I have wanted to say this for a long time, so here goes:
As a real estate agent, our brokers encourage us to try to generate business, so I made the commitment to make 3-5 phone calls a week to prospects and past clients.
This week, a lesbian couple was on my list, former buyer/clients I had helped get their first home almost 10 years ago. I stayed in touch with them over the years and had even attended parties at their home.
We had emailed last year about my coming over to see the improvements they had made to their home and they had also mentioned they were thinking about moving from the area.
When I called and didn’t reach them, I left a voicemail “checking in” and followed up with an email, “Just wanted to say hi and circle back as we had talked about getting together so I could see the improvements you’ve done to your house. Also, has all this El Nino weather made you want to move away yet? 🙂 Hope to catch up soon!”
Later, one of them did respond to my email saying:
“Yes, I’m sure you saw our house listing and I’m guessing that’s what prompted the phone call. We decided to sell indeed and are working with XXXX at X Agency. You should contact her if you have any questions or interested buyers. Take care”
They had listed their house with a heterosexual woman. UGH! How disappointing! Why had she not contacted me? Why was I not even given a chance to make a presentation? I once had a business coach who used to say “Some will, some won’t, so what” and that’s what I tried to tell myself. I also know brokers and business coaches would say, “just get up, dust yourself off and move on”, but this situation was a little different and that’s why I am speaking out.
I am a lesbian realtor. On more than one occasion I have see lesbians buy or sell with either gay male realtors or heterosexual agents. It has always frustrated me that lesbians in our community aren’t supporting lesbian business owners. That’s what I am, a business owner who needs business to survive. The gay men help each other out all the time. Real estate is a 100% commission job. I have to get my face out there, spend advertising dollars and generate my own business.
As Lesbians we need all the support in business that we can get! So come on ladies, help a sister out, support other lesbians! Please think about giving a lesbian sister the business first.
There, I’ve said it!
Suzanne Frank entered the Real Estate profession in 1998 after having her own video production business for 15 years. From the Dot Com boom through the bust and beyond, Suzanne has helped many home buyers, sellers and investors realize their dreams. Find out more at suzanne-frank.vanguardproperties.com