The View From The 84th Floor

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Yup, I reached the 84th floor today - my goal is to make it to the 100th floor.

I suspect I am the oldest real estate broker on AR and I am pulling seniority to make some observations on this momentous day

  • My wife and I were licensed when I reached the 50th floor - she was still on the 30th floor
  • Some of you were still in high school or in diapers 34 years ago, but you've caught up :)

It has been my privlege to witness and participate in many dramatic and primarily positive changes in our industry (it is not a profession)

  • The initial MLS online systems were of a retrieval nature - there was no agent input
  • Western Union Datagrams authorizing an agent to sign documents were the forerunner of electronic signing by both seller and buyer
  • Loan approval was done by a committee at the lender's office twice a week before loan approval software was developed to facilitate the loan approval process
  • Realtors all worked for the seller until Buyer Agency law and regulations delineated the responsibility of agents on both sides of the transaction

Al Gore invented the Internet when I was on the 70th floor

  • Karen launched her first website in 1997 well ahead of the rush
  • We joined social networking sites offered by both our association and NAR prior to year 2000

What am I saying ?

  • There are those who assume we "oldies" have to learn new ways, but remember
  • We helped bring about the need for the "new ways"

Recently, an agent with less than 5 years experience responded to a blog comment by my wife. "you either flip burgers or learn to work with listings CORRECTLY"  I can assure that agent Karen will be here long after the agent has left the business and is flipping burgers.

For those of you who doubt I will reach the 100th floor - the vast majority of my family passed on in their 90's - they didn't have a wife 20 years their junior taking care of them :)

Art Kruschka

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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I like the Floor vs "age" and your candor.  Happy Birthday, and the best wishes of the day!!

Sep 22, 2009 11:33 AM #117
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Monica Hess
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Gosh Art!  I remember when Al Gore invented the internet!  He was so proud...but humble, really humble.  I'm hope your wife got a chuckle out of the burger flipping advice.  Sometimes it's fun to just sit back and watch what happens next.
I know that I'm so green I glow...so I'll try to mind my manners and learn something.  Congratulations.  Nice to meet you.

Sep 22, 2009 11:45 AM #118
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Tim D. Wilson - The Horseman's Agent ™
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Congratulations on that nice catch...!

 

Oh yeah, and for all of that longevity in the industry, too, I guess....   :-)

 

Sep 22, 2009 12:41 PM #119
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Chad McBain
RE/MAX R.E. CENTRE - Guelph, ON

I enjoyed that, thanks. Happy Birthday and continue to enjoy the journey.

Sep 22, 2009 12:47 PM #120
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Chad McBain
RE/MAX R.E. CENTRE - Guelph, ON

I enjoyed that, thanks. Happy Birthday and continue to enjoy the journey.

Sep 22, 2009 12:48 PM #121
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Rich Bouchner
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New York City Real Estate

Art:

 

Congratulations on your birthday and here is to many more!  My Dad is 83 and going strong selling reverse mortgages. If you find yourself in NYC, please let me know, and I will buy you a drink!

 

Best,

Rich

Sep 22, 2009 01:43 PM #122
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Daniel J. Hunter
REALTOR® - New Port Richey, FL

Attitude is Everyting.

But while I tell my son he will live well into the 100s, I know my fate will not be so kind.  I was not supposed to make it past Y2K, and my last grandparent died in my senior year of high school.  So I have resigned myself to the life I have, and encourage my son to plan for the life I thought I would have.  So long as he succeeds, I will go to my end, a happy camper.  Though I really would like to have a daughter before it happens.  Anything is possible, right?

Sep 22, 2009 02:54 PM #123
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Christine Donovan
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Congratulations on reaching the 84th floor.  You've definitely seen a lot in real estate and elsewhere.

I remember how much trouble I had helping Mom when I was in school helping her figure out the fax machine.

Sep 22, 2009 04:17 PM #124
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Art Kruschka
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Candice     Thank you,  Art

Sep 22, 2009 10:44 PM #125
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Art Kruschka
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Carla  At 84 candor comes easy :)  Art

Sep 22, 2009 10:46 PM #126
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Art Kruschka
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Monica  This is a great place to learn.  Good luck as a realtor  Art

Sep 22, 2009 10:48 PM #127
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Art Kruschka
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Tim  With my charm it was easy  :)  Art

Sep 22, 2009 10:50 PM #128
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Art Kruschka
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Chad  Thank you,  Art

Sep 22, 2009 10:51 PM #129
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Art Kruschka
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Rich  Good for him - I'm not so rare.  I used to live in the city and Brooklyn, too.  Next I'm there I'll give you a call  Art

Sep 22, 2009 10:54 PM #130
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Art Kruschka
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Daniel  You certainly have the attitude - God Bless you  Art

Sep 22, 2009 10:56 PM #131
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Art Kruschka
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Christine  We now use fax to email - way cheaper and much clearer  Art

Sep 22, 2009 10:57 PM #132
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Lisa Matykiewicz
United Brokers Group - Gilbert, AZ

I have no doubt you will reach the 100th floor.  Very inspirational for a newbie in the business..thanks.

Sep 23, 2009 03:52 AM #133
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I can't tell you how many times I have heard, "I'm too old for this internet stuff." I'm usually giving a talk or workshop on internet marketing or social media and that statement is made by someone in their 40's...

I'm just a spry young 59 year old myself... I tell them, "watch what you say and no excuses"... Either choose to join in, or choose not to, but don't do it out of ignorance. Do it because you understand it and choose not to participate. Then blame no one if your business suffers...

Nice post Art, thanks...

Sep 23, 2009 05:08 AM #134
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Art Kruschka
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Lisa  Thank you and good luck to you   Art

Sep 23, 2009 11:11 AM #135
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Art Kruschka
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Rene  That is an excellent retort - I'm now at the age where I don't take prisoners anymore  Art

Sep 23, 2009 11:13 AM #136
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