Giving Thanks for What Really Matters

Giving Thanks for What Really Matters
Posted By Jeffrey Hogue @ Nov 27th 2020 5:15am In: Real Estate

In real estate and other businesses, we often depend on relationships to get things done. 2020 Has undoubtedly put pressure on many of those relationships. It is essential to remind ourselves that forgiveness, empathy, and compassion are crucial to what really matters.
 

Recently, a good friend of mine, who is also my go-to mortgage lender for over 27 years, shared some interesting insights. He said that people throughout his mortgage firm were literally at each other's throats daily. The managers were spending their day issuing group emails to personnel, encouraging them to be civil. In my friend's words - "You question if people who called you a friend in the past ever really were."

 

The Real Estate Relationship Pressure Cooker

Selling real estate has never been easy. There are no two properties alike, and I am sure the same is true of a real estate transaction. Each person in a transaction is unique, and their situation requires different solutions to obtain the desired outcome. Real estate's unique nature requires realtors and support personnel to be creative. Unfortunately, some of that creativeness can lead to mistakes.

 

Information at our fingertips through technology was sure to make real estate transactions more efficient. While all the tech did help with some things, it created just as many issues. There seems to be more paperwork and steps to completing a home sale than ever before. I guess all that information led to industry powers realizing there were always other things we should consider and just never knew it - Amazing how all those homes sold before the internet with a two-page agreement of sale.

 

With the increase in per transaction workload, there is a need for more people, thus more communication. Communication today is instantaneous, which is a blessing and a curse. With the ability to send a text, people no longer take a moment before sending that message at the height of negative emotion. At least when you write an email, you have a minute to read it and consider its content before smashing the send button.

 

Add to all of this; our Pennsylvania governor decided to shut down the real estate industry for almost two months. Even though 2020 will see fewer home sales than in 2019, those sales will have happened mainly in just eight months, putting lots of pressure on everyone.

 

Forgiveness, Empathy, and Compassion

It's often refreshing and healthy to see my colleagues in the industry outside of the arena of real estate sales. You realize they are more than another checkoff on a to-do list. They are people with families and hobbies, not just competitors for the next home listing or sale - They are not bad people purposely standing in the way of your Tuesday settlement - They want things to go well, just like you.

 

We understand why people want a home and how important it is to them and their families because we know how important those things are to us. The difference is that we achieve our dreams by helping others achieve theirs. It is essential when trying to help people achieve that dream; we are not becoming a nightmare to others.

 

A Personal Thank You

In this most challenging of years, I wish to offer thanks. To the Mortgage Lenders, Title Clerks, Realtors, Brokers, and Company Owners, Appraisers, Home Inspectors, Contractors in all fields, Home Insurance Agents, Realtor Associations, and the countless individuals behind the scenes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I could not do what I do without all of you.

 

A special thank's to my wife and family, my incredible team of agents at the Jeffrey Hogue Realtor Group, and my new real estate home, Keller Williams Realty Group, and, of course, thank you to all my past, present, and future clients. I will continue to be a steward of the real estate business and serve you at the highest level.

 

Between election politics and COVID-19, 2020 has undoubtedly put a lot of relationships to the test. I would direct your thoughts to another time when things were pretty bad. Consider taking a look at Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation of Thanksgiving. History has a way of putting things into perspective.

 

I wish you all a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

 

Knowledge and Empathy is Power!

Jeffrey C. Hogue


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