Keep Working On It, Until You MAKE IT WORK!

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Keep working on it, until you make it work!

I think this will be my new real estate, and in real life!

This morning I was updating aSue Gabriel West Cleveland Suburbs Real Estate CMA for an upcoming listing. I researched and tweaked...adding this...taking out that...until I came up with numbers that made sense to me. And that I'm pretty sure will make sense to my sellers tomorrow evening! This is a very cool house (watch my blog for photos later in the week), and I am SO EXCITED about listing it!!

Just then, one of my cats jumped up on my lap. I looked down at Jasmine and said, "Keep working on it, until you make it work!"

She looked up at me, blinked, purred her approval, and made herself comfy. She totally understood, because she'd been trying to climb on my lap all morning and I kept scooting her off. Jasmine - Sue Gabriel's oldest and most persistent cat's what we need in life. And what we need in this business. Not to the extent that we're annoying our family, friends, clients and strangers. But until we've realized that all options have been considered, all the bases covered...and in the case of my cat, all warm laps jumped on.

Only then can we step back and say we did our very matter what the outcome!



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Does Your Real Estate Agent "Sell With Soul"?

The Golden's that simple!


Comments (10)

Gregory Manns
HomeSmart Elite Group - Palm Springs / La Quinta, CA - Indio, CA
Palm Springs Area Realtor with HomeSmart Elite

This is a terrific post Sue and it is so true. Follow the golden rule and always serve your client's best interest. Our clients appreciate that we go the extra mile i.e.making that CMA just right. Wishing you much continued success!

May 16, 2011 05:26 AM
Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn
Sell with Soul - Pensacola Beach, FL
Author of Sell with Soul

Sue, you nailed it. "Good enough" rarely is... and it definitely doesn't stand above the crowd or even solve very many problems. And as you describe, when you Get it Right, you know it - and you're proud of it, and you can't wait to deliver "it" whatever "it" is to its intended audience.

If something isn't working, tweak, twist and play with it until it is. There IS a solution and once you have the confidence in yourself that you WILL find it... guess what? YOU WILL!


May 16, 2011 05:28 AM
Pamelyn Meller
The Property Shoppe Team LLC - Lyndon Station, WI
CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert)

Best of luck on the new listing and I look forward to seeing the new pictures.

May 16, 2011 05:28 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Don't you love it when a plan comes together. Persistence is the key.

May 16, 2011 05:37 AM
Sue Gabriel
Cleveland, OH

Gregory ~ Thank you so much! I think my sellers will love my plan!

Jennifer ~ Thanking YOU isn't "good enough". If I didn't have you to bounce ideas off 'listen' and be my cyber-shoulder...well, I shudder to think. xoxo

Pamelyn ~ I'll probably get the photos taken Wednesday afternoon and posted by the end of the week. It's unique...but in a good way! Thanks for the good wishes!

Tammie ~ It's the neatest feeling in the world. Like the earth has righted itself! lol

May 16, 2011 05:54 AM
Lois Kubota
Keller Williams, Walnut Creek, California, DRE#01865028 - Walnut Creek, CA

Many years ago I heard Debbie Fields (Mrs. Fields cookies) say "Good enough never is!"  Thanks for the reminder, because no matter what you do, you can do a great job.  

May 17, 2011 04:08 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Excellent - and such a great reminder we always need to give our clients 100% - they deserve no less.

May 18, 2011 03:48 AM
Sue Gabriel
Cleveland, OH

Lois ~ I agee! And the feeling you get by doing your best is...well...the BEST!

Susan ~ The listing goes into the MLS tomorrow and my new sellers are very happy so far! Certainly makes all that tweaking worth it!

May 18, 2011 10:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Sue --- just came across this post and glad I did.   Great advice and a good reminder for all of us.   Hope that listing is under contract now.

Jun 11, 2011 04:57 AM
Sue Gabriel
Cleveland, OH

Michael ~ Thank you so much! And ironically, we're currently in negotiations!  : )

Jun 11, 2011 08:01 AM