Portman's idea sounds grand, does it not? Or maybe too much to accomplish? Yet, while I was reading about her, I really started to ponder WHY she said this and HOW she is doing her part, even if its it small, for the world.
So, what does this mean for me as a REAL ESTATE agent? Well, lots actually.
1) real estate is about CONNECTIONS. By those connections, I gain knowledge about properties, communities, and clients, which results in trust being created. I can do my job better.
2) COMMUNITY BUILDING -- selling or buying a home impacts a community (more than just taxes!). Helping buyers become part of the community and sellers move to a new community is a process, and if nurtured, helps to build a stronger one.
3) DOING GOOD. I got a call this week from someone I did not know asking about apartments for rent to certain specifications, and I knew I did not have anything available. Rather than saying 'good luck on your search', I searched found some potential options matching their needs available & called them back. Their comment at the end of the conversation, 'I hope I get to meet you one day, you are a good soul.' My gain was simply helping another human, and that is PRICELESS.
4) PAYING IT FORWARD. As part of my commitment of to giving back, I donate a percentage of my commission to a local charity (of the seller or buyer's choice). The acknowledgement I get back have shared memories of my clients, which I have truly cherish.
5.) what is my 'community'? Any place I have a connection & sense of belonging. My kiddos school, my church, my university, where I socialize, where I live AND work. Places I can impact & impact me. Suddenly its more than just my address. Over the last year, Zwanziger Realty took part in a number of local parades, was a part of school and university functions, and even the Volga City Truck Cruise (sponsored tie dye and rock painting for kids while the adults looked at the trucks). I hope you see you at some of our community events this year!
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa.