Hot Springs Village AR - "Honey, It's so bad since you been's almost like you were here."

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams, New Homes, Real Estate, Carriage Homes

One of my best friends in the entire world who shares an office next to mine at RE/MAX in Hot Springs Village AR and who also happens to be one of the funniest people I know, came up with this catchy title as her next big country song hit! We were having one of those days and neither of us seemed to be able to remember anything good. More on that in a bit. 

HELLO WORLD! This Is My Maiden Voyage Into The Deep Blue Sea of Active Rain.

Dock & The Deep Blue SeaThis is my first foray into blogging anywhere much less ActiveRain (I'm many times late to the party but always good for some laughs) and I really wanted to start by encouraging all of you in my new vast digital family on AR who may need a boost just like I did a couple of months ago.

When you are in professional sales AND have a certain personality, it's easy to focus on that 1 out of 10 who didn't appreciate all of your efforts on their behalf, especially in this gut-wrenching market and to let that really get you down. Many of us routinely go way beyond what should be expected, and so it stings when we aren't properly appreciated or treated with respect.


DANGER! Take This With You in the Event of Stormy Conditions!! Lighthouse of Hope

This is my warning to you out there who beat yourself up like I do many times when these rare circumstances occur:
Your personal health is depending on it. Your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues are depending on it. Your Current Clients who need your full effort & focus today are depending on it.

* CHOOSE EACH DAY TO FOCUS ON THE 9 out of 10 Who Appreciated That They Received The Best Service & Knowledge That Their Commission Could Provide.

HERE'S The Final TAKE-AWAY.......

To some of you out there who may be Newbies to this business of Real Estate Sales, I would also like to offer this advice passed on to me by the top agent in my market when I first started 9 years ago: "Some of the best decisions you will ever make are those people you chose to walk away from and not do business with." In this market its been tougher to remember but my regional manager has once again reminded me recently, and he's so right. He's really right because the value of your reputation and self image are priceless and must be protected at all costs. We must remember that.

Well, Thank You for reading and for allowing me the opportunity to preach more to myself than anyone else.  It's my sincere hope that it helped someone out there too. So CHEERS to Being the Best YOU that You can be.

                               Wishing Each of You Success In All Things,


Comments (83)

Jan Stevens
Coldwell Banker Pittsburgh - Cranberry Township, PA

Welcome, and thanks for the great message. You are one of the "glass half full" people (as I like to think of it). Try to surround yourself with them and try to avoid the "glass half empty" people!

Mar 25, 2011 03:50 AM
Ric Mills
Keller Williams Southern Az - Tucson, AZ
Integrity, Honesty, and Vast Real Estate Knowledge

Great post and good thoughts for everyone.  Me included.  Iam a workaholic and spend way too much time at work to the detriment of my health and family.  Times have been tough, but for our Team we seized the Day and have been very busy.  We have kept our numbers at or above where we were in prior years but have worked harder to get there.  Stop once in a while and smell the roses and enjoy life.

Mar 25, 2011 04:31 AM
EliSabeth McDermot
Andersonville, TN
Great Post!
Mar 25, 2011 05:57 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Welcome to AR & good first post. It was helpful to write it down wasn't it? See ya around the rain.

Mar 25, 2011 07:51 AM
Kerry Jenkins
Prime Properties - Crestline, CA

Welcome to active rain. Great post and yes so true. I was focusing on that 1 about 2 weeks ago. Because of another agent's misinformation, she thought I was lying to her and said she needed to terminate the "bad relationship." i sent her everything the agent ever sent me with regards to what I was telling her and she realized I was right but she still decided to move on. I was po'd and told the other agent that he needs to be more careful since he caused me to lose a client. Not like he cares of course.

I love Hot Springs. My grandparents used to live on Lake Hamilton. I miss it there!

Mar 25, 2011 10:21 AM
Gilda Kemp
AmeriFirst Financial, Inc. AZ BK-0013635 - Phoenix, AZ
CRMS - Mortgage Lending in Arizona


You have a really cool signature for a Newbie. I had better do something about mine!

I agree with what you said about walking away from business.  Back in the day when you could get a stated income loan (a.k.a. liars loan), I refused to coach the buyer on what to state as their income in order to qualify for the mortgage.  I know I lost business but if more Loan Officers had taken the high road, maybe a lot less people would be losing their homes now. 

Mar 25, 2011 11:12 AM
Brenda, Ron, Lee Cunningham & Tara Keator
West USA Realty - Phoenix, AZ
Realtors, Homes for Sale - Phoenix Metro

Welcome to AR!  Great post!

Mar 25, 2011 11:15 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

You're off to a wonderful start here in the rain... welcome, and congratulations on that feature!

Mar 25, 2011 11:51 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Hunter,

We have lost clients, because we would not jeopardize our integrity. In the short run, it may sound like a good idea, but in the long run, it is never worth it. Better to sleep well, knowing you always do the best you legally can for your client and what is fair for everyone else.

Mar 25, 2011 04:46 PM
Hunter Ray
Keller Williams, New Homes, Real Estate, Carriage Homes - Bryant, AR
501-915-2838, Bryant, Arkansas, REALTOR,

Tammie - Thanks for your hospitality. Boy do I love Franklin, TN. Best friend from college used to live there and I was bummed when he moved. Contact Tammie Emineth and she will get your social media buttons set up and anything else you need.

Brian, Doug, & Debbie - thank you for taking the time to post here. Wishing you the very best...

Carolyn - I like Underdogs! A little Luck doesn't hurt either. I hope to provide you with continued positive material. Best Wishes

Jason, Mitch, & Sylvie - I really appreciate the warm welcome. Me likey the rain!

Jan - people from the steel city are typically this way, right?! Life is what we make it & we chose how we feel. I've started telling my daughter this already - she's six!

Ric - thanks for sharing your success. I'm happy to hear this for you and hope it continues. People like us must stop to enjoy life in order to re-energize ourselves to keep on giving. I think we've hit on another blog subject, hmmmm

Mar 25, 2011 05:27 PM
Hunter Ray
Keller Williams, New Homes, Real Estate, Carriage Homes - Bryant, AR
501-915-2838, Bryant, Arkansas, REALTOR,

Amy - thank you for sharing. It's disheartening when these occur and hopefully won't experience too often. Just keep moving on doing your best and Chose to NOT let this effect you. Perhaps you are being protected from a bad situation. Just don't look back. You should come back to Arkansas for a little R&R sometime. Call me if I can help set you up with some discounted lodging, spa treatments, etc. Be my pleasure.

Gilda - Thank You for sharing. It's good to hear about people out there who are really looking out for others in life. Life is not even close to being about money. Hopefully some of those people will remember that you were honest with them and did what was best for them. I have found that this comes back to you in spades...sometimes monetarily and some in other ways. You Are A Goody! Hope to see you here again.

Brenda & Marte - Thanks for your kindness. Have a great weekend!

Dorte - Good Rest is irreplaceable for sure. I'm proud of you! Thanks for your comment.

Mar 25, 2011 05:44 PM
Cory Barbee
San Diego, CA
Broker (760) 563-4022

Great order to have this kind of have to master lead generation and be consistent with it each and everyday!

Mar 26, 2011 04:49 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Not everyone is going to like you and it is not always your fault.  Move on.  Good post and welcome to Active Rain.

Mar 26, 2011 09:15 AM
Rick Thomas
Fort Myers, FL

Welcome to AR!  Nice post ... look forward to reading more of your offerings!

Mar 26, 2011 10:06 AM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Awesome post Hunter and a well deserved feature! You're on your way! Best to you and happy blogging!

Mar 26, 2011 01:52 PM
Robert Courtney
Lihue, HI
Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS

Hunter - a cup that is always half full will NEVER be half empty when we take your suggested approach to the happenings of a day.  Having a "Pity" Party is never a solution nor a way to make the next day any better.  Welcome to AR!

Mar 26, 2011 02:33 PM
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

Billy Ray Cyrus - I'm shocked you've never heard of him. He was sort of a one-hit wonder - he had one big hit called "Achy Breaky Heart" in the early 90s...maybe you remember that? (He also had a memorable song called "I Want My Mullet Back" LOLOLOL!)

His daughter, Miley Cyrus, now plays "Hannah Montana" on the Disney Channel and Miley has a few hits of her own. If you turn on the entertainment news, she's usually in there somewhere trying new things she probably shouldn't.

Mar 28, 2011 06:37 AM
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Above & Beyond - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Hunter, I wanted to be the first to comment but you never told me when you were posting and then I went out of town. Congrats on great content in your first post and the feature. You know by now that the feature doesn't happen every day so that makes it extra special!

Mar 28, 2011 09:52 AM
Dawnita Griffith
Meadow Lake Real Estate, LLC - Pinedale, WY
It does matter who you hire.

The positive attitude that you shared is great.  What I mostly noticed in your post is what a fun group of people you work with.  ENJOY

Mar 30, 2011 05:22 AM
Phil Hillerman
Crye-Leike Realtors® - Rogers, AR
Crye-Leike Realtors®

Great job on your first post, hope to see tha second one soon! :)

Make it a great day!

Apr 09, 2011 03:22 AM