REAL ESTATE IS NOT FOR GUPPIES

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with people first...then business Ran Right Realty BRE Agent 636943
http://actvra.in/4QCX

When I first got licensed back in the 70's, the first thing I noticed out there in the sea of Real Estate was all the sharks swimming around in a frenzy feed. It intimidated me and caused me to choose carefully where I wanted to start my Real Estate career. Today, I have a second or third skin and dine on shark meat. But, I still don't like the fast paced and sometimes arrogant world of random Real Estate agents

FRENZY FEED

Just like there are many different sharks in the sea, so there are many type of Real Estate agents. All have eating teeth, but some accomplish their missions without gobbling, snapping or biting at someone else to do so. This is what happens when you get nothing but money driven people all in one place. All out....feeding frenzy for some takes place...

HUNGER DRIVEN

To the Real Estate sharks, chum (shark bait) is sort of like the commission or listing potentials to make a buck. When this blood money ( lol ) is thrown into the water to attract fish (opportunity), the chum will do it every time. Chum can also be a referral or opportunity as well. I believe there is enough for all but some want to eat more than others thus the "frenzy". I get it!

GREED BY ANY OTHER NAME

Everyone sees the agents going at too. Some principals are moved to want to cut commissions believing that is one way to handle reducing the outgo or "agent food" while others accept the conduct for what it is. It is interesting to note that many see it as pure, raw greed. There is no mistaking the behavior either

GOT CHARACTER?

It's the big money that does it. We are talking thousands of dollars to tens of thousands and higher than that depending on the property values involved. Don't get me wrong here. I believe that an agent who does the work deserves the pay period. But some need to get a hold of themselves character wise

NO HEART JUST MONEY

There are some money focused folks that forget about the customer service aspects and they come across clearly as being in it for the money and nothing else. Even that is tolerable providing all get what is agreed to. It's the attitudes that need some tweaking. Consider also there is a lot more going on too

LOT GOING ON

I personally enjoy getting to know all the different players when we all come together. They change from deal to deal. What makes it even more exciting for me, even intriguing, is that I have played many of the roles involved. This helps me to relate to others in a special way

BEEN THERE

I have purchased homes and hired an agent to help me. I have paid commissions. I have sold homes too. I have loaned money out, done escrows, appraisals and property management and meeting others who are just getting started or up and running causes me to fondly remember my start-up too.

RESULTS plus SERVICE

On seasoned principals and clients, I go for customer service. That's what people who have money or have been there and done that not only want but look for and appreciate too. I saw a scene in the move called "The Devil and Daniel Webster" that makes a good point here...

PILES of MONEY

It showed a money lender counting & recounting his money at the end of the day over & over. No memories of the people involved, how he got it & other circumstances at work. NO. Just money flowing through his hands & him touching it, worshiping it and having it. Here was the catch

 THAT'S THE DEAL

He made a deal with the devil for the money. The devil went strictly by the rules agreed to. No joy, satisfaction, peace, or closure. Just money & more money until your time is up. I have worked for people who do this blatantly, out in the open. The more wealth they have or can have, the more abrupt and rude too

WHERE LIES THE REASON?

If you take a step back, its really not the large amounts of money when you take a real good look. It is what comes out of a person's insides, hiding in there having its way and wanting more and not being able to contain themselves. It happens to anyone who comes into instant fame and fortune too

HEADS-UP says the GENERAL

Marcus Aurelius, a famous Roman General, who was very successful in all his campaigns and liked as well as he was feared became aware of the human nature, the dark side and he took steps to counter it. When he went out in public, he got accolades, praise and even a type of worship from all his successes

YOU ARE ONLY A MAN

He hired someone to walk by his side and repeat steadily, all during the shouting and honoring the following; You are only a man. Repeated over and over. This was so it wouldn't go to his head and then turn into a monster that couldn't be controlled. He used this to offset the pride & ego. It worked for him

MY FIRST NICKEL?

When the pride and the ego is removed from any circumstances or even mitigated, other things come into play and become part of the reward or return besides the money alone. I have no intimate distinct memory about the money I had as a kid, but boy oh boy do I remember spending it and the details too

MAKE MORE THAN MONEY

Real Estate is land and improvements. Without people, it remains dirt, wood and rocks. The moon is Real Estate. So is Mars. But no people. So what if you gained all the riches but had no intimate people contact to make it mean something? Hand full of nothing in the end. Real Estate is for Real...very real

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Location:
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character
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Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Bill Roberts ...I report what I see. As to room for all? Weeding out is in session

Apr 11, 2016 06:21 AM #56
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Richie, you've seen tons of changes since the 70's for sure. Opportunities are there, we can make as much as we put into our business but what is the "why". For me, it is more about helping others and of course money is a bonus.

Apr 11, 2016 09:08 AM #57
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Beth Atalay ...Think of how many people were tricked into believing otherwise

Apr 11, 2016 09:25 AM #58
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton

Dear Richie Alan,

None of us do this for a hobby, I would say, but no need to get nasty in the process. I always love uneventful transactions with professionals at every level. Makes all the clients happy & maybe an extra point for Realtors in general in the public mind.

Apr 11, 2016 12:03 PM #59
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Brian Rugg
Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-966-3200 - Georgetown, TX
Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est

Poignant, philosophical, and all Richie Alan Naggar. When we lose site of the basic good we do, it goes down hill pretty fast.  So much  for, "putting the interest of the client before our own". Ruthlessness is not a business plan.

Apr 11, 2016 12:10 PM #60
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Hello Dorte...Why bring Nasty unless it has hitched a ride on you! Best to U! D.E.

Hello Brian Rugg ...most excellent commenting and sharing. Two peas in a Real Estate pod be us....thank you Brian

Apr 11, 2016 11:44 PM #61
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Hi Richie - being in it for only the money is the ultimate shark.  I think that those without balance will eventually see their fortunes wane.

Apr 12, 2016 12:41 AM #62
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Hello Grant Schneider ...how can one escape the Universal law of you reap what you sow? Impossible to do yet, there are those that attempt to do it thus this law

Apr 12, 2016 02:07 AM #63
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Emanuel Cirino
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R.E. Agent/Investor From FL Looking to connect!

This speaks to so many things that occur in life not just real estate. The concept and deliver of the content is well put together. Very Talented Great Job.

Apr 12, 2016 04:12 AM #64
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Dianne Hicks
Realty ONE Group - Poway, CA

WoW... that was a mouthful... on point and very well expressed... Maybe that was my hardest unexpected obstacle in this business... to be in a transaction with such an array of different "types" of people... learning, focusing and deciding the best approach when you encounter people that don't play on the same field... Eye opener that's for-sure... sometimes I am still shocked at what I encounter before I regroup my head to figure best approach... always something to keep you on your toes in this business...  

Apr 12, 2016 04:53 AM #65
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Mike Wong
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest

A great lesson and finish to your point. There are many different fish in our industry and I learned quickly to become a shark in my niche to be competitive and not be eaten alive myself. 

I admit sometimes I get caught up counting the dollars and fame of production records, but I never lose sight of why I'm doing it. Family, charity, legacy. 

Apr 12, 2016 08:13 AM #66
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Hello Emanuel Cirino ...you are always welcomed to Richies General Store & post

Hello Dianne Hicks ...your commenting stands tall and thank you for sharing

Hello Mike Wong ...Most excellent commenting and sharing thank you Mike

Apr 12, 2016 08:34 AM #67
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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

In this business, every form of communication can be a trick call and lead to bigger problems.  It is no for the faint of heart and perseverance and patience is mandatory to survive

Apr 12, 2016 11:47 AM #68
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Ed Silva ..how true this statement of yours is

Apr 12, 2016 12:12 PM #69
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

So many thoughts come to mind...Mars, one of these days Alice!  Arrogance and sharks so fittingly describe many of the real estate agents I have met - especially with higher end properties. And, finally, never have gotten "chum-my" with the either!

Apr 13, 2016 02:09 AM #70
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC ...Alice went to the moon often Gary lol. Sea-World for those agent sharks that don't behave

Apr 13, 2016 03:49 AM #71
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Didn't know that tidbit on Marcus Aurelius but I'm sure we all know some agents that could use that man whispering in his ear. 

Apr 13, 2016 07:39 AM #72
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Hello Lyn Sims ...your just an agent making a living. So is the other guy REPEAT

Apr 13, 2016 07:54 AM #73
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I had heard the Roman Story a litte different.  When a victorious general had is truimphal parade into Rome a slave would be on the Chariot with him whispering "Only Death is Certain."

Apr 16, 2016 01:31 PM #74
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Hello Gene Riemenschneider ...Perhaps he had a valet & a chauffeur? LOL  One thing is for sure. He took steps to mitigate and reduce his ego food. Best to U and remember Gene, you are only a humble agent in Brentwood CA

Apr 16, 2016 11:46 PM #75
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