“I just put my blinders on and cover my ears and refuse to participate in the negativity”

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

I took my nephew to the Caldwell Night Rodeo last Saturday night and had a wonderful time.  This is one of the top 10 PRCA rodeos on the country.

While there I was fortunate to sit with some great friends from my office and one of my friends had invited some other younger friends that sat with us as well.

I started up a conversation with one young man who happened to be the son of a lady I used to Rodeo with in the 70's. Turns out this young man is a builder in the valley doing business as a corporation.

I asked him what price range he builds in and he responded by saying $200-$300,000 which is the most saturated price range in the valley.  So I asked him "Are you having trouble selling your homes in that price range just like all the other builders?" 

He responded by saying "No George, I just put my blinders on and cover my years and refuse to participate in the negativity.  I don't listen to the radio or the television that just wants to tell me how bad things are.  I choose to wake up every morning and just do the best job I know how to do and let the chips fall where they may".

I was amazed when he told me he was selling every home he built in less than 60 days!  This is a market where that price range of $200- $300,000 has an average of 120 DOM's and growing!

One of my Realtor friends that sat with us told me this young builder puts a unique personality in each home he builds and puts a lot of "little extras" like stamped concrete and upgrading plumbing/lighting fixtures.   He also puts a lot of extra money into wonderful landscaping and has the interiors totally staged.

What a great story!  With builders and developers struggling all across our valley and that price range being the toughest price range there is, this builder bucks the trend and just moves ahead putting a lot of pride into every home he builds.

He has been rewarded by refusing to participate in the negativity the press throws at us.  KUDOS TO YOU YOUNG MAN!  YOU GO DUDE!

I think we would all do much better if we stopped listening to the negative news and negative people.  Our world would certainly change for the better!

 

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Lori Kim Polk
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Positive people bring positive results! Great post George! I have a Flipper (he calls himself a home renovator) who does these very things in every that home that he touches.  We have sold every one in less than 30 days......... says something about when you add a little extra and you get more. 

Aug 25, 2007 11:31 AM #28
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George Tallabas
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Lori - Good for you...keep up the great attitude and great work!  Have a wonderful weekend.
Aug 25, 2007 11:39 AM #29
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Kay Van Kampen
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George, I'm positive I like this builder!  Good advise to us all.
Aug 25, 2007 11:40 AM #30
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George Tallabas
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Kay - Thank you very much my friend
Aug 25, 2007 11:42 AM #31
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Andi Eddlemon-Long Beach,CA Real Estate Agent
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I didn't see this post going the way it did!! I think that tactic could be good or bad honestly.  The good is that you don't allow yourself to be driven nuts by all the nay-sayers.  The bad is that if you go into it and don't really know what you're doing or what you're talking about...you could get in over your head and not know what to do!

Obviously, this is working for him and I think that is awesome! There is something to a positive attitude!! 

Aug 25, 2007 11:52 AM #32
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Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
Great post.  I wish I had the nerve to do what the builder did.  The Home Staging business is relatively new to a lot of people so we are constantly educating.  One day I believe we will be able to do as the builder stated "I choose to wake up every morning and just do the best job I know how to do and let the chips fall where they may".  Talk about self confidence!
Aug 25, 2007 01:35 PM #33
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Jim Crawford
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George another great post!  I guess the old saying is true..."Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door!
Aug 25, 2007 01:58 PM #34
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Maria Lechner
The Added Touch Home Staging - Meridian, ID
Home Stager Boise ID

What a positive young man. He is so right about reading the paper or watching the news there was again a doom and gloom article in the idaho statesmens yesterday about the market. Its  great that his homes are selling with staging.  good post!

Aug 25, 2007 02:19 PM #35
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George Tallabas
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Andi - Thanks for your input

Janice - Thank you my friend.  This young man is awesome!

Jim - Good to hear from you again.  I agree 100%

Maria - Yes, he is a very positive young man and I learned from him!

Aug 25, 2007 02:27 PM #36
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Vicky Poe
Good Ole Rocky Top - Crossville, TN
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This is so true.  You have to believe when you get up  in the morning that you are going to go out in the world and make a deal today.  If you hang around people talking about how bad it is you will be swallowed up in the black hole that they are creating.  You said it very well.
Aug 25, 2007 04:20 PM #37
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
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George is a cowboy - who woulda thunk!

Ye - hawwww

ps - I have 13 horses, but no cows. 

Aug 25, 2007 05:28 PM #38
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George Tallabas
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Vicky - Thank you very much so very true!  Have a great day!
Aug 26, 2007 01:59 AM #39
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Kathleen -  George "Was a Cowboy".  I hung up my spurs a long time ago but I can still "Cowboy Up" with the best of them "Cowgirl"!
Aug 26, 2007 02:01 AM #40
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City slicker all the way here!

Nice, post George.  Postive energy attracks postive energy!  Put it out there and it will come back.  At least that is my theory!  Seems to hold true for many though! 

 

Aug 28, 2007 04:05 AM #41
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George Tallabas
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Joelle - Very true, thank you my friend
Aug 28, 2007 04:27 AM #42
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What a wonderful post and reminder that the negativity gets us nowhere.  I often refuse to turn ont he t.v and listen to the news for the very same reason.  I prefer to live in my ignorant bliss :-)
Aug 28, 2007 04:39 AM #43
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Denise - Thank you very much and keep up the great attitude!
Aug 28, 2007 04:41 AM #44
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I've had the impressions for about the past eight years that mortgage shoppers like car shoppers want to hear what they want to hear irrespective of what the truth is.  It has come as no surprise that we are faced with a credit crisis.  There to my knowledge were many mortgage shops set up just to exploit the homeowners with language they wanted to hear, irrespective of what the truth was.   At the same time a very loose credit market with no controls and it is just a matter of time before cows would have to come home to roost. 

P.T. Barnum said it best “There is a sucker born every second”.  Our current market conditions reflect such thinking so vividly.  It is part of that Free Lunch mentality.

Nov 15, 2007 09:12 PM #45
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Amy Whiffen
RE/MAX Southern Shores - Myrtle Beach, SC
REALTOR - Myrtle Beach Real Estate
Good for him! We need more builders like that here in Myrtle Beach!
Nov 16, 2007 12:34 AM #46
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George Tallabas
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Ntsike - Very true and very well said.

Amy - Thank you and I wish you well.

Nov 16, 2007 03:39 AM #47
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