My Pre Winter/Holiday Plans For My Business

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

My Pre Winter/Holiday Plans For Me are all about Believing .. in the magic of the season, in our healing journey and in us. When I thought about my pre plans for my business it struck me that the essence of it is really not that different: believing in myself. I am succeeding as a single mom and in Real Estate!

Success doesn't just happen of course. Here are the 3 things that are at the top of my Pre Winter/Holiday Plans For My Business - list that will help me stay on track:German Chocolate

Connecting: I regularly meet up with past clients for a cup of coffee or lunch. The holidays are the perfect time to reconnect with everyone, and especially the ones I haven't had the chance to catch up with throughout the year. I mail out hand-written holiday cards and magnetic calendars to all my past clients and new connections.

My clients who closed with me this year (I appreciate you!) and the ones who have referred business to me (I appreciate you!) will receive a little something extra. I'm going to stop by and hand-deliver my card, calendar and a box of chocolates - not any kind of chocolates though but from the city I am from in Germany.

When my family visits they always have to bring some goodies. This year my parents smuggled in brought over chocolate from Halloren which happens to be the oldest chocolate factory in Germany. I'll indulge, too, but most of it is going to my special sphere.

Educating: Earning designations has been on my to-do list for a long time but I have not treated it as a priority. That needs to change. I love to learn! And I am looking forward to taking the ABR this winter. I already purchased the course, taking advantage of the REALTOR® University's 20% discount this month (November is designation awareness month). I also have the ASP on my list. Since both courses are paid for I have a deadline of 6 months to get them done. Deadlines work well for me.

Branding: This is, of course, an on-going process but my pre plans include to brainstorm, to make a list of what I have already done and to come up with a road map.

Creating and working a niche has been one of my weak areas. I had trouble defining mine. I wasn't really sure what that was until I had a major light bulb moment recently. While I was working on one of my latest projects (repurposing an old window) it occurred to me how much I had already blogged about anything vintage, charming, old.

I wrote about Re-stores, original details in older homes, where to buy shabby chic .. I have told the world that I have a vintage soul. I have gained new clients through these blog posts and have helped them buy vintage. This is my passion and my niche!

My pre winter/holiday plans for my business and for myself are about BELIEVING - in my girls and myself as a single mom and a REALTOR® with a passion and the drive to succeed.

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Thompson Company, REALTORS

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 16+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and traveling, speaks German, reads a lot, blogs a little, and drinks too much coffee. 


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Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

What a wonderful blog Andrea and yes you will be a fabulous realtor and a fabulous single mom. Believing will make it all happen. :)

Nov 22, 2013 11:45 AM #1
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Thank you Martha! I believe! And I'm having so much fun rediscovering ME and making my dreams come true.

Nov 22, 2013 11:53 AM #2
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Andrea, If you believe, anything is possible!! I love that you put great thought into your client gifts. I remember when my sister sent a huge box of all different kinds of german chocolate from Germany when she was there...YUMMY. Your goals sound very doable yet will be lasting. I've never had to walk the path of single motherhood, but do know you will do the best you can and succeed in this and your real estate career!

Nov 22, 2013 12:13 PM #3
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond
Thank you for your vote of confidence Cindy! I'm trying to keep my goals manageable and realistic.. I am so enthusiastic and sometimes take on more than I should.

And because German chocolate is so very yummy, I have to keep one box for myself :-)
Nov 23, 2013 10:14 AM #4
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Connecting, education and branding are three excellent things to focus on. Look forward to seeing you the first Tuesday in December at GBBR. I would be happy to do some brainstorming with you regarding branding.

Nov 23, 2013 11:29 AM #5
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

Hi Andrea!  Wow... it sounds like you've had some major changes going on in your life!  I'm reading between the lines here... but I sense an awakening... one mixed with passion, faith and hope.  I'm happy for you and I'm sending warm thoughts and prayers for a wonderful thanksgiving for you and the girls.  You deserve all good things... keep smiling GF ;-)

Nov 23, 2013 12:53 PM #6
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond
Margaret, I would love that - thank you for the offer

Yes, you could say that Mel. What a roller-coaster year it has been! I'm excited for the future and am embracing my new life.. I can focus fully on the girls again and rediscover ME.
Nov 24, 2013 10:20 AM #7
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Andrea,

You have had quite a year and I am wishing the very best for you and the girls for a Happy Thanksgiving and a Very Merry Christmas  You have chosen some great designations to go for, I know that you will enjoy those courses.

Nov 25, 2013 09:06 AM #8
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Andrea -

Just like the others above - I am confident you will make it. AR friends are really friends - eg Margaret's offer - and you'll have support there as well.
Have a happy day -

Nov 28, 2013 09:22 AM #9
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond
Thank you very much Lisa! I'm looking forward to the courses.. it's so nice to be able to do things for me again, be it repurposing an old window or taking a Real Estate class.

No doubt about that Lynn. The support has been amazing! Thank you!
Nov 29, 2013 12:28 AM #10
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

I earned my CRS designation a couple of years ago...and am glad I did. The courses were amazing and we had some instructors come in from stateside. ABR is another good one but I will consider doing this one as well. Good for you with a grand to do list!

Dec 01, 2013 08:10 AM #11
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

This is an excellent list for your Pre Winter/Holiday Plans for your business and self Andrea!  I think you have discovered a wonderful Niche..I know I love reading about all your vintage stuff :)!  You are going to have an Awesome 2014!!

Dec 13, 2013 06:39 AM #12
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Andrea, sorry I missed your contest! 2014 is going to be a great year. I look forward to reading more about your plans for your business. 

Dec 15, 2013 05:40 AM #13
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Andrea, who wouldn't love German chocolate? I have a friend who lives in Munich and visits once a year, I go for her luggage right after a big hug. You have a great niche you're going after, wishing you a successful 2014!


Dec 16, 2013 05:26 AM #14
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I'm looking forward to the ABR class, Sally, I already satisfied the elective when I completed the SFR last year. I'll have to put the CRS on my list.

Thanks Brenda! I have a few vintage-stuff-blog posts in my head, now I just need to find the time to actually write it down.

This was my entry into a contest Pamela. I'll try to keep you all updated.

I have dropped off almost all of the chocolates Beth .. I got lots of smiles and *yum*, love it - it's been making my days. My niche is so me and isn't that what it's all about? Now, I just need to figure out how to develop it further.

Dec 17, 2013 05:40 AM #15
Dolores "Dee" Mauriello
Keller Willaims - Wayne, NJ
Realtor, Homes For Sale Wayne NJ

Andrea, designations are a good way to establish a niche in real estate. I earned the ABR and enjoy working with buyers.

Jan 02, 2014 03:50 AM #16
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I do, too, Dolores. I enjoy the process of figuring out what they are really looking for and the hunt for their dream home. The ABR has been on my to-do list for some time, it just makes sense.

Jan 03, 2014 01:28 AM #17
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