Is It About Real Estate or People?

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Fortunately, we do not have to choose whether what we do is more about Real Estate or People; I think we all know the essence, the bottom line; the nitty gritty  of real estate is "people". Most often we are thinking of the people rather than ourselves. If you have been a real estate professional any time at all, you know that to be true. You probably also know that in the "people" category you pay the least attention to yourself.

Most Real Estate Professionals come with families (gasp...:-) . Recently I experienced an intervention of sorts. I learned that family members thought I was working too much. Obviously I had let my passion for serving Investors and rental candidates get totally out of hand. How do you back off, though? I don't think it is possible to give less. However, I did make a vow to remember to schedule in important family events. A chief complaint is that I spend too much time on the computer. So, I am backing off of non-essential writing, other than when the last family member is asleep, or if I happen to wake up at 3AM as I did today and find my family still sleeping.

Once when I woke up around 3AM, our house was on fire. I thanked God when I woke up at 3 this morning that my house was safe, and all family members either breathing deeply or snoring. I made a pit stop by the coffee pot and found the following reminder from my 16 yr old, Skye. "Mom, do you know anyone that would like to sponsor me for the Choir Walkathon?" Well, off the top of my head, No. However, I put us down for $2 a mile or $20. The walkathon is tomorrow; with a packed real day I can't see lining up sponsors last minute as something I can do successfully. I will be coordinating 3 to 4 new leases, the results of ongoing work. I may be weak minded; but I have got to focus on work.

One thing about being a Long Beach Concert Choir Mom is that the parent association comes up with a year packed full of fund raisers. For instance, I may not do a great job at helping get sponsors for the Walk a Thon (Sponsors just let me know the $ or cents they want to contribute to Skye's 10 track walk. You can pay later:-); but I still have time to get myself together for Christmas Wreathes (you may turn in your order now:-); they are beautiful, Christmas with Santa...

Now I know many Real Estate Professionals have kids, and we can't all contribute to all of them. Still, in recognition of the fact that we are Real People, with Real Families--I would like to know about your fund raisers. I would also like your tips on living a more balanced life if you are actively involved in Real Estate as a "Field Agent" (Field Agents get the fun part of the job, working with Rental or Buyer Candidates, showing homes, photographing homes, placing ads).

I almost forgot. Click here to hear a few songs from the Long Beach Concert Choir.

 

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Holly Weatherwax
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Suzi, it is all a balancing act.  At anytime, we can all tumble over, but we get back up again. 

We are doing a fundraiser at my son's K-8 school selling grade-level t-shirts (each grade gets a color).  For my high school daughter, we are raising money for the All Night Grad Party, by getting a local store to agree to donate some sale proceeds with a copy of the school flyer. We are also sponsoring a show. I think the most money is raised by having sponsor nights at local restaurants...'wing night' is a big favorite.  I have done wreaths in the past (way past--back in preschool) and it was one of my favorites; short, sweet and over.

Good luck with your efforts--both for balance and fund raising :).

Aug 21, 2009 02:06 AM #1
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Terry Miller
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Suzi, the key is living a counter balanced life. I teach a class called quantum leap and its about life not real estate.

Fundraisers- we do golf tournaments and bowling tournaments.

Aug 21, 2009 02:31 AM #2
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Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
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Suzi, Great post about your family and your kid's choir.  Great activity and great group of kids. 

It is a challenge to have balance for almost everyone. 

No fundraisers here for me but the most successful ones in the past were See's candy bars...we sold them early in the morning in front of Home Depot.  (People are less likely to be rushed and crabby early)!!!!

Aug 24, 2009 11:52 AM #3
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M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk)
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Jane, thanks for your input. Great idea. I like the fact the Long Beach Concert Choir teaches so much more than choir. The Choir Director requires discipline, participation, and planning from the students. They are so professional in presentation I cry almost everytime I attend a concert (because they are so good:-).

Aug 25, 2009 12:19 AM #4
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Diane Rice
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Hi Suzi - you are making the correct decision that fits you and your lifestyle.... continue to not succumb to pressure!  I MUST take breaks from AR to get back to my purposes.... we must all do this.  Be encouraged in all your endeavors!  Thanks for the choir songs!

Diane

Aug 31, 2009 06:24 AM #5
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Amy Jones
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I haven't quite figured out the balancing act yet! I just do my best. My goals will change in a few years after my kids graduate.

The candy bars seem to be easy fundraisers. The entertainment books can be popular- depends on the contents. Good Luck.

Sep 05, 2009 04:25 AM #6
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M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk)
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Hi, to you Diane. I'm glad you actually listened; I love hearing them. You are right, I love AR but definitely had to redirect my attention. Of course I lost AR relationships, but I had a lot more face time with family and candidates for business. Every once in awhile I spot one of my blogs on a search engine (Like #7 front page Google:-) . Then I miss everyone and come running back to writer's block--will I have anything worthwhile to say???

Amy, thank you for dropping by, too. That's two votes for candybars. I'll have to run this by the Long Beach High School Concert Choir Parent Association. Now that's a mouthful, isn't it?

Sep 06, 2009 07:23 AM #7
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Amy Jones
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Suzi, After dropping away from AR for a while, my AR relationships seem to have faded also. Family is the most important thing. We can reconnect and make new connections on AR. Our kids grow up so quickly. Time flies. I know I won't ever regret spending time w family.

Sep 08, 2009 04:57 AM #8
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