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Greetings all!

I wear my heart on my sleeve often times, and this might just be one of those moments. You see, I am a brand new agent, and I am not afraid to share this fact with you all. Fresh from the aviation industry where I spent 15 years filling various roles like pilot, maintenance manager, and supply chain specialist, I come into my new career with one major life lesson in mind -- you need to speak your mind and have the confidence to do so.

Learning to speak my mind, tactfully mind you, kept me in the forefront of things I held dear to me in my previous career, things such as safety and ethics. So long as I could truthfully speak my mind, I knew things would get accomplished safely and ethically.

The same, I hope, holds true in real estate; safety and ethics. I have but one month under my belt right now as an agent, and so far I have seen nothing but safety and ethics amongst my colleagues. I can expect no less, because the client should expect no less. Dare I believe the shared core competenties of safety and ethics flows effortlessly throughout the kingdom?

My heart says yes, but my logical mind cries "BEWARE!" I like to expect the best out of people, not the worst. Maybe I am naive in this thought, but I would rather believe the best in people rather than expect the worst so I do not hurt as bad. But that is just me. As a new agent, I want to go into this career with a positive mindset. And if I get burned? Well, I have handled fires before.

But I digress. I hope my future blogs are, well, useful to the audience. Whether you use them for laughs, or for thought, either way is great. Thanks for reading! Take care all!

Posted by

James P. Reeves


Re/Max On the Lake

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

The overwhelming majority of real estate professionals are hard-working, ethical, and a pleasure to deal with. You will have those that don't fit that description but the same holds true for any industry. 

Mar 15, 2015 01:15 AM
Shanna Day Team Leader (UT & AZ)
Keller Williams SLC (UT) and Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) - Park City, UT
Keller Williams Realty

You write well and I too look forward to following your blog - welcome to the Rain!  You will learn from the best of the best here - just pay attention and be persistent and you will catch on quickly!   Best of luck! 

Mar 15, 2015 02:07 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Welcome to ActiveRain.  I believe the best in people, until they give me reason not to.

Mar 15, 2015 02:09 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Welcome James Reeves 

I was a police officer for 28 years and have been selling real estate for 10 years. Believe me James, these are many of the same people buying houses or just attending open houses to have the dream that they might someday own a home but unlikely. I teach a safety class and things do happen. But considering how many agents are out there, there is very few incidents nationwide. Have fun but always be aware of your surroundings.

Mar 15, 2015 02:34 AM
James Reeves
Bothell, WA

All of you are absolutely awesome! Thanks for commenting, and stay safe out there and keep clients safe too! Have a great Sunday!

Mar 15, 2015 02:41 AM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

If there is one fact that holds true if you work in the real estate business is you will get burned. Doesn't matter how decent of a person you are.


The true test is how you respond.

Mar 15, 2015 02:49 AM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Good luck in your new venture. There's lots to learn, and I promise at some point your ethics will be tested.   

Mar 15, 2015 03:40 AM
MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

Welcome to the industry!  You've certainly chosen the right place to post and "hang out".  Best wishes toward your success...this is a great first step.

Mar 15, 2015 05:00 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Hello James, and welcome to the platform and the business.  There is nothing wrong in expecting everyone to be forthright and ethical, we just don't always see it. If you keep the line open but prepared for the one that will try to take advantage of you, you should do fine.

Mar 15, 2015 06:15 AM
Joké Durojaiye
Redfin - Bothell, WA

Welcome to the Rain and to the industry from one newbie to another. Being positive is always a great choice.

Mar 15, 2015 07:11 AM
James Reeves
Bothell, WA

You are all right. Being positive and hoping for the best is a great outlook... just make sure to respond the correct way when things catch on fire :-)

Mar 15, 2015 07:50 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Look at you, Jim! Featured--right out of the gate! See what wearing your heart on your sleeve will do for you? These features are hard-earned and you nailed it with this post. 

Integrity, ethics, truth, safety and being YOURSELF are some key factors and characteristics for success that you already seem to embody. WELCOME! 

There is so much support and many things that you will find are monumental in your learning curve, all at your fingertips here on ActiveRain. 

Enjoy, ask questions and I look forward to more of you!

Mar 15, 2015 08:28 AM
James Reeves
Bothell, WA

Thank you Gayle! I really appreciate it and I am enjoying reading other people's blogs and comments! This is all good stuff!

Mar 15, 2015 10:33 AM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

 James - Congratulations on your new career.  It sounds like you already have a great foundation, and you've found a great place to learn more.

Mar 15, 2015 04:14 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

James - Also congratulations on your first post!  If you have questions about anything here in the Rain, you'll find we're willing to help, especially those of us with the orange badges.

Mar 15, 2015 04:15 PM
James Reeves
Bothell, WA

Thank you Christine!

Mar 16, 2015 01:06 AM
Sal Poliandro - Helping People Win
RE/MAX Properties - Ridgewood, NJ
Broker Associate

Welcome James Reeves. Looking forward to what you have to say here. 

Mar 16, 2015 02:50 AM
James Reeves
Bothell, WA

Thank you Sal! 

Mar 16, 2015 03:17 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Hi James Reeves,

Welcome to the Rain train! I'm glad you made the brave first steps into the blogging world with us! It's a great place to be and I hope to see many more posts from you in the future!

Mar 16, 2015 07:57 AM
James Reeves
Bothell, WA

Thank you Captain! I really appreciate it! The support from everyone is amazing!

Mar 30, 2015 05:33 AM