Have some consideration


No one enjoys the experience of working with someone on a deal when they have a lack of consideration for you. I don’t want to be an inconsiderate professional.

So, what can I do to show consideration in real estate?
-Respond to people in a timely manner. Agents and public.
-Make pertinent information available to other agents.
-Respect other people’s deadlines.
-Bite my tongue and don’t give people a piece of my mind.
-Ask for showing requests via Lynx or email, so that there is a record of request, and do the same with the response!
-Follow the code of ethics.
-Refrain from taking it personally when I am inconvenienced. Having to get up early, or stay up later because I need to get signatures, is part of my job. If I want a 9-5 job, I can go work at the general store.
-Keep in mind, that I work for the seller and the buyer!
-Never forget that the other agent is my most valuable customer and I want to continue to have them sell my listings!

Tina Plett, Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate


The stones they throw!

The mortgage broker told them that their credit rating was much too low to obtain a mortgage! They went to their local credit union who also declined them for a mortgage based on their low credit rating. They went to another mortgage broker who for the third time told them they do not qualify for a mortgage because of their low credit score!
That being said, I told them that they would need to find a place to rent. After going through at least three tanks of gas shopping with these folks, I was now trying to find them a rental.
In the meanwhile, they borrowed fifty thousand dollars from an aunt  to be able to buy a house.
They would no longer answer the phone when I called. They would not return my calls. Such rudeness surprised me a lot.

One day, I got a call. “You said we couldn’t buy a house!” “Well we bought a house, no problem!” Wow, they showed me! They are now living in a tiny house, not large enough for their family and did not purchase an acreage like they were shopping for, which means they won’t be able to have animals as they were planning. It makes me sad that they did not get what they needed.
The time and money I invested with this family is tremendous! There is much more to this story! At first, I had the thought cross my mind that I had been robbed. Then I remembered that I served them with my whole heart! I went above and beyond for them because I valued them as people. I will not resent doing what comes from the heart.
So why do I get the blame??? It’s misplaced!

It’s what people do when they don’t take responsibility for their own behaviour. Shooting the messenger is a practice that we have all heard of. I was the messenger. I did not create a problem with their credit! I was not the one who had power to decline a mortgage for them. At least with blaming the REALTOR, now their friends won’t know how messed up their finances are!

I am a REALTOR® .  I DO NOT determine if you get financing. The mortgage broker will do that. I do not do private lending. I do not recommend using a private lender and paying crazy interest rates! I caution you to find out what your penalties would be at payout if you get financing through a private lender! Taking six months to clean up your credit score is a short time! Get advise from a mortgage broker how to fix your credit!
Tina Plett
Sutton Group-Kilkenny

Sowing and Reaping

IMG_0152A number of years ago, I had a dream to plant trees and watch them grow. At the time, I thought the dream was symbolic of becoming rooted in my own personal life.
We bought an acreage, just outside of town, and enjoyed being surrounded by nature. Since we moved on to the property, we have planted a Shelterbelt of trees and random shrubs on the yard as well as a beautiful garden. Before I planted the garden, I spent much time visualizing what I wanted the garden to look like when everything was fully grown. I can see the garden from the deck.

This spring I looked outside and said to my husband, “that is exactly how I pictured the garden to look.”

Our life does not magically evolve into a garden that we have not planted. No one fulfills the dream of being a doctor without studying. No one buys a house without saving up some money!

What is it that you want? What do you want your life to look like in 10 years or 20 years?

I challenge you this day, to picture the life that you want to live. Visualize what your lifestyle would look like if you could live your dream. Then ask yourself, what kind of seeds do I need to plant in order to develop the future that I desire?
Here are a few seeds to plant that will yield a great profit: kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, patience, hope, faithfulness, perseverance, discipline, compassion, humor, empathy, and lots of encouragement. If you strategically plant these seeds where they are needed, you will grow a network of relationships both personally and in business which will then support your future success!