How 2018 will be a better year yet

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2017 was a year that would be tough to beat. We had record sales but still found time to be at our Florida home for three months. It was also the year where I asked myself the question, how much longer? 27 years in the business, 70 years old, and enough money to say sayonara to real estate. The problem is once type A, always type A. Every year brings new challenges and to to try a shot at wisdom, the older you get, intense learning experiences and passionate goals become extremely important to your well being. I already have a lot on my plate this year but the worst excuse in the world for nothing striving is, I am too busy to do it. With that build up, here is what's most important in 2018.

The Goal is more sales in less time: I have always touted Ockham's Razor, the simplest solution is always the best and each year it seems that for me it works. Last year it didn't work for my perfection obsessed wife but I think she reached the tipping point. I won't reveal our volume of pending sales but i can say it pretty big so now it is a question of operations and logistics. We have also switched completely now to Zip Forms and Docusign because Instanet is a pain. We have trips planned to Israel, Italy, and Nicaragua planned for the year. If we don't enjoy ourselves we just won't do this.

Learn Spanish again: We have the program and are just starting on it. We both used to be able to basic conversations in Spanish but as they say it you don't use it, you lose it. We work with Hispanics on construction both in Oklahoma and Florida, plus we are considering a home in Costa Rica, one of our favorite places on earth. Time for some Pura Vida, so by the end of the year with my wife and I pushing each other we will go way beyond Buenas Dias.

Buy more real estate: My sole specialty is selling real estate investments and I love telling investors I want to do for them what we do for ourselves. We just sold one of our rental properties in Oklahoma City with enough cash for us to buy two more, and we are making offers on two condos in Jupiter Florida. Warren Buffet says invest in what you know, and this is what we know and what we love to do.

So that's the highlights for 2018. I wouldn't mind doing this every January because I have decided on a ten year plan to go to 80. So to all of you wishing for a great 2018 always remember the immortal words of Dory in Finding Nemo: Keep Swimming!!!

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These are all excellent goals to have for the new year, and all of them are attanible! Keep up the great work.

Jan 09, 2018 05:37 PM #7
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These are all excellent goals to have for the new year, and all of them are attanible! Keep up the great work.

Jan 09, 2018 05:37 PM #8
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I like your philosophy, Joe about investing in what you know. You have proven that real estate is a good investment and smart to believe in it. Thanks for sharing your plan.

Jan 09, 2018 07:00 PM #9
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Morning Joe.

2017 for us was a great year.  2018, has started out even better.  Looking forward to see what this year brings.

Jan 10, 2018 02:27 AM #10
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I always hope for a better year than the previous, but that doesn't always happen.  I will see what the year brings my way!

Jan 10, 2018 09:59 AM #11
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Joe Pryor - You have a lot of decisions to make. If I was in your shoes, I would refer my business out and stay active, conducting business for only exceptional reasons. Everything else, collect the referral fee with contingency that if agent gets stuck to call you. Think about it as a random act of kindness and succession plan. Give someone else a chance to get established. Then, I'd kick off my shoes and walk more beaches in Fl. I think your spouse would enjoy it more too. That's just my opinion. 

Good luck on making wise decisions. 

Jan 10, 2018 02:02 PM #12
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Good luck in achieving your goals in 2018. I am sure you will achieve all of them.

Jan 10, 2018 02:04 PM #13
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Good evening Joe Pryor ,

You have some good solid goals for 2018 and I for one see you achieving them. I like your philosophy, about investing in what you know!! Solid decision making!

Jan 10, 2018 06:51 PM #14
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HI Joe Pryor - Good for you!  Love the line "Keep Swimming"!  My plan is 5 year increments. I just re-evaluated last year for the now next 4 years. Every 5 years, I re-evaluate. Happy swimming!

Jan 11, 2018 07:26 AM #15
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Joe, wishing you succees in 2018 in meting your goals ... all should be easy for you.

Jan 11, 2018 07:03 PM #16
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Hi Joe, you are an inspiration.  We all need goals and you have some great ones. All the best to you in 2018- so far, it's looking like it's going to be a great year!

Jan 11, 2018 07:26 PM #17
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Keep swimming is right Joe Pryor and you have a plan in place to swim in the right direction!

Jan 11, 2018 07:26 PM #18
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Joe, as long as you find the work enjoyable, there is n reason to quit. There definitely is a lot of longevity in real estate. 

Jan 12, 2018 06:50 PM #19
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I am sure that you will make 2018 your best ever year.

Jan 13, 2018 03:01 PM #20
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Great goals, Joe. Learning a language is also one of the very best things we can do to keep our brains sharp as we get older. Knowing you, I have no doubt you'll achieve all these goals.

Jan 14, 2018 05:18 AM #21
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Oh yes, 'once type-A, always type-A!' I'm so in agreement with you there, Joe and totally understand the 10-year plan to 80. You love what you do; your niche includes travel and making the most of your time in two states. To me, that opportunity is not 'all work' and why not keep swimming, right?!

There's no doubt in my mind that you'll conquer these goals and more!

Happy Monday, Joe!

Jan 15, 2018 07:29 AM #22
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Joe,

 I too adore Costa Rica, if you need a quick 10 minute conversation to pratice Spanish give me a call, because I too do not want to lose mine! I love your plans for 2018.

Jan 18, 2018 09:56 AM #23
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" INVEST IN WHAT YOU KNOW"powerful words of advice here Joe.

Great inspiration. Here's wishing you great success in your 2018 goals.

 

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Great thoughts here: "Warren Buffet says invest in what you know, and this is what we know and what we love to do."

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Hi Joe Pryor - 2018 is zooming by fast. I hope you're having a great year.

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