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When a fellow agent dies...

Real Estate Agent with Advantage Realty #1

...it's not much different than losing a family member, especially when it is a seasoned agent that has taken you under their wing when you first received your real estate license.

Those agent are like grandparents. They bring home made chicken soup to work and will not stop bugging you until you eat a bowl - because it's good for you, that's why!

They know thousands of stories about days long gone, when real estate was done without the internet and cell phones. They never run out of stories to tell and they never run out of advice to give - good advice, that will save your butt.

Those agents will watch over your first listings, making sure you didn't forget anything. They will rip your first offer right out of your hand to check all the critical points, just to make sure your butt is covered. They never cease to worry about you, they never stop giving advice.

They buy you birthday cakes and sing "Happy Birthday", no matter how embarassing it is for you. They give you hugs when you need them and they listen to all your worries about not getting the listing and how to carry a transaction to closing. They stand up for you if another agent is about to rip you a new one because nobody messes with anyone in their office.

They are the reason why us younger agents turn out somewhat decent.

Thank you Pat and Nancy!

Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Wow! What an accolade. I hope to one day be in a position to deliver something similar.

Feb 15, 2010 03:02 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

It's important to acknowledge those who've helped us or touched us in some way, good for you.

Feb 15, 2010 06:47 PM
TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors
Advantage Realty #1 - Sebring, FL

Thank you all for your replies. Go and hug one of those agents in your office or former office. Let them know how  much they are appreciated. They won't be around forever.

Feb 15, 2010 06:54 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I lost my first Broker a few weeks ago. It has been on my mind a lot, too. I am grateful for all he taught me.

Feb 15, 2010 07:04 PM
Barbara Calwhite
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri - Joplin, MO
417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation

What a great tribute!!  I am sure you already have some agents you have helped along the way!!  Keep up the good work.

Feb 15, 2010 09:00 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

It is your turn to do the same as you meet new agents. Teach them the correct ways of doing real estate. Thanks for sharing your memory. Keep passing down the stories.

Feb 15, 2010 09:44 PM
Betsy Schuman Dodek
Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate - Potomac, MD

That was a lovely post!!! It's hard to lose someone we love and those that have gone out of their way to make our day better, brighter.

Feb 15, 2010 09:46 PM
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Andrea & Darrin:

This is a wonderful expression of appreciation to your fellow agents for all that they taught you. I feel for your loss.



Feb 15, 2010 10:32 PM
Dennis Duvernay Broker/Owner
Hillview Realty - Northbridge, MA

Your words show the impression that has been made on your life. Sorry for your loss.

Feb 15, 2010 11:37 PM
Frank Castaldini
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco

A great lesson is being of service not only to clients but also to other agents.  I always offer my time to newer agents.  It's my way of giving back and it keeps the energy moving forward.  Not planning on any early exit.  Just think it's good karma.  Thanks for your post.

Feb 16, 2010 12:17 AM
Kim Skumanick
Keller Williams Real Estate - Tunkhannock, PA

Andrea and Darrin,

Beautiful tribute to your colleagues. The REALTOR family is a special one to so many of us. I hope everyone who reads your post takes 5 minutes to call and thank those who have made an impact like this on their career.

Feb 16, 2010 02:07 AM
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Your blog post is so very touching.  You can tell just how fortunate you felt to have these people in your life. They were an absolute blessing and will be surely missed.  I'm so sorry for you loss.


Feb 16, 2010 02:07 AM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

What a touching tribute to your friends and colleagues.  So sorry for your loss.

Feb 16, 2010 02:33 AM
Jeana Cowie
RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Paramus, NJ
Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES

Andrea & Darren,

So sorry for your loss. They sounded like beautiful people! So very sad.

Feb 16, 2010 02:52 AM
Malo Webb

You are so right! We just lost a wonderful true ladie if there ever was one, here in South Eastern Ok. Her sweet smile and gentle ways will be greatly missed! Thanks for the opportunity to share.

Feb 16, 2010 10:30 AM
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

In our neck of the woods, there are so many veteran agents who have lots of experience that have mentored and supported those who are younger. It is great to recognize their talents!

Feb 16, 2010 10:34 AM
Sajy Mathew
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
Making your real estate dreams become a reality!

A great trinute.  Remember not to take anyone for granted.  I lost a fellow real estate agent/ friend before Christmas.  Sad and so many things I wish I could have done with him.

Feb 16, 2010 01:20 PM
Sajy Mathew
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
Making your real estate dreams become a reality!

A great trinute.  Remember not to take anyone for granted.  I lost a fellow real estate agent/ friend before Christmas.  Sad and so many things I wish I could have done with him.

Feb 16, 2010 01:21 PM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Andrea and Darrin~  Thaks for the reminder of how important it is to let others know how much we appreciate them while they are still here!

Feb 16, 2010 03:04 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

In our office we are like family and it is very difficult to lose someone.. we have had some major losses. in the last couple of years and it is important to remember life is short, smoentime too short, enjoy the moments you can and dont forget to be kind to those aorund you that you care for... you never know when you may not see them again... one more time...

Feb 16, 2010 06:26 PM