As I mentioned in the post about 2008 Chicago Suburbs Real Estate market predictions, I had my best year ever in 2007. For years I've been toying with the idea of hiring an assistant to help me with day-to-day chores and paperwork. However, I have a bad time delegating.
I wasn't sure how to work it out as I work mainly from my home office. Do I hire someone to work at their home or would they go into my Orland Park office? There were so many decisions.
I have asked two of my children to work for me but they never committed to it. Finally, I got my 24 year old son Matt to be my unlicensed assistant. He's working mainly on mailings right now and hopefully he'll help with appointments and more.
The funny thing is, I was 8 1/2 months pregnant with Matt when I took my real estate license exam back in 1983. I was so uncomfortable because he was kicking like crazy. Plus, the chairs we had to sit in were the one's where the little writing desk is attached and I barely fit. I was so flustered I wasn't sure if I passed, but I did. I can always tell how many years I've been in real estate because Matt was born shortly after I got my license. It's only fitting that he join me in the biz.
He will also be our real estate photographer as he purchased a new DSLR camera and has studied on how to take real estate photographs. I have showed him how to take multiple photos of each room and where to stand, etc. He has learned how to set his camera and has purchased special lenses and flashes. I believe that real estate photos are one of the most important things to market a home for sale.
He also works as a roadie for my REALTOR husband's band, The New Invaders. He's keeping it in the family! We all are!