Thankfulness - Day 4: I am grateful for my base

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When my real estate license was brand new (35 years ago) I had a managing broker who encouraged her newbies to look at out centers of influence and to make sure that every one of them knew that we were now licensed to sell houses.  And I did as I was told.

The people in my Sphere of Influence were neighbors in my condo and former colleagues, most of them attorneys.  And as one of the spokespeople for a major public interest group, I had a lot of journlists on my list. Oh, and I mustn't forget my sprawling and huge extended family!  Three decades later, I'm still in touch with many of these same people who were in my original database (back then it was a Rolodex), and I'm still helping them, their children in many cases, and their friends when they are buying and selling homes.

And I feel really lucky and blessed to have these people in my life, and to have had a managing broker when I was new to the business who explained how things worked in a way that I totally got it.d  And I'll be thinking about them very soon gobbling up my turkey!

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Dörte Engel
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Dear Patricia,

That sounds like a pretty nice base to start out from. Congratulations on 35 years! From my original class, there is one person, who still works off & on, but most went by the wayside within a year or two.

Nov 11, 2018 07:10 PM #1
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Hi Patricia,
It sounds like you had a pretty strong SOI base to start from.  It just grows and gets stronger every year, doesn't it? 

Nov 11, 2018 07:16 PM #2
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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I'm laughing at the Rolodex comment, Patricia - I had them all on note cards! LOL Now that our bases have grown so much, isn't it so wonderful to have a CRM? I can't imagine how we would have managed with all of those card files! 

Happy Sunday!

Nov 11, 2018 07:40 PM #3
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Patricia Kennedy
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Dorte, I've read that some huge percentage leave the business within the first year!  There are still a bunch from my early days.

Nov 11, 2018 08:26 PM #4
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Patricia Kennedy
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Carol, it's growing again because I'm totally focused on  it!

Nov 11, 2018 08:27 PM #5
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Patricia Kennedy
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Debe,I love, love, love my CRM!  And it's a lot tidier than my old Rolodex.  

Nov 11, 2018 08:29 PM #6
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Shahar Hillel
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Patricia hello.

The base always feel like home.

Good insight.

 

Nov 11, 2018 11:11 PM #7
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James Dray
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Morning Patricia.

I never tried that sphere of influence when I started.  Looking back I'm happy with my decision.  I've finished my first decade, looking forward to many more

Nov 12, 2018 03:00 AM #8
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Data bases filled with colleagues and friends...just the best referral sources !

Nov 12, 2018 03:42 AM #9
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Joan Cox
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Patricia, and exactly why you have been in the business 35 years, you get it done.  KUDOS.  

Nov 12, 2018 06:14 AM #10
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Patricia Kennedy I so get this one!  Having a consistent base all these years has made a world of difference! You get to work the people who know, like and trust you and vice versa! Gobble! Gobble!

Nov 12, 2018 10:26 AM #11
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Keeping in touch that long deserves praise and lots of continued business. I started my contact base with a metal card file and 3x5 cards. The Rolodex came a little later.

Nov 28, 2018 07:40 PM #12
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