Top 5 reasons for 5 Years of Thankfulness Bruce Hicks Hawaii

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Best Homes Hawaii RB-13537

In Dan Stewart’s Happy Grasshopper, he asked us to tell what are the Top 5 reasons for our thankfulness in our business dealings over the past five years.

What are most thankful for those things that have impacted our business the most on a daily basis.


Bruce n Vanessa at Christmas1. Wife Vanessa – we are together almost 24/7 other than when she has her own appointments or her various errands to do for family or work. Whenever I need support administratively, business planning, whatever, she is there.  It’s at a point where I couldn’t do without her.  We have been doing this together for over 30 years.

2. Church, God, Bible – i.e. looking to a ‘higher power’.  I am a person of Christian faith and for me, the fellowship with followers of the same thoughts, works, knowing that there is a personal relationship with Christ.  Reading the ‘word’ helps in keeping one grounded and focused.

Bruce Headshot3. Outlook, by Microsoft.  Around 1996 or 1997 we started using this program.  The great thing is that the accumulated database can be synchronized and updated with other devices.   

4. Zip Form and it’s accompanying transaction management system.  As a part of our MLS member services, this program cost is free.
It has saved us gas, mileage and most of all, TIME! Now, we can have a customer, client, tenant review, discuss over the phone and then sign appropriate documents and then keep a recorded access for them to review too!

5. My Market Leader Website, with IDX and lead capture.   Customers, clients, leads can search the entire Oahu MLS for properties at their leisure.  It is updated every 15 minutes or so.  At the same time, I can ‘see’ where they searching and help them in  whatever way they wish.


F150 Truck6. EXTRA The above all are amazing, contributions to the success of our business.  If I could name #6, it would be our FORD F150 XLT. It has been a workhorse for us. A part of our business is Property Management and it has been useful in hauling items, equipment and helping clients with their needs that sometimes happen on a short notice. Since it has an extended cab, including driver, 7 people can be transported.

 As with other parts of the country, prices have increased and still climbing and is forecasted to go up next year. Begin your search find your future home in Hawaii.  Feel free to modify your searches.

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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Great blogging. I especially like your car.

Thanks for your participation of the contest.

Sam Shueh

Nov 24, 2015 10:38 AM #1
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bruce Hicks oh man, I love my car, too.....(though I did not include it in my

Nov 24, 2015 02:36 PM #2
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
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Thank you Sam Shueh .  Have a Happy Thanksgiving week and weekend!
Yes Praful Thakkar that's why I put it as 'item #6', that truck for us, is a workhorse.

Nov 25, 2015 02:20 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Bruce - that is a good list.  Like you I attribute family and faith for my success.

Nov 25, 2015 10:47 AM #4
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
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Thank you for stopping by Grant and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

Nov 25, 2015 08:04 PM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Bruce... an interesting mix of things to be thankful for. Family and faith are "givens" for many of us and we shouldn't forget to be grateful for them. Thankfulness for Outlook may be an original from all the posts I've read... I was thankful for similar reasons for my Top Producer and it just about edged out Evernote... so we are essentially on the same wavelength here. Loved the one about your car... as a NYC girl who didn't have a driver's license till I was 25, I must admit I'm not very into cars... for me they are just a set of wheels. But I am grateful that my Honda Accord is so very reliable. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2015 08:38 PM #6
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
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Nina Hollander I hear you.  Tried TP for several years but it became too expensive for the return. In agreement with you on automobiles, the truck is our 'workhorse'.  Yesterday, we used it to carry a complimentary load of green waste to the dump for a client.

Nov 28, 2015 02:02 AM #7
Jill Winchel
Royal Shell Real Estate - The Koffman Group - Cape Coral, FL
We make it easy. You make it home.

Great list of things to be thankful for and I'm glad your wife was #1!

Dec 01, 2015 09:35 AM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That is a wonderful list of things to be thankful for. I love seeing Vanessa at the top.

Dec 03, 2015 10:39 AM #9
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Bruce, how nice to have your wife, companion, friend, etc be there for you.  I think it is wonderful when a husband and wife can work 24/7 together.

Dec 19, 2015 11:45 AM #10
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Thank you for the comment today, we could sure use some of that Hawaiian sunshine Bruce Hicks 

Jan 26, 2016 07:35 AM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bruce #1 & #4 resonates with me incredible to do #1 and I could not live without #4:)) Look forward to your next post, Endre

Apr 06, 2016 02:40 PM #12
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Bruce Hicks 

Very good reasons to be thankful. Hope you have a great week. 

May 15, 2016 01:42 PM #13
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

What a great list.  I hope you're still keeping busy driving that truck around and making your clients happy.  Have a great weekend!

May 29, 2016 01:04 PM #14
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Lifetime Friend/Helper!

Yep Georgie Hunter R(S) , still got it!  We also have a spiffy looking Kia Forte Coupe to run around in this traffic!  Guess like you, worked this Sunday.

May 30, 2016 08:37 AM #15
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

This is a great list Bruce Hicks ! Stay out of the direct sunshine.

Dec 17, 2017 09:41 AM #16
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