But In My Family

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

Not everyone's family is like this. But in my family, a very large family I might add, they are not supportive at all. Before they allow me to help them buy or sell their home they would go to a complete stranger. Someone they have never met. And no it is not because I am not a trustworthy, compassionate, loving individual. It is because they are so scared that I will get ahead of them. Yes ahead of them. In finances, bigger home, bigger car, and so forth. But because of who I am in Christ I am already ahead. And I am thankful that my riches or success will not come from them. My success comes from God. God has already told me how to be prosperous and successful in Joshua 1:8. I am wonderfully blessed to know Who is blessing me.

In my family people have the mentality that they don't want to see others get ahead in life. I always believe that if you are blessed with something, the same God that blesses you will bless me. I am always thanking God for others blessings and asking Him to continuously bless them.

And one other thing, since I have been in this business I always always expose myself to everyone that I am a realtor. There have been about 6 or 7 family members, I mean close family members, who have bought, sold, bought and sold homes. But everyone seems to say, "Oh I forgot you were a real estate agent". But that is okay. I smile and say, God Bless I am so happy for you.

So be thankful for supportive family members.

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Rainer
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Gary McAdams
GMAC Schwartz Property Sales
I learned a long time ago never quote politics or the bible in business.  Bad mix.
February 09, 2008 08:49 AM
Rainmaker
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Sonya Rosser
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers
Thanks for your input.  I gotta do me.  Thanks
February 09, 2008 08:55 AM
Rainmaker
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June Piper-Brandon
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Century 21 New Millenium
I learned a long time ago what goes around comes around.  If you live your life and do your business the right way you will be rewarded despite your family.  I have never received referrals from my immediate family, however, it's coming.  My son has given me several referrals that I have referred on to others because they are out of my jurisdiction and because they are young men in the service of our country I have refused to accept a referral fee but have asked that that fee be given as a credit towards their closing.  I believe, that in the end it is not about the money, but rather how I touch others lives and how I help them to realize their true potential and that in itself is a reward. 
February 09, 2008 09:00 AM
Rainmaker
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Hugh Krone
Realtor, Sussex County NJ
Weichert Referral Associates
Sonya In the long run you may be better off. Knowing who you are in Christ is first second and third most important anyway. Everything else will follow.
February 09, 2008 09:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker
RealtorĀ®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sales
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT
I have found that to be true in my family also. I have seen 8 of my relative either buy a home or sell one right in my back yard. But as soon as they have a problem with the deal they always call me for advise.
February 09, 2008 09:13 AM
Rainmaker
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Sonya Rosser
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers
Hi June, thanks a bunch.  Believe me I do know it is coming.  I am very thankful that I am very comfortable with myself and knowing that I always want to do the right things.
February 09, 2008 09:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Sonya Rosser
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers
Yes Thomas, so true that they come back to you.  I had a friend who had an agent but he called me to ask "what earnes money was".  He did not want to feel dumb by asking his agent.
February 09, 2008 09:19 AM
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Sonya~I went through this with a best friend of mine through childhood and after discussing the situation with seasoned agents, I have realized and know in my heart now that I'm not going to be everybody's agent and no matter who I work with I'm so grateful and blessed by each of them. 
February 10, 2008 12:28 AM
Rainmaker
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Lindsey Hasford
Coldwell Banker Vision
Sonya - Family are the greatest at "forgetting" what we do! :-) It's best to separate and be blessed if they do choose you. (in my opinion). I have a family full of tire kickers. They keep promising to use me - but they won't ever move! What's better?
February 10, 2008 10:13 AM
Rainer
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Chad Baird
Re/Max Spirit

I know the feeling.  Makes me think of a line from a song:

"But it's all right now, I learned my lesson well.
You see, ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself"

Ricky Nelson Garden Party

February 10, 2008 11:21 AM
Rainer
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Latonia Parks
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Top Bragg Realty, Fayetteville NC, Home of the 82d ABN DIV

I have seen this before in friends but I, too, realize I can't be everyone's Realtor of choice.  What is meant for me will be for me.  You have a great attitude and outlook and it's because of your priorities.

Great job!!

February 10, 2008 11:26 AM
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