The BIG Disconnect In Real Estate

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Real Estate RS282607

Many years ago I was told the story of "The Scorpion and The Fox" or "The Scorpion and The Frog."

This story can be interpreted in various ways and is what brings me to my thought today. 


As we were laying in bed and I was about to drift off to sleep last night, my wife informed me of something that had transpired with one of her relatives. I will change the names to protect the identity. Josh works for Mr. Bigshot on a part time basis, and from time to time, Josh asks Mr. Bigshot for advice. Josh was looking for a particular item at xxxx cost, however Mr. Bigshot stated that Josh should go for xxxx as it is only an additional xxxx per month. What Mr. Bigshot does not realize, is that Josh is maxed out on debt, makes xxxx, which is only a fraction of what Mr. Bigshot's net worth is. It is not the fault of Mr. Bigshot to give the advice, as it is in his nature by associating with others in his socio-economic status; however, his advice can be detrimental to Josh by drowning Josh in debt.


Now we come to the disconnect we sometimes have in our industry. A person goes through all the hoops to get their license, pays the dues, fees, and whatever else they need, just to enter the business. What to do next? Depends.... Okay, so you develop your list and create a mailing campaign? Take a leap and attempt to go at it online? Buy a zip code? Just after forking out money just to stay in business? What is the success and failure rate in our industry? I have seen many good people just throw up their hands and give up. Why? 


Are we the fox and the scorpion that over time we forget what it takes to succeed in our business? Are we giving the correct advice on the same level, or, from yelling down the ladder to those on the lower rungs struggling to reach the next rung above them? Sometimes we forget because over time our sphere changes, and change is part of our nature. If we are to help, we must remember to ground ourselves and bring ourselves to the same level of understanding to those we serve, and not place them in a position to fail.


Your thoughts?


Carpe Diem!!!! Attitude Reflects Leaership!!!!



Posted by

Peter B. Lavelle

"Marketing Your Home for All It Is Worth"



 Real estate is a people business and you deserve to be treated with the utmost respect, as well as having an agent that will "Do the right thing ALL the time, EVERYTIME."

I believe in challenging the status quo by being different, being original, leading the way, and understanding that attitude reflects leadership.

As a mentor to many youth in our area, I build my business to help them in their path and journey to being leaders in their own right. Please join me in helping to provide for them their path to success.



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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I know many agents that push hard and then lose people beause of doing so

May 15, 2017 11:15 AM #1
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

That picture is so disturbing! It made my head hurt.

As for your post, we definitely need to remember to empathize with those we are trying to help.

May 16, 2017 04:07 AM #2
Lynn B. Friedman
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Peter Lavelle REALTOR®, GRI SRES, ABR 
Especially like this comment:

we must remember to ground ourselves and bring ourselves to the same level of understanding to those we serve
All the best - Lynn

May 24, 2017 04:18 AM #3
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