Working from Home with a little help from your friends

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Don't Let it Get to You: Working From Home With a Little Help From Your Friends


1. Distressed sales can be intense for someone who normally loves the sound of surf, or a good joke. Holding them together, following them, nurturing them, and bearing the results of another multiple offer situation, is not for the squeamish. The key is "not letting it get to you," sometimes easier said than done. Warning: If you hear yourself think that real estate is a good alternative to standing in traffic, it's time to readjust your thinking.


2. Isn't working from home a dream for many people? I love the concept. Normally a phone call to a good friend is enough to counteract the isolation of too much time alone; a temporary solution for the need to work through some of the challenges. Even positive thinkers need frequent doses of something to look forward to: a closing, a straight sale, a garage sale! I decided one day that working from home was the best place to begin researching a new career.


Enter my dear CT friend & ActiveRain member, Christi Farrington. She suggested, nagged me to join AR, saying, " it will inspire you, encourage you, and bring new business." So I hesitantly joined, and was almost immediately adopted by the adorable Colorado Springs Ambassador Mimi Foster. I was amazed at how much she wanted to help, and how healing that could be. I found out that there are agents all over the country willing to share, listen, help, support, and remind each other of ways to enjoy real estate. Just knowing that there are others who could also use an occasional dose of camaraderie has made all the difference.  Working from home once again feels like a luxury.






Comments (20)

Christi Farrington
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT
Hi Jean.... You did it!! Nice job. Love your sense of humor. I look forward to closings, straight sales and garage sales aka tag sales in CT. :)) Real estate is lucky to have you. AR is lucky, also!
Sep 12, 2013 04:57 AM
Jean Jannopoulo
Love where you live - Sarasota, FL
Bright Realty

Sweet, Christi --  Thank you so much for the kind words!

Sep 12, 2013 05:00 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information
Howdy and afternoon Jean
Welcome to the ActiveRain Real Estate blogging community! You'll sure find a lot of mighty fine folks here in the community to get to know. I'm one of the many ActiveRain community members which are an ActiveRain Ambassador.
If you should ever have any questions about how to do anything or about the rules of the ActiveRain community, please feel free to contact me either by sending me a e-mail or by giving me a call, I'll sure be mighty glad to give you a helping hand. If for some reason I don't know the answer to a question which you might have, I'll sure will find out the answer and get back to you with the right answer.
Take the time to look at the different groups within the community, pick some different groups to join, post your blog posts in them, be sure to take the time to read the posting guidelines of each group you might want to join, folks sure will want to follow them. Members can join as many or as few of the different groups within the community as they would like to. Members are able to post their blog posts in 5 different groups at a time.
Keep up your mighty fine job of posting! I'll be looking forward to seeing even more blog posts written and posted by you, plus seeing you join some of the mighty fine groups in the AR community.
Happiness sure is Homemade 
Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire
Sep 12, 2013 05:37 AM
Jean Jannopoulo
Love where you live - Sarasota, FL
Bright Realty

Thank you so much, Dale.  There are plenty of things that I have to learn, so be careful what you offer, you might hear from me again!

Sep 12, 2013 05:59 AM
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

Welcome to ActiveRain! I cannot imagine working anyplace other than home.

Sep 12, 2013 08:59 AM
Jean Jannopoulo
Love where you live - Sarasota, FL
Bright Realty

Barbara-Jo, I loved your story about the snook the other day, and the way you often share stories that have to do with enjoying where you live.  Thanks for saying hi.

Sep 12, 2013 09:47 AM
Greg Steffens
Mountain Country Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post.  Be sure to spend some time looking around at what and how others are blogging here - it is a great education and lots of fun.  Looks like you’re off to a great start…keep it up!

Sep 12, 2013 11:46 AM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

Welcome to Activerain and I hope you are learning a lot and if you ever need any assistance, don't hesitate to check out my blog, email me, call me, I will be glad to help you in any way possible. Also, check out the main page of Activerain and look for the Activerain University tab, there are lots of educational webinars to help you build your business 

Sep 12, 2013 02:25 PM
Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team
Ken's Home Team LLC. - Vancouver, WA

Welcome to Activerain from from all of us at Ken's Home Team. I think you will find this site to be a wealth of knowledge and referrals. This really is the best real estate blogging and real estate network on the internet. If you have any questions about Activerain, reach out to the wonderful Ambassadors here in the rain. (They are a wealth of knowledge and were picked by the Activerain staff for their willingness to help others.

Sep 12, 2013 02:28 PM
Jean Jannopoulo
Love where you live - Sarasota, FL
Bright Realty

Thanks guys for all your positive feedback.  I so appreciate your offers of help, and feel at home.

Sep 12, 2013 09:32 PM
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Jean. Welcome to ActiveRain. I'm glad that your friend Christi encouraged you to post here.

Sep 16, 2013 12:53 PM
Jean Jannopoulo
Love where you live - Sarasota, FL
Bright Realty

Thanks, Lana.  I have been on the website since Feb, but just actually joined recently.  I am having so much fun meeting great, positive people.  What an opportunity to learn from others and make new friends. 

Sep 16, 2013 10:11 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Congratulations on your first blog post, Jean - the first one is always the hardest! Looking forward to hearing more from you!

Sep 22, 2013 05:21 AM
Jean Jannopoulo
Love where you live - Sarasota, FL
Bright Realty

Hi Wayne and Jean Marie -- The first one is the hardest, but commenting on a lot of others' blogs is helping me get over that.  Thanks for the nice greeting, I'm loving meeting such nice people!

Sep 22, 2013 05:31 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I love being independent and yes, you can say, I'm working from home. I don't spend time to drive to the office, because my office is always with me:)

Hi Jean, nice to meet you here! Welcome to AR!

Sep 25, 2013 11:44 AM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Welcome to ActiveRain! So happy Christi nagged suggested you join! We are glad to have you!

Sep 28, 2013 10:13 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

ActiveRain is a wonderful resource, both for business information and for solid friendships.  You will be surprised just how well you get to know some of these people!

Oct 13, 2013 02:51 AM
Jean Jannopoulo
Love where you live - Sarasota, FL
Bright Realty

Thanks, Sharon!  And it's fun..

Oct 14, 2013 02:52 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Jean,  I liked the comment NAGGED.  It sounds familiar.  My wife did the same thing to me. I'm glad she did.

Oct 18, 2013 02:58 AM
Jean Jannopoulo
Love where you live - Sarasota, FL
Bright Realty

Thanks, Larry -  I'm really glad, too.  But nagged is the key word!

Oct 18, 2013 03:08 AM