Observations by a Beverly Hills Realtor about various subjects...

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 01238708
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Well here we are we the last day of July 2020, the year is more than half over, and we are on the verge of beginning the fifth month of the Pandemic. Nerves are  frail, many short-tempered, others are simply worn out and others are on an emotional roller coaster ride.  Some people are paralyzed by fear and some are just blissfully unaware.  Unless you are a dog or cat in a good home, because clearly they are loving having their humans home 24/7, it is not a good place to be mentally, emotionally or financially.   If you fall into any of these categories I mentioned, you need to step back and reevaluate.  

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Other than the Pandemic, what else is going on? It is an election year, and politicians are pandering to their base and trying to capture others not in their base. No matter what side of the political aisle you are on, your emotional wellbeing is not being helped by BS being pushed out by politicians for their selfish gains. There is no balanced news media anymore; depending which channel you watch, read or listen to, each one is pushing its own agenda too. I miss the days when news was just reported, and viewers and listeners could make up their own mind. 

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Then to boot, our beloved platform, Active Rain, is on a fritz and has certainly seen better days of platform stability. Now when I visit the website I close my eyes and cross my fingers that I can actually sign on to the platform - and it’s the same ritual when it comes to writing a post or making a comment.  This just adds to making life even more challenging. The Active Rain community has been my family since (hard to believe) 2008! Active Rain is where I learned to blog and built relationships that have lasted much longer than I originally expected.  Who knew you could become friends (and I don’t use that term lightly) with people you’ve met online?  The friends I’ve made are too many to name but they know who they are and I most grateful that they except me as I am with my strengths as well as my faults. 

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I originally came to this platform to get referrals, and over the past 12 years I have received a few. From a business perspective, I learned how to blog and thus established many client relationships who only knew me through my blog posts. These were primarily international clients so with that I say thank you to Active Rain for teaching me how to blog and develop a niche market of international buyers and sellers looking to buy or sell properties in Beverly Hills as well as the Greater Los Angeles area. 

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Clearly, I am results motivated vs. money motivated; hence I get annoyed with people who are not straight shooters like me. Diane tries to keep me toned down so that the Airborne Ranger Infantry Captain gets mellowed to act more like a Beverly Hills Realtor. Gratefully she is not there when I make some of my comments but people who read my posts and comments get to see both sides. I am a perfectionist and a leader, hence I expect the same from others.  At least by the time buyers and sellers get in touch with me directly, they have a good idea of who they are about to work with.

 

I close by sincerely saying that the Active Rain members with whom I’ve become friends will be my friends for as long as I am above ground.  I hope they feel the same about me.  Together we have seen people marry, have children, suffer loss, retire or simply move on. Some we’ve even had the pleasure of meeting in person.  The bottom line is we have become family and often with family not everyone gets along or connects all of the time. As is life, so is Active Rain. 

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I have been a Realtor in the greater Los Angeles area for the past 23+ years. The benefits and integrity I bring to the table are the reason I have many repeat clients. Simple as it sounds, I list and sell any day that you reach out to me. I have somewhere between 15-18 listings and 2 or 3 just sold or just put into escrow.  What is the secret? I answer my phone and give straight advice; so straight that some people think I am talking them out of a sale. Well yes that might be true, but I sleep well at night.

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Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments.

If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly!

If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m)  homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at https://www.endrebarath.com  I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Endre, what a great summary of the year so far and a brief, emotional history of Active Rain. I was looking at the photo of Rainers, and had fun recognizing people whose blogs I read. Yes, this is  a very special platform, I hope it stays on.

Aug 03, 2020 10:00 PM #42
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  glad you found it and liked it, Endre

Aug 03, 2020 10:44 PM #43
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Doug Dawes  Diane & I still talking about  how much we enjoyed meeting you and talking with you in Boston... as to the WHY it is those crazy pilots, we felt better landing on our own two feet:)) hopefully not on the fourth point of contact:)Endre

Aug 03, 2020 10:50 PM #44
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff Dowler, CRS  all we have to do is provide leadership and in some cases support and empathy, it was indeed great connecting with you over the years the face to face meetings were fun too, Endre

Aug 03, 2020 10:55 PM #45
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Steffy Hristova  the best part was the ones in the photo are the same in real life as on this platform genuine members, Endre

Aug 03, 2020 10:58 PM #46
Rainmaker
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Endre Barath, Jr., one day, we will look back and remember all the challenges.

  

Aug 04, 2020 07:29 AM #47
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Loved your post, Endre - and love the photo with so many faces that are dear to me. Like you, I never expected to feel such friendship for people I have only met on line - but I do!

I'm trusting that AR will survive well into the future. I haven't been here as much lately, but that's just a function of everything else going on in life right now.

Wishing you all good things...

Aug 04, 2020 08:05 PM #48
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Beth Atalay thank you for your comment and being featured on the TUDES:)Endre

Aug 04, 2020 09:58 PM #49
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Marte Cliff  we are on the same page and hope the platform  survives....Endre

Aug 04, 2020 10:00 PM #50
Rainmaker
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Such an honest thoughtful post.  You clearly appreciate participating in the AR community.  We will get through this...must believe!

Aug 05, 2020 08:37 AM #51
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR  thank you for your comment and may you be right!Endre

Aug 05, 2020 11:18 AM #52
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Apprecate your post Endre.  It's been one for the record books.  The myths abound, but with strong advice from realtors like you, buyers and sellers wil continue making good decisions!  Best of luck! 

Aug 05, 2020 11:57 AM #53
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

Hi Endre,

I like this post on many levels, and I appreciate your friendship in the Rain (lucky us, we got to meet in person... by happenstance nonetheless ). 

There might be one category I would add to your statement:

"Some people are paralyzed by fear and some are just blissfully unaware."

I'd like to think of myself as blissfully aware  

Aug 05, 2020 05:06 PM #54
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

For news, I like Al Jazeera and The National (Canada) which gives a much broader perspective.

Aug 05, 2020 07:45 PM #55
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jan Green  I look forward to one day meeting you as well just like Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!  for some strange reason we have not met over the years and we are so close to each other Endre

Aug 05, 2020 08:59 PM #56
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Melinda (Mel) Peterson  indeed that was a "meant to be" we were three hours into the Meet up lunch in Sherman Oaks... and you showed up sociably late it was fun indeed.... so glad it was clearly "faith...meant to be..." and you are absolutely right with your modification of my comment:))Endre

Aug 05, 2020 09:03 PM #57
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089  I love your comment as to your source, you might want to Check out where Al Jezerra's point of you comes... just like many people do not think  NPR has an agenda:))Endre

Aug 05, 2020 09:06 PM #58
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089  I love your comment as to your source, you might want to Check out where Al Jezerra's point of you comes... just like many people do not think  NPR has an agenda:))Endre

Aug 05, 2020 09:07 PM #59
Rainmaker
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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Endre

It has taken me a while to get to know you but over the last year I have begun to think of you more like my brother. I too believe in much of what you profess and have always done business using the principle of my word is my bond.

I have never served but was an Air Force brat for 26 years and never shirked from being drafted during the Viet Nam war. I was fortunate to draw #225 and Arlington, VA only drafted up to 215. Another story.

Being nearly 74 and have done quite a lot in my life has given me a very diverse perspective which I continuously use in my business.

All I can say, it has been a great pleasure to have had this chance to get to know and truly look forward to meeting you in person some days.

your friend, cheers cvc

Aug 22, 2020 09:26 AM #60
Rainmaker
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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

PS Amen to how crappy AR's site is functioning. I am beginning to believe they don't give a damn and have given up half the ghost. cheers cvc

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