Monday Miscellany - Mother's Day and Prospecting

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Real Estate Agent with Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com 10301213186

Another Monday and various things are floating around in my mind. This week's miscellaneous thoughts that are taking up brain space include Mother's Day and real estate prospecting.

 

Monday Miscellany
Mother's Day

 

Perhaps these thoughts should fall under a heading of "transition" instead or "the oldest generation" or something. But since the thoughts derived from yesterday being Mother's Day, that's how I will think of them.

 

As the days led up to Mother's Day, I thought of my mom, Barbara, who passed away in 2011. And I thought of my mother-in-law, Beulah, who died in 2018. I also remembered my grandmothers, Sally and Celia, who of course both passed on quite a while ago.

 

It felt somewhat strange to not have anyone to spoil on Mother's Day. In my family, there is now no one older than me to buy flowers for, or to purchase a card for. There is no one to call up and chat with, offering them my love and time in exchange for all they have done. In fact, it feels as though there is now a hole in my life.

 

As I continued my contemplation in terms of my family, I realized that I am now the oldest female, the one who others might think of on Mother's Day. There is no one older than me, it is me. I'm the mom, and will hopefully someday be the grandmother. It's an interesting process as all those older than us are gone, and we move into their place.

 

As it happened, my Mother's Day was wonderful. My son Mike gave me a call and we chatted. And my son Dan came over, gave me a wonderful card, and took me out for a delicious and fun dinner. So my day was full and enjoyable.

 

But for some reason, I did miss giving on this day. So I have decided that on future Mother's Days, I am going to pick someone who is in the same situation as I am (they are the oldest living female in their family), and I am going to buy them flowers or a card or take them out for a meal. That thought makes me smile.

 

 

Prospecting for business

 

A few months ago, I made a decision to stop prospecting for new business in the Monroe NY area. As anyone who has read my recent posts knows, I will be relocating to the beautiful state of Montana sometime in the late Spring/early Summer. And I thought it made sense to focus on my pending and active transactions, and not purposely look for new ones.

 

Monday Miscellany - Mother's Day and ProspectingAs a result of that decision, the phone is definitely ringing less often. I'm still working with new clients, but at a much slower rate than I would be had I continued actively marketing. So where are these thoughts going?

 

If you are a real estate professional, it is truly so important to never stop letting people know what you do for a living. Whatever methods you use, whether it includes post cards, newsletters, emails, phone calls, community activities, door knocking, blogging, just talking to people or even paid-for-leads, keep doing them, even when you are busy. Or even when you are moving (!). There is definitely a direct correlation between all the prospecting we do, and the amount of business in the pipeline. People will not remember us unless we are in their email, regular mail, phone, computer, or standing right in front of them.

 

And those are my thoughts of the moment. I wish you a wonderful week!

 

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

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Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Kat... your comments about no one older to spoil and being the oldest truly resonated with me. That's exactly my situation and has been for decades. I miss being able to spoil my mother on Mother's Day, her birthday, Christmas, etc. I learned a long time ago I'd rather do the spoiling than be spoiled.

May 13, 2019 06:44 AM #1
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I feel the same Nina Hollander . Giving seems so much more meaningful than receiving.

May 13, 2019 06:47 AM #2
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Brian England
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I find it very interesting that you are so young, yet the oldest woman in your family.  Sounds like you had a very nice Mother's day!

May 13, 2019 07:26 AM #3
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Thank you Brian England - you are too sweet! I'm pretty close to 60 (next year) so it's not too surprising I'm the oldest. But thank you!

May 13, 2019 07:34 AM #4
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Will Hamm
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Hello Kat,  I lost my mom in 2002 and never knew my mother in law, she had cancer way before I met my wife.  But I have a 98, 95 and 94 aunt that I called all 3 of them yesterday and even visiting them this Summer,  I also mail all three a momther day card.

May 13, 2019 07:38 AM #5
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Although my Mom is still alive (about to be 88) I see the day that my brother, sister and I will be the elder statesmen. I remember (not that long ago) being the young guns.

May 13, 2019 08:30 AM #6
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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 Do you plan on practicing real estate when you arrive in Montana? I didn’t know you were moving so quick Kat Palmiotti 

May 13, 2019 09:44 AM #7
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Will Hamm = that is wonderful that you have three aunts who are still alive & kicking! I'm glad you can spoil them. :-)

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - It really doesn't take long to go from one end of life to the other.

 

May 13, 2019 09:50 AM #8
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Kat Palmiotti
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Absolutely, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - in fact, I've been spending a bit of time preparing to take the broker test when I get there, and in writing new MT-related "community" pages for my website. 

May 13, 2019 09:51 AM #9
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello and Happy Belated Mother's Day, Kat - I liked your heartfelt post.  Remembering and prospecting have much in common.  

May 13, 2019 11:15 AM #10
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kat,

Enjoyed your post and your thoughts on Mother's Day, neither one of us have living mother, and I send a note to our nieces...A

May 13, 2019 11:46 AM #11
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Thank you for your Happy Belated Mother's Day wishes, Michael Jacobs - I appreciate it!

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel - thank you for your comments! 

May 13, 2019 11:48 AM #12
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good afternoon Kat Palmiotti - all the others mothers in my life have passed away but I honored the mother of our children along with our children.

May 13, 2019 03:43 PM #13
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Emcee M. Arah
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The information about marketing even when you are busy is so true. And happy Mother's Day!

May 13, 2019 05:13 PM #14
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Grant Schneider - It sounds like your Mother's Day went very well!

Emcee M. Arah - Yes, we can't stop marketing! And thank you for your Mother's day wishes.

May 14, 2019 02:50 AM #15
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Kat, I enjoyed reading your thoughts. I am the "older" generation now, and remember my mother commenting on how strange that felt when her parents died. I love your idea of reaching out to someone in that situation on Mother's Day. I hope to emulate you and do the same.

You've seen the proof of what happens when we stop prospecting; we hear it always, but now have your experience lending credense to the necessity of prospecting in our business. Soon you'll be prospecting in your new state!

May 14, 2019 04:45 AM #16
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Kat Palmiotti
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Hello Lottie Kendall - I think that would be great (reaching out to someone in the same situation on Mother's Day). Thank you for stopping by!

May 14, 2019 02:23 PM #17
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