By Gary S. Mueller, Mueller & Associates, LTD
Just when I thought a level of normalcy was returning with restaurants opening, businesses opening, and professional sports starting up again---a new wave of virus may disrupt the attempt to get everything back on track. During all of this, the real estate industry, SOMEHOW, has managed to persevere and to continue to place qualified buyers into homes sold by willing sellers. Kudos to all within our industry for all the efforts to keep participants safe and healthy. I truly look forward to the day when we will once again be able to have agents and lender reps sitting at the closing table. I miss the banter and sharing of stories while we wait for a funding number.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank all who worked to keep our industry moving forward. At the membership breakfast, our President-elect Eddie Ruettiger reminded us of all the work of RPAC and the efforts made to protect what the industry has but to also provide additional assistance to membership. If you have an opportunity and the ability, please consider supporting RPAC. I believe the investment is well worth it----as RPAC continues to be a strong voice for all REALTORS®.
What I have been witnessing is a strong seller’s market. Our office has been blessed to continue with a strong and constant influx of contracts. We truly appreciate the referrals from agents and from past clients. Though each file has additional challenges, it seems that the parties to the transactions appear more focused on the true and genuine issues of any deal. I have not witnessed as many “problem” files where parties fight, for example, over inspection issues. Parties appear to be more interested in getting deals closed than in the more recent past.
I wish all of you continued success. Keep working hard on your business plans. Keep working hard to advocate for your clients. Stay informed, updated, and relevant. If business is slower for you, take this time to re-evaluate what you are doing and how you are working. All of us have worked through difficult times and survived. I am confident this will be no different.
Take care. Stay safe and healthy. Thank you for allowing me to share in our industry. We are all truly blessed!