The question came from one of our current sellers, “Connor, I think that you having been LAPD and still a reserve office with them would mean a lot when people are looking for a real estate agent.” I told “Jim”, thanks for the comment and explained that he may be onto something.
We do talk about our backgrounds. Face it, there are not a lot of Police Officers turned Realtors. In fact, there are almost none that quit after 17 years of full time service, abandoned a pension and jumped into Real Estate with both feet. I have not looked back. However, my decision to quit and my current success is a true sign, for me, that there is a GOD!
I look back frequently when I am working as a Reserve Officer at Davis Training Facility in the firearms/tactics section. I talk with those that I knew before I severed my full time service. It’s hard for them to believe it as well. Especially because I quit when the market was falling hand over fist into the “economical abyss”. That was 2007. Although I have been licensed since 1998, and although Paris was the full time end of our business since 1999, it still perplexes most.
I am fond of saying, I did not quit a secure job with the LAPD to fail in the real estate business. That is why we have built out business around facts and “giving first”. I don’t like to be lied to. I hate it when someone tries to put something over on me. I figured those that are contemplating selling or buying something that takes 30 years to pay off, hates to be BS’d also.
That is what made our business model such a good fit for most. A lot of our clients come from the Major Law Enforcement departments in Southern California. We have wonderful clients from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP). I speak their lingo as does Paris. You could say our Santa Clarita real estate business was founded on the Real Estate needs of the men and women that protect and serve.
In a business where honesty is not a common trait. Where someone may be tempted to undersell or oversell a client. We are not about that. Now, before you cringe – Most agents are not about those “underhanded” things either. Most are for their clients. They realized, during their first few years that they were in real estate, if they were going to keep a client, they had to do the right thing.
However, just like there are bad apples in law enforcement – they also exist in Real Estate. Those few bad apples spoil the bunch.
Get good advice, make sure you are dealing with a professional that is about their client and not about their wallet or pocketbook. Talk with you soon and check out our Santa Clarita real estate website at Paris911 dot com.