Instant success in real estate, years in the making
June was a busy month, in real estate and everything else. One day I jogged five miles at Cannon Beach, the next day I tore a calf muscle playing tennis. Like some aging German soccer player, I left the scene with a badly bruised ego. However, unlike some German soccer players, I was brimming with enthusiasm.
I redecorated my office and now root for Switzerland.
June was the month for buyers to become sellers. Clients who bought their homes with me in 2004, 2008, and 2010 asked me to list and sell their homes. One of the sales closed, the other two are pending. Three more listings are in the works for July. In my sixteenth year, success in real estate looks easy.
Inventory is slowly growing and I’m happy to contribute to it.
Video: outside my comfort zone
When you keep in touch people remember you. This is the 88th monthly edition of The View from the Street. I always liked to write, but there comes a time when you need to step outside your comfort zone. People retain 12 percent of what they read but 80 percent of what they hear and see. Looking at and talking to my iPhone as if it was a person was challenging. I overcame my inhibitions and heaved my love for perfection overboard. That’s what it takes to succeed in real estate and not just in real estate.
In one of the videos, I compare real estate to gardening. You have to prepare the soil for the long term. You plant not knowing what will succeed. When you succeed in real estate it looks easy. What appears to be an overnight success was years in the making. We saw years of careful cultivation when we visited Lakewold Gardens on an outing with two dear friends. We saw the same at the annual Mill Creek Garden Tour this past Saturday.
Closer to home, I’m slowly conquering a stone-filled garden bed. Rabbits look cuter than slugs but they are just as destructive. They both prefer plants to weeds. The German word for weed is “Unkraut” (a non-kraut) or in other words a useless kraut.
Come to think of it, that’s a fitting term for some of the German players at the World Cup.
First published by Gerhard as his
June 2018 View from the Street Newsletter.