Broker Bryant sliding into 2008 with a challenge!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC BK607690

Whee!!!!!! Slip sliding away!Well here we are just a few days away from 2008 and all I can say is "Thank God I made it through 2007!" This has certainly been one of my more challenging years as far as Real Estate goes. But you wasn't too bad.

Granted my sales volume was down about 30% from 2006 and my income was also down but.....I'm still here and I'm looking forward to next year.

I was fortunate to have made some good real estate investments during 2004 and 2005 so I'm now able to sell off a few properties to supplement my income. Also, as most of you know, I'm now Brokering my family's Disney Vacation Club Resale business, Garden Views Realty, Inc.

TLW and I just moved into our new home. So I now get to work out by the pool all day. Hey someone has to do it!!

2008 is also going to be very challenging but I'm really looking forward to it. I work better under pressure.

Next year will start my 14th year in Real Estate and my 10th year of owning Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. So I guess I'm over the proverbial hump!

This past year has truly been an adventure in Real Estate. My market, Poinciana Fl has seen a tremendous decline in property values. Folks are losing their homes to foreclosure at an alarming rate and REALTORS®, builders and mortgage brokers are going out of business.

While all of this may sound very discouraging I am in fact encouraged. My strategy for 2008 is to expand my business. That's right, I intend to concentrate on growing my business and increasing my market share. Starting in January I will be looking to hire at least ten agents.

I will be looking for experienced REALTORS® in the Osceola County area who are able to work from their homes. This is something I have not done before but I feel the time is right.

TLW and I opened Tutas Towne Realty together and have always worked by ourselves with just an occasional Buyer's agent to help with my Buyer leads since working with Buyers is not something I enjoy or do often.

But times they be a changing.

This post is not a solicitation. I will be hand picking the REALTORS® I have an interest in recruiting. Instead this post is about forward thinking. It's about turning adversity into opportunity. It's about being willing to make a change when change is needed.

I challenge all of you, who may be struggling in your business, to reevaluate your business and see if there are areas where you can make changes. A down market is the perfect time to capture market share.

Adversity creates opportunity. I plan on taking advantage of it. Do you?

****Picture compliments of Thesa Chambers.

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Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
Realty Executives -BRIO - Seattle, WA

If you're not moving forward, making plans and setting goals then you might as well quit, and you're obviously no quitter!  All the best for 2008!

Dec 26, 2007 03:42 PM #29
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

I am sure you will see a good 2008.  Either way you will be able to work on your tan.  Good luck!!

Dec 26, 2007 04:46 PM #30
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904

Bravo Bryant & TLW!   I applaud the broad scope of your approach!  Not all REALTORS® had a bad year. It is a matter of perspective, hard work, diligence and perseverance.  For some of us, "NO" is not an option. What differs from this year versus past years, is... it took more work to achieve results. Real work.  Follow up, follow through and being available at inconvenient times.   

The thinning of the herd, is a good thing overall.  Many people came into this profession for the wrong reasons.  For those professionals who have a true calling in Real Estate, they will survive and thrive.


Dec 26, 2007 10:53 PM #31
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Ardell...Here is a link to my post about our move. <CLICK CLICK> We downsized because the lake house is just too big for me to keep up with.

Allison...I am so glad you feel that the thinning process is a good thing. That is not a popular opinion right now. I know many sales people who left high paying careers to chase the big bucks during the boom. These same people are now leaving this business in droves. Our profession is not for the faint of heart :)

Blog Boy...Thank you. I don't really want to deal with nonsense. But, I will fire people for you. I am good at that. If I remember correctly the last time I fired someone I did by email and never heard from her again. Seems to work for me :)


Dec 26, 2007 11:39 PM #32
Dan Forbes
Bradenton, FL
BB- Good luck in 2008.  It is going to be a super terrific year.
Dec 27, 2007 01:00 AM #33
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Hey guys. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me with words of encouragement. I'm going to need them as I start on this new stage in my business. I hope everyone has a great and prosperous New year!!!

Dec 27, 2007 06:19 AM #34
Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO
BB, that sounds like a GREAT plan- there are going to be quality agents that want a change.  You'll do really well with highly motivated new agents, as well- who wouldn't like Friday meetings at the pool?  I'll be watching- based on some of the comments, sounds like this change will be fantastic for blogging material, as well.  Here's to a 2008 that rewards ingenuity.  Are you going to change your blog to "Poolside Chats from BB"?  Congrats on the move!
Dec 27, 2007 06:39 AM #35
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
Bryant, I think you guys are smart.  The people and companies leaving the business are going to leave some empty space.  You can fill it.  And you have the benefit of enough years to have seen and worked in different kinds of markets.  You really have a leg up over the people who jumped in during the boom and can't figure out how to adjust their strategies to the new market conditions.
Dec 27, 2007 09:39 AM #36
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

BB, What? You're not telling us what this great new idea is?

Good luck anyway. And have a Happy New Year.

Bill Roberts

Dec 27, 2007 10:12 AM #37
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Laurie, I'm hoping I can snag a few good pros. Not sure I want to do the training thing. But who knows?

Patricia, Thanks for the vote of confidence. I hope I have enough to offer to make it appealing to some. If nothing else I can teach them how to blog!!!

Hi Bill, Not sure if it will be great or new but hopefully it will be successful. 

Dec 27, 2007 10:21 AM #38
Gary Bolen
McCall Realty - South Lake Tahoe, CA
CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information

So, did you, or even better, how many gators did you bring over and put into your new pool?


Dec 27, 2007 01:24 PM #39
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon

a business plan is the most important part of my December and January - of course other than working with the buyers my plan creates - thanks for using my silly photo - nice tag line to go with it

Dec 27, 2007 02:55 PM #40
ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA

LOL!  The Ka-Ka Head post was courtesy of both Flickr and Flucker.

Dec 27, 2007 03:53 PM #41
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


I am going to send you a bill for the damage done to my p.c. when I spit my coffee out LMAO at your comment.

Flickr and Flucker indeed :)

Thanks for that good morning world chuckle :)


Dec 27, 2007 10:03 PM #42
Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Hi BB & TLW,

We applaud your turning lemons into lemonade approach as this is the only way to look at things as we believe there is always a silver lining in anything you do.  Best to you both in your new home, business and the New Year ahead!

Dec 28, 2007 04:03 AM #43
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

BB - Sounds like an adventure ahead, but hopefully not on the order of the Ka-Ka Head fiasco. Good luck in 2008.


Dec 29, 2007 01:42 AM #44
Kelly Sibilsky
Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD. - Lake Zurich, IL
Good luck, Bryant...I wish you and TLW much success in 2008!
Dec 30, 2007 01:07 AM #45
Kristin Small
RE/MAX Southern Shores - Myrtle Beach, SC
REALTOR -GRI, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
WOW, 10 agents?  That's quite an increase huh?  Good luck with getting some good ones.  If you move to Myrtle Beach and open up I know a few people that would be interested!!
Dec 31, 2007 08:20 AM #46
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
Can't wait to see photos of the new home! Happy New Year!!!
Jan 02, 2008 02:42 AM #47
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Realty, llc. - Prospect, CT
Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
Good luck on your expansion and search for additional agents.  I'm sure they will be glad to work for someone who has so much knowledge and experience to share!
Jan 14, 2008 02:09 PM #48
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