It's Not A Job | It's Not A Hobby | It's A Blessing And A Passion

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Managing Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Executive Realty 104763
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My “job” is not typical, and I rarely refer to it as a “job.”  It’s more of a passion. What I do every day for a living was the final stage of a plan. A program designed to keep my income flowing and to provide me with total flexibility. What I do for a living can be done from any location and at any time of the day.

I never need to answer the phone again. Oh, how I dislike phone calls now, but I think I shared that already with everyone.  I had so many decades of being a listing agent and jumping on every phone call.  The service I gave was superior, if I do say so myself.  I answered that phone at all hours of the day and/or night.  Prompt service at all times was what I provided. Now, it goes into voicemail unless I want to answer it!

Over ten years ago, I began my “scale it down and veer off to the next path” journey.  My Todaro Team was formed; I turned over all of my builders to one team member (a very difficult task for me….I had a very close relationship with all of my builders, but they trusted my judgment.)  I marketed for the members and made the phone ring without taking any business.  I lived on referral fees, and there was enough business from my marketing to make that happen. My name was already branded.

Now, my daughter is the team leader, and my marketing continues.  I have personal time whenever I want it, and I am able to work from anywhere. I continue to recruit when I meet someone who strikes me as a “rare find.”  Once a teacher, always a teacher.  I love training old school methods and “the basics” of online marketing.

My job is rare, but I think more will see it my way, and plan properly for the future.  My plan worked well for me because I wanted it badly.  I’m not the type of person to do nothing. I love what I do, and I appreciate the freedom and flexibility. 

What I love about my job is “it’s not a job.”  It’s whatever I want it to be, on any particular day.  If I don’t feel like marketing, I won’t market.  Truly, that has not happened yet.  It’s become a passion and addictive.  I market on 8 different sites online plus I prepare an incredible amount of fresh, new postcard designs for direct mail marketing.

There is no other profession that will allow one to participate until both eyes are closed or one can’t think properly. Until one of those two scenarios happens, my income will continue to flow consistently. 

The real estate plan that I’ve created is a plan that works well for me. It keeps me sharp (give or take a buck!!) and allows me to enjoy my personal time. I consider myself to have been blessed with this career.  I know it’s rare, but it’s possible for others to create, also.

Many real estate agents are forced to leave the business because of physical reasons and find themselves working at a menial job because they need the income to survive. It does not need to be that way, if one plans properly.  Think ahead and always have a backup system in place.

Just sharing my real estate plan (also known by most as a “JOB”) and submitting it to the ActiveRain Contest offered by Liz and Bill Spear.   

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Barbara Todaro, sales manager of RE/MAX Executive Realty 

308 W. Central St...suite E

Franklin, MA 02038

508-520-9881

www.todarosellsfranklinma.com

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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Barbara,  You plan seems to be a master plan of all plans. The perfect combination of all pieces just fit ... perfectly.  

Feb 06, 2017 03:17 PM #36
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Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
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I love it when a plan comes together! Congratulations on having your "job" your way!

Feb 06, 2017 03:18 PM #37
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L. Scott Ferguson
Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional

Awesome post!

 

RE is a blessing, passion and an obsession for me! :) 

Feb 06, 2017 03:20 PM #38
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Shirley Coomer MyWay.... well, would you expect anytbing else from an "only child?"

Feb 06, 2017 03:21 PM #39
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Barb, You found the perfect way to transition everything you'd experienced into something that benefits your entire team and gives you the freedom you want at the same time.  How many people get to pull that off successfully?

Feb 06, 2017 04:24 PM #40
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

It wasn't easy, and I hit many bumps in the road, but there was nothing that that not manageable and fixable.... I would do nothing differently Liz and Bill Spear (bill)

Feb 06, 2017 04:27 PM #41
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Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Precisely the way I feel.  I spent lunch today talking with a lady who I hope will help carry on my business as I "scale it down and veer off to the next path".

Feb 06, 2017 06:31 PM #42
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Praful Thakkar
Keller Williams Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Barbara Todaro - you are the best! And I am fortunate to have you met here in 'Rain! 

Feb 06, 2017 10:10 PM #43
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Andrew Mooers
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Work hard, keep your wits about you and re-invent your life, your real estate profession which some say is a jealous master. It's your life and ticking by fast Barbara Todaro !

Feb 07, 2017 03:17 AM #44
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

What a great post, Barbara, outlining your personal real estate story. It's truly inspiring and I hope it gets a few people thinking about how they can make this profession work for them at different stages of their lives.

Feb 07, 2017 03:54 AM #45
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Raul Rodriguez
Covenant Partners Realty - San Antonio, TX
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Congratulations on having the foresight to plan your work, you should write a book now. You are what makes America great... 

Feb 07, 2017 05:19 AM #46
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & personality!

Your energy is palpable!!  Thank you so much for sharing this.  I love that you found "life after showings and listing appointments".  This provides motivation for us all.  :)

Feb 07, 2017 05:52 AM #47
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

It is not a job if you LOVE it Barbara Todaro 

Feb 07, 2017 06:02 AM #48
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

I love the positiveness of your post and the hope it gives to so many to create and follow a plan for the future and to make sure they have a long term plan. You are a shining example, thank you.

Feb 07, 2017 06:20 AM #49
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Jan Green
HomeSmart Elite Group,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good for you Barbara!  You've set your plan in motion and now continue to reap the rewards of hard work and efforts. 

Feb 07, 2017 09:01 AM #50
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Cape Coral, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,SFR,PSA

Barbara, thanks for sharing your personal journey and why you still love it.

Passion is not often found in people today, I am glad you still have it.

Best wishes

Feb 07, 2017 11:03 AM #51
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

I am enjoying reading all of these contest entries, need to write one myself!  You are correct, it's more than just a job--real estate involves a lot of emotions, variuos types of clients, dedication and a strong work ethic. We are all working for ourselves.

Feb 08, 2017 09:26 AM #52
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Barbara. None of this surprised me but I love the read and the story it tells about you.

Feb 12, 2017 02:57 PM #53
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Carissa Dodds
Realtor @ Exit Realty Pikes Peak - Colorado Springs, CO
Real Estate Agent extraordinaire serving Colorado

I love seeing your passion and love for what you do! It's not a job to you it seems to be more like a " Lifestyle". What an amazing mentor you would be! Look forward to reading through your blogs and learning from you! Your an inspiration!

Apr 01, 2017 12:53 PM #54
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

thanks so much, Carissa Dodds I love to mentor, and my niche is land, new construction and resale listings.... the team focuses on those areas and I do all the marketing.... thank you for your kind words....

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