My Oh My..... Life Changes in a Decade

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

I've been pondering the July challenge Jeff Dowler, CRS is hosting: What a difference a Decade makes! My.. Oh..My so many changes both personally and business-wise. The only constant in my life has been change but I guess that is true for many.

Trying to keep it to 10 things is a challenge for sure, but I'm giving it a shot:



1. Son John married in September of  2012 and his lovely bride Erika was certainly worth the wait. I'm glad he took his time and didn't settle. Finding the right one and waiting to make sure was a smart thing to do.






2. In 2013 and 2014 Beautiful Beckett and Handsome Hudson were born. What a delight these two are to the family, bringing the total number of grandchildren to seven! They bring a smile to every-ones faces and continually amaze us all with their antics. These two are such rascals!






3. Gene's son, Jeff Dillard passed away in 2014 at 48 right after Christmas when we were in NYC. It was a hard pill to swallow. Diabetics is a disease not to be taken lightly as it will take your life if you don't listen to its message.








4. High School and College graduations came and went. We've been to 3 grand-children's graduations from Westwood H.S. (Their mom and uncle - my daughter and son also graduated from Westwood), 2 Leander HS graduations and one college graduation of our oldest granddaughter Hailey from Bucknell University. 5 High school graduations! We can take a break until the little ones walk across the stage.



5. In 2016 little did we know we took our last Seaborn cruise to the Mediterranean or any other destination. Upon Geno's return it was evident it would be very difficult to make these long trips we love so much, traveling to far away places and exploring.

Lunch by the sea

Go Green at Lido Beach  Camogli Italy





6. In late 2008 I started my blog on Active Rain. It wasn't until 2009 I realized my marketing reports and posting on my community activities took me to a new height of awareness and my community started following me. I added a rider to my signs about my Canyon Creek News website and trained the community to follow me which bumped my visibility up another notch.

It takes time but with consisting posting and sending out print reports my neighborhood goes to my site to read my posts.





7. The end of 2015 I revamped my web sites in time to roll out for 2016:

Canyon Creek News


What a difference it has made! Adding another rider (thanks to Barbara Todaro) "The most frequently hired Realtor® in Canyon Creek" gained more traction as well as an additional sign "Look who sold another one!"


8. My full time assistant for over 10 years retired in March of this year (2019). Combined with Geno's illness some decisions had to be made. As Michael Jacobs ponders each day I've done my share of pondering!  Change is inevitable and to be successful I still believe you have to follow the three A's.. Anticipate, Adapt and Adjust. One thing remains constant:

"Dorie Dillard will make things happen and get your home SOLD!" 



9. My daughter is Melissa Stout and she has been with Coldwell Banker 3+ years. Her last child is going off to college and I anticipate she has more time to devote to Real Estate and you will be seeing and hearing more from her!



10. Coldwell Banker offers a WONDERFUL new tool called Listing Concierge that helps me adapt and adjust, making my life so much easier! I upload my photos and they make a brochure (very classy fold overs), send out Just Listed and Sold cards, makes a single website, a Virtual tour, posts my listing in Austin Monthly magazine, runs my listing on our TV show and so much more! It's a game changer for sure. 

 It was very difficult to keep it to 10 but its a wrap folks and I'll be expanding on my Listing Concierge program in a post real soon!

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Dorie. I feel like I have experienced your last ten years along with you. I hope your pondering leads to more diection for you and that your daughter becomes move active with you.

Jul 29, 2019 03:24 PM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Michael Jacobs : You have taught me pondering is good for the soul:).

Hi Barbara Todaro : Yes my business has come a long way and I've learned so much from you and others in the Rain. Always good to get a different perspective.

Hi George Souto : I hope and pray so.

Jul 29, 2019 03:31 PM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Wayne Martin . Thank you..the King of Trivia..I always like to read your posts its just so hard right now to read and comment with all that is going on in my life. 

Hi Nina Hollander : I felt the same way because my assistant and I were on the same wave length and our systems worked. Now SO much more is being done and its all so professional looking..the TV spots and Austin Monthly advertising is new and I'm already hearing from clients about seeing me. The Clients for life program is a huge success and the response from my sphere is astounding. It never hurts to up your game with a new, fresh approach!

Jul 29, 2019 03:38 PM #9
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel : Thank you..I can't spend the time reading and commenting with everything that is going on but I try and know at some point things will's enviable. 

Jul 29, 2019 03:40 PM #10
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Sheila Anderson : It will all come together in time as we work through Geno's illness..he deserves our respect and love and we are here for him.

Jul 29, 2019 03:43 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Dorie- I feel like I watched from the sidelines all these years because I've always followed your blog!  Throughout all of your ups and downs, you always remain positive!!!   You and Geno are in my prayers.

Jul 29, 2019 06:05 PM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie:

This wass such a fun read, and with such wonderful photos to accompany your reflections. You certainly could have added more if you doubt we would have enoy that, too!


Jul 29, 2019 08:36 PM #13
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Dorie.

A very busy decade for you and your family.  Just imagine what the next decade will bring.

Jul 30, 2019 01:02 AM #14
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a great summary of some of your ups and downs of the past 10 years, I really enjoy following you and seeing what is going on in your life!

Jul 30, 2019 08:27 AM #15
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, ten years flew by, to say the least. With ups and downs of the past ten years, it is good to look back. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Jul 31, 2019 06:09 AM #16
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Enjoyed reading about your past 10 years Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR ... you have definitely been through the good and bad -- but when you think how fast those 10 years went can you imagine the next 10?  I appreciate your sharing these personal and professional chapters of your past 10 years.

Jul 31, 2019 12:50 PM #17
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Wonderful update on your last 10 years! Time goes by so fast! And we all have so many changes in our stage of life, it seems! 

Jul 31, 2019 05:56 PM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Love your update, Dorie and WOW, can you imagine that all of that happened in the course of only 10 years?! Thank you for sharing...and I have to say, I'm SO happy to have met you here in the Rain - you're certainly a kindred spirit and we're all so fortunate that you're here.

Aug 01, 2019 11:31 AM #19
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Thanks for the 10-year reminiscence, Dorie!  Some joyous and sad moments but it looks like you are intact and still going strong!  Best wishes for the next 10 to be even better.

Aug 01, 2019 07:40 PM #20
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you for sharing some of the highlights of your last decade with us. You certainly have had, and do have, a lot going on!

Aug 02, 2019 02:16 AM #21
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

It's life, right? Good times, challenges; worries and delights. Through it all you keep ticking! 

Aug 02, 2019 08:06 AM #22
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - Congratulations on your FEATURE. It was really interesting to look back and see all that has happened. Congratulations on the expansion of your family. I know family means the world for you and Geno. As glad as I am to hear you made that trip, I know it's hard to accept long trips in the future. I pray you'll be able to make the best use of your time when traveling is available for the two of you. I'll bet that trip holds many wonderful memories and sometimes, those are the best and most positive memories we were meant to have. In any case, you're in my thoughts and prayers. 

Those kids just keep growing up and reaching milestones. Celebrations are the best part of growing up. May they continue to succeed and grow to make you proud.

The Listing Concierge sounds perfect! Is it exclusive for your Broker or can anyone get it? I would love to implement something like that because it sounds so efficient and helpful!

I wish you and your family all the best. 

Aug 03, 2019 09:18 AM #23
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Very positive blog!  I enjoy reading about other bloggers families and especially like the candid photos--like the one of the grandsons with the treats!

Aug 03, 2019 01:33 PM #24
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Change and challenge have been on your plate...and you know what to do with all of the "entrees" that keep life interesting..our best !

Aug 04, 2019 03:04 AM #25
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR 

A terrific featured entry into the contest. Love how you used a photo for each one. You've had good things happening and some not so good. I admire how you continue to do it all and we never see the emotions that you are going through.


The only constant in my life has been change but I guess that is true for many.

Aug 05, 2019 07:30 AM #26
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