How has your job changed in the past couple of years? My business card says Realtor Broker, but my job entails so much more nowadays: I am a social worker, general contractor, psychologist, loss mitigator, asset preservation specialist, credit counselor, short sale specialist, reo specialist, foreclosure counselor. My days are spent solving problems. That’s really what should be written on my card:
Mirela Monte, Problem Solver
Do I sell Real Estate anymore? Yeah, and lots of it, but the quality of my life has deteriorated immensely. I work 80 hour weeks, not for the money, but because I have too many balls up in the air. Real Estate is not for sissies! It is a full time, all consuming endeavor, more so now than ever before.
“God bless you if this is how you have to deal with more deals this year. If so, you are in need of a vacation.”
These were the words of a builder on a project I am handling on one of my Bank Owned properties, a spec taken back by the bank right before it was completed. We’ve had so many obstacles on that project that what started as the 100 yard dash has turned into the Boston Marathon - only at the ‘dash’ tempo!!! In the past year and a half, I’ve sold that house seven times and I’m yet to close on it. I could write a book about it and I just might, however the project in question will be a mere chapter, since I also have several others with various sized problems.
As I close them all, I get even more business. Such and such person hears about my feat and comes to me to solve their problem. I’m not complaining, it’s good to have business these days; I just want to know if the lifestyle I’m having right now is sustainable for long periods of time. Am I paying the price for solving other people’s problems with my own life, or is this extraordinarily tenuous period going to propel my career into the stratosphere?
How many of you have changed gears and are now bearing down under a mountain of stress? The way I figure it, I’d rather carry the stress, rather than the mountain of bills… What do you think?
How has your life changed because of this Market?