Good deeds give birth to good deeds . . .

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

Good deeds give birth to good deeds. Call it karma, or you reap what you sow, regardless of what you call it, when you treat people well, they will respond. I can already hear you saying, "Yeah, but so and so is a total jerk and no matter what you do, he'll always treat you like . . . ." I get it, there are those, but I see a whole lot more good than bad in people. 

A few years ago, I had an agent call me at the last minute on closing day to tell me the furnace on a listing of mine wasn't working. She was on the final walk-through and the deal was in jeopardy. I grabbed my electrical tools and went to the house, crawled under it and replaced the sequencers on the furnace and voilà, it worked. Deal saved and happy clients all around. 

Forward fast to this weekend. I've been working with a wonderful first-time buyer in a heavily competitive market, and it hasn't gone well. She has been outbid three times. We've structured deals to give her as much advantage as her dollars would allow her to go. Unfortunately, she has been bidding against buyers who had more dollars. Three deals in a row and no home. She was getting discouraged.

This weekend, she got in a bidding war with three buyers, but this time, the agent was the one with the furnace issue. She called and said she would do everything in her power to make sure my client got the house. Her clients had been in the same position when they bought it, and they remembered that terrible feeling of being outbid over and over. 

Boom, my client is in escrow and heading to her first home purchase and hopefully a celebration picnic on moving day. I'm convinced that good deeds in the past gave birth to good deeds in the present. I would encourage you to always be gracious, helpful and kind when dealing with other agents. Who knows, one day, you may need a favor. 


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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

great example of why we should always do the right thing and treat people like we would like to be treated... its a Good Day!

Mar 21, 2017 12:58 AM #10
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I totally agree. I do think good deeds do give good back. I'm glad your buyer is in escrow!

Mar 21, 2017 03:25 AM #12
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Mike,

You are so right. I've encountered many of these same situations. When you are gracious, helpful and kind to other agents and it usually will always come back to you!!

Mar 21, 2017 04:14 AM #13
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I agree, call it karma or the law of attraction or staying positive, this is a good place to be.

Mar 21, 2017 05:54 AM #14
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mike. What a wonderful story. I am so happy karma turned in your direction.

Mar 21, 2017 06:51 AM #15
Karen Graves
Artistic Home Staging - Edmond, OK
Certified Home Stager/ReDesigner in the OKC area

I agree completely!  Being kind, honest, helpful and thoughtful will always come back to you. It may not be a fast payback, but good deeds are always returned.  Congratulations on getting your buyer her first house! 

Mar 21, 2017 07:02 AM #16
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

So very true, you never know when it will come back to you, not always from the same direction, sometimes in round about ways, but it does come back.

Mar 21, 2017 07:28 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Mike

Really liked this post!

Good deeds do beget others, as does treating people well and developing positive relationships. And it just plain feels good, too!


Mar 21, 2017 07:54 AM #18
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Golden rule, Karma, justice.  You get what you give.  You attract what you put out. The universe is listening.

Mar 21, 2017 09:05 AM #19
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I agree ... Good does bread good ... however not necessarily from those we do good for ... but it is all good.  Golden Rule works. Congratulations on a job well done and on seeing the good in people and doing good for others. 

Mar 21, 2017 09:20 AM #20
Anne Corbin
Fritz Realty LLC - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

Awesome! I'll keep you in mind for furnace repair if I ever have a deal going south over a non-working furnace!

Mar 21, 2017 06:56 PM #21
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Yes it's true. What goes around comes around and if you pay it forward first you will get repaid later.

Mar 21, 2017 07:05 PM #22
Abby Stiller
Premier Realty Homes of SWFL - Cape Coral, FL
Real Estate Agent Serving Southwest Florida

Good for you Mike. I always say treat people the way you want to be treated.

Mar 21, 2017 07:27 PM #23
Catherine Marcy
HomeSmart Professionals - Palm Springs, CA
CA Desert Home Specialist

Hi Mike Cooper,

Amazing Story!  So exciting to hear how it all worked out because you were extremely helpful & caring when it counted.  No small act of kindness goes unnoticed.  Glad you and your buyer are reaping the rewards.

Mar 21, 2017 07:41 PM #24
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

That is a life lesson many fail to learn. Those of us who practice it understand, right? Well done, sir.

Mar 22, 2017 04:38 AM #25
Keller Williams Realty Partners SW - Cooper City, FL
Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!

What goes around, comes around. Kindness and sincerity are always in style. Congratulations to you & your buyer!

Mar 22, 2017 06:52 AM #26
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

So true Mike! Always to good without any expectations and good will come back in ten folds. So happy for your first time home buyer, congratulations to you and her both.

Mar 22, 2017 08:18 AM #27
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thank you for sharing from experience.

I am always encouraged when I see others who are givers.

I will return good to you.

Mar 22, 2017 10:36 AM #28
Melissa Spittel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westminster, MD
"Achieving Results Together "

What a happy ending! I'm a big believer in what goes around comes around. Yay for your buyer (and you, too)!

Mar 22, 2017 11:59 AM #29
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

Inspiring story!!  Like you, I will go the extra mile and spread good karma, it usually comes back to me in one form or another.  We have the sam situation in our area:  so much demand, buyers going way over asking price, not getting the house,  just shocked at how many other buyers there are right now.  It can be discouraging.

Mar 22, 2017 02:34 PM #30
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