The Balancing Act

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

 Mary's Balancing Act


"Some days you eat salads and go to the gym,
Some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants.
It's called Balance."


Mary and I have been working together for 19 years, and as empty-nesters for most of those, we have had little excuse for the lack of balance between our work and personal lives. When we started, our focus was on building our business, and that's where most of our time and energy went. The fact that it was our choice didn't make the lack of personal time less noticed, but the excitement of creating something for ourselves meant that it wasn't terribly missed in those early years - the satisfaction more than compensated for the lack of dimension.


We took few trips, and when we went out, at least by ourselves, our conversation was most likely about work. We really were 24/7 Realtors, and we needed to be, because our business was growing quickly. We were pretty happy.


But in 2005, a fortunate combination of events and good moves helped us rediscover much of what we had put aside. We hired an unlicensed assistant, a great one who took on pretty much all of the administrative burden. Initially, we used most of that extra time to refine our marketing and expand our reach, but we also started traveling again. The regeneration of energy provided by those trips became something we have come to rely on.


Also in 2005, we bought our current home, in what had to be the great deal of the year. That home, on 2 acres of lakefront, became our retreat and refuge, one that has served us well from the bad years of the Great Recession up to the present low-inventory insanity.  We had always maintained an office and seldom worked at home during normal business hours - we continued to do that even in - or maybe especially because of - the hard times. While we still answer the phones and take care of pressing matters while we are at home, we work hard to get everything done before that. And when we are home, we focus on relaxing, giving our furry family a lot of attention, and enjoying the show Mother Nature always has on display. The physical separation between where we work and where we live helps immensely in providing some balance in our lives, and maintaining that is an inviolable principle of our business.


We're also fortunate to have our own brokerage. Our office is pleasant and comfortable, without much in the way of distraction or drama. We call our own shots and, at least theoretically, we have the freedom to scale our business to the level of effort we choose. We haven't tried that yet, but someday, we may want to slow down a bit. In the meantime, an effective partnership and good systems help us keep the demands on our time to a reasonable 40-50 hours per week each, with enough slack to do a couple of big trips a year - right now, we're planning for Africa and Greenland.


Have we really achieved balance? Probably not in any way that most people would recognize, but first and foremost, Mary and I are Realtors. We love the work, and are continually fascinated, educated and entertained by it. It isn't something that has us clock-watching or counting the days until we don't have to do it anymore, and we're not discomfited by a blurry line between work time and personal time. So if some days we barely have time for ourselves, that's okay - we'll make it up some other day.

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Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

yes to the personal scales of ones life running even and on track....pure bliss

May 18, 2017 07:10 AM #23
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Dick and Mary,

Balance?   I think you have it nailed!  It sounds like you take the time and spend some of the hard earned money on your personal time together whether Africa or a short stay-cation.  I think you got it!

May 18, 2017 08:06 AM #24
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Very interesting.

In my dictionary we did not get to this word yet. Maybe because we came relatively late and sepnt too long on making all the wrong moves, I do not know. Ot maybe I simply need to move with my dictionary faster :)

May 18, 2017 10:51 AM #25
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Definitely sounds like a good balance to me.  Balance definitely is so important to keeping your mind and body healthy.

May 18, 2017 01:08 PM #26
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

"What most people would recognize" doesn't really matter. It's what works best for the two of you!

Great post. Sounds like plenty of balance to me!

May 18, 2017 01:48 PM #27
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Sounds like you have what works for you and you're happy with.  Can't complain about that.  Good job and good luck.

May 18, 2017 04:00 PM #28
Marie Edwards

Thank you for sharing!

May 18, 2017 04:08 PM #29
MikenMarie Edwards
The FoCoHomes Group with - Fort Collins, CO
"We Bring You Home To Colorado"

Thank you for sharing your story!

May 18, 2017 04:09 PM #30
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I am trying to get back to a work family balance. Starting my morning when I should and ending at a reasonable time is part of that process and going to the office - all goals to achieve

May 19, 2017 04:25 AM #31
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

isn't funny Dick Greenberg  how some of us love this business so much . It is not like work it is a way of life .  Africa sounds fabulous . My friend went to Greenland she was not impressed .   Happy Friday  

May 19, 2017 02:49 PM #32
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good for you for hiring an assistant.  It isn't always easy to do even that!  Your home sounds awesome and there's nothing like watching nature!

May 19, 2017 04:02 PM #33
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I have Greenland on my list of places to go. I wanted to incorporate Newfoundland and Halifax with Greenland but my husband said we didn't have enough time to go so we ended up not going at all. It would have been 8 days, and I'm still disappointed he couldn't rearrange his schedule. That particular time change is hard for us, going forward, and it's COLD but sounds very interesting.

May 19, 2017 04:33 PM #34
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, you definitely struck a chord with me, Dick!  I am a 24/7 agent myself - I live it, breathe it and love it!  But, I've also experienced the balance that you're referring to and need, ever-so desperately to get back to that. You've definitely given me pause and the motivation to get that balance BACK!

Have a great weekend, Dick!

May 19, 2017 05:18 PM #35
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I'm glad to see and hear that you haven't lost your balance and life seems to be going your way Dick Greenberg 

May 19, 2017 06:23 PM #36
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Finding balance in our life is a process . . . . and it likes your moving in the right direction.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 19, 2017 07:05 PM #37
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Congratulations on the feature a very interesting story.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 19, 2017 07:07 PM #38
Elena Roud
Locations, LLC - Honolulu, HI
Realtor, Russian Speaking - Honolulu Homes

You are setting up a gerat example ! Two big trips planned , super ! 

May 20, 2017 12:40 AM #39
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dick Greenberg - This is a really, really feel good story about Real Estate, the balancing act, and discovering what needs to be done to keep yourselves in harmony while continuing to run the business but make allowances to let loose, enjoy life to the fullest to other ends of the world.  But loosening the grip, you gained MORE!

This IS such an inspiring post! I really enjoyed it. 

May 20, 2017 07:20 AM #40
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I already commented once, but I just wanted to say, best quote!-Kasey

"Some days you eat salads and go to the gym,
Some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants.
It's called Balance."

May 20, 2017 02:55 PM #41
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Dick... like Kasey & John Boles I loved your quote at the top of your post. Loved the post and the story of your journey, as well, by the way! 

May 21, 2017 04:32 AM #42
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