Ch Ch Ch Changes ! ! !

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

       Sometimes, like the great David Bowie song suggests, you have to make some Ch Ch Ch Changes!  Last year was full of changes for me.  I closed one of my companies, added weekly newspaper marketing, earned a new real estate designation, started creating videos and devoted more time to fitness. It was a big change in focus and, more specifically, here is what I changed.


     1) My companies-For the last 10 years or so I would run my painting business in the morning and my real estate Listing advertisementbusiness in the afternoon and evening.  It seemed like a good match and I was able to help many real estate clients utilizing my paint crew, but there just was not enough time in the day so, in July, I completed my last painting work.  It has allowed me to spend a lot more time with my real estate clients.  It was a difficult change for me.  My clients are my friends and saying no them was very difficult when they offered me new work.  Still, it was the right thing to do.


     2) Marketing-I decided I needed to be all in.  I have always utilized social media, but I decided to expand into areas that I had previously ignored.  One of my last painting contracts was for a marketer at the Sacramento Bee.  We decided together to run an advertisement on a weekly basis.  Except for a few weeks during the holidays, we have been successful and my clients have noticed.


      3) SRES Designation-Yes, my wife and I are now seniors (or near seniors at least) and are doing many things that seniors do, downsizing, relocating, using 1031 exchanges and much more.  Recently, I decided to obtain a Senior Real Estate Specialist Designation. This will be a new niche for me going forward.                                                                                          

      4) Activerain-I refocused on Activerain a few months ago.  It is making a big difference being exposed to so many really good agents and their collective knowledge.  My network is expanding and I am learning about new areas across the United States.  One of those areas may end up as the place we retire to in a few years.  Activerain has really helped me define the kind of agent that I would like to be.


      5) Video-This was a tough one, but I did start creating videos.  The things I do for my clients.  ;o)    (See Below)


      6) Running-This is one I started about four years ago with Runnin for Rhett.  Running has helped me get in better shape and feel better.  Recently, I added weight training to my weekly routine.  It seems like the more success I have staying fit, the better I do as an agent.


     What does all the changes have in common?  A new, sharper focus.  Only time will tell if the changes make 2020 even a better year than 2019.



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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

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Elk Grove, CA 95758





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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Raymond good for you Focus is Always Critical, wishing you a superb 2020 and thank you for your contribution, Endre

Jan 26, 2020 09:12 PM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Raymond - it seems you undertook some substantial changes that are working out well for you.  You are channeling the words of David Bowie quite well.  Change is inevitable.  Might as well embrace it.  And that you are doing. Good for you.  

Jan 27, 2020 04:35 AM #2
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Raymond, sounds like 2019 was pivotal to your growth!   It is tough having two businesses, and take care of everyone's needs.   Good job on running, and videos are very good for your business!  

Jan 27, 2020 07:42 AM #3
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Endre Barath, Jr.Michael Jacobs,  Joan Cox, thank you for your input.  It will be interesting to see if I can keep focused all year.  I am thinking you all will help keep me accountable.  Good luck in 2020!!!  

Jan 27, 2020 07:56 AM #4
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

Hi Raymond,
Here's wishing you a great 2020!

Your focus on self-improvement should make a big difference in your business too. Glad to see you here in The Rain more. I think that alone will be a valuable asset to you personally and professionally.

Jan 27, 2020 09:11 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Raymond... that's a boat-load of changes in one year.... I have no doubt they will pay off in 2020 and you shouldn't either!

Jan 27, 2020 09:18 AM #6
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Carol Williams, I should have taken Activerain much more seriously a long time ago.  Thank you for being so welcoming.

Nina Hollander, did I mention my wife retired this year too.  And I am a guy that like continuity.  It was definitely time for some changes, though.     

Jan 27, 2020 09:52 AM #7
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Lots of changes. Exercise, and videos're doing all the right things.Keep it going for another successful year!

Jan 27, 2020 05:59 PM #8
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

WOW and good for you making so many positive changes...closing a company, print media, AR, running, SRES designation and video. Wishing you much success in 2020 Raymond Henson 

Jan 27, 2020 07:43 PM #9
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

David Bowie has always been a fav of mine. Sounds like positive changes were made by you!

I enjoyed your video. You are a natural, seem very comfortable in front of the camera.

Jan 28, 2020 02:15 PM #10
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Sharon Tara,  I appreciate your feedback regarding my video.  I believe that was the third or fourth one that I have done and I did not feel natural.  My wife keep saying cut!  Let's do it again.   

Jan 28, 2020 02:22 PM #11
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

It is difficult running one business much less two.  I think you made the right decision and I believe you will notice it in your sales this year.  Sometimes it is hard to let go.  I loved your video and learned something from it!  Thanks for sharing and Cheers to an Amazing 2020!

Jan 29, 2020 05:07 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Raymond- good for you! It looks like you've taken a lot of steps to take you closer to your goals. And congratulations for doing a video as well. Very nicely done. 

Jan 30, 2020 12:15 PM #13
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