Ebbs and Flows...and so it goes

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Real Estate Agent with YourStories Realty Group MA# 9517963

July Multi-family closingComing up on the end of my second year in this business I have taken this morning to look back.  I remember so clearly sitting in the license testing room with maybe 23 other people and thinking this is going to be fun.  Well, fun it has been along with agonizing, frustrating, exhilarating and exhausting.  On balance, I am loving it.  All my life I have worked to be a team member, a team leader by example and a friend and colleague to anyone who was in need.  I am told by my broker and the several broker's recruiting me that I have skills which is nice to hear, but they are not my target.  What I want to hear, crave hearing is the joy of my clients success. We get paid for our work and that is good, sometimes very good, but working for money is not what drives me.

I want to be the absolute best Realtor® I can be.  I want to know the answers to the myriad of questions that are asked.  I want to be in front of issues that may crop up.  I want to be calm in the storm and be the surge when it is needed.  I want to drive my neighborhoods and see happy clients and prospects succeeding in their lives. I want to give back more, not just of myself but for all the others who will come behind.  I want to continue to grow on a daily basis because I feel that is what it takes to continue a success. The top people in every field take the work seriously and passionately.  I feel those emotions.

Condominium closing at Registry of DeedsI am grateful for the help I have gotten along the way.  I am particularly grateful for all the people who have shown me the ways not to be.  The agents who mail in their work, the users who want nothing more that to suck you dry, the brokers who barely come to work and never have anything of substance to offer.  I am grateful for you.  Watching you do your thing and seeing the results of your "me first" approach has been a guiding light for the real way to practice this profession.

It is all about them.  It is about listening to someone's needs, their dreams, their goals and their limitations on achieving those goals and running with that information to help them achieve those goals.  It is not about me, never was and never will be. It is always about the people you serve and how you serve them.  I wake up each morning wondering what new thing will challenge me and how will I respond.  I go to bed each night being grateful for the opportunity to practice my skills for my clients. Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Active Rain has been one of those guiding lights and always a place where I can find people of like mind.  Thank you Active Rain and I look forward to the Boston Meet-up tonight.  Hope to see all you locals there.

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Larry Lawfer

RealtorĀ®, Director of Marketing, Tech Ambassador

YourStories Realty Group with Keller Williams

680 High Street

Westwood, MA 02090

larry@lawfer.com, 617-774-8292

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Amada Slade
Ballenger Realty, Beaufort SC - Beaufort, SC

Congratulations on your anniversary and best wishes for continued success.  Your philosophy is wonderful,  it should always be about the client,  after all, they are depending on us to guide them through the most expensive transition and the most stressful time of their life. Ar certainly helps us become better at what we do.  Glad to meet you in the rain.

Aug 29, 2012 05:13 AM #1
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Peter den Boer
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Larry - Sounds like you have it just about right! I always stay away from those that try to bring you down and more importantly try to emulate those that do the job well. Congrats on your success!

Aug 29, 2012 05:16 AM #2
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Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Westwood, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

@Amanda, thank you for your kind words. What a wonderful smile you have.  Our work is our passion and that is what shows, focusing on our clients is what can make us a star in their eyes. This is so much more important than being the star in our own mind.

@Peter  The Rain has helped me hone these skills and I am so appreciative for this. Getting to know all the great agents helps me focus on being great myself. There is always someone to ask a question and get a great answer.

Aug 29, 2012 05:40 AM #3
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Mark Loewenberg
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2 years to director of marketing! great job and now you have nothing but wind in your sails!

Aug 29, 2012 05:42 AM #4
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Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Westwood, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

Thanks Mark, I was the director of marketing for another firm in another state before this opportunity and I learned so much of what not to do, but more importantlly I found the Rain and all the wonderful people with great insight and ideas. Thanks for stopping by.

Aug 29, 2012 05:49 AM #5
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Michael Jacobs
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Good morning, Larry -- your post is so nicely written and I can tell it comes from the heart.   Great job and very inspiring!

Aug 29, 2012 06:19 AM #6
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Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Westwood, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

Thanks Michael, I loved your blog about the Art in Padadena.

Aug 29, 2012 06:23 AM #7
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Larry - you've certainly accomplished your goals of being a team member, a team leader by example and a friend to anyone in need. They say when you do what you love the money will follow and it's so true as you are a perfect example! Beautifully written and heartfelt as always!

Aug 29, 2012 06:30 AM #8
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Richard & Beth Witt
RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com - Massapequa, NY
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Larry.... we have been in the business for 33 years and I've been a coach for 28 years... I can tell you with certainty that your post touches my heart... I plan to copy it and use it with new agents... When I got into the business a very wise woman told me to always put the people first and the money will come...  Looks like you got the same message... Good wishes !

Aug 29, 2012 08:05 AM #9
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Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Westwood, MA
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Thank you so much Kristine, you know how much I think of you and your work.

 

@Richard and Beth, your comments have touched me. With all your experience and success you letting me know I am on to the right path is inspiring for the day.

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Georgie Hunter
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Congrats on making the 2 year mark and being successful at what you do.  I hope you can keep at if for many years.

Sep 04, 2012 09:55 PM #11
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Larry Lawfer
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"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

I got my license in MA on Nov 11 2010, so I am not quite at 2 years yet, but I am on the way.  So much of the good things I have learned have been here in the Rain. Thanks for stopping by @Georgina

Sep 05, 2012 05:07 AM #12
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