Yesterday…

I had the honor of assisting 2 families that are clients of another agent while she was on vacation with her family…both nearly brought me to tears (y’all know I am a crier!)!

First was a lovely couple, married 22 years and buying their FIRST home! They were so gracious and kind and THANKFUL to be buying their home…despite all the challanges we sometimes go through in our business, they reminded me that THIS is why I do what I do…

Second, a young family, married 10 years with 2 young children who had been talking about building their dream home since before their first child was born and he is 4! They are on sabatical in another state and made a special trip to Indy to meet with the builder to secure their lot. They have been afraid to pull the trigger on the build and signing the papers. This appoint turned into a very emotional 2 1/2 hour discussion that ultimately came back to their WHY…sometimes we get frozen in indecision and have to be gently reminded WHY this is the right thing to do for our family, our lives…and again WHY I do what I do…

These are not my clients…however, because I surround myself with the best Realtors in the business, I learn something everyday. I am GRATEFUL and BLESSED to be reminded that I have the BEST career and truly have the opportunity to assist people with Turning their Dreams into an Address…

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September is…OVER????

How is it possible? Time seems to fly by, it’s amazing how quickly days turn into months and months into years and before we know it…Christmas and New Years is here again! So before we get through October, let’s talk about some of the area thing going on this month!

October 3 – 6 – Harvest Festival at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields Join us for the inaugural Harvest at Newfields … click link for more details!

October 5 – Indy Pet Parade and Fall Festival The event is a celebration of our favorite four-legged pals that features a parade through Fletcher Place neighborhood…click the link for all the details!

October 12 – Indianapolis Sky Lantern Festival By Light The Night – We’re bringing our Sky Lantern Festival to the Indianapolis area October 12th…

The list goes on and on, I simply googled October Events in Indy (click here for details!)

What I really wanted to promote is the Irvington Halloween Festival! Saturday October 26 is the culmination of a month of events…click the link for all the details! If you are a client (past, present or future) watch for details of a special party just for you at my home…remember, I live in the heart of Irvington and the middle of all the festival!

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Mission Vision…VALUES! Part 3

My real estate business is a reflection of who I am and my team members are also required to follow this statement. With that being said, our Value statement is to Build relationships, problem solve, negotiate, focus on solutions and never settle.  We seek to understand our clients needs and make sure they buy the right home.  We always choose to do the best thing, operate professionally and communicate clearly with and for our clients.

Why should any business have a Value statement? It helps our clients/customers know who they are working with and why we do what we do. Let’s take a look at a few for the companies we all use:

Amazon – “to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online.

Walmart – “Be THE destination for customers to save money, no matter how they want to shop.” 

Keller Williams – “To be the real estate company of choice for agents and their customers.”

So are you willing to have a value statement for your life? Your business?

Mission, Vision, Values…Part 2

So we covered my Mission for my real estate business…let’s talk about my vision!

Vision:
To work as a team that consistently creates relationships that turn the home buying and selling process into an amazing experience and allows our clients to achieve all their goals and dreams.

Okay, that’s a mouthful! In May, my fellow agent Jerri Mittman joined my team and what a blessing! I have been able to take a vacation without stress! Her ideas and thoughts about this business and her best practices will continue to make me a better agent!

Why should a Realtor have a Vision? Why should any business owner? A Vision Statement tells you where your business is headed and what your clients can expect from you and those you recommend…so who do you know that we can creating an amazing home buying or selling experience for?

So…do you like your parents?

I am very blessed, I have great parents who are supportive of all that I do, however, I have always spent more time with Mom than Dad – she, my sister Gina and I have traveled together fairly regularly and Dad stays home with the dog. To celebrate Dad’s 80th birthday (he is a very young 80!) I asked him if we could go on a trip together and where he would like to go…we just returned from a road trip through Missouri and Arkansas!

Being able to spend one on one time with him was amazing! We talked about Family history – really straightened me out on a couple of relational lines I had mixed up!

The point of all this is what an amazing opportunity to connect with the man who is part of the an amazing duo who has raised 3 daughters and are an integral part of 5 grandaughters lives and now have 3 great grandaughters and 1 great grandson. Thanks Dad for an amazing trip!

Mission Vision Values…WHAT?

What is your mission? Great question right??? I have been a licensed Realtor for 9 years, been with Keller Williams for 7. When I left my full time corporate position 8 years ago I was woefully unprepared for what being a full time Realtor actually meant! I knew I needed a change…so I decided to get my license and just jump in! Keller Williams, specifically the KW Metro North East office and their leadership has provided the home I didn’t know I needed and the structure and balance to help me make my life work.

One of the recurring themes for small business owners which is what Realtors are, is “Why”…why what you may ask, the full question is Why do you do what you do? I struggle with this and have come to the conclusion with the help of my coach, a “why” can be fluid and change over time…that took some pressure off! I truly am not certain why I do this crazy job, just that I love it!

Our office has such great leadership and they are always encouraging and supporting us to identify and reach OUR goals…you got that right? MY goals, not theirs!

I finally got a few things down on paper and they feel like who I am and who my team is becoming…as a teaser, here is our Mission Statement: Our mission is to inspire a positive, lasting impact by turning the dream of home ownership into an address.

Tune in next week for our Value Statement!

A day in the life…

So Friday was a little insane! Many think the life of a real estate agent is showing homes and collecting a big check…I thought you might enjoy hearing about how crazy our days get sometimes!

Friday was closing day for a wonderful young couple for whom I sold their first home earlier this year and they built their “forever” home. We had final walk through at 9:45 and closing at 10:30 in Franklin (45 minute drive south of my home thanks to traffic), from there I went to my office… on the NORTH side of Indy to turn in paperwork and thanks to traffic, another 50 minutes of windshield time!  While on my way to the office, I received the Seller’s inspection response for a listing and a call for a listing appointment on Saturday and please oh please could I work them in…OF COURSE I could!  Great option for a buyer hit the market, can we see it today…OF COURSE we can!  Get to the office and prepare the inspection response, send off to the seller to sign, then send to the Buyer’s agent, pull reports and prepare my listing presentation for Saturday, schedule the showing for my buyer, then meet the movers for clients at 3:00 in the Fountain Square area,then as I start to head to the WEST SIDE to show my buyer the house, Buyer had driven by the house and decided she didn’t like the area so I was able to cancel, however in the mean time I am also working on inspection issues for 2 other listings, talking to vendors and agents, lenders and title companies,  I was fortunate to be headed to a friends on the West side to go to a play in Greencastle.  Finally got home around midnight I think!

Long day…totally worth it!  I love what I do and the insane days are fun to me!  Who do you know that I can help buy, sell or invest in Real Estate…I’m here for you!

Vicki