Real Estate Today Is More Like A Maze Than A Freeway !!

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Managing Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Executive Realty

Real estate agents who are surviving in this market can be described with many different adjectives.  Resilient is one that comes to mind immediately.  To endure the effects of this ever changing real estate market, active agents need to be strong, tough and very pliable.

How pliable have you learned to become?  It is learning process, and those who pay attention and adjust to the changing times will be resistant to every stage of the market that takes a dip.  There are many more dips coming. 

Pat, Ben and Martin Mullikin, commented on my post "Never Give Up...It's Always The Last Key On The Ring That Opens The Door" and they appropriately quoted Dale Carnegie who said "Act enthusiastic and you'll be enthusiastic."  That's a wonderful phrase to remember and practice to endure the next several years. 

Block out the negative around you; stay enthusiastic and keep working.  You'll find business, and business will find you.  It works both ways, when you continue to work!!

 

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Rainmaker
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Laura Strunk
Keller Williams Realty Centre - Ellicott City, MD
Howard County Maryland Realtor

I love the positivity!    I  believe it is in this market that weeds out the negative nellies!   

Dec 08, 2010 10:49 AM #1
Ambassador
1,491,036
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Barbara, Attitude sets the table for everything else, and it this business, you better be flexible...or as we used to say in the Navy... Semper GUMBY!!  :)  Bill

Dec 08, 2010 10:49 AM #2
Rainer
76,633
Wendy Betts
RE/MAX PROGROUP - SOUTH DELTA /SOUTH SURREY & WHITE ROCK - Tsawwassen, BC
South Delta & S. Surrey Realtor

Great Post - Barbara!  Life is certainly 10% circumstance and 90% ATTITUDE... You've sure got a positive outlook - Wishing you success in 2011.  Cheers Wendy Betts - Vancouver BC

Dec 08, 2010 10:54 AM #3
Ambassador
1,197,813
Paul Henderson
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
I always put my clients first in any transaction!

I have never got through a maze that fast...
You have a friend in Tacoma,Washington! You are my friend in Franklin! So there Cynthia!
Paul

Dec 08, 2010 10:54 AM #4
Rainmaker
318,622
Rosalinda Morgan
Brookville, NY
"The Rose Lady"

Barbara - Great advice.  We have a new agent in our office and just the other day was complaining about the buyers in general.  The oldtimers advised her that this is it today and if you can't stand it, then real estate is not for you.  

Dec 08, 2010 10:55 AM #5
Rainmaker
2,025,070
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"New Franklin MA Homes"

Laura.....it's a staple today....just like bread.

Bliz....."always flexible"......that's a good navy  man.

Wendy.....attitude will make or break you....

Paul....now you're in trouble Paul....she'll be stopping by and she'll see this!!!  it's nice to have friends all over the country.

Dec 08, 2010 11:00 AM #6
Ambassador
1,491,036
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

And just like real estate, that maze has more than one way to get to the same goal :)

Dec 08, 2010 11:43 AM #7
Rainmaker
2,025,070
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"New Franklin MA Homes"

Rosalinda....a new agent complaining....she hasn't even paid her dues yet....

Dec 08, 2010 11:50 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Ginny Gorman
Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Barbara, i always go out & see new customers or connect with businesses to get me enthused if it's just not in the moment thing...this is the new normal- realtors have to get over it and figure it out !!

Dec 08, 2010 12:47 PM #9
Rainmaker
2,025,070
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"New Franklin MA Homes"

Ginny.....there certainly is a new normal.....sometimes it's very difficult to figure out....

Dec 08, 2010 01:10 PM #10
Rainmaker
694,788
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

If real estate is being bought and sold...we have an opportunity to get our piece of that pie.

We all just have to work harder to increase our market share. New things have to be tried and old faithfuls have to be executed more diligently. Failure is not an option :-)

Dec 08, 2010 05:34 PM #11
Rainmaker
2,025,070
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"New Franklin MA Homes"

Steve....you're right and that's what I do every day.....work harder and add more methods to my bag of tricks....

Dec 08, 2010 06:05 PM #12
Rainmaker
619,271
Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
25 years experience -Residential Real Estate Sales

Barbara - Great and very true post. Although some days it can be difficult to remain enthusiastic... But as with a lot of things, you fake it till you make it...

Dec 08, 2010 09:40 PM #13
Rainmaker
2,025,070
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"New Franklin MA Homes"

Sheila.....or go in another direction.....I just signup for the deluxe trulia program....and will look into zillow tomorrow....and I'll continue to find other avenues....

Dec 09, 2010 05:12 AM #14
Rainmaker
541,177
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty | 707-332-2560 | Serving all of Sonoma County, CA - Cotati, CA
Principal Broker/Owner

Paul, paul, paul. I guess our crab and wine date is off? I never thought it possible to break up on someone else's blog!! My apologies, Barbara ... you and I can still be friends, right?? Your friend in Sonoma County :)

Dec 09, 2010 12:21 PM #15
Rainmaker
2,025,070
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"New Franklin MA Homes"

Cynthia....you're so spoiled and you're not even an only child!!!  what's up with that???  must be a California thing!!!!

Dec 09, 2010 12:26 PM #16
Rainmaker
541,177
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty | 707-332-2560 | Serving all of Sonoma County, CA - Cotati, CA
Principal Broker/Owner

OK, ok, I'll learn to share! It's called having two older brothers who wanted nothing to do with their little sister. Humph!

Dec 09, 2010 02:19 PM #17
Rainmaker
2,025,070
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"New Franklin MA Homes"

I wish I had that.....you've been blessed....I would have opted to share everything with a brother or sister....now I have children and grandchildren to spoil....

Dec 09, 2010 02:50 PM #18
Rainmaker
331,239
Rita Fong
RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 - Marion, AR
Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale

Barbara, those who believe there is no business out there, they just need to change their career.  There are businesses out there, maynot be hot all over the place, but there are.  When I was out to Houston raincamp, I got 2 listings, 1 buyer in those 2 days.  Keep working and they will come.

Dec 09, 2010 03:27 PM #19
Rainmaker
2,025,070
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"New Franklin MA Homes"

Rita....you're right....keep working and they will come.....

Dec 09, 2010 03:41 PM #20
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