Roller coaster ride

Real Estate Agent with HomeTown Advisor Real Estate 124996

My new career has been a roller coaster ride so far. Which I am NOT used to! I have always "played it safe" with regards to jobs and/or careers. Something that real estate is certainly NOT.


Yet, with each frustration, I am blessed with gratitude. For without the dips, we could not appreciate the upswings. Today, a brand new client- I haven't even personally met them yet, referred me to his landlord for listing his rental property. My client also is referring me to his step-daughter, saying he will send everyone my way because I go "above and beyond". Needless to say, my day today was blessed and filled with gratitude. Now, I just need to not disappoint him!!! LOL


The past few months have been tough. Entering into an industry in which your "sphere of influence" is so important has been tough for me, as my SOI is all back up in Alaska! However, I have found, that even introverts can learn new tricks. I am getting better at talking to people I don't know. I have started (just today in fact!) recording short videos to send to new leads coming in from Face Book. The videos aren't that great (YET!), but I am determined that they will get better. Funny how something so uncomfortable can become addictive though... I have found that I am having more emails opened with the videos than I have had previously without. Time will tell how much difference they make.


My next challenge will be to obtain some listings. For some reason they intimidate me more than buyers. I haven't quite figured out why, but I am working on it. Maybe after I get the big FIRST ONE out of the way, it will be less intimidating. I hope so. Any advice here? I am all ears!



Posted by

Marcell Loomis

1217 Cooper Pt. Rd. SW Ste. 5

Olympia, WA 98502



Striving for the best, because YOU deserve it!

Comments (22)

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Marcell-Welcome to Active Rain. This is a excellent resource for business, education and above all friendships. You can follow Kathy or anyone by clicking the follow button under their picture when they comment on your post.

Nov 05, 2016 10:17 PM
Marcell Loomis

Thank you Sharon. I am reading, learning, and planning! 

Nov 06, 2016 01:23 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Welcome to Active Rain - real estate is a roller coaster ride for all of us - listings are the focus but you can work your way up to that until you feel comfortable.

Nov 05, 2016 10:22 PM
Marcell Loomis

Thank you Lise! That is what I am shooting for. 

Nov 06, 2016 01:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Best wishes for great success in your career.

Nov 05, 2016 10:29 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You should use your blog settings to create an automatic signature for your blogs. Readers want to see your contact information and you will want to disclose the information required in your state.

Nov 05, 2016 10:30 PM
Marcell Loomis

Thank you Roy for this suggestion! I am looking at that right now. 

Nov 06, 2016 01:25 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Marcell Loomis ,

Welcome to Active Rain! You are going to learn so much in reading and commenting on posts written by members. Its like taking a mini course each day! Real estate is a roller coaster ride but you can even it out and a good start is to obtain some listings. Remember any buyer you work with and close could be a new listing in 3-5 years! I just subscribed to your blog.

Nov 05, 2016 10:45 PM
Marcell Loomis

Good morning Dorie! Thank you. I abosolutely agree. I have been "scolded" so to speak about focusing on buyers so much, but I agree, that with great service and great follow-up, you have that possibility when they choose to upgrade/move and they will choose me to list.

Nov 06, 2016 01:28 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Marcel and welcome to the Rain. I think you are moving forward and that is what matters.

Nov 05, 2016 11:24 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post! I can see why Kathy chose to highlight it this week!

Nov 05, 2016 11:27 PM
Marcell Loomis

Kristin, thank you for the compliment! I have never blogged before, so I appreciate that what I have done so far has resonated with others. 

Nov 06, 2016 01:29 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Marcell Loomis welcome to Real Estate and ActiveRain! IA great way to impress your clients is to contact them regularly with updates and check ins; find out how they like being approached to: text vs. phone vs. email.

Realtors that are intimidated by listings are experiencing a natural fear: they do not know how to fully communicate their value yet. See it cost $0 to work with you as a sales agent, but it costs 6% to work with you as a listing agent, so you have to sell yourself better to listings. There is also more competition for listings so sellers feel empowered.

If you rehearse a head of time and give your best shot while presenting, you'll get the hang of it. Role play with someone you trust in advance. If you don't get hired, politely ask for feedback why? (And accept their answer, do not defend your position).

Nov 05, 2016 11:43 PM
Marcell Loomis

Thank you Thomas J. Nelson! I appreciate your suggestions and info. Practice, practice, practice! I have been checking in with clients, but, to be honest, I have failed in asking them their preferred method of communication outright. I have followed their lead, so to speak. Thanks for bringing this to my attention- something that I will change!

Nov 06, 2016 01:33 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Marcell, welcome! I wish you the best of luck in this roller-coaster business of ours. Pushing yourself to create videos is admirable. I am not comfortable with it either. My advice is to keep them really short as people have a short attention span. The shorter the better.

And here is my tip to you, since you are new to ActiveRain. When you reply to comments, you need to "tag" us. This is how you do it.

You have to use the "@" before typing the name. Look at Dorie Dillard's comment above (#7). See how your name is highlighted in blue? That's what you have to do to tag someone. A little drop-down box will appear and then you click on the name. See?  Dorie Dillard 


Nov 06, 2016 01:55 AM
Marcell Loomis

Pat Starnes Thank you!!!! I will remember this. Appreciate the patience with my finding my way here. 


The videos I am doing are VERY short! I probably 20 sec or less. So far, really just a quick thank you to leads that respond to a post/ad etc. Thank you for your advice, it is truly appreciated. 

Nov 06, 2016 01:00 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Marcell, how I wish there was an adult version of Dr. Suess' "Oh, the Places You'll Go. You're at the first chapter my friend! Keep up the great work.

Nov 06, 2016 01:58 AM
Marcell Loomis

Kevin J. May I LOVE that book- I too wish they had an "adult" version. We would all be smart to listen to Dr. Seus' advice a little more, right? 

Nov 06, 2016 08:36 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Welcome to AR Marcell and there is no question about it, many of us are on that roller coaster with you-just keep at it and it smoothes out a bit!

Nov 06, 2016 01:26 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

We are all, constantly, re-inventing how we do the things we do.  The sooner you can get used to it - the ups/downs, the feasts/famines, you'll be able to enjoy the ride.  

Nov 06, 2016 02:32 AM
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Listings are more about knowing the market.  Follow up with expired listings, especially the ones that haven't come back on the market after 30 or more days off the market.  Send them market statistics for their area, sold data, interest rates, etc.  Contact them indirectly with mail, then email or a phone call and then a face to face visit.  Stay persistent until they tell you to go away or that they have decided not to sell.  Good luck!

Nov 06, 2016 04:37 AM
Marcell Loomis

Karen Feltman Thank you for this advice. I appreciate it. Persistence pays off I have been told- in many areas of our lives! LOL

Nov 06, 2016 08:38 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Welcome to Active Rain.  You have found a great resource.  One thing I found helpful is to have a good mentor.  Perhaps you can find a mentor who will let you come along to some listing appointments so you can gain some insights and confidence... or at least role play with you.

Nov 06, 2016 10:48 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Marcell, real estate can be a really scary way to make a living sometimes.  But it's totally worth it.

Nov 06, 2016 11:10 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Marcell Loomis 

Nothings beats actua people contact. Door knocking is effective.  It is a form of work out......

Nov 06, 2016 12:13 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Welcome to the Rain! I'm here from Kathy's weekly post on Sunday. I'm sure you will do certainly have started out in the right direction!

Nov 07, 2016 05:19 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Marcel

Welcome to AR!

I know what it's like to start business in a new place - I moved from Boston to Carlsbad CA 11 years ago and we knew abolustely no one here.

You are in a great place to learn from so mnay others, and there are some great ideas above. Not sure I have anything else to add but will let you know if I do. Getting to know as many people as possible will help. Learn as much as you can about the market and market conditions and share what you know about the area housing, communities, etc. here regularly.


Nov 07, 2016 09:10 AM
Marcell Loomis

Jeff Dowler Thank you for your advice Jeff! I appreciate it. 

Nov 07, 2016 12:40 PM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

I'd like to tell you the roller coaster comes to a stop but it's one of those never ending rides. LOL  As a fellow introvert, you will do great! There is room for all types and we just do it in our own way. 

Nov 07, 2016 01:01 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Welcome to ActiveRain and also to the real estate business.  You will find a lot of practical advice and real estate knowledge on this site.  All else comes  with time

Nov 09, 2016 09:31 AM

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