Art Reveals Reality

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"Art is not what you see but what you make others see."
-Edgar Degas

Endre Barath, Jr. has challenged us to write a post based on our interpretation of this painting.  It was quite surprising when I saw this because when I was in a continuing education class last year, the instructor presented us with this very same painting and asked us what we thought it "meant". 

She told us the artist was a long retired real estate broker owner and he had painted it as a reflection of his experience in real estate.  We were given the task to interpret what the artist was trying to portray in the painting.  Here is a compilation of what the participants said:

Like the business of real estate itself, it is a portrayal of the complexity of real estate, in spite of a common perception of just the opposite. 

Do you see the left eye with it's purple color?  That is an indication that many new licensees come into the business with rose colored glasses on with no perception of how difficult the business really is. It takes a while for that purple glow from the glasses to wear off.  The patch over the right eye is what happens after these new agents have been in the business for a while, taken off those rose-colored glasses and get hit in the face with a huge dose of reality.  

The cigar is an indication of all the bad habits many agents get into without proper guidance.  They think they can buy leads and and work whenever they want to and business will keep rolling in.  They don't understand the dynamics of working their sphere of influence and getting out among the people.  They don't market consistently and they don't blog about their local market. 

Those books on top of his head is an indication of the ongoing education required to stay current and relevant in the business.  You shouldn't rely on minimum continuing education courses as a way of just keeping your license.  If you want to be heads above the rest of the competition you need to be constantly learning. 

The suit indicates we need to dress and act professionally at all times.  Although this gentleman is wearing a suit, sometimes more casual wear in such markets as Hawaii would be completely appropriate.  The main point is this is a profession and you need to dress and act appropriately. 

The light over the painting shows that the light is shining on us as real estate professionals.  You are being watched and judged.  Act accordingly.  Your reputation and that of the entire industry depends on it.

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Note: I have been retired since 2011 so wasn't really in a CE class last year but this IS my entry into Endre Barath, Jr. 's March challenge.

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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Carol Williams, This picture keeps showing up here in the Rain and I always see something new.


Mar 31, 2019 12:08 PM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Carol Williams ,

Well I think this is an excellent entry into Endre Barath, Jr. challenge this month! A lot going on to see and feel in this painting!!

Mar 31, 2019 12:21 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

My problem with that picture is that I see pirates everywhere.  All that guy is missing is a pirate hat.  He already has the patch over his eye.

Mar 31, 2019 12:51 PM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Boy Carol Williams, you just got this entry in in the nick of time. It was a very interesting story... 

Mar 31, 2019 03:01 PM #4
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Your explanation is better than most of the ones I've read. Although I must admit I did enjoy Michael Jacobs 

Mar 31, 2019 03:17 PM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Carol - clever and I like the real estate tie-in.

Mar 31, 2019 04:15 PM #6
Leif Price
Spot Color Marketing - Portland, OR
Content Marketing Specialist

Different perspectives on the matter. Liking what you wrote about getting hit with reality. 

Mar 31, 2019 06:33 PM #7
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carol, wow I loved this post and for a second I almost believed it what you said about the CE class... knowing that you were retired I realized the yarn was just spun:)) Thank you for playing and adding your perspective,Endre

Mar 31, 2019 09:32 PM #8
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Carol.

I've read many different takes on what others see in the painting.  To me it's just a painting.  I don't see any of it.  

Apr 01, 2019 01:13 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Carol. I love the Degas quote and tend to agree. Nice post and it made me smile.

Apr 01, 2019 06:41 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Haha, you had me going, I thought that they guy in the picture was indeed a retired real estate agent.  I love the stories that have come from this challenge, not one of them has disappointed in any way.

Apr 01, 2019 08:21 AM #11
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