Why Am I so Lucky?

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Managing Real Estate Broker with eXp Realty RB-19250

Luck or Hard Work?A few months back a friend of the family who I was considering hiring as my assistant, made reference to the amount of time I spend on community boards and volunteering with different groups.  He told me he thought it was not a wise idea for someone as busy as I am to give that much time to my community.  Why do you do it he asked?  The answer was because I live in the community.

The second thing he said made me chuckle, "you are so lucky that you keep finding customers".  I have heard the second comment from other agents in the past, not just in reference to me but towards any agent who is busy.

Luck has nothing to do with it.  Hard work does. 

  • If you are working open houses and doing floor duty regularly you will meet potential clients and pick up a percentage of them.
  • If you advertise regularly and effectively you will pick up more clients.
  • If you do a great job for you clients they will give you referrals and you will pick up more clients.
  • If you are involved in community groups and where your real estate shirts have signs on your vehicles and are well known in the community you will pick up clients and referrals.

If you do all of those things, the inexperienced, the lazy and the slow agents will all call you lucky.  You may be in some way lucky.  You may be lucky that they are envious and not doing the things on the list to pick up those clients.

Aloha and have a good day.

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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

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Rainer
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Randy, The only thing you are lucky about is the fact that Sally didn't give you a black eye when you called her old! :) That is LUCK!
Aug 31, 2007 04:37 AM #26
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Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
I had an agent tell me that I was lucky to have buyers - my response was - luck has nothing to do with it - hard work keeps my buyers loyal and brings me more buyers - Randy I am fairly sure you work hard to be as successful as you are.
Aug 31, 2007 05:48 AM #27
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate
I just love Lysa's comment......and you're lucky she didn't blacken the other eye for telling her that walking wouldn't hurt her any (when she was talking about Shadow losing weight)....That is a no-no :) :)
Aug 31, 2007 11:55 AM #28
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Pete C
TBA - Kailua, HI
Hawaii Mortgage Loan and Refinance
AMEN Randy!  Especially in this market we always have to be out there in the community.
Sep 01, 2007 08:27 AM #29
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Mike - I noticed that to.  The lucky ones do seem to out work the unlucky ones.

Diane - Thank you for those kind words.

Gary - We are in a people and community based business.  Being part of the community is a key component we should never overlook.  We should always give back.

Sep 01, 2007 11:18 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Monika - Thank you, hard work usually pays off.

Kathy - Thank you.  If people don't volunteer than it is not a community, it is just a bunch of houses.

Yolanda - I find that studying makes everyone a good test taker.  :)

Sep 01, 2007 11:21 AM #31
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Jeff and Grace - That sounds like someone who was wise.

Lysa - LOL

Thesa - I am not sure how successful I am.  I love what I do and keep busy.

Sep 01, 2007 11:29 AM #32
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
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Kathy - Did I say that?  I think I was misquoted.  LOL

Pete - In any market, but for sure in a tougher market.

Sep 01, 2007 11:31 AM #33
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
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Randy, you are lucky that you decided not to put all your eggs in one basket.  Oops I don't think luck has anything to do with that, you made the decision to work hard and expand your horizons.  I have also always tried to have my business come from a lot of different avenues.
Sep 01, 2007 01:57 PM #34
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Marchel - The market will always be changing.  You need to have the ability to get business from different directions, if you plan to be in the business long.
Sep 01, 2007 02:06 PM #35
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE
Yeah...Randy...you better watch it...got my gal pals watching my back here...lol!
Sep 01, 2007 02:41 PM #36
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
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Sally - No fair teaming up
Sep 01, 2007 03:27 PM #37
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Jeannette Morrison
Cedar Park,Leander,Georgetown & Lake Travis Areas. - Cedar Park, TX
Central Texas Real Estate, NW Austin, Round Rock

You are lucky -but like you said, you have to service your clients well also -which you must do because you are so lucky:-)

I have a question for you as you have just become an epro.  I can never post pictures in my blog without affecting my text and somehow moving it down as opposed to the pictures being placed next to or around the text.  I noticed in this post your picture is next to your text.  Is there a special trick I need to do in order to fix that in my blogs?  Any advice is truly appreciated!!

 

Sep 02, 2007 02:03 AM #38
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Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
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That's too logical to be luck!!
Sep 02, 2007 02:05 AM #39
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Jeannette - You can move teh curser around to the level you want the picture and then in the dialog box that pops up when you insert the picture you can size and make placement decisions if you hit the appearance tab.  Good Luck and good blogging!

Karen - There are those who will continue to believe it is luck. They will be finding another line of work.

Sep 02, 2007 02:17 AM #40
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Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
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It was probably said earlier, but luck is where opportunity and preparation meet.  To be lucky, one must first be prepared. 
Sep 02, 2007 04:26 AM #41
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Chad Baird
Re/Max Spirit - Dayton, OH

Its always amazing how success is equated to luck.  Sure you spend endless hours on the internt "wasting" time.  Sure you volunteer alot of time which is "wasting" time when you could be out meeting future clients, instead of doing good, and talking to possible future clients who trust you. 

I'm called lucky alot as well, and I guess I am.  Trying to explain that luck is actually the result of hard work, and dedication falls on deaf ears. 

Hopefully my doubters continue to stay in their office and talk about my "Luck" !  In the meantime I will continue to snag up the clients they should have been talking to. 

Sep 02, 2007 04:40 AM #42
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Lane - Being prepared keeps the boy scouts lucky also.

Chad - You are lucky, that they are not out talking to those clients.

Sep 02, 2007 05:34 AM #43
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Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
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When I was a Boy Scout, I was usually prepared to get lucky...

;^ ) 

Sep 04, 2007 06:41 AM #44
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
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Lane: That is their motto, less the lucky part.
Sep 04, 2007 10:17 AM #45
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