This Is A Public Service Announcement So LISTEN Up!
This message is for buyers and sellers across the country (the globe even). It is not written with malice but rather with an intent to bring about an understanding. If this message resounds with just one buyer OR one seller in each municipality across the country, this message will have been well worth my writing it.
My name is Charita Cadenhead and I'm a real estate agent in Birmingham, Alabama. I am also a member of the largest real estate network (I believe) in the world. That network is called ActiveRain. ActiveRain is a blogging platform where real estate agents and other real estate industry pros gather to share knowledge and experiences among ourselves and most importantly provide you, the consumer with information that you'll need when making a decision to buy or sell a home. This message is the result of reading the many post lately on ActiveRain whereby agents are experiencing consumers who insist up establishing the worth of an agent's time as ZERO.
If you have a real estate question, the answer can be found on ActiveRain. We, industry professionals, gather on ActiveRan daily in an effort to develop our craft so that we can continuously and consistently serve you to the nth degree. It's important to us that we do a superior job of helping you with your housing needs.
But here's the kicker, in order for us to serve you best, there actually has to be a housing need. What am I talking about you might ask. You see one thing about people in the real estate industry, they either love the business to death or hate it and get out. But no matter how much we love what we do, we actually do what we do for money. There I've said it. I work for money. And guess what else. I'm not ashamed to say it.
We're sure that many of you (the consuming public) reading this post actually work for a living. We also know that as easy and pleasurable as our work may seem, we do what we do so that we can get paid. We consider being a real estate agent to be an honorable way to make a living and I, for one, am not ashamed to say that I expect to be paid for work that I do. For example, if we are touring homes with you, we are actually working. And as a result of that work we expect to be paid. But if you are not really interest in buying a house, then we've literally worked for nothing.
Oh we're going to work our patooties off to help you find that home that you've dreamed of for as long as you can remember. So it's important to us that we are looking for the purpose of you making a purchase and not for fun or to kill a Sunday. You see we can't feed our families, pay our mortgages, send our kids to college, keep the light, gas, power and water on in our homes by killing a Sunday with you touring homes JUST FOR FUN. Oh and let's not even talk about how I need to work for living so I can put gas in my vehicle so that I can help legititmate homebuyers to find a home for themselves and their families.
I know it may sound like I'm being selfish or a BITCH (excuse me that just slipped), but since my income is drawn in part from showing homes, I'd like it to culminate with a happy family that I've helped find a new home or a family whom I have helped sell a home. The paycheck is actually icing on the cake. But hey, what can I say? Me and my ActiveRain friends we like icing and cake.
Agents this is a PUBLIC post. When making comments (if you chose to do so), please be cognizant of that.
Charita Cadenhead, Your Metropolitan Birmingham, Alabama Real Estate Broker of Choice
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Charita H. Cadenhead, Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty Metro North
Gardendale, AL 35071
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