I wasn't until recently that I got into listing homes.
For those of you that don't remember, I didn't start listing homes right away when I began my career in real estate. I felt I needed to be prepared to do so. Because of this, I didn't join the listing game until the market was full of inventory and things had slowed.
When things are slow, listing a home can be frustrating work. You find yourself trying to sound upbeat to the seller while banging your head against a wall and feeling like there must be something more you can do. You hate to not have good news. It's hard for the sellers to take too and you fear that some day they will make the dreaded call telling you to beat it.
I currently have two listings.
I don't have some great long list of homes I'm currently listing. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm all about slow growth in my career. I plan on being a top producer, but I like to take things slow in order to fully grasp each and every aspect of what it is I'm doing.
My two listings, one at 815 Park Point and one at 322 Teakwood Lane have been great homes to list. Two incredibly different home and two different styles of thinking on how to market them. I enjoy the differences between them both. One of the things I love most about real estate is the constant change to each and every day.
"For Sale" Signs.
Like most agents, I have my own "for sale" signs out front of the homes. Those signs are our way of announcing to the general public "hey look over here!" During the slow time when I took my first listing, it didn't say much more than, "hey look over here - I'm another house on the market that you don't want to buy because you're worried about the economy!"
There has been a shift in recent weeks. More interest, more questions, more emails, more phone calls. Agents from all over the country that I know are reporting an increase in inquiries and business. What interests me most though is the number of calls from signs I've been getting. People are out there, driving around - even on a Thursday - and stopping in front of the signs and calling for more information. The curiosity factor is increasing and I welcome it as do my sellers. An agent in my office made an offer and was up against four other offers the other day. People are buying houses and looking to move once again. Combine the better news appearing recently, the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit, low interest rates, and the warm San Antonio spring weather and you have a recipe for a change in the market.
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