Compete with the rest and make a mess of success.

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

 When it comes to the level of business you do, what is your comfort zone? What are you trying to achieve? Are you in to making as much money as you can or are you happy with just making a good living? Do you judge your success by how many toys you have or by how much freedom you have in your life? Do you place limits on yourself or are you always trying to do more? Have you ever asked yourself these questions? I have.

I think it's very important to know what we want out of life and equally important to know how to get there. TLW and I decided a long time ago to keep our company small. For us, success is being able to do what we want, when we want and having the financial capabilities to do so. But, we are not money mongers. We don't judge our success by how much money we make. Personally, I have never had the desire to be a mega producing, Real Estate selling machine. Even though I can assure you, I have the tools and the ability to be one, if I choose to. It's just not for me. I enjoy my downtime too much.

Of course, I could always open an office and hire lots of agents and expand my business into a mega producing office. But again, it's not for me. To be honest, I don't want the hassle of operating a huge Real Estate company. It would cut into my freedom.

What I enjoy doing and what makes me happy is working with Sellers and helping them through the process of getting their properties sold. My goal is to always provide quality service to a limited quantity of people. Because of this, I turn business down quite a bit. I only want to work with folks that appreciate what I do and who want to work with me. We have to get along. We have to be on the same page. We have to have the same goals. By choosing to work like this I eliminate stress from my life. And that gives me peace. Being in this frame of mind enables me to give folks my best at all times. And to me, that's what it's all about. Quality not quantity.

"So, Broker Bryant, what's the point of this post?" The point of this post is to encourage you to evaluate what is you want out of Real Estate. Don't worry about what is expected of you but instead find out what it is you need to do to be happy. Then, make a plan and do it. Whether that's doing 20 transactions a year or 200. It doesn't matter. What matters is that it is YOUR goal, not someone else's expectation for you.

Money cannot buy happiness but endlessly pursuing it can definitely keep you from being happy. Find a balance. Find YOUR balance. Find your comfort zone and then reap the rewards of a peaceful life. Trust me when I say, your customers and clients will see this is in you and will want to work with you. Your business will be a lot easier because of it.

Always remember, "Real Estate is about people not money."

So what do you think? Food for thought?

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Susan Milner
Florida Future Realty, Inc. - Cape Coral, FL
Cape Coral Real Estate Broker, FloridaFutureAgents

Thanks doesn't buy happiness but lack thereof can cause unhappiness....but I agree, look at the client & how you can assist them & the money will come.


Oh & you & TLW are tooo cute....Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb 14, 2007 06:30 AM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

What a great post!  No truer words were spoken.  If your priority is to work all the time and be "big", you'll miss out on all of the things that really are important.

BTW, love the poems you too ;)

Feb 14, 2007 06:32 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sage words, Bryant, as always. It's so easy to get caught up in trying to be successful, however you define it, without really considering the things that are most important  - family, friends, emotional/mental well being, etc. A reminder now and then is always a good thing so we keep those values at the top of the list.


Feb 14, 2007 06:53 AM

I have come back to read your "Compete with the rest and make a mess of success"...a few times called to the phone with a clietn question....had to speak with a home inspector...talked to someone onmy know, the usual (never boring) day in the life of a real estate person. I got thinking about what is most important to me in life...

You say..."I think it's very important to know what we want out of life and equally important to know how to get there...."  So I  am thinking about the second phrase (I highlighted it) ...Possibly that sense of adventure, always  at the heart of the business of real estate, provides the fuel to reach a destination ...

Feb 14, 2007 06:55 AM
janeAnne ECO-Steward Realty
sorry...I didn't see the new(??) fill in...anyway...that last comment above was from me...Happy Valentine's Day and thanks for your compassion and wisdom...
Feb 14, 2007 06:57 AM
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management


Thanks for the post. For me is is about my freedom. I did the corporate stint....Hated it! Success for me, is earning enough money to have the freedom to do as I choose. So far so good!

Feb 14, 2007 07:01 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I try to ask the Lord to order my day, each and every day.  Then make the most out of what He brings me. Sometimes I get to deal with the lovliest folks and then some of them are thumpers, but throughout the day doing my best to walk the way that He wants me to deal with people not based upon who they are but but upon who I am.

At the end of the day, there is a great sense of accomplishment in doing a good job and helping people accomplish their goals.  This is what causes me to accomplish my goal and in the end the money takes care of itself or has so far.

Thanks for the post. 

Judi Barrett

Integrity Real Estate Services


Feb 14, 2007 07:12 AM
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
AMEN!!! and keeping those goals within reason always helps.  I know some people that no matter how much they make, they always want MORE, greed gets the best of them - life will fly by them and they will realize they did not enjoy their youth.  Thanks for the inspiration.
Feb 14, 2007 08:40 AM
Kaushik Sirkar
Call Realty, Inc. - Chandler, AZ
Mainly - have an extreme customer oriented focus.  Keep that up, and you will earn enough money to have plenty of toys or plenty of downtime or plenty of time w/ you family - whatever you choose!  If you focus on the money, you may not make a whole bunch....
Feb 14, 2007 09:00 AM
Robert Hammerstein -
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate


Words to live by indeed and we try our best to do so.  The positive focus everyone here on AR has is truly the best medicine for those times when you may wonder if you are doing the best you can.  It's good to set goals but better to remember that they aren't meant to be a measuring stick but rather a reason to strive to be the best you can be. 


Thanks for giving us food for thought on this day of "indulgence"!  Hearts

Feb 14, 2007 09:04 AM
"The Lovely Wife" The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


This is the reason you now work for us:

"Knowing that we are all winners no matter how many houses we list or sell."

Now that...Is stuff success is made of :)

TLW...ROAR   aka   Billie Tutas

Feb 14, 2007 09:12 AM
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904
Lovely poem from a loving wife to her ever so good looking husband-inspirations to us all!
Feb 14, 2007 09:22 AM
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Wow! I thought this post was dead and it got it's second wind.

Hey Hun, we both put mushy poems on here. Oh well, it IS Valentines day. Hope you guys don't mind a little husband and wife flirting. Not bad after 25 years of marriage.

This IS a public post, so I hope the consumer appreciates that we are human and have lives and loved ones. Talk about transparency!! Sure beats "let's be transparent BUT be sure to mind your Ps and Qs and don't tell them that" Never be fake. People want to work with genuine people. And in my opinion, we owe them that.

Feb 14, 2007 09:35 AM
Harper Team
J Rockcliff Realtors - San Ramon, CA

if we can can get another 20 years on the boy - we'll have a Mark Twain for our times

Feb 14, 2007 10:13 AM
Billy Howard
EnviroTech Exterminating - Broken Arrow, OK
Great Post Bryant!  The idea of picking and choosing who you work with is what attracted me to this business.
Feb 14, 2007 10:34 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
BB another well deserved featured post. Work only with people that you like and respect.  Work for 'thank you's' and the money will follow.
Feb 14, 2007 11:15 AM
"The Lovely Wife" The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Mushy here :)

I don't think the Consumers mind the fact that you and I are a team and that we just happen to be in love :)

Shall we find something to bicker about now? SVW...


Feb 14, 2007 11:40 AM
"The Lovely Wife" The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


Shut Up...Stop Whining...And Get A Life

SVVW and LOL....   (smiling very very wide)



Feb 15, 2007 06:04 AM
ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA
I like the Biblical principal of "Take what you need...and no more."  I work very hard and too many hours, but I take what I need...and no more.
Feb 15, 2007 03:04 PM
"The Lovely Wife" The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


You're hired :)


Feb 15, 2007 11:36 PM