I recently learned that a friend of mine is searching for homes with another realtor. At first, I was a little disappointed that they wouldn’t ask me to help them. Maybe they forgot I was a realtor or maybe they didn’t trust me to do it. The more I think about it, the more I realize I should have asked if they trusted me on a professional level. I can understand how it might be difficult to make the biggest purchase of your life with someone you only see on the weekends or at social gatherings. If you are good friends with someone can you see past that “friend” level and make it to the “I want to hire you” level?
As I am creeping up to the age of 30, more and more of my friends will be ready to buy their first home. Without the constant reminder that I sell houses for a living (and am becoming more successful at it!) will people think of me when the time comes? A couple of months ago my sister was talking to one of her friends whose parents would be selling their house. They talked about it for a long time and my sister never mentioned I was a realtor who could help. If even my sister doesn’t remember, how can I assume my friends will. This is an important issue I plan on asking my friends, would you hire me? And just as importantly, would you refer me to Your friends?
My friendships mean the world to me and with these things on my mind I will do more to show them all how hard I have worked and what I am willing to do for my clients. I am fortunate to work beside and be trained by some of the best realtors in Portland and that makes me confident that I will gain the trust of my friends as a professional.