Remember That We ALL Started Somewhere in Real Estate

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Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

It's Christmas Day and I'm drinking a cup of the Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Coffee that Randy L. Prothero - Hawaii REALTOR® (Century 21 Liberty Homes)  gave us.  It's a clear morning and this Christmas Day is projected to be a beautiful clear day.  BUT....That could change in an instant like anything else in life.

I'm reflecting over the last few days here so bear with me.

For one,  EVERYONE has to start somewhere. I for one was new to the Short Sale Market.   IT TOOK LOTS OF RESEARCH and LOTS of phone calls but my broker and other agents (from other companies...not even on the other side of this transaction) in the industry here were happy to help me with any questions I had on the process.

THAT'S what Real Estate is about. The REAL in the human beings that are helping each other out to learn the business RIGHT.

We ALL started somewhere....in Real Estate.

This is the kicker......In the last four weeks I've closed two short sales representing buyers and on Christmas Eve I closed my first Short Sale Listing with Randy.  I wrote a bit about it in Bank of America Sucks but funny how some only see the title and not the moral of the story which was Patience, Tolerance and Acceptance

Bank of America was the Bank for the Seller on the Christmas Eve Short Sale Closing. I thank the buyer who held on for almost six months, the seller who responded to get things in quickly that I needed, Randy who brought me in on the listing so I could learn and teach him too, Bank of America who didn't respond quickly throughout but responded asap at the end when approved and getting me the approval letter and .....

Thanks to Me..... For being the responsible and professional agent I've been for years.....even while learning the process of shorts sales on BOTH sides.

Real Estate is a continuous learning process as the terms, laws and process change continuously, for an ever changing market. I'm glad there were people in my own market who are willing to help just as I do when new agents come into our office...or even if they're new on the other side.

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The Tragedy.....On the other hand, my dear husband Gary broke his wrist on Wednesday at work. He was moving a 78 lb battery back up and his wrist was fractured when it got pinned between that thing and the wall. It was with Gary's support throughout the years that I have remained level headed and made it through the changing markets.

It's with my support too, that we work hand in hand when something changes.

Gary's broken wrist was his writing & working hand so I've literally been helping him with everything he needs. It's hard to have a tragedy happen and everything we take for granted is lost at an instant.

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MORAL OF THE STORY?  Anything can happen in life, our real estate market and normal every day activities.  It's up to each and every one of us to give the support to those around us to be a good neighbor, spouse.....or just an all around good human being.

For without those helping hands ....

Where would we be today?

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Caren Wallace
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Sally,  the only constant is change and we learn that quickly in our business!! So glad that you had a good year and I wish you another one to succeed it!! I also hope that your husband is on the mend and back to normal really soon!!

Dec 26, 2009 12:17 AM #39
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Sally,

I'm so sorry to hear about Gary's wrist......I hope it heals quickly.

Congrats on your short sales !

I always say that life can change in an instant.....so value each moment as you have it.

Jo

Dec 26, 2009 01:52 AM #40
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Monique: Thanks Monique...this was a hard market to tackle wasn't it?  How's your side?

Maya Garg: Exactly. Helping Hands are indeed what we as an industry need to continuously do so we are strong. If everyone didn't want to help then where would we all be? We ALL started somewhere.

Andrew: It is...and if we all remembered where we came from we certainly would be out there helping all.

 

Dec 26, 2009 04:23 AM #41
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Sally - Barrie and I said ouch for Gary ... hope it heals well and does not cause him to much aggravation ... congratulations on the successful short sales with the added bonus being from AR

Dec 26, 2009 04:40 AM #42
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Bill: Of course I have to give myself 'some' credit. If it weren't for me and how I run my business there wouldn't have been any :)

Jeff: Thanks much Jeff.  And Gary is doing fine having me 'wait' on him lol. As you Jeff..this is the first market with short sales we have seen and it took some learning...to say the least. Good luck with yours Jeff...I'm sure that you are as I....learn..help ....grow...and succeed. Your clients are lucky to have you as their agent!

 

Dec 26, 2009 06:22 AM #43
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Mike: Believe me, he's a trooper :)  I am ....every time something happens I am revisiting my priorities :)

Carole: That IS a fact Carole. We had a wonderful luncheon with family...I just had to cut his prime rib and ham :)

Wendy: It sure does Wendy. They CAN be worked liked any others...and just because I've done a few now doesn't mean that I'm above those that haven't. I will continue as I've done any other time. Help those that don't know. It's with this thinking that keeps our industry healthy.

Dec 26, 2009 06:26 AM #44
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Gail: We're doing just fine...but it just goes to show that we give a helplng hand... to those in need...and everyone benefits.

Neal: Yup....did you also break your wrist?

Patricia: you're welcome

Sheldon: Yup....IMO too. Exactly. I'm not above anyone to lend  helping hand.....even to wash my husbands back :)

 

Dec 26, 2009 06:34 AM #45
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Teri:  Oh, yeah lol. Thyanks and hope your 2010 is grand too!

Jackie: Thanks and he's fine...we'll be going on a dinner cruise tonight....Have a wonderful 2010 too!

Tammy: Me too! I miss his cooking! You have a great 2010 too!

 

Dec 26, 2009 06:44 AM #46
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Loreena: thank much...and I'll let Gary know too

In fact, thanks all for the well wishes for Gary :)

Judy: Me too...and we're making the best of it :)

Lynda: It sure is....at least those that have an open mind :) Thanks...Have a wonderful 2010!

 

 

Dec 26, 2009 07:31 AM #47
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Lisa: Hope you feel better :)  I've been going to acupuncture and massage therapy...amongst taking herbal remedies vs. prescription...it's worked out heck a lot better!

William: When stuff hits...it hits hard huh? He is trying to pluck with his left...and keeps hitting the mouse on the wrong sides lol  He makes the best of it but he can't play his game...he tried this am...kept getting killed and hurt. :)   I loved the fairies William and it was much appreciated for Gary and Shadow. (dog is more spoiled...she got a 'baby' a day for the past week and two on Christmas lol)

Lavern: It sure does. And I was determined to learn the short sale process on both sides as well. Believe me...sighs of relief (actually screams of joy) when the listing closed. The two buyers were so willing to work with me and the two banks...Indy(Bank One West) and Citimortgage were wonderful!

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Sally~

Always you inspire greatness in those you touch through your work here...and in the real/real estae world. Thank you. Many Blessings in 2010.

Dec 26, 2009 07:40 AM #49
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Carla: It sure does although I ...like you...had nothing to hide when doing my first transactions or the years in the business. No matter what they look for professional and experienced. I've worked on the other side of 20 year agents who had no clue.

Michael: As most know, our market has higher sales prices therefore 25% is equal to the volume of sales I have :) ActiveRain has always been one of my best 'lead' site....they read my blog for months and then call :)

Jennifer; We 'should'...but not all think that way..that's okay though..the ones that do are rewarded.

 

Dec 26, 2009 07:41 AM #50
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Ty: Yes...it means stunted and left behind.

Gary: Putting it simply...yes.

Caren: It sure is....We are having a great time during the holidays....and he'll be on the move in no time :)

Jo> Thanks..thanks and Happy 2010!

Kathy: Ouch is right....although he seems to be in high heaven with me doing almost everything :)

janeAnne: Thanks .....Have a wonderful 2010!  I know you will :)

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Congrats on your success with the short sales Sally!  {{HUGS}} to poor Gary!  I know you will be taking good care of him, sounds painful!

Dec 27, 2009 04:48 AM #52
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Sally, Congratulations on your closings.  It's difficult to accomplish and you deserve it especially after all of your hard work.  Bbackbiting, gossiping and sabotaging others will result in failure.  Helping others will result in successes, you are the proof.

I hope all goes well for Gary and that he heals quickly. 

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Sally, Congratulations on your closings.  It's difficult to accomplish and you deserve it especially after all of your hard work.  Backbiting, gossiping and sabotaging others will result in failure.  Helping others will result in successes, you are the proof.

I hope all goes well for Gary and that he heals quickly. 

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It was a relief to finally close that transaction with all the hurdles.  I was so fortunate that you agreed to team up with me on that one.

Dec 27, 2009 05:13 PM #55
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You are so right when you say that real estate is a continual learning process. Everything is and when we lose sight of that we can miss out big time.

Congratulations on your short sale successes - they are very challenging to say the least.

Dec 28, 2009 12:58 AM #56
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Susan: They were...and it is :)

Randy: Yes you were LOL

Leolinda: To put it simply...you just did :)

Renee: Yup...all too painful...and now I get a taste of doing everything and then some...for both of us :)

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Sally - you had me when you started describing that coffee you were drinking!!!!!

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