Real Estate Colleagues Who are Also Good Friends

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Eric's headline for this post "REAL ESTATE COLLEAGUES WHO ARE ALSO GOOD FRIENDS" should remind us to do a better job of building relationships like Eric describes in this post. Every one of us has a different and unique personality that either lends itself a little or a lot to making and keeping these sort of relationships. I can tell Eric is good at this by reading some of his various blogs.

Which brings me to my other point, namely where's Eric? Hasn't blogged since December the 4th? I think he went ice fishing and fell in, or went cross country skiing and hasn't returned because he froze to a tree.

It's really cold in Wisconsin and Minnesota. I know this to be true because that's what all my snowbird buyers tell me! Tomorrow, yes, Christmas Day, it should be about 70 degrees here! That would be sunny and warm Tucson AZ.


Every so often, I pick up the phone and call my friend Shannon Lindstrom in Minneapolis.  Or occasionally she'll text message me to say "let's meet for coffee".  It's not always scheduled much in advance and we don't even find time to meet on a monthly basis, so sometimes it's more like every two months.  Shannon is one of the busiest agents I know and she is positively driven about providing excellent service to her customers and clients.

Shannon works in the Twin Cities as an exclusive buyer agent with The Home Buyers, Inc.  She's also been kind enough to refer a seller to me.  But the relationship is not about any expectation of referrals or even about business.  We sip coffee and talk shop, but we also talk about family and goals.  Shannon is someone who works fifty-two weeks a year, but she has a remarkable sense of family.

I've never been very good at treating fellow agents in an adversarial fashion, even when they work right in my own backyard.  Maybe that's because I've been teaching courses to agents and brokers for almost seven years now and many of those competitors have been students at one time. 

Agents who aren't able to see beyond the competitive urge are missing out on something.  There are great people, people with skills and ethics and ideas right in our own community who are worth knowing.

Regardless of competition, I think there's room for cameraderie in real estate and it's never a bad thing to form friendships with quality people.  Shannon is one of those quality people and I'm privileged to know her.


Contact Broker Eric Kodner about waterfront properties on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Superior and throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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Merry Christmas to you and yours!  (...and where IS Eric?)

Mike in Tucson

Dec 24, 2010 03:58 PM #1
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Good reminder (and reblog) Jon that building relationships is so very important.  Best wishes for a prosperous 2011!

Dec 25, 2010 02:08 PM #2
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

So glad you re-posted this, Jon.  I like the idea of making referrals based upon qualifications of an individual and not just friendship.  Of course, it is nice if it is one and the same!

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