job for one reason: meeting the coolest clients who will someday maybe become my friends.
Often, people think of Realtors as Salesmen: in it for the quick buck, the expensive sportscars and luxury of time and vacation... but the truth is, six months of the year we are running hard, and working 12 hour days trying to bring real estate deals together, get our Buyers into the homes they want, and sell our clients homes who really need to move. Frustration sets in with clients when they can't find the house they want, or when time is ticking for a house to sell. We get the brunt of it, deal with it, do our best to market, and keep powering through. And along the way, we get to meet clients who are amazing and make us think of gratitude and job appreciation in a time where the market is bustling and we can't seem to catch a breath.
Thus, I just want to give a shout out to the coolest clients I get to meet, I only hope that I can keep servicing you to my fullest professional potential, and that you have a pleasant experience when you work with me.