Nothing Comes From Nothing... (Lockdown Reflections, Pt. 3)
There's a song in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music that says, "Nothing comes from nothing... nothing ever will." I can't think of anything more applicable to describe being a Realtor. If you don't make an effort, your business will fail. Especially for newer Realtors, like myself, you have to put in a lot of work in the hopes that you will eventually see it pay off. That's extremely difficult to do during a lockdown, when I have no existing client base, and am primarily communicating with potential future clients and friends by sending these reflective missives into cyberspace and hoping someone reads them.
But I'm not worried about whether I'll be a successful Realtor. It'll happen, it's just a matter of timing. And this week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shared that 74% of Realtors currently working with sellers reported that their clients are not reducing listing prices to attract buyers. In fact, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun states that "...it appears the current decline in buyer and seller activity is only temporary, with a majority ready to hit the market in a couple months... [H]ome sellers are taking a calm approach and appear unwilling to lower prices to attract buyers during the temporary disruptions to the economy."
So for now, I'm working on projects and new habits and family celebrations that will continue to mature even after this lockdown is lifted. Here's my list:
1. Bedroom renovation (more to come, check my instagram feed)
2. Homeschooling: Becoming more active in my daughter's education has allowed me to identify gaps and other needs, and also to better understand areas that really capture her interest so I can encourage her.
3. Upping my cooking: Swapping recipes with friends and family, and trying some new ideas. These may or may not also occasionally appear on Instagram.
4. Focusing on my health: Regular walks, almost daily yoga, daily meditation, and trying to adhere to a strict diet have really paid off over the last two months. I feel better than I have in years, and I am looking forward to taking this with me into the future.
5. Minecraft: Yes, I'm learning how to play Minecraft with my daughter. It may not be my favorite pastime, but she adores building obstacle courses and watching me flounder around. We build tree houses together, and she gets to show me how to do things. It's wonderful to engage in something where she gets to teach me!
6. Odds and ends: My husband and I are also finally getting around to the little odd projects around the house that have been waiting for attention.
7. Planning family trips: Some things like our pool membership have been cancelled for this summer, so we are picking places we want to visit instead, once we're able to get out and about in a normal fashion again!
Now, if only I could find time to pick up that mandolin I promised myself I'd learn, or devote time to trying to enjoy crocheting (you read that right - I hate it. Tried it, thought I'd love it, hate it.) Maybe I should set up my easel and paint, or get back into writing that book I outlined... how long is that lockdown going to be, anyway? Maybe I can write a trilogy...
What are you doing to set yourself up for success?