I have been slacking lately! Complacency is becoming commonplace

Managing Real Estate Broker with LoKation Real Estate

I have been slacking lately! Complacency is becoming commonplace. Ok, perhaps that is not really the case, I feel like I have neglected my commitment to myself to be more present here on Activerain, actually I know I have. I am getting dialed back in. Oh sure I pop in every single day, but I rarely have time to read let alone write something other than the occasional comment. 

   So this is my first post of 2018, and looking back I had only a handful in 2017, yet every day I meet with agents and share the good news of what I have learned here on the rain. I point to agents I have followed for ten years and many of those I have met in the interim, I share stories of success and offer insights into where to go to get the most out of this amazing site. I am active, just not publicly and thatKickin back is okay, it is one of the great reasons I joined to begin with back in 2007.

   Back then I had left a large brokerage to venture out on my own with my wife as my partner, the first thing I noticed was I missed the "water-cooler" conversations with all the other agents, but I did not miss the time that sucked form my business, so I searched the Internet for real estate blogging platforms and discovered this amazing place, a place where I could ask a question at 10PM and have a couple dozen answers the next morning when I awoke, this was exactly what I was looking for, talk about a time saver, and what a wonderful experience it has been meeting so many great people.

K CompanyThe past couple years I have accepted a new challenge, a challenge that has been an unbelievably perfect fit for me, I had managed a couple brokerages prior to my current position and I knew that is what I was meant to do, and although the previous brokerages were very good, something seemed to be missing. I accepted the position as employing broker on March 20th 2016 and we had a total of five agents, less than two years later we are at 95 and I may have been  a little late in hiring front staff personal as I am in need of someone and in the interview stages right now, ironically, I realized during the interview stage that I am also the one that is going to have to train this new hire, wish I had thought of that 25 agents ago! Oh well, the one thing I can say is the busier I get, the more I seem to get done and the more I seem to be able to delegate which has always been difficult for me. No longer, I see the value and understand my yield per hour can be much greater when I delegate.

Ah it feels good to step back in and get this out there, I certainly miss the posts and the connections and daily interactions, but I love where things are headed.

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John Marshall -Fore!

Low-Maintenance Golf Course Living

I have been involved in the Golf Communities through-out Colorado for the past several years. As a contributing writer for Colorado Golf Magazine I write articles regarding new course development and their surrounding communities.


"A good agent will learn to dance to the clients music, but a great agent will write the music that attracts the clients he wants to dance with." John J Marshall

If you are a new agent and finding the road more difficult than you thought, please send me a note and I would be happy to help.

I enjoy helping agents to find their niche!

 I am happy to help.

Comments (7)

Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Sounds as if things are going very well for you and you're busy with things you enjoy - good reasons to maybe slack a bit. 

Mar 15, 2018 01:18 PM
John Marshall - FORE!

I am ready for a hammock and a Margarita, but thats a few weeks away

Mar 15, 2018 01:33 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

John that is big news!  Glad to hear things are going really well and we do miss you but totally understand. Enjoy that much deserved vacation in a few weeks.  And hey - get your agents to start blogging in the rain!

Mar 15, 2018 03:42 PM
John Marshall - FORE!

I am working on that one (getting the agents on here) seems I have invited around 100 agents, they step in for a very brief time, I guess they all seek that elusive magic bullet

Mar 15, 2018 04:09 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I think the body and the mind requires us to take a time out occasionally.  All work, and no play, makes John a dull boy!

Mar 16, 2018 08:31 AM
John Marshall - FORE!

SO true Myrl, and I certainly do not want to be a dull boy

Mar 16, 2018 09:01 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Delegating is a hard thing to do.  It's hard to let go when you are used to handling things yourself.  I'm struggling with delegating this year.

Mar 16, 2018 10:34 AM
John Marshall - FORE!

It is funny that most of us get into this business because we are independent, entrepreneurial and like to do things our way, but to really make the most out of what we do, we need to delegate, I am learning, slowly, but learning nevertheless

Mar 16, 2018 11:23 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon John Marshall - FORE!  -  I have certainly missed you on my subscribed blog roll.  Glad to see you back.

Mar 22, 2018 11:51 AM
John Marshall - FORE!

Grant Schneider you will be seeing lots more from me, thanks for the comment

Mar 23, 2018 08:10 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi John- I've been wondering where you were and also thought I may have missed seeing you in the blogroll. You most definitely are missed but for good reasons!  Congratulations on all that is happening for you and pop in when you can. 

Mar 22, 2018 05:41 PM
John Marshall - FORE!

Kathy Streib This is exactly the reason I will never leave AR, people like you! Always welcoming, always sharing great info for the community. and although I have not been active, I have only missed stopping in a handful of days in my 10 years here.

Thank you for the kind words.

Mar 23, 2018 08:09 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Welcome back. We get busy often, but once in a while we still stop by a friendly online places:) Have a great 2018.

May 10, 2018 11:25 AM