Posted by Rick Fine on November 17, 2008 at 6:37pm
Well now, isn't that an attention-grabbing headline!I've been doing this for just under two years and woo-hoo, it is definitely the most interesting and financially rewarding experience I have ever had.I say financially rewarding from the context of commission volume, not hours vs dollars.If I used the hourly model, I think I could do better handing shopping carts to people at WalMart or punching buttons on a cash register with pictures of fast food on it...As the weather deteriorates, (In California that means temps plummeting into the low 60's), I have found more and more of my properties becoming the preferred shelter for the denizens of our streets.Now, as much as I can sympathize with their plight, their using the properties I am assigned by my clients can be problematic.I need to keep the property secure, clean and safe enough for prospective buyers and their agents to enter.I don't know about any of you out there, but the municipalities where I work got really upset when I used pepper spray like Febrese so I'm hoping I can glean from the experts of REOPRO alternatives that are:1. Preferably less-than-lethal2. Non-lawsuit friendly3. Do not involve electric shock, (Don't taze me bro!)4. And of course, CARBON NEUTRAL!(The last one is optional)Seriously speaking, I notice that as Thanksgiving and Christmas approaches more and more of the property assignments still have the occupants in them. How do you deal with throwing little Timmy with the wooden leg and his family out into the snow during the season of giving?For me, it leaves an unpleasant aftertaste that is unavoidable while I am still able to breathe.Does anyone have some advise on how to de-personalize the process during the holidays?Maybe if I looked upon the occupants as only occupants, that would help.I await your wise replies.