So You Think Equestrian (Or Real Estate) Is Easy?
Some people seem to think that being an equestrian, or horse person, are easy. After all, we just sit on the horse while the horse does all the work.
Yes, we sit on the horse, but we do so much more. First of all, how many work with a 1200 pound partner without controlling them. (Our partners know they can push us around if they want to.) Yet, they are willing to work with us as a team. No controlling at all.
Next, we continually risk our lives working with the horses. Riding horses is a high risk sport. Many things can happen, such as a fall of horse and/or rider, a kick or bite from an unhappy horse, or any other various things.
Each time we are around horses or work with horses, we take a risk of getting injured or seriously hurt . . . . or worse.
This also had me thinking how similar this is to being a real estate professional. We do more than just put signs in the yard, put the listing in the Multi-list and show properties. There is so much more to it. Real estate professionals wear many different hats and take risks, also. There is so much more that they do that few may notice.
Yes, real estate professionals list houses and properties for sale, placing them on the local multi-list, as well as placing signs in the yard. They also list the properties in varioius websites on the internet, market to neighborhoods, other agents, take many photos and possibly even videos of the property, market the property a different networking events, sending out "Just Listed" postcards, media, and even more.
Yes, the agents show properties for Buyers, They also hold open houses, broker tours, search for properties that fit the Buyer's criteria, research information on properties, Upon walking through the buildings and property, they do a visual inspection for any signs for red flags that the client should be aware of. The help by holding their client's hand through the process to limit the amount of stress the Buyer/Seller go through. It is their job to make sure that the T's are crossed and the I's are dotted, paying attention to every detail.
The real estate professional also negotiates for their client, looking out for their client's best interests. The professional also takes risks meeting strangers, not knowing who the person is like. It can be a dangerous job.
There is so much more that the real estate professional does to ensure their client goes through a positive experience throughout the transactions.
So, as you can see, being an equestrian, or a real estate professional, is not as easy as it seems.
Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR® (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania. She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.
Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR
Pennsylvania License #RS297130
Rural and Horse Properties and Farms
Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.
The Premier Equine and Country Real Estate firm serving Eastern Pennsylvania from back yard operations to world class equestrian facilities.
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