Nope, No Thank You & Not Interested: Welcome Mats To Success

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Ivy Vine Investments

Welcome Mat: Ivy Vine Investments


If you're in the field of real estate I'm almost certain you've heard the words nope, no thank you or not interested.  These words may have been followed by a door being swiftly closed in your face, an unexpected dial tone or a few ear ticklers being spewed.


person cursing: Ivy Vine Investments

In real estate, sales or life in general you are going to have to deal with rejection.  Fellas, do you remember the times when you were in high school and you walked over to a young lady and asked for her phone number?  There may have been times where she wrote down the number and gave you a smile or you could have gotten the infamous "Sorry I'm Not Interested" reply.  


If you got the lather, it may have hurt and your pride may have taken a hit but you didn't quit.  You got back on that horse and started the process over again.  The same thing goes for your professional business.


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Character Builders

In the beginning, you may not understand or see how the rejections are building you up for success down the road.  Hopefully all of those initial no's are fueling your fire to succeed.  They definitely did for me.  It made me work harder to learn more and find out what processes worked best to have a successful business.  I honestly believe if I would have had immediate success and never had to jump across a few hurdles I wouldn't appreciate the journey.


To this day I still see or hear the above rejection words from some clients.  Key word is SOME though not all!  I contine to try and sharpen my skills daily so I can keep shaving off a few more of the no's and make room for the yes's.


A lot of investors and agents enter the business and get discouraged and may quit after hearing no a few times.  It's part of the business and part of life.  Instead of quitting, take those nopes and no thank you's and wipe your feet on them.  They are actually welcome mats to the entrances of a successful life and business.  In the long run, they are going to make you a better person who is able to face and conquer adversity when it arrives.


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Keep your eyes focused on your goals and don't let anyone or anything stop you.  If you do, you may look back in your rear view and regret that you didn't hang around a little longer to see the happy ending of the movie.


In the words of the great Doctor Shaquille O'Neal it's not always going to be peaches and cream.  Sometimes it's going to be pork chop and grits.  What he meant by that is that the road to success will not always be easy.  Continue to have confidence in your abilities and it will pay off.


I hope this helps any new agent or investor starting out fresh in the world of real estate.  I live by these examples and want to make sure I share with others.  


Until next time wash those hands and have a great week!  I'm Out.........


Chris Ivy




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Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Great post Chris!  And I really love the Shaq foodie quote!  Thanks for sharing!  Kathy

Sep 23, 2020 07:43 PM #6
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

There is quite a lot of rejection in this business--have to just know you did your best and move on!  There will be some 'yesses ' along the way as well

Sep 24, 2020 01:25 PM #7
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Chris Ivy 

Congrats on the feature! Selling does not begin until you hear that "NO"

Sep 26, 2020 08:26 PM #8
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

The survivors in most businesses are rhino like, to one degree or just pays to have tough skin! 🏆

Sep 26, 2020 08:59 PM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Some nice advice mixed with some good welcome mat flavor all in one sweet blog post!

Sep 26, 2020 10:53 PM #10
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

There's nothing like a few nos at the beginning of one's career to build character!

Sep 27, 2020 09:55 AM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We got a no recently. Felt pretty low until we learned they chose a family member. Turns out they just wanted confirmation that his pricing was right before listing the home. Gee, thanks? 

Sep 27, 2020 10:22 AM #12
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

No body likes to be rejected.... yet, if you are NOT failing every day, that means you are NOT working hard enough, every day, either.  Great topic,  .

Sep 27, 2020 10:48 AM #13
AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

Nice message to be share with new agents. Never give up, it's numbers game. I'm sure victory will be celebrated!!! Have a great day! Be safe

Sep 28, 2020 05:07 AM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Chris Ivy - I like your analogy to the welcome mat.  It is true that one more no gets you closer to yes.

Sep 28, 2020 08:10 AM #15
Shannon Jones
The Shannon Jones Team - Long Beach, CA
Long Beach CA Real Estate

If someone says no you probably don't want to work with them anyways. Just means you can move on to the next wonderful client!

Sep 28, 2020 10:27 AM #16
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Good to remember those challenges and look back with satisfaction that our batting average is rising, we may never be a 1000 hitter, but if we keep learning and adjusting we will keep improving. Thanks for the reminder.

Sep 28, 2020 12:56 PM #17
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Chris Ivy 
You have such a way with words! 
All the best - Lynn

"ear ticklers" "jump across a few hurdles"
"Instead of quitting, take those nopes and no thank you's and wipe your feet on them.  They are actually welcome mats to the entrances of a successful life and business."

Sep 28, 2020 10:18 PM #18
Dena Stevens Coriz
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004

Great advice for new agents

Sep 29, 2020 07:41 PM #19
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Inspirational, motivational and so true.  Identify your target market that needs your services or products and your success will be sooner because you'll get fewer rejections. 

Sep 29, 2020 09:58 PM #20
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Chris Ivy - Well done!  If you are a salesperson, it is important to understand how rejection does play a part in this job and your words should be an inspiration to all. 

Sep 30, 2020 06:16 AM #21
Deb McGuire CNE, ABR, SRS
Keller Williams Capital Partners - Columbus, OH

Thanks for the post.  There are plenty of nice people who'll be delighted with our service, so just keep on till you find the clients who'll appreciate you!

Sep 30, 2020 07:42 AM #22
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Great motivational post Chris! Thanks for sharing. I've been getting my fair share of "not interested" on the phones.

Sep 30, 2020 12:52 PM #23
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102

Chris, so agree, focus is key.  Not on what others say or do, unless they become clients - that's a different message.  But if one customer doesn't go forward, it's on to the next.  Wishing to really fabulous new clients!

Sep 30, 2020 01:32 PM #24
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Good blog and I totally agree--everyone must endure rejection, some hardships in life as that's how we learn!  Regarding rejection in real estate--it's a learning experience and you can chose how you react to the rejection.

Oct 01, 2020 09:21 AM #25
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