Zachary Betts, Real Estate Professional
About Zachary BettsI hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to take this opportunity to connect with you and share a little of my story.
I know well that the challenges we face in life can be the very things that drive us forward. In my youth, I suffered from a rare muscle disease. Some of my earliest memories include going to Mexico for stem cell treatment at the age of three, becoming one of the first people ever treated with stem cells.
That disease affected every part of my life. As a kid, I often wasn’t even healthy enough to play outside, so I entertained myself with my imagination a lot. In elementary school, I had a hard time keeping up with the other kids. Through high school, I was the thinnest one in my class. At only 120 pounds, I was basically a walking X-ray, and I wasn’t strong enough to work in the family flooring business.
In truth, it wasn’t all negative. Instead of flooring, I found success working as a painter, and by the time I was 20, I had started my own painting business. However, that same year, I got in a serious accident where I was thrown through the windshield of a car. On top of my muscle disease, I suffered some serious nerve damage.
When I went back to work, I toughed it out for as long as I could, but spending all day on ladders working my arms and my back was debilitating. It got to the point where if I worked really hard for three or four days, I would spend the next three or four days on the couch without being able to move. Doctors told me I needed to do something else.
For the next several years, I moved into the carpet dying industry, where I founded a new business working for hotels, but it wouldn’t last. Within a single year, I lost my mother, my grandmother, and my wife’s grandmother. It felt like my whole life was crashing down around me, especially with the death of my mom. And while I was busy laying them to rest, my business partner sold our company. As bad as it was, it set down me down a path of exploration, and allowed me to learn more about myself and look towards a new start.
That new start led me to work in sales for a number of home improvement companies. I remember the first time I came into a room full of salesmen: everyone said I dressed wrong, or drove the wrong car. But I was focused more on authenticity, and succeeding with my own style and values. I believed that if you help others enough, they will help you. When I moved into mortgage and real estate, I was vindicated in that belief.
During a class at Keller Williams, I participated in an exercise where we anonymously wrote down the qualities we saw in those around us. When I got that paper back, it was a big moment for me. In my mind, I still had the image of myself as a child and a victim. All I could see was my weakness. But my peers had written things like intelligence and kindness among other—qualities that I had tried to project for my entire life.
I still have that piece of paper. It was incredibly humbling to see those words used to describe me. My youth had been characterized by frailty, but the same disease that I thought had held me back had instead helped me grow. Every experience led me to become the person I am today. More than anything, it taught me empathy for others. It helped me be more patient with people, to understand their feelings, to recognize their pain and to help them work towards a solution.
I would love nothing more than to lend my knowledge and experience toward helping you with your real estate solutions, but I don’t expect your business simply because of our relationship—I only ask that you take the time to interview me and see if I might be the best agent for you.
Buying or selling real estate is often an enormously important transaction, and the representation you receive from your agent can have significant impact on your results.
It is important for you to choose the person who will do the best job for you, and who is the right fit for your particular needs. I’ve worked hard as a professional to be able to provide the highest level of service, so I might be a good choice for you. I want you to know that if you do not choose me, I will never be upset. But if you do, I promise to work diligently to exceed your expectations.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I hope you give me the opportunity to demonstrate my services and interview for the job.