Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-You Can't Be Everything to Everyone

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

You Can’t be Everything to Everyone

I got a call from a young man who had gone through several agents everywhere in Oregon it seems in search of the perfect water property. He was frustrated because they weren’t sending him what he wanted. He said that every time he did his own searching, Fishhawk Lake kept cropping up. So, he called me.


As our conversation ensued, he wanted me to send him ANYTHING in Oregon on a lake or river that would suit his needs for about $120,000. After he explained how frustrated he was by agents and that if he didn’t find anything by spring he’d give up, I decided to share a little Real Estate 101 with him. I explained that for the most part, if a realtor is trying to be everything for everyone, he/she can’t be effective. Usually we have a niche that we specialize in. That if there is a relationship established and a property is found that’s not in that niche, then I, as an agent could refer him to someone in that area that would know the area better than me. Fishhawk Lake is my niche and I also could help him with properties in Vernonia.  Otherwise, I would need to allow him to look elsewhere. Because I know that if I spread myself too thin, I won’t be effective for him and I will be setting myself (and him) up for failure, adding to his frustration.


So many people don’t understand the intricacies of our business, and every now and then the opportunity comes along to share a bit of knowledge to ease the angst of a buyer while paving the way for other realtors they may end up working with. If he wants to buy property at Fishhawk Lake or in Vernonia, I’ll be there for him. But, I know my boundaries!



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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Very good information for prospective home buyers.  Residential real estate is always local and most will be best served by having a local agent that really knows the market.

Fishhawk Lake is a very special place that requires specific local knowledge.

Jan 20, 2013 11:27 PM #1
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Great post, but my question to you:  Is a budget of $120,000.00 realistic for a property at Fishhawk Lake or in Vernonia?

Jan 20, 2013 11:38 PM #2
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Morning Gayle-Trying to please everyone in real estate and life itself is a surefire way to unhappiness. You are a smart woman who knows that. Roger asks a good question.

Jan 20, 2013 11:42 PM #3
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Roy, thank you! And MANY agents have no clue about Fishhawk Lake.

Roger, for what he was looking for, it was a possibility because he wasn't necessarily looking for a home. However, Vernonia is a cheaper market for finding both and that's why I sent him listings for there instead. He has an RV, so he could be self-sufficient. All he needed were hook-ups. Lakefront land can be found here for around $75K.

Sharon~Roger did ask a good question (love that!) See above. Thanks for comin' by!

Jan 21, 2013 12:52 AM #4
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

GF - so good to be back in the Rain! You make an excellent point and no Realtor can be everything to a client. I would only want a Realtor who works, lives and know the area very well. If there's a home for this gentleman in Fishhawk Lake that meets his criteria, you will surely find it.......if it exists!

Jan 21, 2013 01:03 AM #5
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

KG~Welcome back (home!) I think that this is in any career whether you're the President of the United States or an artist.

I found some properties that will work for this guy. Thanks for your belief in me!

Jan 21, 2013 01:27 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Oh Gayle,

I know so many agents who claim to do it all and know it all.  One standout is someone who is a darling individual who does it, first time buyers, commercial properties,industrial, churches, apartments, business opportunities, REO's, short sales, etc.  If there is money to be made, she does it.  She is also involved in multi-level marketing of all types.  

Your point is so well taken and an important one to remember.  Do what you do best, and you cannot serve everybody, and be everything to everyone,,,

If anyone can find this guy a property, I know you will.  Have a great week.  A

Jan 21, 2013 02:20 AM #7
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Gayle  Your last comment about sharing your knowledge and paving the way...SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE AMBASSADOR!  Thanks for all you do... love you pics but I still don't know about that 'sweet sheep'

Jan 21, 2013 04:31 AM #8
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Gayle, this is a wonderful blog post and you're sooooo right. I have clients who now want to broaden their home search to the Oregon coast. I've set them up to receive listings in these areas, but we've had the talk that It would not be in there best interest for me to show them these homes. It's so much better to hook them up with a local agent. Hey..if they decide to look at Fish Hawk lake, you KNOW who I'll be sending them to!

Jan 21, 2013 04:42 AM #9
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

This is some terrific Real Estate 101 you gave the potential client.  Sometimes consumers don't understand why it's hard to give them everything...additionally there are many agents that need to know they can't be everything to everyone either...they end up causing all kinds of issues when they do that.  

Suggested :)!

Jan 21, 2013 04:44 AM #10
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Sticking with what you do best is advice that a lot of people don't understand often enough!  Nobody is all things!

Jan 21, 2013 08:49 AM #11
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

You are so right about knowing our niche. In my area, niche is more about negotiation and not about communities...

Jan 21, 2013 10:25 AM #12
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

A~Another busy day! I sitll have a new client to get back to about our own home...she wants to know if we have a golf course nearby--they want it ALL! (I hope to call you this week).

John, I humbly accept your delightful compliment. And YUP, she's still a sweet face in my book!

Sheep face -Gayle Rich-Boxman 2013

(To those of you who may be questioning my sanity, I wrote a blog about farm animals I encountered while showing horse property and this was one of them...not quite like this in the original, though).

Cindy, someday you and I WILL do business together--it's inevitable. And that way, you can legitimately take a long country drive to our slice of paradise. I think you ought to take separate cars, so you could stay overnite!

Gosh, Brenda, THANK YOU! And you're right, some agents need to really hone in on their specialty and stick with it. It's best to be GREAT at one thing.

Jay, gosh, even the President delegates!



Jan 21, 2013 10:29 AM #13
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Hi Gayle,

Your blog reminds me of the saying 'Jack Jill of All Trades ... Master of None.'  As you say, trying to be all things to all people sets you up for failure ... and who wants that, right?

Also, thank you for your thoughtful comment on my blog this morning ... and for subscribing too :)

Jan 21, 2013 10:55 AM #14
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Carie, you are SO welcome! Glad I found you!

Jan 21, 2013 11:33 AM #15
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

This is excellent advice, Gayle. Of course, if this young man is smart, he will let you help him find something on Fishhawk Lake!

Jan 21, 2013 01:23 PM #16
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Great advice.  I hope that his dream property just happens to be in Fishhawk Lake. 

Jan 21, 2013 02:15 PM #17
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