I hope everyone out there had a great 4th of July weekend! I had some family in town and we spent the day with them before my girlfriend and I braved the rain to watch fireworks. The fireworks displays in Charleston were nearly closed out due to storms, but they eventually resumed. Fortunately for us, we were able to get a really great spot on the harbor to watch them.
I have been really busy lately. I've been helping multiple buyers find their houses. I've also been looking for another rehab property, but I can't seem to find the right combination of location, property and price. I'll find something soon to renovate, I'm sure. In the mean time, I'm checking the hot sheet every morning for new listings and price changes.
I am also going to be heading to Baltimore tomorrow morning for a FortuneBuilders' event on rehabbing properties. I'm really looking forward to this event. This is their rehabbing properties bootcamp that I've been wanting to attend for over a year now. Hopefully, I will learn a whole bunch of new tactics and practices to help with my future projects! I've been so busy that I haven't really been able to prepare for that trip yet, so the remainder of the day for me will be packing and looking for cheap food near the hotel. I do get to see a buddy that moved back to Baltimore years ago, so that's a definite plus!
Because of my limited time, I'm going to share a recent article entitle "Real Estate the Fun Way" from the National Association of Realtors' publication, Realtor Magazine, written by Meghan Brozanic. This is a spotlight article on a gentleman named Stewart Wade. He is 100 years old and he has been a real estate agent since 1968 and continues to serve his clients today. He works every day and doesn't see the point in slowing down. He resides in Hawaii, which I think would be a very interesting place to work as a realtor. I think this gentleman's work ethic should be emulated. I am very impressed by his dedication to his profession and his longevity is something that I should strive for, both professionally and personally.
Mr. Wade's determination and lack of disinterest is something that a lot of people in this industry need. If you do not possess a tenacity and obsessiveness as a real estate professional, you are likely to suffer. It's an ever-evolving business and it's customer dependent. Just this morning I attended a Realtor talk by one of Charleston's prominent real estate attorney's to discuss some of the changes that the new RESPA-TILA legislation will bring forward this year. Our entire closing process is changing instantaneously in October and we have to learn to adapt to be successful. (I'll definitely be writing an article about these changes and how it will affect buyers and sellers soon.) No matter how comfortable we get in this industry, we can't forget to serve our clients first and foremost. People are the life blood of our business. I encounter many seasoned realtors who have "seen everything," and become less and less excited about what they do. This translates to your clients and they will notice the lack of luster that really great agents have. The best realtors out there know that no two transactions are ever the same. There are so many factors in any transaction that we are constantly challenged and that's what I love about doing what I do. It's so hard to be bored when the environment, properties and clients are always changing. Stewart Wade doesn't seem to find his career to be stagnant. He continues to serve his clients because he enjoys it, he's motivated and he likes the challenges. I am very impressed with this gentleman's ethic and I hope to be able to stay as involved as him at his age.
I'll be back from my trip next week and I hope I have a whole bunch of new ideas. If you have any real estate questions or need any help, feel free to reach out to me. I'll have all the gadgets on deck. As always, let me know if you or anyone you know needs help buying or selling a home!
Troy Franklin Gandee