“Will My Blog Get Featured If I Praise Somebody?”

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

Good JobSince joining ActiveRain, some of my friends are now reading blogs featured on ActiveRain’s home page.  As we all know, there are plenty of Featured blogs that vent about, moan about, and complain about disappointing and discouraging real estate situations.  Heck … I’ve even contributed a couple of those blogs myself.  Real estate is a tough and challenging business right now and personally, I learn a lot from reading and sharing some of our "war stories."   And besides, every other industry has its share of problems, right?  So, are there less-than-stellar real estate agents out there?  Yes.  Do some sellers and buyers make us want to go home and wash down an entire pizza with a couple of pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream?  Yes.  However, despite the few frustrating, amateurish, or mind-boggling people – I’ve encountered dozens of other real estate professionals who perform their jobs in the most conscientious and exemplary manner.  Maybe we can take advantage of our public forum and acknowledge some of these individuals once in awhile.  I’ll start.

My story is not about a real estate agent, or seller, or buyer.  It’s about a contractor I hired recently to resolve some long-standing maintenance and repair issues.  Every single day of the project, he was prompt, courteous, professional, and knowledgeable -- completing his work efficiently and
competentlyHe also cleaned up after himself every day!  Exceedingly impressed, I called his boss to express my accolades for a job well done.  I was reminded that even though there are some who make our lives and jobs more difficult – thankfully, there are others who make our lives easier, more productive, and a lot more enjoyable.


Why is this so easy to forget – and so hard to remember?  Maybe we can highlight some positive professional experiences deserving of our attention?  Perhaps spotlight someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty?  With all of the “dark clouds” in our business, I think it would be a great morale booster to promote our “silver lining” more often.  What do you think?

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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Carie-I agree, I do enjoy hearing a good service story, thanks for sharing this.

Mar 10, 2012 12:42 AM #1
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
There's no place like home.

Studies have shown that when people are upset, they'll tell everyone they come in contact with about their bad experience.  They'll go online and spew venom on Yelp, Angie's list, Craig's List, Complainaboutyou.com, WhatwasIthinking.org, and where ever they can find an outlet.

Yet when they're happy, or pleased, they rarely go out of their way to write a testimonial, or even tell a friend.  Just the nature of the beast.

Mar 10, 2012 12:42 AM #2
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Adrian:  Thanks!  It's nice to hear some positive stuff once in awhile, I agree with you :)

Alan:  Yes, you're right.  I don't know much about the studies, but what you have described has been my experience as well.  Maybe I can do my part to change that? :)

Mar 10, 2012 01:07 AM #3
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Carie, When I am not pleased with someone's service, they just don't exist anymore. When I am pleased, I want the world to know about them. Same is true with good real estate agents. There are some gems out there!


Mar 10, 2012 01:17 AM #4
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Carie, A great post which is now Liked and Suggested!  Great job my friend.  Hope you enjoy this wonderful Saturday to the fullest!

Mar 10, 2012 01:53 AM #5
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Sounds like a good idea to me; so much better reading about the goodness in our daily lives, thanks Carie.

Mar 10, 2012 01:59 AM #6
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Margaret:  Yes, there are some great, professional folks out there!  Like you, I want the world to know about them too :)

John:  Thank you :)  I hope you are enjoying your Saturday as well!

Teral:  And, there really is a lot of goodness around us!  Thanks :)

Mar 10, 2012 05:53 AM #7
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC


So true.  I gotta tell you that at present I am dealing with a REO co-broker who is everything most of the REO brokers  before him haven't been.  Prompt, congenial, helpful, responsive, communicative, I am loving it!

Mar 10, 2012 09:35 AM #8
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Carie, Yes I agree.. we need a more positive outlook rather than war stories. I like your idea ... more positive things to say and share.

Mar 10, 2012 11:30 AM #9
Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

It would all be wonderful if we were more positive wouldn't it. It takes as much to complain as it does to be positive

Mar 10, 2012 12:40 PM #10
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Marge:  That is so great to hear!  I would be loving it too :)

Janis:  You're right.  More positive would be, well, ... more positive :)  Hopefully it might catch on!

Joe:  Yes, it would be wonderfu :)  And, it does take as much to complain ... it takes maybe more?

Mar 11, 2012 01:34 AM #11
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Carie, I can't think of anything nicer than a repair person who shows up on time, does a good job AND doesn't leave a mess!

Mar 12, 2012 06:20 AM #12
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Connie:  Amen!  I am with you on that, Connie!  For sure :)

Mar 12, 2012 07:00 AM #13
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