THANK YOU, 2008.....AND A GOOD NEW YEAR'S EVE OMEN FOR 2009

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Real Estate Agent with www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty) 27941

Beaufort, SC, Real Estate, Keith StrawnI don't know many of us whom would want to see another year like 2008, but did we not all learn a thing or two from the year that was?

I won't presume to speak for anyone else, but I can speak for myself when I say I got a measure of perspective from 2008. 

1)  I learned from 2008 that my beautiful, understanding wife and my six healthy children are much more important than the number of sales I close. Money comes and goes, but I've only got one chance with these guys to the left.

2) I learned from 2008 that keeping an eye on the outgoing cash-flow is as important, if not more important, as the amount of the incoming cash-flow.

3) I learned from 2008 that there is genuine opportunity for personal growth and reflection in a terrible real estate market. 

With all that in mind, I'm ready for 2009. There can be no more surprises. Can the economy get worse? Sure, but at least now I know it's a possibility, and I have girded myself for that possibility.

I stopped by the office for a short while on New Year's Eve, and happened to be the last agent to leave.  Before I did, a young lady and her son came into our Bay Street office, to ask for a map, and a few other sundry questions. She was visiting from North Georgia (north of Atlanta), and is pondering a move to our beautiful Lowcountry.

So, today, I will have plenty of wonderful family time of my own, but I will also have the opportunity to assist this young lady, as she decides if Beaufort is a place she might like to hang her hat. 

It was a VERY GOOD OMEN and a nice outgoing gift from 2008, which taught me quite a bit. 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Keith Strawn
www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty)

Marty -- Let's celebrate our relationships, and ENJOY our real estate careers. 

Tony -- Funny how the necessity for work weeds out some of those bad apples.

Larry -- Great suggestion. We do have a LOC, of sorts.

Lane -- Yes, it can be worse, or it can be better. We can be our own catalysts for making it better.

January 01, 2009 09:20 AM
Rainmaker
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Connie Goodrich
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas
Keller Williams Realty

Celebrate all the good you have, the joys of family and seize the opportunities when they knock.  Hope it works out for you!

January 01, 2009 09:51 AM
Rainmaker
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JoAnna Siminerio
Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro

I so appreciate what you've learned and taken away from 2008.  Good for you to recognize, remember and learn from a challenging year.

I'm a big believer in fate and destiny!

Good luck in 2009!

January 01, 2009 12:55 PM
Rainmaker
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Bill Gillhespy
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
16 Sunview Blvd

Hi Keith,  Hopefully, we all learned a lot from having experienced this market.  It's what we do with it that counts !  Hope your 2009 is the best ever !

January 01, 2009 02:34 PM
Rainmaker
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Ilyce Glink
Best-selling author, award-winning TV/radio host.
Think Glink Media

Keith- Great positivity. I wish you all the best in 2009. With a positive attitude, I'm sure it will be a great year for you.

January 01, 2009 02:44 PM
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Margaret Woda
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114

What a beautiful family!  That does sound like a good omen, and it appears you have the right attitude for achieving great success in 2009.

January 01, 2009 03:14 PM
Rainmaker
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Cherimie Crane
Cherimie Crane & Associates, Ballenger Realty

Keith,

Congrats on the feature!!! I am so happy that you are starting 2009 off the right way, family is everything.

January 01, 2009 03:35 PM
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Jason Ellis
Coastal REO Solutions - Myrtle Beach Short Sales & REO's

Family is everything -- If a bad year helps bring families closer how can it be a bad year  ;) -- just a thought!! Best of luck in the New Year!! JE

January 01, 2009 03:48 PM
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Roland Woodworth
Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource- SFR - Clarksv
Keller Williams Realty

Keith: 2008 was a year to remember for many. I look forward to a Prosperous new year

January 01, 2009 05:07 PM
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Charles Stallions
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Charles Stallions Real Estate Services

Great prepective there Keith and so right one. Family is everything and our children are gifts from God.

January 01, 2009 05:25 PM
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571

Keith I think many in real estate as well as outside have learned a few lessons in this period of turmoil.  2008 was a great time for reflection and setting priorities straight.  I hope you will attain your 2009 goals

January 01, 2009 09:19 PM
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Regina P. Brown
e-Pro Realtor
California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.

Keith, what a wonderful family you have, so are so very blessed.  Yes, God has a plan for you and for me.  But we don't always know what it is in advance!

Join my NEW group for professionals who work from their home office at http://activerain.com/groups/virtualoffice

Regina P. Brown

January 02, 2009 02:39 AM
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Teri Eckholm
Acreage & Lakeshore REALTOR Minneapolis St Paul
REMAX Specialists

Keith--What a great looking family! There is an opportunity for growth in any market. Best to you in 2009!

January 02, 2009 08:36 AM
Rainmaker
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RE/MAX Hilton Head Bluffton
Sun City Beaufort SC
RE/MAX Island Realty

Best wishes for a very happy 2009!

January 02, 2009 08:43 AM
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Colleen Steelman
Keller Williams

Keith, You are so right. This past year has been a little tough. But it has reminded me that family is above all the most important thing to me. We learned some lessons that will be useful in the coming years. 

January 02, 2009 08:53 AM
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Keith Strawn
www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty)

Thanks to everyone for the kind words. I am blessed beyond words. 

January 02, 2009 09:07 AM
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Janet Guilbault
San Francisco Bay Area Direct Mortgage Lender
RPM Mortgage, Alamo Home Office

I am a big believer in omens, and I would have felt the same as you. What a lovely family you have!

January 02, 2009 11:02 AM
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Andrea Palmer
Phone 239-333-5556
Jones & Co. Realty 239-333-5556

we all needed to learn again what the most important things in live are let's just hope we can remember that family, health, good friends, laughing and believing in good omens will make all of us better people.

January 02, 2009 04:18 PM
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