This was a major shift in the way I saw the world. I saw to it that no matter what I did in life, my fundamental grounding would be of love and compassion. It’s one of my most vivid memories as a child, watching my father help a small bird entangled by a thread in a shrub outside of my aunt’s home.
It was bitter cold that day, and my unrelenting thoughts of getting back into the warmth was all that concerned me. Filled with impatience, I waited for my father to let the bird free, and upon seeing my hastiness, he turned to me and uttered the following message, one that would forever resonate with my heart: “Getting what you want in life is a result of what you do for others.”
A Grand Introduction
Though my father exposed me to many things growing up, the world of real estate was one that just clicked. It began with working as a receptionist for his real estate brokerage. From the age of 16, I had fallen in love with the idea of helping people find and create a stable foundation, whether it was finding a new family a starter home with all the necessities, or finding that cozy bungalow for a retiring couple that wishes to downsize. Being in a position to assist people in my community with life altering decisions, and for many one of their largest investments, meant connecting with others and providing value that lasts a lifetime.
As the years passed, I created various opportunities for myself to grow within the real estate sector, while keeping a pulse on what I knew mattered the most for myself and for the future of real estate: sustainable and compassionate living. This passion for integrating life at home with nature was one that seemed to have no limitations in creativity, yet was all too inevitable, based on the so-called “traditional” lifestyle of America, Canada and other consumer-driven economies.
The REALTORS® Role is Changing
The industrial age is over, and progress is no longer centered around safety and convenience, but around a deeper sense of progress that reverts back to the fundamental laws of nature. In times such as now, a realtor, in my eyes, must go further than the traditional obligation of location awareness and document drafting, and strive to become informed in various aspects of environmental awareness and integration. Such opportunities range from forming partnerships with complementary professionals, to seeking out passive homes or LEED certified homes, to education in home toxicity.
A true professional in real estate should represent the relationship between humanity and the natural environment. They should feel obligated to look for ways to not only benefit their clients’ and partners’ pocketbooks, but to help create a healthy lifestyle, starting from the home.
In the 21st century, a REALTOR® representing you should at least:
- Be educated on alternative housing methods
- Develop a resource list of various local professionals engaged in environmental integration and conservation
- Lead by example, giving back to and uniting with the community
In essence, a real estate representative should no longer work to maintain the status quo. He or she should develop and create new opportunities for home owners, renters, and businesses alike to begin to blossom in an environment that promotes a healthier way of living. There are plenty of alternative solutions, grants and incentives available when pursuing a structure that benefits many in more ways than one.
So the next time you’re looking for someone to help you with that next big chapter of your life, consider an agent who considers your health!