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It seems there are two types of Realtor in this market. There's the pessimist who's perspective is tainted only by the negative remarks when asked how his/her business is doing, while on the other side, there's the optimist, who when asked, will tell you everytime that things are great, couldn't be better.

I'm a stubborn type of person.  When finally deciding to do something, I stick with it, sometimes not always giving it my 100% focus, but I stick with it.  I remain stubbornly loyal to the idea that I will commit to it and see it through, come hell or high water. 

Now, that may not be the greatest of traits to have considering that sometimes you just have to know when to say when.  But, like I told you, I can be a bit stubborn.

Now, I've been in the real estate business since 2004.  Since then, it has certainly been a roller coaster ride.  First, you question why you didn't get into the business sooner, then you question whether you got into business in the first place, then you catch a second wind, then a third and fall in love with the business all over again and again.  Then you fall out of love with it again and again.  It's a constant love/hate thing.  Kind of like a relationship that you know you have to work at it or just let it go.  But, did I tell you I was stubborn?

So, here we are years later and I just got off the phone with a friend I grew up with who is now a Realtor in California.  I ask him, "How's the California market where you are?"  And he says, "The Market here is just cranking.  It is doing great.  Picking up steam."  And I wonder, is that optimistic attitude the same one I had going into to this?  Or is the market down in his area really picking up steam?

As I'm going on line to research his attitude for proof, I realize, who cares!  The market is doing great wherever you are as long as you think your market is doing great!  It's your business that is going to determine your market, not your market determine your business.

So, instead of researching if his market is on the upswing or not, I start cranking out emails to my clients and get the handwritten letters started for the next day.

I love this business...

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Phuong.....attitude has alot to do with production.....housing is an entity that is a requirement.....we all need shelter.....it doesn't matter what state the economy is in, everyone needs to live somewhere....the transactions may not be as plentiful, but there will always be business in our industry.....those who are negative do not have good marketing skills to capture the business that IS out there.

Jun 23, 2010 12:06 AM
Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Attitude and perception is everything my friend. How we see things and respond to them is often how our clients see us.

Jun 23, 2010 12:19 AM
Pat O'Reilly
RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth - Irving, TX

You are right. Proper attitude is a must in this crazy business..one day you are on top of the world..the next...

Jun 23, 2010 12:47 AM
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

You are absolutely correct. Your attitude will create your latitude.

Jun 23, 2010 12:55 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Real estate is also knowledge combined with years of experience of serving people you respect. We are here to serve, not to show our attitude.

Mar 15, 2015 07:32 PM