Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"All Things Are Difficult Before They Are Easy"

A few weeks ago my life started to change. I was asked to step outside my boundaries and outside of my comfort zone. What happened? I “met” Bryant Tutas- otherwise known as "Broker Bryant" . You may have heard of him- he’s one of the best-known real estate bloggers around. His writing is insightful, direct, witty and often very funny. He’s got quite a following.

Anyway, in the past several months I started to notice Broker Bryant’s comments on my blog posts and others. I noticed we were “simpatico”, of like-mind, on many topics, notably short sales. We exchanged a few emails, and a couple of months ago, Bryant asked me if I was interested in doing a joint venture. Among other things, he wanted to know if I would do a live webinar with him about short sales.

Well, ignorant me, I did not even know what a webinar was! I had to look it up. If you don’t know– a webinar is an “online live educational presentation”. Bryant and I would teach real estate agents about short sales. That idea scared the heck out of me, but how could I say “no”? I love short sales! I love discussing them, analyzing them, doing them and answering questions about them. I welcome calls from agents in my area or around the country looking for information or direction on short sales. I love helping the consumer with short sales. And that is what I do all day. So does Bryant.

But what would we have to offer that would be different? There are a lot of “classes” about short sales. The difference here is that we are both practicing real estate agents who spend 90% of our time listing and selling short sales. And we do them from beginning to end. Bryant and I do all our own negotiating, we don’t refer out to a law firm, title agency, assistant or loss mitigation company. (Not that there is anything wrong with that). We are the ones on the telephone on hold with the negotiators- every day, getting sales closed. We think that our practical experience with the day-to-day workings of short sales can benefit others. We want to share what we've learned in a forum to provide concrete knowledge.

Enough about that. I am still nervous. We’ve never done this before- although Bryant has appeared on other webinars. So forgive us in advance if we goof up a little, or pause or stutter (especially me). What you will get, I promise, if you sign up for our webinar- is practical, usable, comprehensive information on short sales.

The first session of our five-part series is Saturday, June 27 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern. Join us.

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