Did you know that humor has proven therapeutic effects? That’s right, finding reasons to smile and laugh, even in stressful situations, has been proven to be healthy. And one of the most stressful processes that many folks enter involves buying or selling real estate.
It seems there is a month to celebrate just about any type of awareness you could imagine. I’m not sure the exact procedure that it takes to create an “official” awareness campaign, but my recent discovery that April is Humor Awareness Month tickled my funny bone and led me to this blog focused on the more humorous side of real estate.
So, take a few moments to chuckle a little bit and take a deep breath, your real estate challenges could truly be more adventurous. And partnering with a real estate agent with deep experience can make all the difference in keeping humor on your side. I’ve been buying and selling real estate for over 25 years, learning the industry and having a few laughs along the way. Here are three steps that will help you keep things in perspective and make you chuckle as they highlight how great agents make this a fantastic industry.
Step One: It’s All in the Marketing
A great agent knows how to position your property in the most positive light to attract traffic and interested buyers. The following story may be clever, but partnering with an agent with experience will help you find a new perspective on your circumstances. Experience in marketing and buyer desires makes all the difference!
A banker, an accountant and a real estate agent all get made homeless and decide to live under bridge. The banker finds a cardboard box and moves into it. The accountant finds a cardboard box and puts it next to the accountant and crawls into it. The real estate agent finds a cardboard box and puts it on top of the other banker and accountants cardboard boxes. Then slaps a poster reading on it, “Penthouse available in new development for professionals.”
Step Two: Optimism Makes a Difference
It can be easy to feel discouraged during the staging, selling, and searching process. There are a lot of times when the number of requests can seem overwhelming. A great agent will help to inject optimism back into your world when things get busy with showings or staging, inspections or speed bumps.
Two real estate agents decided to start a new career to sell shoes. The two real estate agents go to Africa to open up new markets. Three days after arriving, one real estate agent said, “I’m returning on the next flight. Can’t sell shoes here. Everybody goes barefoot.” At the same time the other real estate agent sent an email to the factory, telling “The prospects are unlimited. Nobody wears shoes here!”
Step Three: Appearances Matter
There is an old saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. There’s another that proclaims that true beauty is on the inside. These surely apply to our human encounters, but when it comes to your property, appearances matter quite a bit to buyers. Staging, maintenance, and curb appeal all factor strongly into not only a buyer’s consideration, but also how much they value the property when it comes time to make an offer. Good agents help you to decipher which items need attention, and which can wait until later. An experienced professional also has the insights to know where to spend dollars and time. This knowledge comes with years of real estate experience. For now, take a minute to smile at this joke.
An older gentleman is sitting in a bar when a beautiful young woman walks up to him and whispers in his ear, “I’ll do anything you want for 50 bucks.” He immediately puts his drink down and begins frantically going through his pockets. He pulls out a crumbled up ten, two five’s, a twenty and ten ones. He thrusts the wadded up money into the woman’s hand and says, “Here… paint my house.”
Enjoy the Journey
Craving a bit more humor to round out your month? Check out The Lighter Side of Real Estate for fun real estate related stories and jokes. And remember, an experienced agent can keep you laughing when the unexpected happens during sale and purchase. A great agent provides peace of mind that lets you relax, knowing the details are taken care of and that everything is going to work out with your best interests in mind.
Call me for help with finding a maintenance free home and going through the process with a smile. I look forward to hearing from you soon!