A couple of weeks ago when I was walking an upcoming Open House, I was talking to my friend about our “glamour shot” pictures that are on our business cards. We were discussing if people always expect us to look like we do in our pictures. I will admit that my business cards do show a very good side of me which of course is what I want people to see. Let me tell you it took some work to get my hair just perfect and I caked on plenty of make-up on and baked it to its fullest to keep it from sweating off since it was hot when I did the photo shoot.
This next part of the story totally felt like I was living Anjelah Johnson’s “Nail Salon” comedy routine.
One of the few times a month that I get to myself is when I find enough time to go get my nails done. This week I decided to go back to this new place I found. Every time I have been there it has been an enjoyable experience and the free drinks always put a smile on my face. They have a new nail tech who was friendly and immediately asked me what type of manicure I wanted. I told her I had already picked out a gel nail color. She responded with “Why don’t you get the dip? Its better for you nails and makes them look good and long. You try, you try. You don’t like it you don’t get it again.” I was like sure why not, whats the worse that could happen, right? Well the worse that could happen is that I didn’t like them. She did a good job but they feel so heavy but that’s not the point of this story though.
While she did my nails we discussed my current relationship status as well as being a Realtor. She then lets me know that she is selling her house and asked if I could teach her how to sell her home. Well..umm…NO. Not because I didn’t want to but because there is more to being a Realtor than showing homes and getting paid. I recommended that if she really wanted to sell it herself that it was best to contact an attorney for assistance.
Realtor Note: Based on a study done, most For Sales By Owner under price their homes. Consulting a Realtor and paying the fees would have still profit them more. See Article.
When we both went outside, I gave her my business card and the first thing she said was, “Is this you?” pointing to the picture on the business card. I responded with a smile and a yes. She points again to the picture and says, “She is pretty!” I smiled again and said, “Well yes, I did my make-up and pulled my hair up. In the picture I’m also wearing jewelry which I’m not this morning.” I smiled again.
She starts nodding her head and made one last statement….. “Yes, you do need make-up and hair to look this pretty. Pretty like the picture.” I smiled one more time and told her, “Well give me a call if you want me to sell your home, good day!”
As I drove off I messaged my friend, “Yes, clients always expect you to look like your picture.”
At a different point in my life I would have been upset but not this time. Shocked yes but not upset. I don’t always look like my picture because some times I’m sleep deprived as I’m sure some of you can relate. First impressions are important but so is getting my kids up, fed and sent off to school.
PS – If you are looking to move or relocating to the Dallas Area, let me help you find your new home. I promise to make your experience a wonderful one and I will entertain you with all of my stories. 😊
Karen Guzman with JP and Associates REALTORS