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If God told you to do something…

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Well, I had to read my last post to remember where I left off.  And as I imagined, I am starting where it seems to be the right place.  First of all, remember me telling you about the new real estate company I went to work for that was not at all what I thought it would be?  Well, after 4 months, I canned it.  Yes, I am too old to put up with too much BS!  Let me say it again louder – BS!!!.  Anyway, I canned it.  I just could not allow myself to tolerate working in an environment I did not believe it, and you know the funny part is they did not even ask why I was leaving.  Geez!  How do you get better or fix an issue if you don’t ask?  I guess they did not care which was fine by me because I would have been glad to tell them.

So let’s talk about how this came to be.  I awoke on a Thursday morning at 6:00 am already thinking about how I was dreading to go to the office.  I started to pray and ask God to tell me what to do.  I had decided a few years ago I would stop doing anything that did not make me happy because life is to short to be miserable – another thing you realize as you get older.  As I stood in my kitchen praying.  I heard the loud voice of God say “Do it yourself!” It was clear as day and so loud I could not deny he said it.  I know you might not believe me but if you are a Christian and you listen – you will hear God talk to you.  This is something that I just started recognizing a few years ago.  I look back and realize God has always told me things but I did not know it was him speaking to me.  I thought it was me thinking these things myself – NO – I am not crazy.

Let me give you an example.  You see a homeless man standing on the street and you look at him and think to yourself – “There is a homeless man.”  That is a thought you put in your own head. If you see a homeless man and you are looking at him and all of a sudden you reach into your pocketbook and think I need to give him money – and you kinda know you don’t really have a lot of money but you are thinking about it so you do it.  That is God talking to you.  Any thought you know you are thinking is you.  Any thought in your mind that you know you did not put there and it just appeared in your head is God talking to you.  Does that make sense?  I sure hope so.  If it does, then maybe you have heard God talking to you and you did not know it.  I know I heard things like this a lot and never realized it was God talking to me until several things happened that could not be denied which he told me and they turned out to be true.  – Another story for later.

So as he said the words – “Do it yourself.”- I decided I would do exactly what he told me to do and start my own real estate company.  This has been a long time dream of mine but the last few years I had kind of just decided it would never happen.  There has been just too much going on in my life that did not seen to be working out.  But on this particular Thursday, I decided if God told me to do it I could not fail.  So I got on the phone and got the ball rolling and in 48 hours I had a company name filed with the Secretary of State, IRS number, Logo, Sign Designs, etc.  It was freaking crazy!  I mean Crazy!  I could not believe how much had happened to get my new company up and running in two days.  By the end of the first week, I had leased an office, had a sign made, got a corporate bank account, and started marketing my new company.  I was shocked – Totally shocked.  I could not believe I had done all of this myself.  It has been like a whirlwind.

For the past month, I have been so excited because I know God has given me a plan and I know in my heart I am going to be great and have the ability to do great things for a lot of people – agents, customers, and clients.  The issue is now that the first month is over and things are supposed to be ramping up, why do I feel they are just standing still?  I joined the Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston so I can interact with other female business owners and I can’t wait to ask them are my feelings normal?  Do you feel like you are on a high and then you just fall flat?  Where do I go from here?  I have interviewed a few potential agents but everyone I have talked to has their own needs such as not really working the business full time, they need tons of training, they want to be in the administrative area and not sell.  I felt a little let down by all of the personal issues I keep hearing.  How do I stay excited and share my message of loving people, helping people, and being someone they can trust because there are so many shady real estate agents in this world – even in my area. Sad to say but true.  I know in my heart how good I am and how much I care.  The past few days I have been feeling like what did I do!  Was this the right thing?  I am trying not to doubt God told me to do this.  To have faith in the purpose God has given me, but I feel no one cares about the purpose.  They just care about the themselves.

I mean money is extremely important.  We need it to live – pay bills, etc.  But life is about helping people – right?  Or at least that is what I believe.  I always seem to give more than I get in the deal.  Or if I get a lot, I have definitely put up with a lot and by the time the property closes it is like getting paid minimum wage.  You definitely have to love what you do no matter what it is.  I need prayers for my business, my life, and anything else you can swing my way.  I always try to do the best I can and be the best person I can be but it gets hard.  Am I wrong for taking another leap of faith and going with what God has told me to do?  OR – was this really a thought in my own head put there by me and now I am confused by thinking it was from God?

My word last year was Patience.  God gave me this word and I held on to it all year.  I kept telling myself I would learn how to be patient and believe me it was hard and it still is hard.  This year in January I asked God for another word and he told me Abundance.  I thought why am I getting this word in my head when I know there will never been abundance of anything in my life – not that I believe.  But that was my word and I accepted it.  I kind of felt I would wait to claim this word because I was very skeptical about how this word would play out.  Then now, he tells me to Do it Yourself and here I am with a new company and thinking what do I do now?  Is this where the word abundance comes in?  Abundance in what Lord?  Money?  Problems? People in my life?  Making my mark to give back to the world in some way?  I have no clue.

What are your thoughts?  I could really use some advice.  Do you or can you relate to hearing God talk to you and how has it worked out for you?  I would love to hear from you.  Prayers appreciated.  You know I came back on my blog today to delete it thinking I don’t have time for it anymore and I just need to stop but was surprised by an increase in followers.  WOW – thank you – someone is reading my words.  I can never guarantee I will have the answer to anything or be witty or funny.  I just write what I write and hope it touches someone’s life or mind.  God Bless – and if you are ever in my area and need a real estate service, I know a really great Realtor.  : )  Thanks for reading my blog and praying for me.

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Not a Decorator? Neither am I!

I love everything about real estate from the new construction process to the decorating process to the closing process.  There are so many fun steps to take when building a new home.  BUT- what if your home is already built or you already live in your home and are thinking about selling or just updating your home? Where do you go to get design inspiration?  If you are like me and not a certified or professionally trained interior decorator, it can be hard to know what to select when making the necessary changes to bring your home up to date.  I am lucky to be in the real estate field because I keep up with what is popular and on trend in the home business.  I also see a lot of what needs to go!  So many people live in their homes their entire life and are still living with green shag carpet.  Seriously – well maybe that is a little bit exaggerated but I have seen it – believe me!

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Do People Really Care About Good Customer Service?

This is a blog post I have thought about for a while.  I will start off by saying I speak totally from my own perspective and am not trying to hint or elude to any one person or company.  This is totally my take on how I feel about customer service.  It has gone to S@#% not only in my industry but all industries in general.

I have been a Realtor for 15 years plus.  I have always pride myself on giving the BEST customer service I can provide.  I have gone out of my way to help my clients and customers from running over to make up a bed before a home showing to getting their grass cut if the house was vacant.  I do have my limits of course but I try to be as helpful as possible because I would want the same done for me.

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Summerville, SC – A Place of Magic

I got dressed this morning to drive up the road (as we call it – 20 miles from my house) to show homes in Summerville, South Carolina.  I love going to this historical place.  I am always determined to find a route to lead me to the downtown area.  If you haven’t driven downtown to see the beauty of the quaint streets and shops, you haven’t been to Summerville!

Glancing out the window trying to multi-task while driving and watching the road as I look for beautiful historical homes to add to my private memory collection, I spot the local Saturday Farmers Market and make a U-turn.  I am parked and ready to explore what all the fuss is about thinking it will be pretty much like the rest of them with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits with a little crafts and homemade home goods on the side.  I have been to Farmers Markets before and I am pretty sure when I first moved to the Charleston Trident Area I came to the Summerville Farmers Market but it has been too long to remember.  I am normally working and in a hurry to my next appointment; so looking as I pass by is the norm for me but it was different today.  I did not hurry.  I did not rush.  I made a conscience decision to stop, be patient, and enjoy the beauty of life.  As I walked the busy streets, I felt like a fly on the wall watching everyone and everything take place right in front of me – from mothers pushing baby carriages, to old men sitting on a brick wall probably discussing politics or all the rain we have been getting, to just the simple sounds of chatter and laughter, and price bargaining.  I discovered the mystery of the magic of Summerville, SC – it is the people.

This revelation came as comfort and a form of acceptance as I walked up to the first booth.  Miles, this young fellow standing behind the Great Harvest Bread Company booth, looked at me with a warming smile.  A simple hello and offer to try a sample of his special Cheddar and Bacon bread or the Cinnamon bread was his first question.  Before he could even finish his sentence, I knew which one I wanted.  Cheddar and Bacon it had to be as who in the South doesn’t like Cheese and Bacon?  We chatted about the Farmers Market and how it starts in April and goes through October to become the Christmas Market from November through December.  I realized the people here are not just vendors but a year round welcoming committee to a wonderful community and they don’t even know it.

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Oyster Point – Mount Pleasant

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Happy Monday.  I spent the afternoon at Oyster Point getting ready for an out of state Buyer to come in tomorrow.  I have sold homes in Oyster Point before but I always like to go by the places I plan to show the day before if I have time.  I am a planner for the most part and it is very important to me to have everything planned out for you before you arrive so I can show you a wonderful day.  So far, this has worked well.  So why am I standing in a new construction kitchen?  I can’t even cook.  I mean I can cook enough to not starve, and I was able to cook even to care for my children when they lived at home.  I guess being single and living alone I just don’t find the need to cook much anymore.  However, I love the way a kitchen looks – super nice!  HA HA – that probably doesn’t even make sense does it?  Well, the kitchen is the heart of the home.  It is where everyone gathers to watch you cook or to talk to you while you are cooking, so why not be in luxury even in the kitchen?  I am standing in a beautiful town home in Oyster Point.  The builder is DR Horton.  I have sold so many of their wonderful homes during my career, and my Buyers have always been very pleased with their purchase.  There are also single family homes in this beautiful neighborhood too if you would rather not have a town home.  And…the amenities are amazing.  Not only do they have a pool which is huge, they have a bocce ball, tennis courts, playground, walking trails and a dock!  Yes, a dock where you can drive your boat up to the dock and pick up your family or guests. This neighborhood is super close to the Isle of Palm Connector which means 5 minutes to the BEACH!  I have posted some beautiful pictures of the neighborhood and two of the models.  If you are ever in my area, please call me.  I would love to show you around!