The resurrection of "The One That Got Away"

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Home Stager with Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092

Many of you may not be aware of the fact that I had a brief career as a real estate agent when I lived in NYC.  I worked for a small agency that dealt with only rentals.  Shortly after I started with them, the owner David wanted to expand his business.  He put together a team of five agents and starting grooming us for sales.

 

We would meet twice a week and David would give us tips and strategies on getting exclusives, marketing and all of the necessary tools we needed to be successful.

 

The time came for us to put what we had learned to work.  David asked each of us to find an apartment that was FSBO, make an appointment to view the apartment with a "so called" client.  Afterward we were to contact the owner and  try to get the exclusive listing on the apartment by following his expert training.

 

The following week when we met, we were to report what we viewed and what the outcome was.............Barbara took a client to a Midtown West apartment that was asking $350K, no success.  Lana viewed an Upper West Side apartment in the same price range, no success.  Kirk went after an apartment in Midtown East that was asking a bit under $300K, no success and I don't quite remember what Stephanie viewed, but it was some "major drama" and she had all kinds of excuses at to why it wasn't a success.  Then came my turn..............David laughed when I told him I brought one of the other agents in the office with me as my client and we viewed a fabulous Upper East Side apartment with a spectacular view of Central Park that was asking $2.5 Million.  I figured "go big or go home".  Of course he asked what the outcome was, and I told him I had another appointment to meet with the owner that afternoon.  He almost fell off of his chair.

 

My second meeting went quite well with the owner.  I asked for the listing and we discussed what my marketing plan would be and all sorts of other details.  He told me he would be making a decision in the next few days, but liked all of my ideas and was leaning towards giving me the listing.

 

Once again, David almost fell off of his chair when I gave him the news.  Two days later, as promised, the owner of the apartment called me with his decision.  I DID NOT get the listing.  Why?  Miss Stephanie was so green with envy that I went after a $2.5 million apartment that she contacted the owner also and tried to get him to list with her.  The owner thought David had something to do with Miss Stephanie showing up.........which of course he did not.  He liked the fact that I was new to the industry and liked my fresh ideas and approach, and thought that possibly to "seal the deal" David sent a more seasoned agent to speak to him. 

 

That day was the last day I ever saw Stephanie, she was terminated instantly.  She put the reputation of the agency and David "on the line" and it cost her a job.

 

What did I learn?  Don't trust the Miss Stephanie's of the world, there are a lot of them out there.  I also learned that being new to the industry wasn't such a bad thing and "going big" was where it was at for me.

 

Although my career in real estate was short lived, I learned so much about myself that has helped me numerous times since.

 

And that's the "one that got away!"

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
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Oh boy, still calling after a closing a month ago................crazy huh Wanda..................did Miss Stephanie move to Utah?

September 05, 2012 02:35 PM
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Jon Kolsky
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R.M.~ That's the one that left an impression that's lasted, great post, I think there's much to learn from your nifty life- story...feature worthy of course!

September 05, 2012 02:42 PM
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Roger D. Mucci
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Thank you Mr. K, I was just leaving a comment on your post while you were writing your comment here.  If I can teach somebody, anybody, one thing from writing a post about one of my life experiences, I have accomplished my goal.

September 05, 2012 02:50 PM
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Pamela Smith
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Roger,

I enjoyed the story.  I just hate those Stephanies . . . they seem to be everywhere!

September 05, 2012 03:18 PM
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Nick T Pappas
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Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL

Roger, I also agree that sometimes being green is not such a bad thing...no one has told you that you can't do that...or whatever.  As for the "Stephanies" of the world...don't let the door hit you on the way out!

September 05, 2012 03:20 PM
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Roger D. Mucci
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So true, we can't avoid them Pamela.  Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

Miss Stephanie is one I'd like to have the door hit on her way out Nick. I was green Nick, and what I was doing wasn't wrong, but I honestly believe the more seasoned people I worked with went more for a sure thing.  Not this guy, I figured "go big" and my boss loved it.  I had two claims to fame in our office.  #1 - I rented a studio apartment that cost the least of any rented from that office, $725.00 per month.  #2 - I rented the most expensive townhouse apartment rented from that office, $12,000.00 per month.  My application on the $725.00 apartment was the 7th one submitted and the only prospect who qualified.  Everyone else just took applications, I waited for the right person.  The $12,000.00 one was an exclusive my boss gave to me, no one could show it without me, but I rented it.

September 05, 2012 03:43 PM
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Kevin Mackessy
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Known at least 2 or 3 Miss Stephanies.  Good to put as much distance between you and them as possible.

September 05, 2012 03:56 PM
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Thanks for dropping by Kevin.........sorry you've had your share of Miss Stephanies but I think we all have, goes along with the territory.  That's why to be in real estate, you need thick skin and need to be able to handle people like the Miss Stephanie's of the world.

September 05, 2012 04:06 PM
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Janis Borgueta
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Oh Roger.. you do have the best stories! and the Miss Stephanie's of the world unfortunately are in many stories out there.. not only in real estate! As far as learning in real estate? between that and being here in the rain, the education is enormous!

September 05, 2012 05:00 PM
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Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
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Roger, this was a really fun story to read....not fun at your expense, but you know what I mean.   But I'm wondering, if Stephanie was terminated, what became of the listing?   Brian

September 05, 2012 05:02 PM
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Roger D. Mucci
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Thanks Janis..........I've got a ton of stories.  There is so much to learn in real estate, and this is one of the best places for learning it.......or like I did, just jump in the deep end!

The apartment was FSBO, I was just trying to get the listing when Miss Stephanie "mucked" it all up.  More than likely Brian, he never gave the listing to anyone and sold it himself.  I honestly don't know because this was fairly close to 9/11 and I left the business and New York in Novembrer of that same year.  Thanks for dropping by............

September 05, 2012 05:11 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
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Roger, That was a good lesson even thought you lost out and it was the one that got away. But you still remember it today so it was valuable education.

September 05, 2012 05:15 PM
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Roger D. Mucci
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Yes, it was quite a lesson Debbie and one I'm sure I will always remember.

September 05, 2012 05:28 PM
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Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor
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Hi Roger,  Why does this not surprise me?  I know you would be great in real estate.  The Miss Stephanies of the industry are out there, as we all know.  We have to work around them.  Seems to me you did just fine.

September 05, 2012 06:30 PM
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Debbie Cook
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What a terrific real estate story.  Unfortunately there are lots of Miss Stephanie Drama Queens out there. Real Estate attracts them like flies. 

September 05, 2012 09:59 PM
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Christine Donovan
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Roger - You have to play big in this life!  And, you did.  If you keep doing it, sooner or later the Miss Stephanie's of the world are no longer in the way.

September 05, 2012 11:27 PM
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Roger D. Mucci
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Great to see you Elyse, are you back in Florida?  Been thinking about you.  Yes, there are many Miss Stephanie's out there that we have to dance around, it's just a shame we have to do it.

So true Debbie, but many other professions attract the Miss Stephanie's of the world............I worked with a few in furniture sales.  They seem to surface when "commision" is involved.

They're always there Christine, we just learn how to dance around them and not make them a problem or an issue.

September 06, 2012 02:18 AM
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Karen Feltman
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Jealousy can definitely drive people to extremes. I hope that this Stephanie learned the difference in being aggressive and being passionate about what you do. People can see and hear a phony and it reflects on anyone that associates with them. I am glad that your boss at the time had the good sense of seeing her as a liability and terminating her association to his business before she did real damage. Too bad for you, but what a great lesson!
September 06, 2012 08:00 PM
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Terri Poehler
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Wow, what an incredible story. I'm embarressed for Stephanie. But proud of you!
September 08, 2012 09:56 AM
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Great lesson indeed Karen...............so glad my boss handled it the way he did too.

Thanks Terri, you'd think Stephanie would have been embarrassed, but she wasn't.........not at all.

September 08, 2012 10:10 AM
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