May Market Update

I’m Still Amazed…

The real estate market never ceases to amaze me. We have weeks, months and years where sales go up and down, prices go up and down, inventory goes up and down, but now, we are dealing with people’s emotions going way up and way down – including real estate agents. The lack of inventory in some areas have resulted in buyers losing out multiple times on their home of choice. They become frustrated and make irrational decisions on prices, terms or location. These decisions will have an impact on their financial lives as well as their quality of life (including potentially longer commutes). When clients lose out on offers multiple times, agents get frustrated too, either because the clients don’t listen on how to position themselves or with other agents believing they were treated unfairly during the negotiations. This is why it is imperative to work with an experienced agent to help you navigate through this emotional time in real estate. An agent that has been there before, understands what is going on and can provide the right advice so you (or someone you know looking to buy) get the proper guidance and the house you want – without getting tied up in the emotion adding stress to the situation. Well, guess what? I have been through these types of turbulent, emotional times and I can lead you or someone you know through these situations, just call me.  I will help everyone stay calm and focused on the eventual task which is getting the house sold.

Keeping with the amazement theme, we still have very low inventory levels – 20% below last year’s levels. This is creating the type of market I just mentioned. Unfortunately, sellers are not immune to the emotions of selling. Unrealistic expectations of timing, pricing and response times from buyers/buyer agents make for stressful times during selling. It is important to have the right expectations when selling a house, mostly to keep the seller on an even keel. Once again, I am here to help provide the right advice, guidance and emotional balance to get you through the home selling process, just give me a call. I am happy to help!

Have a great Memorial Day!

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A Quick Minute of Motivation

In this motivational series, I’ll highlight how to become a Peak Performer. In today’s Peak Performer Series message I’d like to talk to you about developing your scorecard. Do you have one? Are you tracking your results? What activities are working? Which ones are not? Learn more in my latest message.

Need more motivation? Give me a call at 703-652-5777 or email at scottmacdonald@remax.net

Now go sell something! 

It’s time to invest!

What was the first thought that came into your mind?  Was it about the stock market?  Or was it about buying investment properties?   Perhaps you thought it was getting others to invest in the previous two areas of opportunities.  Now, what do you believe this statement is about?  What does invest mean?  Dictionary.com says it means :

1.

To put (money) to use, by purchase or expenditure, in something offering potential profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.

 

2.

To use (money), as in accumulating something: to invest large sums in books or education.

 

3.

To use, give, or devote (time, talent, etc.), as for a purpose or to achieve something: He invested a lot of time in growing himself personally and professionally.

 Well, taking this into account, my intention was that it is time to invest in yourself and your business.  The top companies in the world invest in their people – you should invest in you as well!  If companies do it, why don’t you?

The real estate market, the economy and your business are not out of the woods yet.  Yes, some aspects of the economy are stabilizing but we have a long way to go – foreclosure numbers, default rates, and unemployment rates (although reported to have slowed) continue to rise.  Therefore, now is the time to invest in your business.  It has become obvious to me that during times like these, many agents get too involved “in” their business when in fact, if they want their business to soar to the next level, they should get involved working “on” their business – today.  It is time to reflect on what is working and what isn’t – where are trends in our area heading – who are key players in the industry and what are they doing – more importantly, what are you doing?  Are you attending training?  If not, why not.  If you are involved in foreclosures, are you going to conferences out of town to meet new people, strategize and get new accounts?  If not, why not?  If you are doing short sales, are you meeting with experts who are experiencing success in the business locally and nationally to learn more about trends and what they are doing to be successful?  If not, why not?  Are you taking advantage of the free educational opportunities your association is making available to you?  If not, why not?  Are you taking advantage of one on one opportunities with your broker, fellow agents or a coaching program to help get through the market we are in and are going to encounter?  Again, if not, why not?

These examples could go on for some time.  It is my belief that you need to get out of your house, get out from behind your desk and educate yourself or else you will be left behind – doing what you’ve always done and get the results you’ve always gotten will not propel you to success.  Times change, programs change, economies fluctuate and you need to as well if you want to succeed now and in the future. 

It is important not to confuse activity with accomplishment.  Determine what you want to accomplish and what you need to do to achieve what you set out to do.  If you get willowed in the mire of day to day activities, put blinders on to what is happening around you,  get out and network with others, and ask yourself how can you accomplish “big” things in your life.  It is my opinion you need to invest in you today.  Attend trainings, get coaching, attend business planning (it’s not too late), get a designation, attend mastermind sessions, go to real estate information exchanges.  Take the time to get educated – NOW!  Get it?  Got it?  Good!

Now go sell something!