Here at Raincamp and I thought I would write about well… Family!

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Yesterday was Father’s Day and my family and I came up to Seattle a couple days early to have some fun. We went to see my wife’s aunt and uncle and had a great dinner with them. But, my family came with me to Raincamp, so they could take me to the Seattle Mariners game on Sunday for Father’s Day.

Me behind homeplate at Safeco Field

You are asking what does all that have to do with real estate? Well, I can tell you it has everything to do with real estate for me. I got in to real estate so I could provide for my family, but quickly realized that real estate could make my family stronger and more connected if I did things right.

My son going to stop that homerun

So, over the past couple years, I have included them in my blogging about parks, let my kids do book reviews and even talked about their sports and other activities. You see because I have done this, I have been connecting with other families who have similar interests. These families would understand that I can’t show homes at 6pm on a Wednesday because I’m at a child’s softball game.

Bentwood park in Portland, Oregon

My father was at every one of my events as a child and I wanted to do the same thing for my kids. Real estate gave me this opportunity as I could write my own schedule. I’ve realized in the last year that I could even do more with the team concept and built a team that could work when I couldn’t and shared my lead generation skills to make more money.

Book review by Meesha Clark

Success to me isn’t how much you make, but how I support my family by being there. I could give them all the money in the world, but if they didn’t recognize me, then to me it wouldn’t be worth it!


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Dan Edwards 425-276-7008
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue - Bellevue, WA

Welcome to Seattle.  I hope your having a great weekend.  I love your perspective. I love how you include your family in your posts.  Keep it up

Jun 20, 2011 05:09 AM #7
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Todd...Another Great post with some great photos. Enjoy Rain Camp, the first one is a huge learning curve and exciting all at the same time. Say hi to Bob Stewart for me.

Jun 20, 2011 05:24 AM #8
Mike Cathell
Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC - Fort Myers, FL
Real Estate Investing for Real People


I spent 25+ years in Retail and missed much of my family growing up because of the demanding hours, especially at Christmas.  Real Estate has given me the opportunity to be a part of their lives now.  Thanks for the great reminder of why we all do this!

Jun 20, 2011 05:58 AM #9
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

Love the pictures of your family Todd... and how you make the time for them.  Your teaching your children great parenting skills... just like you received from your Dad.  Enjoy the Camp!!

Jun 20, 2011 07:10 AM #10
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Todd, enjoy Rain Camp!  I know what you mean, Darcy and I are much closer since we started working together!  Those are great pictures of your children!  Have fun in Seattle!

Jun 20, 2011 07:23 AM #11
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Todd, wow! That's what a great Dad would always do! Family first - because business is for family and not vice versa.

Jun 20, 2011 07:59 AM #12
Nancy Conner
Managing Broker - City Realty Inc - Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

The Mariners game with your family for Father's Day - what could be better?  I hope you and your family are sticking around for Active Rain's family BBQ on Wednesday - not gonna make it to Rain Camp, but will be there for the BBQ - so hope to see you then!!

Jun 20, 2011 08:51 AM #13
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Todd - I love real estate, I can provide for my family and not miss a single soccer game, school field trip, etc.  I've also been including my boys in my work too.

Jun 20, 2011 08:54 AM #14
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Todd:  So many parents don't get this perhaps your post will provide a great example of how to balance family life and career!

Jun 20, 2011 10:21 AM #15
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

Todd and Janna at RainCampIt was fun bumping into you at RainCAmp Seattle!  Our photo may be blurry but our focus is SHARP!  Blog on!

Jun 20, 2011 10:26 AM #16
Pete Holeman

Hey Todd,

My number one take away from Raincamp was your comment on Family!




Pete Holeman

Jun 20, 2011 10:34 AM #17
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Todd... I m with you ..Family is so important ..I love to include them in my blogs especially yhe youger ones they really love it! After all why do we choice this profession if not to help families

Enjoy Raincamp

  1. Helpfulhannah

Please take and post pictures

Jun 20, 2011 11:19 AM #18
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Todd~ I could not agree with you more! I want a job that works around my family life not a family that works around my job! Great way to spend the day!!

Jun 20, 2011 02:42 PM #19
Christie Lane Craven
Long & Foster - Odenton, MD
Your Anne Arundel County Agent

Todd, You always have such a great perspective.  I believe you are successful because you know what the important things in life are.  A pleasure reading as always!


Jun 20, 2011 03:06 PM #20
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

I think being you is so important! It helps people relate to you and what makes you tick. Todd, you do a great job of sharing yourself with the reader. This includes your great picture taking skills, openly talking about your family and sharing your real estate insights.


Jun 20, 2011 04:39 PM #21
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

That is AWESOME and a great reason to get into Real Estate. I didn't watch any baseball, so hopefully your team won. I'm sure it was a great Fathers Day either way. Have fun at Raincamp.

Jun 20, 2011 04:53 PM #22
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates | eXp Realty, LLC. - Roanoke, TX
-"When Experience Matters - The Agent You Need!"

Hi Todd, wow, this post really does put things in perspective and answers several questions for me that I have had in my mind when it comes to some of the posts I see from various members, and gives me lots of ideas for future posts, thank you.  Enjoy RainCamp, wish I could have made it up, next time.  Looking forward to post RainCamp posts.

Jun 21, 2011 11:27 AM #23
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I love how you include the family in your blogs and work. It makes you real and real is a GOOD thing! Congratulations on another awesome post!

Jun 22, 2011 06:00 PM #24
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

What a wonderful post and way to do a business-related trip, Todd. We are fortunate to be able to include our families in our budinesses in the ways you do.

Oct 05, 2013 05:26 AM #25
Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your California Real Estate Broker" TM #oclauren

Todd, so refreshing to hear how you make decisions that include your family as priority. Love it! You get ***** 5 stars w/me. Wish all men kept family priorities straight!

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