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Doing the 'Right Thing'

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Greatest Generation 

‘The Greatest Generation’ is a term made popular by journalist, Tom Brokaw, to describe the generation who grew up in the United States during the Great Depression and fought in World War II, as well as the sacrifices and contributions required at home for the war effort and after it ended (sometimes referred to as ‘The Golden Age’).  In his book, Brokaw wrote, "It is, I believe, the greatest generation that any society has produced."  He argued that these men and women fought and worked not for fame and recognition, but because it was the ‘right thing to do.’  

In real estate today, we constantly hear about the different generations and how to best work with each of them, based on what has shaped their thoughts, behavior and lifestyle.  As a ‘Baby Boomer’ and Realtor assisting ‘The Greatest Generation’, the words that come to mind to describe them are commitment, personal responsibility, humility and work ethic.

These folks have so much wisdom to impart (even if they tell you the same story a few times-LOL) but there are also challenges preparing, selling and moving them into a new phase of their lives.  Oftentimes, they are ill, a spouse has passed, they’ve lived in the same home most of their adult lives, raised their children there and simply can’t imagine living anywhere else.  It’s overwhelming to think about taking down family photos, giving away their cherished collections, having complete strangers come through their home and a host of other things involved in the preparation and sale of their home.  Luckily, wonderful resources are now available to assist them in ‘rightsizing’. 

If you ask my husband, family or friends, most of them will tell you that I don’t have a lot of patience—after all, I’m a ‘Baby Boomer’, the generation that demands instant gratification.  But, working with ‘The Greatest Generation’ makes me slow down, cherish my family, friends and the fact that I can have a cup of coffee anytime that I want without a ration coupon. But most importantly, they’ve shown me that doing the ‘right thing’ is the best course of action, no matter what generation you belong to.  


Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

WOW! Barb. What a wonderful first post in the Rain! I am a Baby-boomer too, and my parents were from the Great Generation too. I am thankful for all the values they taught me. I know you'll be great with your clients, since you understand that "Doing the Right Thing" is a priorty.

Welcome To Active Rain!

Jan 31, 2016 03:56 AM
Thanks! We are blessed to have them as role models! I only hope I can give back some of what they gave me.
Jan 31, 2016 06:17 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Welcome to ActiveRain, Barb Kelley . This is certainly a fantastic post recognizing tribulations older people go through when selling their homes and relocating - for whatever reason(s) - and the respect they have earned. Working with them does help us realize the importance of family and 'doing the right thing' becomes the only thing.

Thanks for sharing,

Jan 31, 2016 04:13 AM
You're right, Bruce! The small things make such a big difference to them and they really do appreciate it. Very challenging but rewarding, too!
Jan 31, 2016 06:11 AM
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Hi Barb Kelley congratulations on the featured post.  Have a fabulous Sunday

Jan 31, 2016 05:57 AM
Thanks! You, too!
Jan 31, 2016 06:09 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Great blog.  Doing the right thing for the sake of it being the right thing to do, is very important and often lost in today's world.

Jan 31, 2016 07:38 AM

It's nice to see so many of us want to do the right thing as well as help our Seniors!  Thanks!

Jan 31, 2016 10:55 PM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Hi Barb,

Welcome to ActiveRain.

Informative post. Thank you. I look forward to more.

I remember when I was starting out. I couldn’t imagine ever writing hundreds of posts.

There was so much I didn’t know. Surely I didn’t really belong here.

Well let me encourage you to take one step at a time and hang in there.

I’ve made good money via ActiveRain and learned a lot. But the best thing that ActiveRain has done for me is in this post.


Good luck, let me know if I can help.


David Gibson
Broker / Owner Colorado Home Sales LLC

Jan 31, 2016 08:41 AM

Thanks, David!

Jan 31, 2016 10:54 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Beautiful Post! We have so much to learn from the Greatest Generation and we can certainly help them along the way also!  Welcome to the Rain I look forward to reading more of your posts!

Jan 31, 2016 12:16 PM

Thanks, Debra!   You are so right!

Jan 31, 2016 10:54 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Great post, Barb Kelley .  I so admire the Greatest Generation. I long for the younger generation to understand the values and work ethic of those days.  

Welcome to the world of Active Rain blogging.  It is an extremely valuable platform to connect with other agents and potential clients.  I recommend you check out the "Resources" section and click on "Getting Started".

Feb 01, 2016 04:14 AM

Thanks, Carol.  I will check it out!

Feb 01, 2016 05:12 AM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

Young and old alike can learn so much from their elders. Hubby and I play golf and ride motorcycles with several octogenarians. Their spirit for life is something to be admired.

Feb 01, 2016 07:15 AM

Love it!!

Feb 01, 2016 10:17 PM
Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage
Empire Network Realty INC. - Orlando, FL
The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours!

Hi Barb! Welcome to the world of Activerain, may your blogging  create a whole new chapter in your Real Estate Career.

Feb 02, 2016 12:31 AM

Thanks, Mery!  Happy to be on here.

Feb 02, 2016 10:36 AM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

Wow Barb you really knocked it out of the park with this first blog post! Way to go! Welcome to Active Rain and I very much look forward to many more of your contributions here!

Feb 02, 2016 01:03 AM

Hi Nicole!You are so sweet to say that.  I enjoy AC and look forward to hearing from you, too!

Feb 02, 2016 10:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition. 

Have a most productive February!

Feb 02, 2016 09:44 AM

Thanks, Roy!  You too!

Feb 02, 2016 10:35 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hi, Barb. 

     I was born in the 1950's, hence I was raised by and grew up under the influence of "The Greatest Generation".  I can only hope that I have passed their values on to my own children.

     Very nice post!

Feb 02, 2016 10:07 AM

Thanks, Fred.  It's good to know there are others who care about instilling values in their children who will hopefully, do the same with their own kids.

Feb 02, 2016 10:35 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Barb Kelley  What a wonderful post . I am looking for more of these fantastic posts as I agree with every single word . Funny as my grandson looks at me as an old hippie lady . Time for another post 

Feb 02, 2016 10:31 AM

Thanks, Hannah!  Looking forward to yours, too! 

Feb 02, 2016 10:32 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


welcome to the Active Rain blogging community! 

Congratulations on your first post being featured! Well deserved.

Feb 04, 2016 03:39 PM

Thanks, Inna!  I'm having fun!

Feb 04, 2016 10:40 PM
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | www.DelawareValleyRE.com - Greenville, DE
Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach

Hi Barb, I enjoyed reading your posts… thanks for sharing! Also congratulations on your 1st featured post and welcome to the Rain!

ActiveRain is a great place to share your knowledge, expertise and thoughts, as well as network and learn so much from the vast pool of talent already onboard. I look forward to reading your upcoming posts. If you would like to connect with me on ActiveRain, please subscribe to my blog! Welcome Aboard and Much Success! 

Feb 06, 2016 03:00 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Barb, what a wonderful first post, and you nailed it!    Downsizing is probably the hardest with decades of memories to sift through!  Welcome to ActiveRain! 

Feb 08, 2016 12:32 AM

Thanks, Joan!!  I totally agree and try to keep my own collections and items to a minimum.  What I love are the creative ways we can turn these precious memories/collections into smaller versions (like a teapot collection into a framed picture of each or pictures of each in a photo album). 

Feb 08, 2016 03:12 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Thanks for the follow, and I'ver returned the favor. Wow, you are sure on fire with your first post too. Glad to see it featured and can't wait to read more from you. Great advice and observations about the generations and challenges facing them. Welcome to the Rain! 

Feb 10, 2016 12:05 AM

My pleasure.  So excited to be a part of this group.  Have an idea for another blog--just gotta write the rest.  LOL  Enjoy your day!

Feb 10, 2016 12:10 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

What a marvelous first post!  It's a gift to have family members and clients who have shared life experiences and words of wisdom over the years. As a fellow Boomer, I consider myself fortunate to have worked with many clients from "The Greatest Generation."  Thank you for the follow!  I look forward to reading many more of your posts.

Feb 10, 2016 04:30 PM

Thanks for a great way to begin my day!  I'm hoping we can get more from TX on AR.  I see many from other parts of the country but I think TX is lacking.  If you know of other Texans that I can connect with, please let me know.  In the meantime, have a great day!

Feb 10, 2016 09:52 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Barb ... welcome to ActiveRain, congrats on your 1st post being featured and thanks for the follow.

Mar 08, 2016 04:04 AM

Thanks, Bob!

Mar 08, 2016 04:18 AM
Derrick Guevremont
Counselor Realty of Rochester - Rochester, MN
Rochester MN Homes for Sale

MUCH better generation than the busy-body generation we have running this country now.  So self-centered and narcissistic telling everyone how they should live.

Jul 23, 2016 06:09 PM