Kim Howard of Howard Homes Chicago helps us turn our attention from the possessions within our homes to the special relationship we have with homes we buy and sell.
Our guest Kim Howard is a top-producing Chicago real estate agent with Howard Homes Chicago – Keller Williams, that she co-founded with her husband Joe. They focus on both the city of Chicago and select suburbs, and have implemented a mindset of gratitude in their daily practice that helps them spark joy in both their personal and professional lives.
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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:
The moments Kim took risks and stepped into the unknown as she grew closer to realty
How to handle the things that are out of your control as you buy or sell by shifting your attention to your mindset
The critical first steps for home buying that sets you apart from your competitors
The reality of reality TV
How to get your financial home in order before you shop for homes
How to stage a home through a lens of joy
How to find and attract your target buyer
Kim's favorite tidying/staging tip: Keep it open and neutral and highlight the good stuff. Have a plan.
What sparks joy for Kim: Living in the moment (being present)
"At the end of the day, the whole thing is unpredictable."
"Who you have on your team matters."
"The unknown is hard, but just being excited for the end goal is huge."
"Buyers want a blank canvas so they can envision themselves there."
"Your property is worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it, not necessarily what's inside it."
"Sparking joy, in terms of your personal life, will only lead to better things in the real estate world."