Do We Know What we are Really Selling - I May Have Forgotten

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 Do We Know What we are Really Selling -  I May Have Forgotten

Something dawned on me today, something that I have to admit that I wasn't all that impressed with myself. I have a closing this week, and to be honest in this market I am happy to have the income flow. While I have never been a "gotta get that commission" type of agent, I also admit that I understand that I am doing this to make money. I believe there is a fine line that we Realtors walk between making a living and helping people realize life dreams. Whether it is the retiring couple who we help get their big home sold so that they can get that condo with no maintenance responsibilities to the young couple we help get that first home where they are going to start their lives together, and build a new family.

So while I am sitting getting things together for the coming closing, figuring what bills are going to get paid with my commission, it dawned on me. The young couple purchasing this home are going to be creating memories for them, their parents, their families. The gentleman selling the home is moving into another chapter in his life. So what am I really a party too? I have reminded myself that I am in the business assisting  people through important milestones in their lives. It gives alot more meaning to me to remember that a closing is a way a beginning for the parties involved. I think I will refer to "closings" as "beginnings" from now on.

Sometimes it takes so little to make a large impact on how we go about our lives, today was one of those days for me. I am reminded of what a cool career I have chosen, and how I can make a positive impact the lives of my clients. It's been a good day....yeah a good day.

If are looking for someone to help you start a new beginning, contact GettysburgGerry for assistance.

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Frank Castaldini
Coldwell Banker - San Francisco, CA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco

You've hit the nail on the head.  I have been focusing on being of service on a daily basis.  This means it's about my clients.  And sometimes this means "no sale."  But mostly it's about helping my clients solve their real estate needs.  I often don't even know how much I'll be making and often I have commission checks in my wallet that I have not taken to the bank because I'm really busy helping my clients realize their dreams.  If I start thing just about myself, I'm sure there would be no or few commission checks to deposit.

October 19, 2010 02:32 AM #17
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J Kistler
Newport Beach, CA

Great post Gerry.  Our profession is one of the greatest -- we get to watch our clients experience such great joy and realize the American Dream makes it all worth it!

October 19, 2010 03:27 AM #18
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Richard Weeks
Waller Group - Dallas, TX
Realtor, Associate Broker - Manager Business Development

Gerry,

Very well said and congrats on the feature.

Many years ago my first broker told me to think of my clients as families and not file folders.  I still do that today.

October 19, 2010 05:12 AM #19
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Nice feel good post.. .needed nowadays, thanks for writing it

October 19, 2010 05:55 AM #20
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Richard Weisser
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale

Gerry...

The job offers rewards on so many levels. that's why I do it! Nice post, my friend.

October 19, 2010 07:43 AM #21
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Michael J. Perry
RE/MAX Associates of Lancaster, PA. - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster Relo Specialist

Just another reminder that it isn't about US, but instead the people we serve !!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 19, 2010 07:59 AM #22
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

Outstanding post Gerry. Must be why we feel all the way up here in Canada, anyone buying or selling in Ghettysburg should know you are the man to contact. You have their interests at heart. Congratulations on the feature, it was well deserved.

October 19, 2010 08:20 AM #23
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Michael Setunsky
Michael's Commercial LLC - Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Gerry, that is what is so great about this profession. A win-win solution for the new homeowners and for you. Good Job!

October 19, 2010 09:16 AM #24
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Peggy Gaulden
RE/MAX Alliance - Albuquerque, NM

Gerry, I am SO GLAD that yours was the first blog I read today.  It was as close to a "morning devotional" reading one can get!  I realize that every time I meet a new buyer or seller, I'm going to be an important person in their lives during their time of transition, and they experience a lot of emotions during a move.  It is so important that we not only be a knowledgeable professional, but a person who cares and who listens.  So many,  many times I'm the person they end up crying with or talking about "other things" with.  I keep it all in balance, but it does give me reasons every day to pray for them, to send them a nice card sometimes, and to really enjoy my work!   There are many happy changes with clients, and some sad changes.   My slogan on my business card says, "Helping people--with life's moves & changes!"  I think that this real estate business really is one of the most "people" businesses out there.  As you said, we do enter their lives during their important milestones.  I really like your word, milestone, and am wondering if my slogan should change to "Helping people--with life's milestones".  I'm thinking about it. You inspired me.  Thanks!

October 19, 2010 09:40 AM #25
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Danell Estrada
Highlands Ranch Appraisals, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO

Garry people like you in this business are what makes the business a great one! Helping people is the best job you could have. This kind of attitude will take you far. Keep up the good thoughts!!!

October 19, 2010 10:30 AM #26
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Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Real Estate Connections - Manassas, VA
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Gerry  Your area is fortunate to have an an agent with your attitude - it deserves a re-blog

October 19, 2010 11:10 AM #27
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Jerry~  I have often thought of myself as specializing in happy endings!  Guess those happy endings turn into new beginnings too!  If we all had that same attitude, our image as a whole would be great!

October 19, 2010 11:28 AM #28
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Brigita McKelvie
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
Rural & Horse Properties & Farms in Eastern PA

Gerry,

If we make it about them, the business will come.  No sales pitches, no catchy slogans, no promises that I cannot keep.  If I am totally honest and be myself, the business will come along with referrals.  What better way to expand your business.

Great post!

Brigita

October 19, 2010 11:57 AM #29
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Chris Rooker
Kline May Realty - Harrisonburg, VA

Well said! I feel the same way. Each time our team closes on a deal, it is a refreshing and positive day because we've impacted the lives of those involved in one way or another. Thank you for posting!

October 19, 2010 02:15 PM #30
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

You had what Oprah calls an "a-ha moment" when you realized this.  The ligh bulb went on!  Lucky for your clients to have you representing them!

October 19, 2010 05:32 PM #31
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Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Looking back and remembering all those people you've helped find new homes for their new beginnings is really something to smile and be proud of. I just love my job ...

October 19, 2010 06:34 PM #32
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Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - - Sharon, MA
Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA

Gerry, I love that idea of thinking of closings as "beginnings". What a nice way to put it!

October 19, 2010 08:31 PM #33
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Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
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Our closing is always a beginning of the new home owner. It is always a good feeling when nice buyers is moving into their new home because of everyone's hardwork.

October 20, 2010 03:26 PM #34
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate

Gerry - we do indeed have a cool career !!! I love the fact that we can take holidays when we want to and work with the clients that we choose!!!

October 21, 2010 11:05 AM #35
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Brigita McKelvie
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
Rural & Horse Properties & Farms in Eastern PA

Gerry,

Throughout my life I have helped people not only through my volunteer work, but just helping others when help is needed.  It really is a great feeling to know that you have helped someone.  This is why I enjoy my work.  Yes, I have bills to pay and need to earn a lving, but the commission is not my primary reason.  Like you, it's because I enjoy helping others.  Isn't this what the Bible tells us we should do?

Brigita

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