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The winds of change

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

The sun raises low on the horizon these days. The winds blow with a resilient consistency as they carry a message.

That message of change has never before been so necessary, so urgent, so imperative..

While I sit in my office I remain busy, focused, driven. I have my buyers, I have my sellers. My business remains constant.

I am surrounded by the others. The "Others" are like the blind as they feel  their way around. Their days are long on complaining, long discussing their woes for they cannot see the vision.

I try to teach them to see, but they have no eyes to see. I detail a plan for them but they will not pick it up and run with it. I hand them the tools, I give them  everything but they remain constant in a state of confusion and despair.

They talk, they drink, they do nothing.

Soon will be the time of renewal, it will be expensive for them,  E&O, Licensure and dues. What will become of them?

Most will turn back into dust as they head back to trading time for money. Others will retire as they should.

Only the focused, the driven, those of vision will remain in the game. It will be like it was 10 years before, the same faces, the same names, those of Pareto's cadre will remain.

Only those who understand the winds of change are like the sapling in the wind. For they learn to stand tall in times of adversity develop strength for the storms to come.

Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS
Charles,          I believe this is the first time I have read your blog.  Wow, I love the way you write!
Nov 05, 2007 01:45 PM
KC Coonc
Windermere Real Estate/Whatcom, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Commercial Real Estate
I prefer office pools on those part time Realtors who won't be there after the New Year. All of those renewal fees have a tendency to level the playing field for the full time, dedicated Realtor. We actually named it the "Going, Going, Gone Game". We actually have written rules for this fun game.
Nov 05, 2007 01:47 PM
Charles Pecka
Keller Williams Realty - Clarksville, TN
CRS, ABR

Thanks Ricki

Feel free to use what you find on my other blog entries, you never know when it will help.

Nov 05, 2007 01:51 PM
Charles Pecka
Keller Williams Realty - Clarksville, TN
CRS, ABR

LOL, KC

 I'll have to use that! send me the rules please..

Nov 05, 2007 01:52 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
Charles, it will be interesting to see what happens in the next few months.  It was surprising that more real estate agents did not leave the profession.  However, I think this year will be another story.  It is healthy for the industry.
Nov 05, 2007 01:53 PM
Charles Pecka
Keller Williams Realty - Clarksville, TN
CRS, ABR

Quite True Joan,

We are over 3 Million agents strong and only 1/2 have more than one sale a year.

Have you ever wondered what it was like for a seller picking thtrough all those agents trying to find the right one. Kind of like being told you need brain surgery. How many Doctors do you interview, and did you go with the one who had just 5 operations under their belt?

Nov 05, 2007 01:55 PM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
I thought more agents would leave the business on the last renewal.  Our board says about 15 % left.  Doesn't account for those part timers, etc.
Nov 05, 2007 02:04 PM
Charles Pecka
Keller Williams Realty - Clarksville, TN
CRS, ABR

Bill,

Some part timers are like those folks who want to become rich by running an at home business, but most are not focused enough to make anything of it .

I have experience with some part timers who are more of a liability to our industry than an asset. But then again the make the full time  professionals look awesome.

Nov 05, 2007 10:08 PM
KC Coonc
Windermere Real Estate/Whatcom, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Commercial Real Estate
Charles, give this a look. Going...Going....Gone! Game Rules 
Nov 06, 2007 09:59 AM
Charles Pecka
Keller Williams Realty - Clarksville, TN
CRS, ABR

Thank you KC!

Nov 06, 2007 10:12 AM
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!
Hi Charles...your post read so soothing...sing song in effect...yet it is like falling off a cliff.  It isn't the stepping off that get you....it's the stop!  Some agents don't know when to stop...others have no need and some should have left before they began.  Nice post.
Nov 06, 2007 10:29 AM
Charles Pecka
Keller Williams Realty - Clarksville, TN
CRS, ABR

Gary,

As a manager I had to do my Jack Welch to my bottom 20% of my office, I was impressed with the results of those who were close to the bubble.

You are right some don't know when to stop, and others don't know when it is time to go.

Nov 06, 2007 10:34 AM