2020 - Clear Vision - Planning for A Year Rapidly Approaching

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2020 - Clear Vision -
Planning for A Year Rapidly Approaching



So many quotations offer us advice about planning:

  • "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Benjamin Franklin
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: "It takes as much time to wish as it does to plan."
  • "Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small." Sun Tzu
  • George S. Patton: "A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow."
  • "Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." African Proverb

But do we take that advice?

2020 Clear Vision
while planning for the upcoming year includes:

  • only show homes to potential Clients who've completed the Mortgage application process
  • only show homes to potential Clients who respect other people's time
  • only show homes to potential Clients who want to succeed in the process

Yes, those will be changes for me.

  • I have been known to trust people who say they will begin the Mortgage process when they find a home that they want. That doesn't work in my Market Area. We have such limited inventory that without a Mortgage Letter to include in an Offer, it isn't worth the time to write it up. No longer an option for me.
  • I have been known to tolerate potential Clients who only value their own time and schedules and are inconsiderate of the time and effort others expend to fulfill their wishes. Time to quote Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland and say "Next"!
  • I have been known to show homes to people who struggle to understand that the REALTOR's job is showing and selling - not just opening doors. I love my job and will continue enjoying it with committed Buyers. Over the years, I have sold on the first day out and sold after 14 months. Take as long as needed - just be a Team Player!


 My personal philosophy:   One Day At a Time

TRUST: Better to risk disappointment
from time to time than be suspicious all the time.

2020 -
30+ years as a REALTOR
25+ of my own company- Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty


2020 Clear Vision will support philosophy.

All the best for the months ahead to my AR Community!


 Entry for the Debe Maxwell September Challenge.

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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lynn B. Friedman - Wise words and thoughtful quotes indeed! I always enjoy hearing what you have to say because of your vast amount of time and experience in the business. Plus, you're very tech-savvy too!

I especially like and appreciate your personal philosophy:

"TRUST: Better to risk disappointment

from time to time than be suspicious all the time."

Sep 08, 2019 08:23 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I just glanced at my calendar, and am shocked that we are already this deep into September.  I can remember no other year that has passed as quickly.

Sep 09, 2019 02:06 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lynn B. Friedman it all begins with a "Clear Vision" and you're one step ahead of most because you know and have that.... most lack vision from what I have observed....

Sep 09, 2019 04:01 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lynn. In many ways I miss it but I am glad those planning days for business are behind me. Enjoy your day!

Sep 09, 2019 05:32 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lynn - Good vision works in 2020 and in any year or at anytime.  Otherwise you risk becoming a spectacle.  Unless that is the goal.  

Sep 09, 2019 06:25 AM #5
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

The end of the year is rapidly approaching, 2020 here we come!

Sep 09, 2019 06:53 PM #6
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


Great entry for the September contest. Sounds like you plan is to take charge, make the decisions of WHO you want to work with and have them follow your rules. It's your business and you have the power to say NEXT at any time.

Thinking about you on your birthday yesterday Lynn B. Friedman 

Sep 12, 2019 07:40 AM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Planning and vision - something that many in our profession don't have and you are so wise to share this, Lynn! I totally agree - be a team player and you'll continuously be saying, NEXT!

Sep 12, 2019 08:50 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Lynn B. Friedman - I like your approach to 2020.  This is the same concept that I advice others to use.  In essence, on work with people with shared values.

Sep 21, 2019 04:25 AM #9
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Excellent post. I love the changes you are making in your business in order to better focus on business that will actually come to fruition. Great!

Sep 21, 2019 06:45 AM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I appreciate your changes for 2020. It sounds like a smart way to go, time wasters are just that...

We will concentrate on working with people who share our values...that's when we are the happiest and most successful. D 

Sep 21, 2019 08:17 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lynn:

You have an excellent vision and philosophy for 2020 and beyond. There is great wisdom and advice in your post that's a good reminder for us all!


Sep 21, 2019 01:56 PM #12
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Love all the quotes Lynn!  They apply to everyone.  Thank you

Sep 23, 2019 11:22 AM #13
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