Luck has nothing to do with it >> Success has these ingredients

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

Recently I was speaking to an associate friend of mine and she wished me "good luck" when I told her I was showing property to an out of state buyer. At the risk of sounding arrogant I responded by saying "Thank you but luck has nothing to do with it, luck is for the tables at Las Vegas, I am armed with knowledge, drive and determination"!

Knowledge is knowing your product inside and out. I was showing land to this particular buyer and I had extensive information regarding planning and zoning issues, irrigation water, wells for the area and more. If we are showing homes we must have extensive knowledge regarding schools, zoning laws such as re-zoning proposals, proposed highway changes, etc. One who is armed with knowledge can overcome a lot of weaknesses. Know your product inside and out.

Drive is something one acquires at a very young age in my opinion. Drive to me means being driven to excel at anything that becomes a challenge or an obstacle. I knew very little about SEO when I joined Active Rain in 2007 but by reading numerous blogs and calling members I learned a lot about SEO. Whatever we want to excel at be it residential, investment or commercial real estate, having a relentless drive to succeed will pay big dividends. This sometimes means doing what needs to be done even when we don't have the desire or will to do it.

Determination is the "belief" that I will get it done and that I will succeed. I have been blessed with determination from a very young age and when I stepped on to the wrestling mat, into the rodeo arena or was first thrown into the real estate jungle I was determined to succeed and failure was not an option. This determination has helped me excel in the so called recession.

There you have it. I am sure many of you have your own recipe for success like "Passion" and "A good office" or a "good broker" but I am simply sharing my ingredients for success which has worked well now for nearly 30 years as a licensed Idaho Realtor.

Here is wishing you an awesome 2010 filled with Knowledge, Drive and Determination!

  Posted By: George Tallabas - Boise Idaho Real Estate Agent- Associate Broker 
with RE/MAX Advantage, Canyon Counties #1 Brokerage in sales and listings
specializing in Boise Idaho Real Estate and Southwest Idaho Real Estate


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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Excellent ingredients....keeping on top of everything...and knowing where to go to find out what you don't know....anticipating what people want to know.....becoming the neighborhood, niche, county etc. expert propels realtors to success.....!

Dec 27, 2009 07:47 PM #73
R.E. Renée Hoover, Salesperson
Century 21 Geba Realty, Milford, PA; Licensed in PA & NYS - Milford, PA
Poconos, Pike, Wayne, Monroe Counties, PA; PA/NYS

I very much respect your first ingredient, especially when selling land to someone who wishes to be able to build on that property.  There are so many aspects involved in being able to place one's dream home on a piece of land that go way beyond what some agents know, and a person may end up spending a lot of money on land that renders itself imperfect once their builder looks at it.  Nice post.

Dec 27, 2009 10:00 PM #74
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Excellent post and I hope it touches everyone that reads it into action.. .happy new year!

Dec 27, 2009 10:24 PM #75
Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv
REISA - 317-663-4173 - Indianapolis, IN

While knowledge, drive, and determinination is great I wouldn't mind a little luck every once in a while


Dec 27, 2009 10:35 PM #76
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

George you are so right, those are ingredients essential for success.  I too hope you have a great 2010, but then again I know you will.

Dec 27, 2009 10:41 PM #77
David O'Doherty
Raleigh Realty Inc - Clayton, NC
Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC

George, MMMMMM I believe that was a bit arrogant I wish people good luck sometimes, as a simple gesture, like have a nice day!

Haven't you heard of "the luck of the Irish"

Lighten Up!

Have a great year and Good Luck

Dec 27, 2009 10:47 PM #78
David J. Lampe
Your Castle Real Estate - Arvada, CO
Realtor - Web Savvy Denver

Thank you for the great post! It takes hard work to achieve good luck. happy Holidays!

Dec 28, 2009 02:02 AM #79
Trisha P Realty Group
Realty Executives - Leavenworth, KS
"Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home"

Thank you for your post.  As a fairly new agent (5yrs) I love tips from seasoned agents.  I love to know what has keep them going and their secrets!! Happy New Year

Dec 28, 2009 02:15 AM #80
Deborah Amazon
Deborah Amazon ~ Amazon Realty ~ Mount Snow, VT 05356 - Mount Snow, VT
I do think luck has somethinng to do wit it. Selling and listing real estate is often being at the right place at the right time then knowledge and determination takes over.
Dec 28, 2009 03:03 AM #82
Neil Venketramen
Chicago, IL

I guess the harder you work, the more passionate you are about your product and more professional you are the luckier you become.

Happy holidays :)

Dec 28, 2009 04:02 AM #83
George Tallabas
RE/MAX Advantage - Nampa, ID
Idaho Real Estate

Happy Monday and thank you all for your comments! Back at work and cannot comment to you all individually but I appreciate you all and have a great day!

Dec 28, 2009 04:08 AM #84
Christopher Watters
Watters International Realty - Austin, TX
Austin Realtor (512-829-8000)

When opportunity meets preparation = LUCK!

Dec 28, 2009 06:36 AM #85
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

George - It's amazing how lucky people get when they continue to work hard every day.

Dec 28, 2009 07:54 AM #86
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

George - Luck does play a part in real estate, as much as we would like to think that it is all about skill, expertise, discipline, hard work, etc.  The buyer does have the power to decide whether to buy or not to buy.  As long as we are dealing with other people instead of widgets, there is a factor we can't control that plays a role in our success.  Perhaps that is what the other agent was trying to convey.  I think her sentiments were well meaning, but perhaps you know her well enough to believe that she thinks too much is out of her control and tried to restore a bit of balance with your reply.

Dec 28, 2009 03:08 PM #87
Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate


Glad to see you posting again and a great one too!  Have a safe and happy new year.  I'd wish you the best of luck but it doesn't sound like you're going to need it.

Dec 31, 2009 06:51 AM #88
Mirela Monte
Buyers' Choice Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate

George:  One thing I'd like to add here:


George, yes, I agree with all of this, but luck, due to karma, is also an ingredient in your success.  You create good Karma by your incredible generosity.  You have shared so much valuable information with me that I am enormously thankful for.  

My dear friend, you have contributed to my success, as I'm sure you have done for many others here on AR.  You've created good Karma (Luck) for yourself (what goes around, comes around...).

...And THAT, my dear friend, you can take to the Bank!

God Bless you George! 

Have a Great New Year!

Jan 07, 2010 03:01 AM #89
Mirela Monte
Buyers' Choice Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate

BTW, this fine post is now featured on The Optimist Group.

Jan 07, 2010 03:02 AM #90
George Tallabas
RE/MAX Advantage - Nampa, ID
Idaho Real Estate

Mirela - Thank you so much my dear friend and I pray God will bless you and yours now and always!

Jan 07, 2010 03:07 AM #91
Dianne Bartlett
Brightside Realty, LLC - Austin, TX

George - thank you so much for this clear, concise post.  I've got drive and determination but I like to say, "I don't know" when it comes to knowledge.  So far, it's working.  I just refer folks to the "knowledge" types - I guess I delegate that part!

Jan 08, 2010 02:05 AM #92
George Tallabas
RE/MAX Advantage - Nampa, ID
Idaho Real Estate

Dianne - Good morning and "keep at it" the knowledge will come!

Jan 08, 2010 02:15 AM #93
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