Should You Receive Congratulations for a sale Hawaii

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Best Homes Hawaii RB-13537

Should You Receive Congratulations for a sale Hawaii

or When making a real estate sale, why should I be congratulated?
Are you not just doing your job, your calling, your work.

Congratulations Hawaii

Which led me to think what does this thing CONGRATULATIONS mean?
Why would an agent congratulate ME, their competitor, on a sale.

Recently, at a networking event, an agent asked about one of my listings
for their buyer and I said "It just went into escrow today".  Immediately, the agent said "CONGRATULATIONS".  
I thought, are they serious?  They had a buyer for this listing and should not REALLY be happy that it's sold.  They don't know my background in this transaction, so why should they commend me?

Lets Translate how this means to me, via Wikipedia and you can give your input in either direction.  I'll be happy with it.

(Oh, this is my tresured 5y grandson Landon)

CONGRATULATIONS: the act of expressing JOY or acknowledgement as to the achievement or good fortune of another.  When a competitor, says these words, I don't believe they are having JOY over me accomplishing my task.  Working as a Real Estate professional, getting paid, this is your income, not extra money on the side, so why should you get a slap on your back.

I don't see the payroll clerk, handing out employee checks and saying "Congratulations!".
I don't see owners of small businesses, giving out the paycheck and sayig "Congratulations!"
Nor government employees, receiving a check in the mail with the words "Congratulations" printed anywhere.

Have you see anyone, seeing a salaried worker, hourly employee, receive their payday check and get "Congratulated?"

Are they really saying:
"I appreciate and praise you for having made the sale, that I didn't make."
"I acknowledge that you are getting a paycheck and are celebrating that YOU are getting paid and NOT me."

Would it be better to say "wishing you happiness and prosperity".

I don't feel congratulations is needed, because helping people achieve THEIR dreams, is just reward.  The income from that work, helps to take care of Family, Taxes, Church, schools, medical your automobile and a myrid of business expenses.

This reminds me of people at a Network Marketing meeting and people clapping their hands in excitement that a new member was enrolled.  Isn't it better to just say to the competitor these words of encomium or extolment, "good going" "good work" "best of luck" "blessings" "kudos".  I'm sorry for making this stink, but this is something that has bothered me.   Now with this said, tomorrow I can be UPBEAT!

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Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Bruce, you have a point, why should we be congratulated for doing our job, but everyone uses that it seems. Thanks for your post today,

Aug 03, 2012 03:51 AM #1
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Bruce, in the current economy not many agents have closings, if you make a sale it is worth it to acknowledge the blessing. Continued success!

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