Talk to me about anything but real estate at holiday parties

Broker Notebook

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

I was never a fan of holiday parties. But in general, I liked them better before I became a real estate agent. Now, instead of enjoying the party, I often find myself talking shop. People ask me how much their home is worth, and expect an answer on the spot. They don't bother to mention that their cousin Wally already has it on the market, and that they are actually looking for validation or a second opinion. People who haven't seen me in a while ask me if I'm still "doing" real estate. What does that even mean? I'd rather be asked if I am still a Real-it-ter. Sometimes people will ask me about specific home improvements. wanting to know exactly how much value they will add to the home. Which type of countertop will get them the best return on the dollar? Should they paint the dining room beige or brown? What about windows? People ask me if I know of any good deals. They say they might be looking to buy -- but only if they can find a bargain and the deal of a lifetime. C...