Don't Feel Sorry For Me... I Just Closed My Biggest Sale

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President

"You are in real estate.  I feel sorry for you these days."

I've lost count of how many times someone has said something along these lines to me in the past few weeks and months.

What with the daily news of the economy, devastating media reports about the real estate market, foreclosures, prices taking nosedives, etc. -- what should people be thinking?

"You must have a lot of time on your hands these days."

"Have you thought about a back-up plan or a part-time job?"

Is the real estate market really that bad?  The market presents challenges, for sure, but there are also opportunities.  It is not a bad market, but a changed one here in Northern Virginia and D.C.

After my $970,000 settlement on a luxury townhouse in Arlington on November 7th, I've had a new answer to this barrage of questioning for the last 10 days:

"Actually I just closed my biggest sale about a week ago -- almost $1 million."

Jaws drop.  Bewilderment ensues.  Misperceptions are shattered.  Maybe the market really ain't that bad.

Or maybe this guy Brian Block is doing something right. 

While other REALTORS spend their last days hanging on in the business complaining about the market around the water cooler waiting for their phone to ring, the strong agents and brokers are surviving, even thriving.

Action and attitude win out every day over media hype and complaining whining.

And while I continue to enjoy the afterglow of a big sale, I'm not bragging about it around a water cooler... I'm too busy this week with 3 new buyers.

Good thing I never got that part-time job...

I still have time for you!

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Contact Brian Block, REALTOR/Attorney, RE/MAX Allegiance: Licensed in Virginia & Washington D.C. (703) 626-0715. If you are interested in purchasing or selling a property in Northern Virginia including Arlington County, Alexandria City, Annandale, Burke, D.C., Fairfax County, Falls Church City, Lorton, Springfield, Washington D.C., contact Brian today.

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Ann Cummings
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine

Hi Brian -  WAY TO GO!!!

I love these things you wrote:

< Action and attitude win out every day over media hype and complaining whining.

Good thing I never got that part-time job...

I still have time for you! >

And congrats on the new buyers - may you have quick smooth sales with each of them as well.

Ann
ps - good luck in the Blog Brawl, too!  ;-)

November 19, 2008 07:40 AM
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Joseph D. Federico
Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate
Donahue Real Estate Co.

Congrats Brian! With Thanksgiving just over a week away, I know you are very Thankful. Best wishes for a great 2009.

November 19, 2008 07:44 AM
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Sonja Adams
Samson Proprties

Thats great news!  I'm getting the same thing this year, and I respond the same way...had a 1.7million dollar sale not long ago...people are surprised that this is my best year ever....

November 19, 2008 07:50 AM
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Sean Kavanagh
Century 21 Miller

Attitude and action is what seems to seperate the 'haves' from the 'have nots'  It is sometimes tough to stay positive and look on the bright side, but it's the attitude you project and the actions you take that will keep you successful in any market.  Congratulations on your continued success.

Sean Kavanagh

November 19, 2008 12:38 PM
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Tina Merritt
Virginia Real Estate
Nest Realty

Brian - it amazes me how many agents have fed into the negativity.  I look at it as more business for me :)  Thanks for your positive post - I wish more agents would take the time to read it instead of sulking!

Tina in Virginia

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