By Karen Larson
This is the time of year for reflection. I have been practicing real estate for 24 years. My business has prospered in direct proportion to the amount of effort, skill and experience I have invested. I team up with the professionals in our industry to support each client through the transaction process and focus on a successful close of escrow.
As I look around the real estate industry today, I am gratified to see most of the Realtors, lenders and escrow officers who were in the business when I started my career are still in the business today. I am looking at the survivors of the last economic downturn. As I look around me, I see the professionals who told themselves that their businesses would not succumb to the poor economy or high cost of development. New business plans were formed and business models were aligned to help those who could not keep their homes, current mortgages or jobs. Life goes on in an economic blight and we adapted.
Become a mentor
Our membership has suddenly grown by significant numbers as new Realtors are being sworn into the El Dorado County Association of Realtors every month. Erlinda Vindler and I are there to help swear them in as they take oaths to follow the Golden Rule. We talk about how they should proceed now that they have their real estate licenses and have joined a professional organization, or “You’re a Realtor, now what?”
These new members know little of what it takes to successfully run a real estate business year after year. Who better to show them than the real estate professionals who’ve weathered the storms, learned from their experiences and the people they met along the way? I still value those critical tools and mindsets I learned from my mentors year ago. After 24 years, I continue the mentoring process with those whom I respect and I stay engaged in the education process. I consider this learning process never-ending.
As we enjoy this holiday season let us also look forward, as well. Between closing the year with those last few escrows, developing a 2014 business plan and celebrating the season, think about what you can do to ensure the future of our real estate family in El Dorado County. Think about becoming a mentor to a fellow agent and/or getting more involved in the process of leadership in the Association of Realtors. EDCAR needs you to remain strong and lasting.
So smile, take a fellow Realtor into your heart and help guide them through the process of becoming a professional. Remember, too, that people learn by example. Happy Thanksgiving to all and enjoy this season of giving!