Martina's Corner: If you love what you do for a living, it’s not really work.
If you love what you do for a living, it’s not really work. How many times have you heard this saying?
Real Estate has always been a work of love to me rather than a job. Close to 25 years of helping people attain their dreams brings me great joy.
This year I feel has been the busiest year ever, with so many homes needing a make-over before we put them on the market.
Having an owner place his or her complete trust in me to make the right decisions on repairs, improvements, paint color, type of flooring etc. is something I don’t take lightly.
And to see the joy and pride on their faces when they see the end results warms my heart, to say the very least. Very often there is a little regret on the part of our clients. We often hear, "Why didn’t we do this years ago?" referring to how the home looks when our work is complete.
Often times we list a home where the owners are elderly and do not have the wherewithal or the interest to keep up with maintenance and current trends in home décor. In other cases, the parents are deceased, leaving adult children, who are busy with their own lives, to sell the family home.
They hand the project over to us with complete faith that we will create a warm and inviting environment, ready for a new family to enjoy for years to come. Every detail is considered – orientation of the home for paint color, style of furniture to compliment the architecture of the home, every candle and pillow is carefully placed on the furniture we have brought into the home.
Only then is the home ready to be photographed by a professional photographer, and shown to the world through the Multiple Listing Services and every Social Media avenue available!
We have built a wonderful team of workers over the years who are honest, hardworking folks. From the handyman to the cleaning crew, and everyone in between, we couldn’t do the work we do without their commitment to every job.
Given that I have always loved design and studied it in Ireland and at Fullerton College, the ‘marriage’ between real estate and my design skills is a perfect one.
Long may we continue to transform homes for trusting clients. I have one friend who says we should have our own TV show, but I would rather just focus on our wonderful clients and do a great job every time the phone rings and we are asked to "come list our home."
Until the next time,
- Realtor Redux: New carpets and interior paint create amazing transformation back at the California ranch house
- Realtor Redux: Owner impressed, proud of major transformation at amenity-rich La Habra home
- Bobbett & Associates: All spruced up after strategic improvements make best use of seller’s budget
- A golden outcome: Key home improvements in short time span yield multiple offers, happy seller