real estate success: Team Efforts - 09/03/17 06:28 AM
Regardless of team efforts, sometimes your team doesn’t place first.  The other night, I watched FSU succumb to Alabama.  The overall team efforts in that game were painful, to say the least.  FSU’s quarterback couldn’t control his passes, and FSU defense looked like a bunch of school boys practicing.  To be honest with you, even though Alabama won, I wasn’t none too impressed with some of their team efforts either, and if they don’t get it together soon, they may have an upsetting season.  By the way, I’m an FSU fan from high school days back in the 60’s and I’ve … (0 comments)

real estate success: That Drive in Us - 07/16/17 04:30 AM
I know you have felt it.  I know you have been touched by it.  I know it has consumed you before.  You wouldn’t be in this business if you didn’t have it.  Each of you knows what I’m talking about!  That drive in us becomes so loud sometimes that we can hardly think!  What is that drive in us?
 
We humans sometimes operate on fuel we never wanted; sometimes a death forces us to do things we never wanted to do.  Sometimes a birth happily pushes us to make changes in our lives.  Many times, that drive in us is unexplainable, yet … (4 comments)

real estate success: A Few Suggestions - 07/05/17 05:57 AM
When you are newly licensed and have begun a real estate career, you tend to follow the lead of some major players in your professional life.  Brokers, trainers, and top producers will all have a few suggestions as you muddle your way through the first month of filling out forms, attending meetings, setting up sites, ordering cards, and generally staying bewildered and wondering when and if it will ever end.  Once the paperwork is done, and the dust has settled, it may be time for a few suggestions about what to do next.
 
Granted, not every new real estate agent starts out … (1 comments)

real estate success: Inspiration - 06/27/17 06:43 AM
In life, we have many inspirations, and some are relegated to our personal lives and some are relegated to our professional lives.  When blogging, I usually try to keep my personal life experiences to a minimum because after all, this is a real estate school blog.  When thinking about inspiration from a professional point of view, it’s easy to figure out what inspires me, and I would love to share that with you!
 
Having entered the real estate industry as a single mother of two small girls, no child support, 32 years old and living in a city where I knew only … (0 comments)

real estate success: The Rules of the Game - 06/25/17 02:09 PM
Although the practice of real estate is laced with many consumer laws and licensing laws, there are rules of the game that are not specifically statutory rules or written laws.  For example, there has always been a rule that says if we don’t have anything good to say about someone or something, we probably should keep our mouths shut.  In the real estate industry, this rule is important because just as sure as you say something negative about another real estate agent, it will somehow come back to haunt you.
 
Additionally, the Golden Rule has always been promoted by the National Association … (1 comments)

real estate success: It’s Your Choice - 06/21/17 03:33 AM
Again, it’s raining!  We’ve had more rain than we know what to do with, and quite frankly, calling Florida the “Sunshine State” right now is a bit of an oxymoron if you ask me.  As I write this blog, I am in my nightgown, sipping a cup of coffee, listening to the rain flood my yard and, of course, I began thinking about the practice of real estate and how it’s your choice when it comes to getting dressed today.
 
In a real estate career, it’s your choice to go into the office, to go into the field, to go door knocking … (0 comments)

real estate success: How Do You Know? - 06/15/17 09:46 AM
This question plagues me each month we teach a pre-license class.  At least one student will ask us, “how do you know you’re choosing the right office?”  What a huge responsibility that is for us!  I’m always asking the very same question!  We’ve taught at Keller Williams offices, an ERA office and now we are using Coldwell Banker facilities.  So, how do you know it’s the right fit?
 
When a student asks that question, the answer isn’t always simple.  Sometimes it depends on what the student is looking for in a brokerage.  Some students cannot jump into a full-time real estate career, … (1 comments)

real estate success: When Things Aren’t Right - 05/05/17 09:30 AM
Each one of us, no matter our age, has been here long enough to have experienced a time in life when things aren’t right.  Practicing real estate, like teaching real estate, can be a roller coaster from month to month.  Emotions can run rampant if goals aren’t met, worry can set in, frustrations can mount.  So, what is a person to do when things aren’t right?
 
Some of us hide within ourselves while we put on the emotional face the world expects of us.  We smile, laugh at anecdotes, carry on lively conversations, and then we go home exhausted from all the … (2 comments)

real estate success: Taking Care of Business - 04/10/17 09:53 AM
My mind keeps taking me back to a 70’s song by the Bachman-Turner Overdrive called, “Taking Care of Business.”  You owe it to yourself to listen to it on You Tube!  The hyperlink will take you to a rendition with the lyrics on the screen, and I can’t get enough of it!  Having been a product of the 60’s, music was and still is important to me.  When I lack the imagination to put thoughts into words, I find music does it for me.  I prefer contemporary Christian music now, but some rock and roll will always have a spot in … (4 comments)

real estate success: Are We There Yet - 03/31/17 05:34 AM
Recalling memories of small children in the back seat of the car, I can still hear them asking, “Are we there yet?”  No matter how short or how long the trip, that question was always in the forefront of their minds.  Thinking about that question that all parents hear sooner or later, I begin asking myself the same thing.  Are we there yet?  Where are we headed?  When will we arrive?  What is at the pinnacle?
 
The practice of real estate can be one of the most rewarding careers anyone could ever have.  My background led me through attorney’s offices, and while … (2 comments)

real estate success: What I Know - 03/12/17 06:20 PM
Lots of agents have been licensed longer than I have, but what I know is plenty enough to devote a lifetime to transferring knowledge, wisdom and experience to others.  I know what I know, and that’s all I know.  So why do you think students from all walks of life, representative of all ages, and having all kinds of reasons to come to a real estate school pick us?  I ponder this question because, quite frankly, I like pondering.
 
What I know is that expectations run high each time a student chooses TEAM Hughes Real Estate School.  What I know is that … (1 comments)

real estate success: Winning Starts with Beginning - 03/12/17 06:16 PM
Robert Schuller once said, “Winning starts with beginning.”  At the time I first heard it, I thought it was kind of catchy, and as time went on, it began to make more sense to me.  I now understand that unless I am willing to do something, I can never be good at it.  I also recognize that since winning starts with beginning, it’s going to take that first leap of faith to get me on the road to achieving what I want to achieve.
 
Many people think about real estate.  Some like to look at it, some like to talk about it, … (4 comments)

real estate success: Creature of Habit - 03/06/17 05:40 AM
I am a creature of habit.  I admit it, and I admit that sometimes it’s difficult to shake it up a bit, to move outside my comfort zone, and to do something totally spontaneous.  From the time I leave bed to greet the world in the morning, certain habits kick in.  I first turn on the Keurig, feed the dog, and once coffee is made I head to the computer.  If I don’t read my devotional right after the computer comes on, I am hard-pressed to read it at all, so before emails are checked, devotions for the day are read … (4 comments)

real estate success: Growing Through Adversity - 03/03/17 07:48 AM
I fully admit the subject of this blog came from a Facebook post that I found interesting.  Thank you, Barry Moulder, for posting it!  Pondering the post, I realized that growing through adversity is not necessarily an unusual way to grow.  A real estate licensee, especially one fresh out real estate school, is subject to all kinds of growing pains.  Most of those pains come from the learning process that goes along with a newly acquired real estate license.
 
Tony Robbins says, “It all starts with each individual’s inner strength and resilience.”  Getting a real estate license is the easy part; having … (2 comments)

real estate success: Knowledge is Power - 02/10/17 04:39 AM
Sir Francis Bacon was given credit for first using the phrase, “Knowledge is power” in 1597, although it was believed to have been coined by Imam Ali (559-661 CE).  Over the centuries, however, others such as Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Hobbes have professed this powerful principle in their writings.  Today, the same principle can be applied in your career.
 
No matter how long a real estate agent has been licensed, knowledge is power.  There are no timelines involved in this principle.  The more you know, the more you grow.  This has always been a mantra of many successful people, some of whom … (2 comments)

real estate success: What it Takes - 02/06/17 04:02 AM
TEAM Hughes teaches to students in different settings, e.g. pre license, post license, broker’s license.  We see students from all walks of life, with different personalities, all wanting to reach different goals.  Many times, I wonder if a certain student will have what it takes to make it as a real estate agent or REALTOR®.  Some seem to be struggling constantly while others appear to be gliding along nicely, heading for the goal.
 
I know what it takes to achieve real estate success.  I can often pinpoint a successful real estate agent, as well as an agent who isn’t going to make … (3 comments)

real estate success: Perception is Everything - 02/04/17 05:53 AM
Last week I taught a Florida Post License class to nine interesting real estate licensees.  Seven of them were REALTORS® and two had never practiced real estate, yet had kept their licenses intact for the future.  Each one of them had been licensed between 18 months and two years.  These diverse students cemented the lesson that perception is everything.  Even though a class like that runs only Monday through Friday, you get to know people, and this class was no exception.  They all seemed to bond well, and some appeared to have greater experience than others just by what they were … (1 comments)

real estate success: HOPE IS NOT A PLAN! - 01/19/17 06:00 AM
I recently chatted with an instructor who I admire very much.  As we were visiting, one of her agents came in and casually chatted with us because she was on “floor duty.”  As she was leaving, she said, “Well, I’m here until 5:00 and I hope that big call will come in!”  When she said that, my instructor friend answered, “Remember, hope is not a plan!”  That statement resonated with me, and as instructors, we try to get the message across that new real estate agents need a plan.
 
Many times in class, as we go around the room and each student … (0 comments)

real estate success: Practicing Real Estate Never Gets Boring - 01/17/17 05:00 PM
When I first graduated from high school, I took a job in DC with a government agency because I thought it would be exciting.  After a while, though, boredom set in, I left the agency and found myself working with attorneys, which is where I stayed for over 15 years.  Working as an administrative assistant and then as a paralegal was a challenge at first, but over the years it became pretty boring, and being relegated to an office all day just wasn’t fun.
 
What I discovered when I got my real estate license in 1983 was that every day was different.  … (2 comments)

real estate success: Swimming Upstream - 01/14/17 10:42 AM
In the practice of real estate, you must be consistent, you must have patience, and your resolve must take you through the times you feel you are swimming upstream.  The practice of real estate is not likely to be consistent, its consumers sometimes have little patience, and again, we battle swimming upstream.
 
So, how do others do it?  There are some remarkable real estate agents in this country who have been licensed longer than I have!  They were consistent, resolved, committed, and even though there were times of swimming upstream, they didn’t give up.  They are the truly successful ones along with … (2 comments)

 
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