Several years ago, I made the decision to retire from a nearly twenty-year career in social work in order to embark on a new career as a real estate professional. In the years that have followed, I’ve lost count of the number of times that people have commented on how different the two professions must be – social work versus real estate. Each time, I’ve smiled politely and explained that they aren’t that different at all. In both settings, there are clients on an emotional roller coaster, and in both settings, there are professionals working diligently to be a stabilizing presence/force/guide. The only difference between the two settings is the shape of the roller coaster.
For my social work clients, the roller coaster followed the dramatic ups and downs that came with caring for a child with significant medical, developmental, or psychiatric needs. Finding out about community supports, learning about eligibility criteria for programs, navigating the application processes, getting past the barriers to access, all while still trying to simply be a parent — even the most seasoned clients/parents needed a confident, knowledgeable, social work professional in their corner in order to make the “ride” a little less daunting.
For my real estate clients, it is the dramatic ups and downs that come with making one of the biggest financial decisions most of us will ever make. Getting accurate pricing, winning negotiations during the offer process, getting through the new round of negotiations related to the inspection results, dealing with the lenders and title companies, coordinating cleaning and packing and hopefully moving, all while still trying to keep up with all of their other day-to-day activities — even the most experienced home buyer/seller needs a confident, knowledgeable, real estate professional in their corner in order to make the “ride” a little less daunting.
I titled this post “My Unfair Advantage” because, as you might have picked up on from the repeated last sentence in each of the previous paragraphs, I’ve now been the confident, knowledgeable professional in both corners/settings, and I strongly believe that the lessons I learned as a social worker give me an overwhelmingly unfair advantage over any other real estate agent out there.
If you want to hear more about my experiences, or if you are looking for a confident, knowledgeable, real estate professional to guide you through the home buying/selling process, feel free to call me at 414-587-9691, or use my contact page on this site. I’d love to hear from you!