- Episode 28 -
As millions braced for a record-breaking winter storm to hit the Northeast this week, I had to stop and wonder what it would be like to be an agent in different parts of the country – and world for that matter!
While each area has its pros and cons, I have to admit I have the utmost respect for agents who bundle up, put on coats and boots, and trek through snowdrifts to show properties. In fact, as the Weather Channel was making their predictions and telling everyone to “hunker down” and ride out the storm, I was communicating with an agent in Long Island, who was taking care of a referral for me. She had just come from showing the buyer homes on Monday prior to the storm intensifying. There were three in the same subdivision, and she told me they parked the 4-wheel drive and walked about a mile between the homes before the buyer made a decision on one.
Taking shelter as advised and staying off the streets that night, she wrote up the contract and got it accepted the next morning amidst the snow falling and wind howling. When I checked in with her this morning to see how she weathered the storm, she was out with clients doing an inspection.
I am used to wearing my capri pants, sandals, no coat or gloves, and carrying on occasion an umbrella for a spur of the moment rain shower that seems to grace our presence during each summer day. And when we do luck out and get a snap of cool weather during the winter months, we are always complaining that it’s too cold to show property as we throw on the sweater and head out in to bear the 50 degree temperatures.
Crazy, right? But true – and after talking with my pal in Long Island, I realized I have nothing to complain about any more.
But it really got me thinking – how do others fare when it comes to the weather? What do agents do in the Midwest when the sirens sound for a sudden tornado in the area? Or those showing property in the dessert when a dust storm arises? What about the famous black ice in and around DC, or the raging fires in California that shifts to a location that might be on your route to show that day.
All of these are natural disasters that, believe it or not, can put an agent in harm’s way. Of course it’s always good to know the forecast and plan accordingly, but most of these spark up out of nowhere and can catch an agent off guard, not to mention their clients.
I know when we are in the “Cone of Uncertainty,” which is our technical term for a hurricane coming towards us, everything in real estate comes to a screeching halt. All closings are postponed and no insurance policies can be issued.
Is that the same in other parts of the country and world?
I would welcome comments from other agents to find out what they do in the event one of these circumstances comes to be while they are trying to get a home sold.
While agents can be “forces to be reckoned with” so is Mother Nature. Make sure you check with her before heading out on your next showing.
Kay Conageski is a professional Realtor® with The Keyes Company based in Plantation, Florida. Check out her RESAAS profile ›