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Friendship and Family - Community Amongst Realtors® and Punks.
Punk was not a mainstream movement. Disregarding the commercial system of the music industry, punk had to find it's own way to build both fans and a distribution network for their music. In order to sustain their own survival, punks had to build friendship and family amongst themselves, their fans, and the various related industries (record stores, promoters and venues, college radio, etc.).
With real estate, we are constantly building community; whether amongst our peers and the related industries or our clients and residents of the local area. In order to succeed and excel in our industry we must network, build trust, and become the center of a community that values what we have to offer.
Our need and desire to build this community spirit is vital to our industry and our careers.
For punk rock, this sense of friendship and family was deeply rooted in protectionism. As the "odd" kids in music, punk stood out like a sore thumb and as is the case with many things that disassociate with the mainstream, punk had no choice but to band together and support each other. For real estate, I think it's less about protectionism and more about a desire to build a better industry. Although we all function under the banner of independent contractor and are free to conduct business how we wish, there is a common thread that binds us all together as an industry.
The foundation of all we do.
The spirit of friendship and family in our industry comes in many forms, but it is the core foundation of much of what we do. Sharing new ideas or discussing thoughts and concepts of real estate, blogging about the latest laws or changes in the mortgage industry, calling an agent when they have a good week or a bad week, helping the families of agents when disaster strikes, reaching out to another agent to say thanks for a referral...I could go on and on with examples of how we are a community. We function as friends, family, and peers. In order to improve our industry we must always continue and expand upon this key fact.
It may seem rather obvious that this is true and we all function under this theory, but the purpose of this section is to reinforce this fact and have a reference point for all my other points. Without the sense of friendship and family keeping us tied together, we lose the foundation of all other concepts of real estate in regards to punk rock.
This post is meant to explore some of the ideas in my presentation, "Punk Rock and the New Agent" from Xplode Austin and is part of a series covering each of my slides in the presentation one at a time.