When We All Row Together We Make Greater Progress

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Row RowI have always said in a real estate transaction, there are four main parties, buyer, buyer agent, seller, seller agent. True, there are ALL the other parties, lenders, inspectors, appraisers, settlement companies, stagers, etc. but these four are like the oarsmen in a boat.

It has fascinated me ALWAYS when one of the four is rowing COUNTER to the rest and all hell breaks loose, even one of those "agents".

It is imperative on the part of at least ONE of the agents to get everyone rowing together to move forward with synchronization to accomplish the goal of a completed successful transaction.

Keep your eye out for the the one or more in the boat not rowing "together" and prod them to get with the program.

Something that looks so easy at the outset can end up with a "stalled" boat in the water, if everyone is not "together".


Re-Blogged 3 times:

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  2. Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers 02/01/2016 10:53 PM
  3. Bob Crane 06/27/2016 02:34 PM
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What a great picture, and good analogy. You could actually have many rowers who need to be in synch.

Feb 01, 2016 07:12 PM #32
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around


It takes teamwork to move things forward.


Feb 01, 2016 09:38 PM #33
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Everyone to Gary Woltal 's after the post. B.Y.O.O. or bring your own oar

Feb 01, 2016 10:23 PM #34
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Great comments all. Thanks for everyone rowing together on this idea.

Feb 01, 2016 10:25 PM #35
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Gary Woltal "It is imperative on the part of at least ONE of the agents to get everyone rowing together to move forward with synchronization to accomplish the goal of a completed successful transaction."  Right on target - re-blog!

Feb 01, 2016 10:53 PM #36
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Gary Woltal ....such an important message to share ..... synchronization with everyone doing his/her part is the only way to success....

Feb 01, 2016 10:58 PM #37
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

It only takes one ....

Feb 02, 2016 12:47 AM #38
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

This is true in a real estate transaction - and in any project carried out by a group. I think of my days in animal rescue when one or more began rowing the other direction... 

Feb 02, 2016 12:49 AM #39
Susan McCall - - Compass Realty Solutions
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Listing and Buyer's Agent

Just when everyone has synchonized the lift and dip along the way it is the client(s) that drop an anchor.

Feb 02, 2016 02:54 AM #40
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Someone may have already said this but, "Rising tides lifts all boats."  Love that phrase to remind us to work together in every transaction for a smooth transition for our clients.

Feb 02, 2016 03:26 AM #41
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I agree with you in theory.  Sadly there are too many Win-Loose minded agents and clients. 

Feb 02, 2016 05:18 AM #42
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Simple, but difficult. Have you ever read the book The Boys in the Boat? It's an incredible true story of a team of young men at University of Washington who overcame incredible hurdles to win in the Olympics in Germany. A masterful tale and one that we could all learn from, no matter what the business as you so aptly describe!

Feb 02, 2016 10:52 AM #43
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Gary Woltal 

It's interesting how just one person on the transaction team can throw off the progress so easily by not doing their job, not maintaining contact or otherwise behaing in ways that are counterproductive. Individuals agendas do not work well in a team sport, or a real estate transaction. Seems to me we all have acommon goal - a closing


Feb 02, 2016 03:29 PM #44
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gary, this WAS a good post, and we do all need to oar together or the boat sure could go sideways! 

Feb 04, 2016 12:10 PM #45
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

When no one rows...

Good post, Gary. Ideally, all parties would be self motivated to row together, however sometimes a cheerleader is needed.

Feb 04, 2016 11:04 PM #46
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Gary - this metaphor is spot one.  Exactly what needs to be done when one is now rowing in unison.

Feb 05, 2016 10:13 AM #47
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


When we are all rowing together . . . . our efforts multiply in the direction of our goals.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig 

Jun 27, 2016 12:40 PM #48
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Congratulations on the gold star feature . . . .

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 27, 2016 12:42 PM #49
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Gary. Your analogy is very apt. Terrific post and a good example of the process.

Jun 27, 2016 10:24 PM #50
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Gary Woltal 
Yes, life is much easier when we all pull together. All the best - Lynn

Jul 28, 2016 10:52 PM #51
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