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Beyond the Breakwater

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Webster's dictionary defines breakwater as "a wall that is built out into the sea to protect a harbor or beach from the force of waves".  Along the way, there are places in life where each of us needs a "breakwater".  During the school age years, it may be a teacher who offers educational assistance or a guidance counselor who provides direction to a career path. There may be a coach who inspires you to be on a team or a friend who tells you maybe that team or sport isn't for you.  If you look deep enough at each step of life, there is someone who knows more or is better informed to protect you from the force of the waves.

The business of real estate may be one of the largest waves most consumers face.  It is easy to get lost in the details and it pays to have a good agent by your side.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, property owners in beach towns along the east coast suffered a devastating loss.  Real estate agents attended seminars on flood insurance, FEMA directives on base flood elevation changes, construction and zoning updates, etc.  Even though most buyers/sellers start their real estate searches online, the type of information agents have access to on a daily basis is impressive.  The guidelines of the flood zone map not only determine the cost of insurance but in certain zones, if you modify an existing structure and add space, the foundation of the house must be raised.  How many buyers/sellers have the time to gain all the knowledge needed to complete a transaction?

The next time life presents you with a challenge, surround yourself with people you can count on to be your "breakwater".

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Marilyn - you make the work of Realtor very relevant with that great analogy.  Encouraging people to trust in their breakwater or Realtor.

Feb 09, 2015 11:55 AM
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

Thank you for the kind words Lise Howe and Grant Schneider.

Feb 09, 2015 08:06 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Marilyn, what a great anology, post every buyer who is working solo must read. Buying a home is a complex transaction, buyers need a knowledgeable Realtor® by their side guiding them through.

Feb 11, 2015 09:45 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening Marilyn O'Donoghue , Very nice blog.  We need to surround ourselves is right, Right in the middle of Active Rain.

Feb 11, 2015 10:04 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Excellent advice Marilyn.  Those of us in coastal areas have seen a continuing increase in the details and the process of buying and selling real estate.

Feb 11, 2015 08:43 PM
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

Beth Atalay:  I coudn't agree more!

Larry Johnston: Active Rain is my source for help and inspiration.

Gabe Sanders: I just read an artcicle stating the new NFIP regulations are months from final decisions.

Feb 11, 2015 09:49 PM
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I really enjoyed your post and the analogies.  I was hoping this one might be FEATURED....and it still could be.  Thanks for a great insight....hope to read more of your posts.

Feb 12, 2015 12:49 PM
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

Suzanne McLaughlin:  Thank you.  Your thoughtful comments are a nice way tto start a Friday!

Feb 12, 2015 08:57 PM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

I loved this analogy, Marilyn. So true and the importance of having a knowledgeable agent to assist can't be stressed enough.

Feb 13, 2015 01:22 AM
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

Barbara Altieri:  I agree and thank you!

Feb 13, 2015 11:58 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Marilyn, there is nothing quite like a client saying what a difference we've made.  And I'll bet there are some great agents who used to be guidance counselors.  Our jobs are a lot alike.

Feb 17, 2015 12:31 PM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

I already have.  I am at a Keller Williams office with many other good experienced agents

Feb 21, 2015 09:35 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I am glad that Patricia chose to feature this post this week...I missed the original...

Feb 21, 2015 10:47 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a wonderful analogy -- being someone's breakwater is a needed role.

Feb 21, 2015 11:21 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Marilyn!  You can find this post on today's "Last Week's Favorites". 

Feb 21, 2015 11:22 PM
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

Thanks Kat Palmiotti-have a great day!

Patricia Kennedy-Thank you for the thumbs up!

Feb 22, 2015 02:58 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is a super analogy Marilyn O'Donoghue! As a sailor in the navy I was confronted by many a typhoon and always enjoyed the site of a friendly breakwater!

Feb 22, 2015 11:37 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Great post.  We are here to educate and advise, it is more than just opening doors and offering cash on their behalf.  Thanks for the post.

Feb 24, 2015 04:50 AM
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

Thanks Gene Riemenschneider!

Feb 24, 2015 09:55 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Marilyn O'Donoghue Still with the construction of the 'Breakwater' if even one stone is out of place, there will be a leak. So too, with those we depend upon to complete their assigned tasks in the maze of pitfalls, both legal and procedural. Good post.

Feb 25, 2015 12:17 AM