Hey...what's a few hurdles to jump anyway???

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Real Estate Sales Representative with Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country

No one, in my 18 years in the real estate industry, said it would be easy...  Being the eternal optimist I am...I tossed that notion aside and plunged forward into my career.  Granted there were a few hurdles along the way...but overall the journey hasn't been bad.  I credit that largely to my passion and love for what I do and the incredible people I have met along the way.  Even so...every now and then...one of the "hurdles" can really put the kabash on your momentum.

About three weeks ago I was on my way to my second showing of a piece of land to a client.  It looked like this piece of land could actually be the one she chose and I was getting excited in that we had looked at dozens of properties.  I was nearly there when I heard a loud Pfffffffffffffffffluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuusssssssssssssssst...bam!  What da?  My truck lost power and I drifted to the shoulder of the road.  I sat in silence hearing only the ticking coming from under the hood that you get when a motor is cooling off after a long ride.  Stranded.

The call to my husband at work wasn't an easy one in that I was waaaaaaaaay out in the middle of seemingly nowhere.  Long story very short...we just got the news about five days ago that there was nothing they could do for my six year old truck. I was told that it would require a new engine and new catalytic converters to the tune of $5000.  (That was on the low end...btw...$9000 on the high end...yeesh!)  Crum...I was limping along as it was just re-entering the real estate world...and now this??? 

Needless to say...my business has come to a grinding halt.  Well...okay...not quite a halt...but a real slow sputter.   The hurdles in front of me seem gargantuan.  You might as well put the Great Wall of China between me and making any kind of income any time soon.  I would be lying if I told you that I am still zipping through my life with a Pollyanna-yippy-skippy attitude 100% of the time.  But, I would also be lying if I told you that this hurdle in my life has caused me to evaluate what's important and where my business needs to go.  I was moving so fast in my re-entrance to real estate that I hadn't taken serious time to hone in completely on what and where I needed to go.

Sometimes hurdles aren't so bad.  They're like those dang speed bumps in parking lots that make a slow down just a bit to make us aware of our surroundings.  So...what's a few hurdles to jump anyway?  Somehow...some way...I will get through this and will be able to brush the cinder off my knees, get up, jump the hurdle and move on.  So my time's a little slow on this leg of the race...  I'll be ready for the next one.

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Adam R. Cohn
STANDARD MORTGAGE CO. - Delray Beach, FL
We actually get mortgages closed FAST!

nothing is easy in this business anymore, everything is a hurdle! but its all good as long as the deals keep closing!

Aug 18, 2010 04:22 AM #1
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Kari Battaglia, PA
RE/MAX Platinum Realty - Venice, FL
Love Where You Live

Keep your chin up and never stop trying. 

Aug 18, 2010 04:24 AM #2
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Steve Davis
Davis Coastal Properties - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad CA

Great Attitude Claire. Good luck as you reevaluate where you are an where you are going. These are tough times for Realtors and our clients. Serve them well and the good times will come around again.

Aug 18, 2010 04:24 AM #3
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Claire Record
Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country - Boerne, TX

Thanks ya'll for your kind words of encouragement.  I know it's tough for folks in the biz all over.  I am thankful for my faith and for friends and family who help me keep focused on what's important. 

Aug 18, 2010 04:42 AM #4
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

As agreed with all above, this industry has hurdles EVERY day, with clients, properties and our own personal hurdles, as you experienced!    Get up, brush yourself off, and start anew the next day!   Good luck with your truck, or maybe a new one is on the horizon!

Aug 18, 2010 05:56 AM #5
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Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Maybe it is a blessing in disguise.  I know that sounds crazy but you never know why things happen like they do sometimes.  Hope all works out for you and that buyer stays put until you are ready to show again.

Aug 18, 2010 05:25 PM #6
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