According to Warren Beatty, I'm Successful in My Field

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca

Yes, that's what I said: According to Warren Beatty, I'm successful in my field.

Did he tell me that over drinks?  No.

While discussing my business plan?  Um, no.

While lounging with me in a bubble bath, overlooking the Pacific ocean? Yes! Okay, maybe not.

Did he ever tell me that?  Well, no.

His exact words were: "You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play."

Those are the first words in Chapter Four of Jennifer Allan's "If You're Not Having Fun Selling Real Estate, You're Not Doing It Right."  Great book.  Great philosophy.  A common-sensical approach to doing anything (not just real estate): Be yourself, be very good at what you do, and have fun. I'm loving the book. But this post isn't about that.

Back to Warren Beatty...and his quote...

Picture of Girl Being Silly in the RainI could spend hours on Matrix, the Quebec real estate agents' version of MLS, analyzing comparables this way, that way and upside down.  Looking at average sell times for Beaconsfield real estate and Kirkland real estate - my markets. Seeing what's moving and what's not, and trying to figure out why.

I could spend hours home staging Montreal clients' homes.  Hell, staging friends' homes!  I love, love, love staging.  I love taking something and making something fabulous out of it.  I love finding the diamond in the rough, or helping something's true potential shine (or someone's true potential shine, hence my previous career in criminology).

Sourcing new lighting, art, bedding and kitchen cabinet knobs for my home sellers? Is that really work? 'Cause it sure feels like play to me.

Speaking to my buyers over and over again about how I don't want them to compromise on location, or on that wood-burning fireplace that is such a big part of their evening chill-session.  Is that really work?  Really?  'Cause it sure doesn't feel like it.

And let's not even talk about how much time I spend on ActiveRain, acting like a living sponge for all the wisdom, experience and sheer knowledge that's being shared here. Are you SURE this is work?  Can't be...

I am doing what I was meant to do.  And I'm having so much fun. 

You're a wise (and sexy) man, Warren Beatty.

 

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I stage all of my listings and hire a professional photographer...at no charge to my sellers.  It's part of my service package as a Montreal West Island real estate broker.  

Professional home staging and professional photography: two critical factors to making sure your home looks its best, both in person and on the Internet, and neither of them cost you a penny when you list with me.

Put your best house forward.

Tanya Nouwens

Montreal Real Estate Broker, RE/MAX Royal (Jordan) Inc., www.remax-quebec.om

Owner & President, Ready, Set...Sold!, a Montreal Home Staging Company  www.readysetsold.ca 

T. 514-919-8468    tanya@readysetsold.ca

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This blog is written with my opinions. My opinions are presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Copyright Tanya Nouwens - 2012. If you want to reprint parts of this, just email me for my permission at tanya@readysetsold.ca.

 

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Vickie Nagy
Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932 - San Ramon, CA
Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton

I just love that phrase. I know it's one that I shall remember for years and years to come.

"You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play."

January 19, 2010 09:01 PM #1
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Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Hi Tanya-

There is an enormous amount of joy to be found in this business!  The time that we spend is very personal.  We have to make it fun!

--Sara in San Antonio

January 19, 2010 09:02 PM #2
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Jane Peters
Power Brokers Int'l - Los Angeles, CA
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Well you are truly blessed, Tanya.  You really have a well-rounded life, loving your work and finding balance with your family.  Sorry, I never found Warren Beatty sexy - now George Clooney.....

January 19, 2010 09:04 PM #3
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Terri Poehler
Realtor - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Real Estate Agent

I love it.  Love the shoes, love the purse,  I love it.  Thank you for this.

January 19, 2010 09:07 PM #4
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Vic Steele
Vic Steele, Broker CA BRE 01349863 - Anaheim Hills, CA
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  What a fun post Tanya, though I am a little worried about your Freudian slip

  about taking a bubble bath with Warren Buffet!

 

 

Oh wait, you said Warren Beatty, didn't you!

 

 

I've got to sign off ActiveRain before my second glass of wine!

January 19, 2010 09:08 PM #5
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GARY DIGIORGIO -Denver- Arvada -Westminster
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Tanya..fun post...its always great to hear a women view on a man's opinion !!!!

Gary d for Denver

January 19, 2010 09:09 PM #6
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Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Vickie, Jennifer Allan deserves all the praise for pulling out that quote and using it in her book.

Sara, you hit the nail on the head. This is a VERY personal business.  And it takes a lot of personal time. So if it's not fun, well then...

Thank you, Jane. I try very hard to keep the balance but it is hard sometimes to hear my little one (who is 8) say, "Can we snuggle, Mommy?" just as I'm getting my head into a bunch of stats on the market. But I am blessed. I know it. And I would never "dis" George Clooney...but the man is a serial bachelor. Now come on, Jane!

Oh Terri, have you sent me a video with shoes and a purse? I am [sniff, sniff] video- challenged with my top-security computer! (Thank you, my dear sweet husband, for protecting your family so well... LOL). Thanks anyway though!

Vic, um, yes. I did say Warren Beatty...for many obvious reasons : )

Gary, I am available to offer my view on a man's opinion any time you'd like!

 

January 19, 2010 09:28 PM #7
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Well done Tanya.  Your message is a great one...

January 19, 2010 11:07 PM #8
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Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Thanks Toni.

January 20, 2010 06:17 AM #9
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Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn
Sell with Soul - Pensacola Beach, FL
Author of Sell with Soul

Tanya - I love this!!!!! And it's exactly what I meant when I used that quote. You described the concept perfectly. THANK YOU!!!!

January 20, 2010 09:23 AM #10
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Jane Peters
Power Brokers Int'l - Los Angeles, CA
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I have ALWAYS gone for the unavailable ones - just like the listings :)

January 20, 2010 06:48 PM #11
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional

Tanya, I know what you mean. I've never had a job I enjoyed more than Staging!

I'd dream about Warren Beatty maybe ;)

January 21, 2010 09:38 AM #12
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Andrew J. Lenza
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Holmdel, NJ

I draw inspiration from the following:

I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time". So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.
- Stephen Wright

But your way of thinking works too.  I guess. 

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