Those of us who make our living negotiating commercial sale and lease transactions are accustomed to dealing with conflict. We take high financial stakes for granted, and deal daily with people whose decisions have significant consequences for others. Yet despite our training and experience we often let ego and our own laziness get in the way of forward progress.
“Crowdfunding” has been a buzzword among investors and entrepreneurs for several years now, often bringing to mind successful startups, movie projects—and even a potato salad—made possible by online donations from people around the world who believe in an idea. In exchange, these investors often receive a token from the project: a tee-shirt, tickets to a premiere—even a bite of the salad.
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: ours is the best profession in the world! I’ve been in real estate for over 40 years, and closing day euphoria has yet to wane. Yes, the paycheck is a contributor, but seeing the possibility, the opportunity, and the future through a client’s eyes is exhilarating.