5 Similarities Between Musicians and Realtors
What does music and real estate have in common? I’m glad you asked. There are so many skills both must possess to be successful. Here are just 5 similarities between musicians and Realtors:
Performing musicians have to listen. If we don’t listen to each other, we’re out of sync, out of tune, and it is not cohesive at all. If we listen, we blend, we sound great and everyone feels good about the result. As a Realtor, I have to listen. I listen to my client first and foremost but I also have to listen to the opposite agent, feedback on showings, vendors, and the market.
- Be ready!
In live music, anything can happen. Batteries go dead, power goes out, people forget songs, I’ve even had my pants split in two on stage (I’m not easily embarrassed anymore). In real estate, anything can happen and it’s always an adventure. Deals can go sideways at any given moment. Inspection reports can come back less favorable than expected, Buyers can lose a job, 15 Buyers can compete for the same house, and Sellers can be delayed due to health issues.
- Be flexible.
As in the example above, anything can happen and we have to be flexible. Singers and guitarists may need to do a few acoustic tunes while the PA is getting fixed. The crowd may clearly not be liking the set original songs a band has chosen and a quick change of set list is required to keep the audience engaged. A Realtor has to be flexible and constantly have a Plan B ready to go in case Plan A doesn’t work out so well, all while having a great attitude.
- Every song is not everyone’s favorite. Don’t take it personally.
Just because you LOVE “Jessie’s Girl” doesn’t mean the crowd wants to hear it. Likewise, even if the last song was a flop, it doesn’t mean the night is a bust. The next song may bring everyone to their feet and the party may go on until the wee hours with only the occasional lull. A musician hears “no” way more than they hear, “yes.” They have to develop thick skin to survive in the business. When buying or selling, we must remember that not every house is going to fit the needs of every buyer. If you’re selling, feature what you appreciate most about your home, chances are someone else will too. Don’t get your feelings hurt when they talk about your home negatively. Also, listen to your Realtor if they suggest making a change to help sell. It’s not personal, it’s the business and psychology of real estate with the objective to sell. And if buying, don’t get discouraged if you don’t find your dream home the first time out. Your Realtor will guide you to have realistic expectations and from there, you may just need to have some patience.
- Work together.
If musicians don’t work together, it sounds awful. Iconic bands have broken up because of ego, pride, and members being hard to get along with. In real estate, both sides, ultimately, want the same thing – to get to the closing table. Yes, one side wants to make the most money and the other wants to spend the least, but if both parties can work together and check their ego, chances are, the mission will be accomplished and both will be happy in the end.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.