Don’t sign eviction papers just because a deputy asks you to! Candy Owens, a REALTOR® in Chapel Hill, was showing a home when a deputy and an official came to the door and tried serving her eviction papers – despite the fact that she wasn’t the right person to be asking. Listen in to learn how Candy finally convinced them that she – and her clients – weren’t the homeowners, and learn why it’s so important for REALTORS® to know what’s going on in local politics.
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Time Stamped Show Notes:
- 00:50 – Introducing Candy, a REALTOR® with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices York Simpson Underwood Realty whose office is in Chapel Hill; she’s been in the business for 10 years
- 01:45 – For the first two years she worked part-time and helped other professionals to learn the business; she still has an ongoing mentor
- 04:30 – The reality in Chapel Hill
- 04:44 – There’s not much land left for development; there’s an aging inventory and new construction is south in Chatham County
- 05:30 – The regulatory environment has impacted new construction and is the biggest obstacle
- 06:25 – Buyers and sellers don’t understand the macro-picture
- 06:42 – Schools, infrastructure, and roads have to be considered before new housing can be built
- 06:50 – Realtors must understand how local elected official decision-making affects families and the real estate market
- 10:00 – Candy’s CSIRE story
- 10:05 – She was showing a couple a house in Hillsborough; they met the husband at the house at lunchtime
- 10:40 – The doorbell rang while they were inside; Candy went to answer the door while the couple went to the backyard
- 11:00 – At the door there was a deputy and a nicely-dressed woman with a clipboard; they tried serving her eviction papers
- 12:03 – She explained that she was a REALTOR® but the lady didn’t believe her; she then tried to serve the papers to her clients
- 13:00 – They called Candy’s office, the husband’s office, and checked ID’s; she called the listing agent afterwards to let them know that the owners were getting evicted
3 Key Points
- It’s important to have a coach/mentor.
- Realtors need to be up-to-date on local politics.
- Don’t sign eviction papers just because a deputy asks you to!