Cleaning out the "closet" in your life...

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

Good morning! 

I had an interesting day of work yesterday. Well, it was probably interesting on several levels, but I will focus on the work side this morning…

I had two of the homes I had listed for sale come off the market without selling…

That rarely happens to me. Honestly, most of my listings sell quite quickly, often the first weekend they are on the market…

This wasn’t the case with these two homes. One got very few showings. The other got a whole bunch of showings, but no contract offers. Both were on the market for several months, and probably weren’t going to sell at the price they were at…

Either way, both came off the market without selling. I think the sellers were tired of the process. And I understand. Keeping your home ready for sale for several months can be draining…

So I canceled the listings, and felt a boost of energy. I was actually a bit surprised at how good it felt...

You see, losing two listings in one day would probably be worrisome to most agents. And there was a time it would have been bothersome to me…

However, I am looking at things differently over the last several months. A healthier attitude…

I believe things happen for a reason. I know that they do…

And sometimes you need to clean out your closet to make room for your new beautiful clothes…

And yesterday, I cleaned out the “closet” of my real estate business…

I freed up my own mental energy. Opening myself up to new things, new people, new opportunities, and at the end of the day, new homes to sell…

Sometimes the “stuff” we hold on to so desperately in life takes up space that could be used for better things. This is true with our habits, our relationships, and life in general…

So take a look at the closet in your life. Are you holding on to something that you would be better off to let go?

I know I do that. I think we all probably do. And sometimes it feels so good to let go…

Have an awesome Friday!


Comments (14)

Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

IDK how much you know about astrology but I have PLUTO (the cosmic 'eliminator') very strong in my chart. So I am very quick to lose the crap in my life and feel immediate improvement when I ditch 'dead weight'.

My favorite CCIM instructor has a boutique company in Vegas. They systematically remove on 12-31 the most problematic client in their inventory to start the new year with one less headache. I told her in Feng Shui and magickal practice, the removing of ANYTHING that holds you back is actually an OFFERING to the gods, creating a 'sacred vacuum' in your energy to be filled with 'better'.

ANY TIME I drop a client, I ask Spirit, 'If I was correct, replace with better'. WORKS EVERY TIME.

I have a client calling every other day to waste my time - his listing expired and it was a big dollar listing, but he's a problem and I don't want him back. A MUCH BETTER listing came right on its heels with cooperative folks! Confirmation.

So now you will get 3 more wonderful listings. You watch! 

Nov 01, 2019 06:24 AM
Ken Tracy

Hi Candice!  Funny and true.  Had a guy call last night, and meeting with him and his wife on Monday to list their home.  Thanks for reading and following my story! 


Nov 01, 2019 01:49 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Candice A. Donofrio you and are are twins on the letting crap go quickly.  It's always so it!

Nov 01, 2019 01:30 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

My husband used to say "Some day you'll run out of people to fire." I would say 'it hasn't happened yet'  . . .

It still hasn't happened yet. LOL

I'm liberating them! 

Nov 02, 2019 06:57 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC Mountains Lakes Homes
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Just like cleaning out a file drawer brings me new business.  The atmosphere cannot stand voids and has to fill them.

Nov 01, 2019 07:16 AM
Ken Tracy

Thanks for reading Gwen!!


Nov 01, 2019 01:50 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Ken, you are a great thought leader. Keep your wisdom coming. I love your phrase, cleaning out the closet in your life."

Nov 01, 2019 09:13 AM
Ken Tracy

Hey there Lottie!  Very sweet of you...

Thanks for reading and following my story!


Nov 01, 2019 01:51 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hey Ken Tracy glad you got the 'cleaning out the closet' idea going for you.  I've been doing that for years and it opens so many more doors and frees up the energy.  I let a client go a few weeks ago as he had so much resistance to doing what needed to be done.  Ok fine......and I haven't looked back. I always wish folks well on their journey.  And keep on smiling!!

Nov 01, 2019 01:29 PM
Ken Tracy

Thanks so much Anna!!  I will keep smiling too!

I appreciate you reading and following my story!


Nov 01, 2019 01:52 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Hey Ken Tracy this is an excellent skill to have in ones tool box both in business and life. So glad you brought it up! Have a great weekend!

Nov 01, 2019 01:55 PM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

This is such an important message and bears repeating time and time again. We're all guilty of hanging on too long to things we shouldn't. Glad you're feeling good about getting rid of those houses that just won't sell.

Nov 01, 2019 01:51 PM
Ken Tracy

Hi Jill!  The houses, and certain relationships as well have really cleared out my mind and opened my up to new things...

Thanks for reading!

Nov 01, 2019 02:58 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ken - cleaning and cleansing of all sorts can lead to all sorts of good things coming your way.  Free at last?  Maybe.

Nov 01, 2019 04:24 PM
Ken Tracy

Hi Michael!!

Excited to fill the spaces in my life with postive people, things, and opportunities...

Thanks for reading!


Nov 02, 2019 08:13 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

I do have to agree with you. Sometimes we just have to let go to enjoy the freedom it brings.  I also hate to lose a listing but there is a reason for all things.  Moving on with new ones is a better choice than to stress of why these homes are not selling. As long as we do all we can on our end, I would move on to cleaning out the closet for a new wardrobe.

Nov 01, 2019 08:41 PM
Ken Tracy

Thanks Rose Mary!!  Hope you have a great day, and thanks for following my story! 


Nov 02, 2019 08:13 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Ken Tracy - that is a great way to look at this.  It creates new energy when you let got of things that a dragging.

Nov 02, 2019 04:58 AM
Ken Tracy

Hi Grant!  Thanks!  I really think it does.  New opportunities suddenly have appeared in the last few days...

Excited about what lies ahead...

Thanks for reading!


Nov 02, 2019 08:14 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

the inner clutter one accumulates over time and without knowing needs to go..

Nov 02, 2019 05:48 AM
Ken Tracy

Absolutely!!  Thanks for reading Richie!


Nov 02, 2019 08:14 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Said it like a champ! Thanks for sharing!

Sometimes the “stuff” we hold on to so desperately in life takes up space that could be used for better things. This is true with our habits, our relationships, and life in general…

Nov 02, 2019 05:54 AM
Ken Tracy

Hi Sham!  Thank you for reading!


Nov 02, 2019 08:15 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You are so right, losing dead-weight is absolutely freeing. It can be a toxic person, burdensome listing, or our own attitude. If something feels out of alignment with our energy and purpose, it has to go - the sooner the better. Really enjoy your posts. D 

Nov 02, 2019 07:45 AM
Ken Tracy

Thanks so much Deb!!  I have removed lots of things lately, and life seems to flow so much smoother...

I am glad you enjoy reading them.  Makes me feel good writing...


Nov 02, 2019 08:23 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

There just comes a time when you know they won't sell. They become a dead weight . . . always brings me back to the old real estate saying . . . I want to be their first love, their second wife, and their third Realtor. 

Glad you opened yourself up to better things.

Nov 02, 2019 09:36 AM
Ken Tracy

Hi Mimi!! Thanks!!!

And thank you or reading!


Nov 02, 2019 01:49 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Great analogy, Ken. A good purge now and again feels good... in all aspects of life.

Nov 02, 2019 11:18 AM
Ken Tracy

Hi Carol!  Yes, this post wasn't really about real estate, but more about a metaphor for life...

Thank you for reading!


Nov 02, 2019 01:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ken- Love, love, love your post. A few years ago I had a client that made me cringe whenever I saw his number on my phone. I knew that nothing I did would satisfy him. I withdrew from the project and gave him the same of another stager. At that point I felt like I could dance on the moon!

Nov 02, 2019 12:17 PM
Ken Tracy

Hi Kathy!!  Thank you so much.  I really appreciate your consistent support of my writing...

Have an awesome day!


Nov 02, 2019 01:50 PM