Since I have started my real estate career, I have always let me family know that they were “Technically” required to use me as their agent or agent referral (if they lived in another state that I was not living in). I know this sounds a little aggressive, but when I told everybody it was said in the nicest of ways, with class and style.
This was 4+ years ago, and since then I have had 2 family members, sell 1 property, and buy 1 property with me. I have also had 5 family members (including my little sister, my parents, my uncle, my aunt, my niece, my extended cousin) Not use me for a home sale or purchase.
So to be honest, I am just done with working with family. Now to my defense I always answered their questions they had, I helped them out anyway I could.
I do need to give you more background information on some instances of why my family did not use me. (no I am not crazy, or suck at my job – which is what I would be thinking if I read this post).
- The first main reason family didn’t not use me as a real estate broker. – They were just not educated or understand why to use a family member as an agent or even a referral. ( They don’t understand if you live in another state, you let me find an agent for them to use) Why is this good. 1A). We understand what to look for in a real estate agent and know what companies to send them an agent from and who to still clear of. 2A). We know what commission they should accept and how to get them the best price and all the bells and whistle for listing or buying a home with out paying for it. 3A). We get a commission because we are family, yes we did really nothing but find you a great agent that we think is a good fit for our family member. <But why wouldn’t you want to give you family member an extra few thousand dollars, instead of giving a complete (stranger) agent a full commission. No you may think the agent you are working with won’t work as hard, if they have to give us a piece of the commission. Or they will be mad at you for having them give money to your family member real estate agent. The answer is NO, we are used to getting calls from all over the country asking to working with family members of other agents for a commission . Normal it is around 25% so why wouldn’t you if you could give your family member a few extra thousand dollars instead of a completer stranger agent. Also the family member will know what is going on with the deal, and get updates if they picked a good agent for you. That way they can also make sure you are being treated fairly and give you more insight then you would normal have.
To Be continued…..
Somedays you wake up and realize why you live in a certain area, and that you could not imagine living anywhere else. Please don’t get me wrong there are a millions places I would love to visit, and even some I could also see myself living at. But when it comes to Olympia, I just feel at home and that fresh crisp air that greats you all day long, seals the deal for myself.
You probably have heard the saying”theres something in the water”. Here in Olympia they were so confident in our water,the slogan on Olympia Brewery said”Its the Water”. When you come and visit you will be able to see it is just more then the water, but fresh water is always a plus. The trees, and mountains, the sound, and rivers will also let you see why when you wake up, this is going to be a great day.
Right now my daughter is in pre-school and during here classes twice a week, I try to duck out of meetings or showings to walk around Capital Lake, downtown Olympia for a stroll with my wife and little boy. Then we will walk up the streets through down town and grab a coffee/tea for my wife and look at all the boutique shops.
If you are looking for an Amazing place to live, and want a local who grew up in the area. Please give me a call, Ron Rougeaux (360) 338-8355 – to show you around and the great places to live.
It has been an amazing 2015 year at work. I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone who has helped me and been a positive influence in my life. Thank you to all my friends and family, my clients and their referrals, and all the agents that have given me advice and knowledge at the office, and of course Jeff and Diane for being the most amazing Bosses I have ever worked for. I look forward to another amazing year at Van Dorm Realty, and look forward to sharing all the fun times ahead.
Last year I really worked hard for my clients, my family, and myself. And sure enough if you work hard and you are honest and always straight forward, I believe it will always pay off. My pops used to always say, “Just Work” and “Be Honest”. My pops was the type of guy who stood by his handshake is his word, which I believe very strongly as well, although I believe it is a dying trait. But with him always hammering in me to be honest and work hard, I just don’t know any other way of working. I have seen people really just not get it or understand. Now you do have to be careful as if you work hard, but you are not doing it in the right way, well that kind of defeats the purpose of working hard. So working hard smart style with the knowledge and technology, and technics you have started, you should be amazing. I also learned a key piece of knowledge from my old roommates when I was a tennis pro in southern California. My roommates were from the Philippines, and they were just down to earth, always happy and a laid back style with great work ethic. They would always say, “That’s your style, bro” which when I would think about was, yes that is who I am. And thats very true, if you know who you are, and what you stand for, no one can change or sway you for the worse. I believe it also truly means know your own style including your strengths and weaknesses. This has always played a big part in my life when I interactive and working with clients. I am very happy for my journeys in life and the experiences and people I have met. I am very thankful for the award I received today and being a Real Estate Broker at Van Dorm Realty in Olympia Washington.