Write an email, jump on a conference call, post on social media, engage with friends and family, schedule meetings, go to a networking event - repeat 50x daily, for the rest of your career… or until you burn out.
As real estate agents, the seminars, courses, and networking events we go to all consist of the same message regarding suggestions on how we should spend our time in order to become top producers in the industry. This message is meant to be empowering, motivating, and to fuel the fire that ignites our career in the wonderful world of real estate. It certainly does help to hear other top producers’ stories and experiences, but what happens when you find yourself in the daily grind and all of sudden you feel like you’re stuck in a hamster wheel?
Engaging, planning, scheduling, interacting, and trying to figure out how to do MORE - how to get more time, how to get more clients, how to make more money, how to reach more people, how to have more fun, so on and so forth. This is the world we are living in. You either find a way to balance the chaos - or you find that living in a stressed state is your new normal. It seems that most of us are functioning under the latter.
Real Estate is widely known to be one of the higher stress occupations, yet we don’t talk about how to manage that stress during the process of building and maintaining a career as a real estate agent. I’m not an expert in the wellness industry, however, I am determined to bring awareness to the importance of physical, emotional, and mental well-being while building a real estate business. I have spent 6 and a half years in this industry and have watched newbie agents struggle to find work/life balance only to either give up entirely or work 24/7 - headed straight for a burn out. Either way, they are dubbed as not fit to be a real estate agent. I have seen top producers almost leave the industry after working night and day to build the thriving business all the newbie agents want. And I, myself, have hit a burn out phase that made me question what it is about the industry that I truly love.
Upon this burn out, an epiphany arose. I realized that aside from loving architecture, being involved in my community, and being an entrepreneur, I really love helping people find or build their best lives. Whether that has been by way of helping a young couple find a home to start their family in or consult with a new agent about how to build and manage their new career as a real estate agent. The essence of what I love in this industry is helping people.
On November 30th, I am hosting a summit for women in the real estate industry - don’t worry guys, your turn will come. This event will highlight ways to renew, rebuild, and restore your work/life balance so that you can live a less stressful life, and in turn, continue building a business and career that keeps you fulfilled. Stay tuned for more details and don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE to go Beyond the Sale with me on November 30th.
Beyond the Sale was created by Brittany Wrenn. This started as a blog almost two years ago as a way for Brittany to continue to offer additional education, support, and guidance to any and all that have an interest in real estate and building a lifestyle they'll love. The platform allowed her to continue to reach her clients and new agents with valuable information. This in turn, has grown into a business that speaks to living life beyond just being a real estate agent and selling homes, beyond the paycheck, beyond the expectations, and so much more. She aims to work with women in real estate to provide resources to support physical, emotional, and mental well-being while dealing with the obstacles of building a business. To learn more, Brittany can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reaching a wider audience should seem simple in this age of technology that we're in, however, there are many factors that play in to how we communicate, interact, and ultimately work with everyone that we do. From looking up reviews to watching tutorials, everyone has their way of digging for information and connecting with the people providing a service or information. I started this blog as a way to connect with, educate, and give back to anyone interested in the world of real estate. While I still plan on writing blog posts from time to time, I have decided to start producing video content as a way to provide MORE content. I'm excited to expand beyond just information about real estate, a real estate transaction, and all that good stuff. I will bring you tutorials and how-to's for home repair and renovation, advice for new agents, and a series I've been excited to share with you of historical homes in Chicago. I hope you'll come along with me on this journey and expand your knowledge and love of real estate, community, and life in Chicago.
And of course, if you're considering buying, selling, or investing - I'm always available for a free consultation.
312-532-6258 | BrittanyWrenn.RealEstate@gmail.com
I have decided to turn my blogs in to videos as a way to provide better content. I hope you'll subscribe and follow along on this journey with me.
When I joined the real estate industry, I joined for more than just helping people buy, sell, and rent. I joined for the opportunity to help build, strengthen, and support communities. I joined to encourage people to invest in their lives and their futures. I joined to help people find a piece of this world we live in where they can feel comfort, gather with loved ones and build memories. I joined because I believe in protecting the greater good of humanity and the cities we call home.
For these reasons, I took last year to research different companies and organizations that I could align myself with in order to expand my efforts. Upon doing so, I came across and partnered with Giveback Homes. This company is a community of real estate professionals that help build homes for deserving families around the globe and help provide clean water to communities in need.
Since partnering with Giveback Homes, I have made the commitment to donate a portion of my commissions to our Chicago Build Project. However, being a member of this community enables me to contribute to many cities all over the world. Whether that means donating or traveling to another build day or banning together with other Giveback members to raise money for a city in crisis - we are agents for social good. With the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we are seeking to support Houston any way we can. Please consider donating to our Houston Relief Efforts .
To learn more or to donate, visit:
Houston Relief Efforts
Chicago Home Build
Clean Water Project
Brittany Wrenn | 312-532-6258 | BrittanyWrenn.RealEstate@gmail.com | ww.brittanywrenn.com
What draws someone to the place they’ll call home is different for everyone. Do you desire a chef’s kitchen? Maybe you want plenty of entertainment space to host family and friends. Is a view important to you? These are #HomeGoals… What are yours?
Contact me to discuss how I can help you reach your home goals now or in the future.
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Thank you to those - past, present, and future - who serve and protect. Land of the free, because of the brave.
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What's shakin' Chicago? Your January 2017 market update is here! As always, these updates cover the previous month of activity as it closed out.
Keep hearing people talk about low inventory?? Don't let that scare you! People ARE buying - and since this time last year, we've seen a 6% increase in homes sold in the Chicago market. Higher year-over-year figures mean more buyers ARE finding what they're looking for! You just have to have the right real estate agent by your side. Click the image above to hear the full January 2017 market update - and give me a call or shoot me an email to discuss your local market update or how you can get the home buying process started.
Coldwell Banker’s Market Watch videos give you the latest, local real estate trends including the most recent statistics on pricing, inventory, and days on market. The information given in this video is compiled from the 77 officially defined Chicago community areas.
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Home buying seminars are often held by real estate agents in order to help the general public understand more about the home buying process. It can be a fun way to get together with other industry professionals to mingle and answer questions potential home buyers may have. So we decided to kick-off 2017 with our very own #Homegoals Home Buying Q & A. We had a great turnout of first time home buyers looking to learn more and we couldn't have been happier to share our knowledge.
Our team consisted of a Mortgage Lender, Al Dynia, Attorney with Czaja & Dynia, LLC, Phil Anello, Home Inspector with PK Quality Home Inspections, and myself - Brittany Wrenn, Realtor with Coldwell Banker. Each person on our panel represents a key role in a real estate transaction. We wanted each professional to explain their part so that the first time home buyer is familiar with who they'll be working with during each part of the home buying process. Take a look below at our Top 10 Takeaways from the Q & A - and if you would like to learn more, let's schedule a meeting and chat!
Top 10 Takeaways:
1. Find a Mortgage Lender and get pre-approved
2. To help determine whether you qualify for a mortgage and what the rate will be, your lender will evaluate your credit report and your debt-to-income ratio
3. The minimum credit score is 580, but you will need to put 10% down for an FHA loan
4. It doesn't cost you any money to have a Realtor help you find a home
5. Your Realtor will help you with suggested offer price and negotiations based on fair market value
6. Negotiating closing costs will be left up to you and your Realtor on how you want to offer on the property - mentally plan for 2-3% of the purchase price.
7. The time frame from contract to closing is typically anywhere between 30-45 days
8. You will work with a Lender, Realtor, Attorney, and Home Inspector during the transaction
9. Do NOT make any large purchases while you're trying to buy a home (i.e. car, furniture, etc)
10. Trust your team!
Still have questions after reading through our Top 10? We're here to help! Feel free to reach out to any one of us at our contact information below if you have specific questions regarding any of our services. We look forward to helping you reach your #HomeGoals!
STAY TUNED! Additional home buying seminars will be offered throughout the course of the year. Sign up for my newsletter to be notified of the next event!
I have been a writer most of my life, but it wasn't until college that I realized I could use this hobby of mine to tell stories and to educate people on different topics. I have published works in various newspapers, magazines, and websites, and continue to find ways to incorporate my passion for writing, sharing stories, and educating into my life and career.