Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: My First Time Was Many Firsts and Also Many Lasts

My First Time Was Many Firsts and Also Many Lasts

You Always Remember Your First Time.

 

It has been 36 years ago but I remember it like yesterday. I was newly licensed and was in my second week of being in the real estate business. It was a cold day and early winter weather was setting it.  The wind was howling and precipitation was heading our way.

I was snug and warm inside my new real estate office. This was a branch office and only a half dozen agents worked there so floor timFirst sale first housee was going to be plentiful. It was my first time as duty agent. The duty agent answered phones and scheduled appointments for the other agents in the office. I was learning the ropes, how to operate the phone system, figure out the showing roster and how the office setup worked. 

In walks my first walk-ins. They were a newly married couple and luckily I knew how to qualify them and see if they were real buyers or just lookers. I quickly found out they were real buyers and wanted a home close to Ft. Campbell. I checked the inventory sheet and found 2 new homes that were right in their price range. 

Armed with my new city map we headed out to my car. Remember they were newly weds, were holding hands and both wanted to sit in the front seat with me. This was before seat belts so we crowded in to the front seat and off we went to find these 2 new houses. 

Now the problem was I wasn't sure where these houses were located. I had only lived in town for a year and knew major streets but not many side streets. This was a major mistake. New agents need to know their way around town so I was just going to have to fake it. 

With the map as a guide I let my buyers be my navigators and track the route. We took multiple wrong turns but I don't think they really minded. They were on an adventure to buy their first home. They thought they were with a real estate professional and had no idea that I didn't know what I was doing and that I was as lost as they were.

It started to snow. At first it was mostly flurries but then it started to stick. We spotted 2 new homes and figured out they had to be the ones. We had to hurry. These were small starter homes but cute as can be and the buyers eyes lit up. Both were the same price so all they had to do was pick which one they liked better. It took about 10 minutes. 

We headed to the main office which was closer since it was beginning to get dark and the snow was falling faster. They wanted to write it up and didn't even want to sleep on it. I would just have to figure out how to write a contract.

When we got to the office I offered them coffee and got them all situated in one of the conference rooms. In those days the contracts were one page. The sales contracts had a few blanks to fill out and then about an 2 inch blank area to write in about the financing. The buyers were getting a VA loan but I still needed help with knowing how to word it.

 

I went looking for someone to help me write a contract. I stood in the hallway waiting for an agent to walk by. An old timer stopped and asked if she could help me. She gave me the right wording to add to the contract. I went back into the room and started writing. I again came to a blank I had no idea what to write in it.


It turned out I had to leave the room 2 more times before it was complete and they had signed the offer. I blamed it on having to go to the bathroom. The truth was I really did need to go because all this uncertainty was scaring me to death and making me nauseous.

The good news is it turned out okay and the snow stopped so I could take them back across town to get their car. This became my first sale. The bad news was that I was not prepared in any way. I didn't know my way around town. I didn't know the new streets. I didn't know the inventory. I didn't know how to write a contract. I promised myself that I would never be in that situation ever again and I would be prepared next time. 
 

My first floor duty produced my first walk-ins that became my first buyers and my first sale and my first VA contract. The closing was about 45 days later. This taught me many lessons but the most important lesson was to anticipate the unknown and get ready and  prepared. I practiced writing contracts and learned the streets and subdivisions in my town.

The newly weds never knew they were my first buyers and first sale. Three years later I was a much better agent and able to help them sell their house when they got orders to leave for their next duty station. It sold in just a few weeks. The house looked much like the house in the photo above. Not too big, but just right. 

 

My First Time Was Many Firsts and Also Many Lasts.

 

This is my entry in Patricia Kennedy's Your First Time- The Real Estate Edition.

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Comment balloon 32 commentsDebbie Reynolds • October 30 2016 05:48PM

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Such sweet memories when we look back at business and life. Thank God we seem to remember the good better than the bad Debbie Reynolds.

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) almost 2 years ago

That must be a defense mechanism in the brain, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington. Hope you have a great week.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

Debbie, My first buyers did not know either.  They thought I had been in real estate for many years.  My short fall was spending waaaayyy too much time learning how to write a contract and not getting out and finding clients. It all works out in the end. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 2 years ago

That is a cute little house. My first sale did not go through as the x-husband would go out and berate and cuss the buyers that came to see the house.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) almost 2 years ago

It took way longer getting to the houses than looking at them. Writing the contract took the most time, Kathleen Daniels.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

Hi Sussie Sutton. I would love to read about that story.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

Debbie

Your day turned into a successful Day.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 2 years ago

What a wonderful story Debbie, it is great that you had someone to help you!

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) almost 2 years ago

Debbie- we all have to start somewhere, but you're right.  It's so important to anticipate, practice and get to know the area!  I know you went on to write many more contracts and sell many more homes.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 2 years ago

You persevered and most importantly, got the job done for them.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) almost 2 years ago

What an interesting story, Debbie.  I think you learned your lesson well.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 2 years ago

Congratulations on that first sale Thank you for sharing the story. 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 2 years ago

Thank you very much, Debbie, for sharing your memories of your first real estate sale.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

Debbie, I'm sure it was stressful at the time but, you made it through. Your buyers knew they could trust you and I think that matters the most. I enjoyed reading about your first time!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) almost 2 years ago

Hi Debbie -- well, opportunity knocked and you were there to answer.   It may not have been as seamless as your last transaction but your first was certainly memorable.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 2 years ago

Hi Debbie - Great story. I've pretty much repressed any memories of writing that first contract, but it wasn't much different than yours, except I needed a lot more than a couple of assists.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 2 years ago

I love your story, Debbie. My first buyers never knew they were my first, either. I finally told them a few years later. They were blown away by that information. They had no idea. I guess I faked it pretty well. 

I know about knowing the streets. All those years ago, you didn't have google maps and GPS to help you out. LOL. I can really relate. In my area google maps still can get you very lost. You really have to know all the small streets and lands and country roads. Google hasn't indexed all of this yet. 

My first contract took me well over three hours to write. 

I can so relate to your story on so many levels. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 2 years ago

Hi, Debbie, and thank you for participating in the October challenge.  It was fun to read yours!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

Great title Debbie and great entry to Patricia Kennedy 's contest.  We all gotta start somewhere and look how you always seem to move quickly towards the finish line with every transaction!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) almost 2 years ago

That is my goal every time, Joanna Cohlan. I had a little luck on that one.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

Thanks for hosting Pat. It was a lot of good reading.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

My showing took ten minutes the rest took hours, Debbie Laity.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

I was pretty sure I had done it all wrong but luckily it sailed right through, Dick Greenberg.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

I guess I will always remember that one Michael Jacobs. I persevered.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

I did want to help them and think they sensed that, Amanda S. Davidson.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

I appreciate your comments, Roy Kelley. Have a good rest of the week.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

It was a small commission but I was so excited, Gita Bantwal.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

This contest was fun and allowed us to share those deep memories, Gabe Sanders.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

I did so much practice after that. I never wanted to be in that uncomfortable position again, Kathy Streib.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

I knew I had a real buyer and was determined to finish it up, Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Agent Sells Homes San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

That is one reason I have been willing to help new agents in the business, Sybil Campbell.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

Thank you for your remarks, Lou Ludwig.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

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