Grateful for long term relationships

Real Estate Agent with The Virtual Real Estate Team 104556

How many people do you have in your life that you can't wait to see again or interact with again? This can happen in different types of relationships but the significant part is how they make a difference in your life. I would like to highlight three of these relationships and how they have affected me.

Robert: Robert is my best friend in real estate and I met him in 1992. I had been in real estate for three years and I was making the transition from the foreclosure sale market to traditional listing real estate. I remember when i got my first listing that year and other agents were trashing me as not really a worthy agent since I had specialized in foreclosures to begin my career. He had brought a buyer to my listing back in the days where as a listing agent you were present. I remember how kind he was and positive he was. His buyer didn't make an offer but I never forget his attitude towards me. I joined a RE/MAX agency primarily because he was there and if he was typical I wanted to be a part of it, so in 1993 I made the change. We stayed close friends to this day, we fish together as you can see from the picture of the stripped bass, and he and his wife were the witnesses to my marriage ceremony with Charlene. We all need that special person in our lives that love you, cherish you, and you give back in return.

Mike: I had been diagnosed with cancer in August 2008 and my wife and i were flying to Houston to M.D. Anderson. We had a baby sitter staying at our house for our poodles and at an early morning flight we decided to get an airport shuttle. I remember crying all the way to the airport thinking that leaving Oklahoma City was leaving life itself and the unknown ahead of me was terminal. Mike was our driver who grew up in Syria and left for America for a better life. he was sad with me because I was out of control and worked to reassure me not to be so down. It made a difference for me for someone who i have never met being so supportive and it gave me a ray of hope. Over ten years later, every time I take a plane which is a lot of the time, I have Mike take me to the airport. I know in a way it is more expensive but money cannot make up for that feeling of a connection that helped me get through the lowest i have ever felt. I hope Mike never retires, or at least retires after I do.

Victor: I had been introduced to by Pat Zaby probably about 12 years ago. It was where you could hire anyone in the world to outsource to for a low price with great work. became but before the change I found Victor is 2009. Victor is from Eastern Europe and I needed someone to edit videos for He created these wonderful video bumpers with fly ins, edited the sound, size, and lighting, and help me create huge demand for people who needed short sale help. He went from that which he stills does today, to creating PowerPoint's for my real estate classes I teach, seminars I speak at, and also auto-calculating spreadsheets for investor properties, and a few other things. Victor has saved me a lot of tome and money and has stayed loyal to me also, and give me still great prices because i helped his business and have recommended many people to him. I have never met Victor like Mike and Robert but he like them have made a difference in my life.

Cherish always these folks and never forget to thank them and tell them what they have done for you. You can never do it all, and you should never feel like you are alone. I am better for this.

Comments (15)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I know people who have been friends for 40+ years as childhood buddies

Nov 20, 2018 07:35 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Joe,

So true. There is something special about personally having known five generations of the same family. If I stick around long enough, I might make it to seven for some of them.

Nov 20, 2018 09:04 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joe, having long term friends is a direct reflection on your own personality and that is something to be thankful for, Endre

Nov 20, 2018 11:52 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Joe - It has been an unusual month.  At the first of the month, I had a small gathering of about 7 people at my home for dinner.  This were all kids I had grown up with on my block.  Several days later, I had lunch with two gals I had gone to school with since second grade.  Those relationships are well over 65 years old.

Nov 21, 2018 01:22 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Joe Pryor it's always a warming feeling to get together with those who are close to you and you've known for many years.... I have two such people in my life.... I try to keep both healthy!!! 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Joe....

Nov 21, 2018 03:51 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Joe.

I have one friend that I've known since the 6th grade.  He is about 5 miles from my home.  It's 6:10AM here.  I know he is sleeping, however if I were to call him he would be here within the hour.  He is the closest thing I have to a brother. 

Nov 21, 2018 04:11 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Friendships that stand the test of time are usually the best and your friends sound like amazing people, you are lucky to have them in your life!

Nov 21, 2018 06:23 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Joe. I am happy you are well and grateful. I like that you continue to use the same driver who gave you such support.

Nov 21, 2018 06:26 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Joe! Such wonderful men all 3 are - they have been there for you through thick & thin, good times and scary times. The friends that I have like that are exactly as you so aptly described - I always can't wait to see them again!

Nov 21, 2018 07:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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Nov 21, 2018 10:22 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Long term friends like these are amazing Joe Pryor  Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 21, 2018 10:53 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Joe... as I get older, I appreciate my "real" and long-standing friendships ever more. You are truly blessed with the friends in your life. Meantime, wishing you and Charlene a very happy Thanksgiving... and may all the blessing we enjoy in life continue to come your way.

Nov 22, 2018 07:35 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Joe! I just popped back by to wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2018 07:23 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Good relationships are to be cherished. We never know where the next one will come from and need to be ready to receive.

Nov 24, 2018 06:03 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

I, probably, would be looking into finding someone like Victor. Never outsourced anything, but might benefit from doing it.

Nov 28, 2018 09:03 AM

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