OK, I don't normally blog about my job, but I'm not in a good mood so here it is...
Yes I sell houses for a living. I'm a Real Estate Broker. and I primarily sell real estate in Marin and San Francisco. (Realtors don't seem to have very good reputations, so hopefully you've gotten to know the real me and know that I normally LOVE what I do, as I get to make people happy). My clients often give me gifts after I help them close escrow. That makes me feel really good, to know that I've made a difference in their lives.
In the last 3 days, I found out that 2 friends purchased homes with other agents. Expensive houses! One of them was a really, really expensive home. If I had been their Realtor that income could have made a HUGE difference to my family. HUGE.
A few months ago another client didn't relist their house with me because I "just had a baby" even though I closed 3 other escrows within 2 months of having Quinn. I had received an offer in on their house for $50,000 MORE than the relisted the house for a year later, saying to me after they listed it that they "didn't want to bother me as I just had a baby", and this was after they give me a baby gift! Ugggghhh.
With having to be on bedrest again, having a new baby, and the market downturn, things are a bit tough financially at the moment for us. If I had closed those additional 3 houses this year, it would have made a big difference in our life. I never really push the fact of what I do for a living....maybe I should more? I'm not the pushy, salesy type.
We purchased our house when I was pregnant with twins, desperate for a place to live as our landlord didn't give us much notice. We bought it at the height of the market (7 offers on my house) and it's now worth less than what we paid for it. Our loan resets in a bit over a year. We can't refinance due to the amount of equity in the house. My husband's salary as a fireman doesn't cover our mortgage as it is today, let alone once the loan resets. Our house is too small for 2 children. We love our neighborhood, but hate our house. We are at a loss as to what we should do.
I'm really letting it all out there saying this publicly, but you know what? Life's tough at the moment, and hearing that I could have made some decent money was really quite upsetting. It burns a hole in my heart.
Then on top of it, a client of mine, a first time home buyer that I had in escrow (which has kept me running around the last 2 weeks (and all weekend) right before Christmas) decided to cancel his escrow last night. So I could have been doing my Christmas cards, I could have done a million things, but instead I did a ton of work for naught (granted that's my job which is OK, BUT the hearing the other sales that I didn't get has just set me over the edge).
How can you help? Yes you can help me!
So, to all those blog readers out there, especially the ones that live in the Bay Area....please if you know of anyone looking to buy or sell a house PLEASE, PLEASE think of me! I'm good at what I do. really! You KNOW me personally because of my blog, but if you want to know how I "work", here's a link to what my clients say about their experiences in working with me: What Liz's Client's say.
And if you don't live in the Bay Area, did you know that I can refer agents to help you anywhere in the country and I get a referral fee? Please let me help you find an agent wherever you live! It would mean a lot to me. Please email me here or visit my Marin Real Estate website.
Here's a Realtor Christmas video that I just came across that at least fit exactly how I've felt all weekend long: