A Really Big Deal or No Big Deal- An ActiveRain Challenge

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A Really Big Deal or No Big Deal- An ActiveRain Challenge

It is the holiday season so this December Challenge is going to be fun and not require you to write but one post. Oh by the way, for your entry in this challenge, and since it is the time of year for giving and receiving, Kerrie is going to give you a whopping 1000 points for taking on this challenge. But we do want to learn something from you, too.

No Big Deal

My example of a No Big Deal (it was a very tiny Deal indeed):

I listed a foreclosed home for a bank. It was located in a dangerous part of town and I told the bank representative that it would take some doing to get it sold. The house was small, a two bedroom, 50 yr-old home in fair condition. It had been vacant for quite some time or so I thought. I negotiated a higher commission to create attention with the other agents in town and to hopefully move it quickly. The bank agreed to list it at $8,000 which normally would be half the real value. They needed it off their books in 10 weeks. The clock was ticking.

Buyers weren't interested in taking a look once they found out where it was located. When I did my weekly checks, I kept finding street people living under the house and I had to run them out. I would have my handyman nail up boards to keep it secure but then the next week the trespassers would be back and had used the boards for firewood. It was looking futile that I would sell it when a couple from out of town decided they wanted to buy it and give it to a church down the street. This had real promise as they had cash. They offered $1500 and the bank took it.

My commission was $2500 and I earned every dime. I was really tired of running homeless people out of the block basement. What did I learn? Everything will sell if you get the price low enough. Don't presume to know what price your seller will take. I also learned that it is okay that my fee is more than the house sells for. When you go above and beyond normal services and have to operate in less than desirable conditions, you should be paid accordingly. I am not afraid to ask for a higher fee if the situation warrants it.

Got the Idea?

So here is your Challenge:

Everyone has had A Really Big Deal or No Big Deal. No matter what business you are in, real estate, home staging, lending, marketing, virtual assistant, etc. you have had a Really Big Deal that made a big impact on you financially or in what you learned from it. Or maybe you had a No Big Deal that you work really hard on, you dealt with difficult people or met some lovely, thankful people that made it all worthwhile. Whether it was Big or Little you gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience that you remember to this day.

  1. Write a post telling about your personal experience with either A Really Big Deal or a No Big Deal. Choose one or the other but please don't put both in your post. You will only get points for one post entry.
  2. In your post describe what you learned doing your Big Really Deal or your No Big Deal (a very small deal). Tell us how it has affected your future business or the way you do business now and what you learned.
  3. Add a graphic or photo of some sort. Beware of copyright infringement. Okay I know this may be a challenge to some of you that have had difficulty loading images but to qualify you must add one. And here is a sweet offer. If you are having trouble or don't know how, I will help you learn how to add a photo. So all you have to do is call me or send me an email, we will get together and you will know how by the time we are finished going over it. You will get you own private lesson.
  4. Put a link to your post in the comment section below. This is how I will know that you have entered the contest.
  5. The Challenge runs December 2 to December 30 at 11:59pm Pacific time. Nobody wants a Challenge ending on New Years Eve including me.

I want to hear your stories and see what kind of Really Big Deals you have had or No Big Deals.

First Place will get an additional 2000 points.
Second Place Winner will receive an extra 1500 points.
Third Place Winner will get an extra 1000. 

Thanks goes out to Debbie Laity who has agreed to help serve as a judge for this December Challenge.

Questions? Contact me and I will be glad to answer them.


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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Debbie,

Great contest, so many wonderful entries - thank you for hosting!

And here is my entry...


Dec 30, 2013 03:24 AM #289
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393
Dec 30, 2013 04:41 AM #290
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

By the skin of my teeth and just on time- here is my entry- Happy New Year everyone!!!


Dec 30, 2013 07:01 AM #292
Greg Mona
Revelation Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

Phew!  Talk about cutting it close!

The following is my shot at it...http://activerain.com/blogsview/4287359/the-little-deal-that-wasn-t-at-first-


Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2013 08:20 AM #293
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hi Debbie this was very thought provoking here you go


Dec 30, 2013 09:51 AM #294
Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624 - Draper, UT
Broker, Results Real Estate



Thank you for the great idea... theraputic to write about something very fresh 

Dec 30, 2013 10:43 AM #295
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Only 5 hours to go folks so get your contests entries posted and links  added in a comment on this post. There have been some terrific posts.

Dec 30, 2013 11:04 AM #296
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

I see that I am not the only procrasinator tonight!  Here is my contribution --



Dec 30, 2013 11:12 AM #297
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Sometimes I Drive by Your House is my entry into the challenge. Driving by houses we have sold and/or listed often elicits very special memories of the special friends we met through the transaction.

Dec 30, 2013 11:14 AM #298
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate


Here's my entry to the contest. I made it with just a couple of hours to spare.


Dec 30, 2013 11:34 AM #299
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Debbie - Here is my Really Big Deal

A Really Big Deal... 782

Dec 30, 2013 11:37 AM #300
Bill & Cyndi Daves
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! - Hiawassee, GA
TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains!

Hey Debbie - Here goes!   Big Deal or No Big Deal: Sometimes It's As Easy As Answering The Phone.

Fortunately it was a BIGger deal because we got both sides!!

Bill and Cyndi

Dec 30, 2013 11:39 AM #301
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

I better be the last one! (though I won't be surprised if I see couple of entries!)

A closing that could have been stalled for 90 dollars! So here's my entry -

90 Dollars --- Deal or No Deal?

Dec 30, 2013 02:19 PM #302
Bill Dean
Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo. - Fenton, MO
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson

My apologies to Praful for knocking out of last place ut here is my late late entry!

 No Big Deal contest entry 

There will likely be more entries later still?

Dec 30, 2013 03:29 PM #303
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Debbie, just stopped  back to make sure that I posted this and found that I did but the link did not work correctly, so here it is again, hopefully this one works correctly.


Dec 30, 2013 04:36 PM #304
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

you gotta be kidding me, lol

I thought I had today to get this done. Oh well if I can still get mine completed let me know if not then I guess I should have not assumed I had all month to complete this

Dec 31, 2013 12:46 AM #305
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Better late than never...had some problems with error messages last night and could not post




Dec 31, 2013 06:47 AM #306
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I had some of the same issues last night, so hope you like this one anyway.



Dec 31, 2013 07:04 AM #307
Marilyn Wier
RE/MAX Space Center - League City, TX
Your League City & Surrounding Areas REALTOR!

Hi Debbie just checking in to see when I will receive the points for my entry? Thanks in advance!


Jan 27, 2014 12:34 AM #308
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