Tattoos, ties vs. perception and authenticity

What you do for a living? Most common asked question after ‘Where are you from’? you see,  I still have an accent after 30 years living in Canada.

The way I answer the first question is with a story. I make real estate dreams come reality in real estate consultant capacity. There is a young couple living in an apt renting and noticed houses prices where dropping. They got the advice from me to move farther from the city on a larger lot in 3 bedrooms detached home and mortgage are smaller than rent payments.  These are the stories which are NOT told in the media but, I am happy to be part of this young couple story.

This answer the perception item in the subject line which most people read these days in the world of info overflow. PLEASE take a minute and read to understand this article.

I do not have a tattoo nor I have issue with people who have tattoos. I think it’s kind of cool to have one but, this goes back to perception of what is acceptable by our society and perception of people with tattoes. I know few friends with tattoos and they are the most authentic people not fake ( we all know someone) who smile on your face and turn around and bash you.

The same applies to real estate professionals. The industry is built on preface that agent works for self- interest however, I could tell you that professional agents have in their heart to help client and not fee motivated. It is hard to change that general perception perhaps due to few bad apples in the industry but, I for one and other agents are in to help people realize their real estate family dreams and goals.  

How about people wearing ties? I am sure it started that way for many people. If you are who you are you do what you say that’s all it matters to build credibility with a client or a friend. Why does one feel the need to dress up everyday? Does it make someone more professional if wearing suit and tie OR change it who they are?  Who do you try to impress? It’s all about perception but in the end is the trust and relationship that counts.

I like to say what should be said. The more mature I get the happier I am of what I see in the mirrow daily. What you see is what you get with me; take it or leave it. I am not here to impress anyone nor I want relationship with people or clients who do not have anything in common and see no value in what I could do for them and their family in short and long term.

 With social media is the same thing; we are all there to impress someone else. Why? On social media people post the ‘front of the store’ but, how about ‘the back of the store’.

Therefore, need to be authentic in order to build a strong personal and business relationship. Do not judge anyone in any way or by  their tattoos or how I dress but, how they behave. I do not fake who I am and my guard is always down therefore, I am who I am, do not pretend of who I am because we only live once. If you like what you read then you are my type of client. The beauty of being  self- employed is that I choose whom I want to work with and hope this inspire you to pick up the phone and get together for a coffee.

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