I don’t mind being called a Cat Chaser!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799


This month Carol Williams is offering an interesting challenge in Active Rain. She’s asking us to share what we perceive is our personal strengths and how they help us in our business. On the flip side she wants us to also share our personal weaknesses and how we manage them to avoid derailing and staying on track with our business goals.

I view myself as a business manager guiding my clients through the process of buying or selling. I chuckled when one of my buyers wrote this to their lender last December after experiencing miscommunication between the title company, lender, builder, and 1031 exchange coordinator; all while trying to close by the end of December 2017!

“Merri Ann and I can recommend an outstanding cat chaser, should you ever have a need for an Agent like Dorie. She pounces just like a leopard...seems to give her the leg up, in that herding competition.”

We made it but if I hadn’t spent time checking, rechecking and double checking it wouldn’t have come together. I felt like a cat chaser, nipping and clawing at everyone’s heels until the desired results were produced. It was holiday time and everyone was taking off but not leaving someone to cover their files! Ughhhh....very disruptive when trying to close by the end of the year.

The devil is always in the details and each transaction is different. One of my personal strengths is perseverance. My deals close and don’t fall off. Why? I work to make sure every i is dotted and T crossed while everyone is in concert with getting their part of the transaction completed. I work for a win, win transaction, every time.

On the flip side one of my weaknesses is micro managing. However over time I’ve learned that if I set the proper expectations from the beginning with each entity in a transaction the time spent herding everyone to closing is kept to a minimum. I let the lender know I’ll be calling for an update weekly unless they want to be proactive and email or call me with an update. This works wonderfully...less time spent tracking everyone and I receive weekly updates to keep my clients updated. More time can be spent doing what I do best “listing and selling homes and serving families with superior service.” I know my processes, implement my systems and make sure I set proper expectations all while loving what I do! Results count so I don’t mind being called a “Cat Chaser!”

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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, that is a good name and sometimes that is what it takes to get a file closed.  KUDOS!   Also, it is hard not to micro manage when you are a go-getter!  Great entry.

May 19, 2017 08:21 AM #11
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Dorie,  I can so relate to this. Perception of those I need to chase is not as kind as a cat chaser. People don't like it when they are forced to do their job!  It's unfortunate that so much of our time is spent getting others to do what they are supposed to do. Doing that is what makes a transaction close and a win,win for all. 

May 19, 2017 09:43 AM #12
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Dorie,
I have this visual of you herding cats!  That is a skill, indeed.  LOL

May 19, 2017 09:52 AM #13
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

I must say you don't look like someone who pounces. I see you more as a negotiator through the herd.

May 19, 2017 12:23 PM #14
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Dorie - Being able to close the deal is a critical strength, as well as a required result. And sometimes we have to micro-manage to ensure that it happens. Have a great weekend!

May 19, 2017 12:44 PM #15
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Dorie Dillard  Love your picture .I find myself picking up the pieces and making sure the deal gets to the table  . I find most people are just lazy .  Happy Friday

May 19, 2017 03:20 PM #16
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dorie, 

I agree with you.  Set the expectations in the beginning and follow up and things will not get out of control!

May 19, 2017 07:11 PM #17
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Dorie - I love the name Cat Chaser and I think you could work that into a tag line.

May 19, 2017 10:18 PM #18
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

That is a terrific analogy! Your clients were lucky to find a cat chaser like you!

May 20, 2017 07:44 AM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Dorie

I love the analogy of being a cat chaser. It clearly serves you and your clients well. What wonderful compliment! As far as micro-managing, there are times, and people, where it is essential or things won't happen!

Enjoy your weekend!


May 20, 2017 07:56 AM #20
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Dorie Dillard,  You got me withthe title and also the picture of the cat.  Love the analogy for this one.


May 20, 2017 08:04 AM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Dorie- love your new moniker! From what I know of you, your strengths and weaknesses are how I picture you and they work well together to make you who you are. 

May 20, 2017 12:40 PM #22
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Dorie!  WONDERFUL post and too funny but, tenacity, also a cat-like trait and micro-managing would be my positive and negative!  We not only live in 'sister cities' but, we are considerably alike!

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

May 20, 2017 08:41 PM #23
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

This post speaks volumes about you! What a great testimonial and a great way to illustrate strengths and weaknesses. But what I loved the most,  is you're not the boasting type - you let your clients decide. 

May 21, 2017 08:22 AM #24
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Front Gate Realty ~ 601-991-2900 Office

Perseverance is a great quality for a Realtor. I love this line: I let the lender know I’ll be calling for an update weekly unless they want to be proactive and email or call me with an update. Go get 'em, Dorie!

May 21, 2017 09:16 AM #25
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


We have to stay on purpose . . . . and not chase cats.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 21, 2017 06:43 PM #26
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Love the photo and the title, Trudy taught me to be a nagger as we call it, to make sure everybody does what they say they will do. I expect others to be like me and do what they say they are going to, so had to learn to check often to make sure they were and find those who will. Nothing wrong with being a cat chaser.

May 22, 2017 07:10 AM #27
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Hey I've been called worse! LOL

I had a client refer to me as "the widow maker" once. 

May 22, 2017 09:54 AM #28
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

a "cat chaser" --- love it! I can sense your perseverance in the posts you write and am sure that's a wonderful strength.

May 24, 2017 08:18 PM #29
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Dori, I can relate to the "cat chaser" title. It is all about getting the job done right.

Thanks for sharing.

May 25, 2017 06:31 AM #30
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