Counting My Blessings in 2020

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739
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October Challenge Post 1- To Think Is To Create 

 

 

Counting My Blessings In 2020

 

 

We have all heard the old saying is the glass half empty or half full?  Wikipedia references the phrase this way: (this) is a common expression, a proverbial phrase, generally used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for pessimism (half empty) or optimism (half full), or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual's worldview.[1] The purpose of the question is to demonstrate that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one's point of view and that there may be an opportunity in the situation as well as trouble”.  

 

 

The Glass Is Always Full… 

 

The glass is always full…This sums up my view of 2020 as well as my worldview. I take the approach that unless you are talking about a glass that is floating in outer space or is inside a vacuum chamber, it is full of air.  this makes the glass always full. Negativity or pessimism has no place in my life. I just won't allow it!  I have always believed that there is a silver lining in every rain cloud. When things don't go as planned, I ask the questions, what did I learn from this?  How can I make it better? 

I don’t believe I can get anything done if I do not look at the subject in an optimistic and forward-thinking manner.  I learned a long time ago in the corporate world that the only constant in life is CHANGE! Those who do not embrace change well will have difficulty throughout life while those who do embrace change will continue to make adjustments to address it head-on. 

I think this quote covers it well.

 

“What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.”– J. Sidlow Baxter

 

 When this all started, I already had a couple of sales in the pipeline and a brand new listing.  So when the phone stopped ringing for about 2 weeks in March, I spent my time calling friends, relatives, and clients.  All I wanted to know was, “How are you doing? How is your family?  How has the pandemic affected you? Is there anything I can do to help you?” My clients asked me the same questions and wanted to know how the real estate market was doing as well. My outlook was optimistic and continues to show that every day. 

 

Arizona Never Flinched - Real Estate IS an Essential Business

After about two weeks, the phone started ringing again. Of course, some of those clients I spoke with had specific questions that I needed to do research on. You see, Arizona never shut down the real estate industry.  We have been considered an essential business.  Our governor laid out general guidelines consistent with CDC guidelines and each MLS as well as individual brokerages made decisions on how best to deal with this challenge. Our government knew that the real estate business could make thoughtful and responsible decisions to conduct business and keep everyone safe.  

 

What I Did To Adjust My Business

During the two weeks of reaching out to all,  I let clients know what was going on and wanted to find out how they felt about showing their properties.  I told each what I would do for safety and each client wanted to continue to show their property.  

  1. Frank and Candid Communication 
  2. Adjustment of Marketing Strategy for Buyers and Sellers
    1. Paid advertising was curtailed. I also looked at marketing in different areas that understood my needs and gave discounts due to the pandemic. 
    2. I did continue to use the Coldwell Banker vendors for postcard mailers.
    3. Moving forward - Thanksgiving cards will be going out after the election is over. 
    4. Companies such as Yelp and advertising at golf courses as well as church bulletins, I sent packing!  Golf courses were shut down and so were churches but that didn’t stop them from billing me for services they were not providing. 
  3. Follow All Pandemic Guidelines and Client Wishes
    1. Rick and I created a template for making virtual showings.  I did share a couple of blogs with my videos.  One of the videos shows me wearing masks, gloves. See the image below.
    2. Rick recently purchased a DJI OM4 - with 3 point gimbal and a mic and receiver for me while doing virtual showings. 
  1. Continue to apply the “Glass is Always Full” Optimistic View

Pandemic real estate showing

 

Counting My Blessings

Not only is it humbling, but I am very fortunate to have clients who keep coming back to me. I reached my 2020 goal in late August so I adjusted my goals to a much higher level and I am continuing to work with clients to meet my new goals.  

If I have time before Halloween, I will share my listing and buyer strategies in more detail. My third blog will be about why we do what we do.  It’s all about family.

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Sheri,

Congratulations on your accomplishments this year, and how you connect makes the world of difference.  A

Oct 20, 2020 12:46 PM #33
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Kris Collis, Associate Broker
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Sheri, Like you I am the eternal optimist.  That spirit is carried through to clients, they pick up that we are actually serious about that despite what they hear on the news.  Congrats on your business achievement.  Buyers and sellers will do well to avail themselves of your experience and knowledge.

Oct 20, 2020 01:34 PM #34
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Good evening Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,

Love your post and so glad to see it featured. You have taken your business to a whole new level and I love seeing your success.. keep it ramped up!!

Oct 20, 2020 07:00 PM #35
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Hello Sheri and great seeing you on the zoom call yesterday.  I know so many changes in 2020 and you are doing great in your area.

 

Oct 21, 2020 07:57 AM #36
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Good morning Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - you have made change a positive.  You are totally correct about our attitudes and that is the biggest factor I see separating success from failure.  It will be better than before.

Oct 22, 2020 06:17 AM #37
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Joan Cox - I had a very good friend who wants to become a neighbor visit me yesterday.  She wanted to know if it was OK to hug.  This is a sign of the times right now.  Of course, my answer was yes.  We can still stay apart but show affection for each other.  I think it is appropriate to ask for permission and respect the other person's answer. 

Oct 22, 2020 06:41 AM #38
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Thank you Rocky Dickerson - You have taken AR by storm.  Glad to have you aboard. 

Oct 22, 2020 06:42 AM #39
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Hi Carol Williams - Thank you for those kind words. Have a great upcoming weekend. 

Oct 22, 2020 06:44 AM #40
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Hi Michael Jacobs

Thank you. Treating people right was something I learned through osmosis.  My dad was a great salesperson.  I have always enjoyed creating relationships and working with people. 

Oct 22, 2020 06:48 AM #41
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Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I couldn't agree more. 

Oct 22, 2020 06:52 AM #42
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Hi Kris Collis, Associate Broker - Thank you for stopping by.  If we are sincere in wanting to help others, it will shine through. I love where I live and real estate and just want to help others to fulfill their dreams. 

Oct 22, 2020 06:56 AM #43
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Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - I am reminded of that famous line in Field of Dreams,  "if you build it, they will come!"

Oct 22, 2020 06:59 AM #44
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Hi Will Hamm,

It is fun to see people on those ZOOM calls! That was such a good call. I like hearing Ben speak. 

Oct 22, 2020 07:01 AM #45
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Hi Grant Schneider

A positive attitude is critical to our success. It opens the door to possibilities. 

Oct 22, 2020 07:03 AM #46
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Congratulations, Sheri, on your feature recognition.

You continue to set a good example for other real estate professionals.

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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® You have the right attitude - we always have to look at the glass as half full.  There is no point in negativity.  I'm glad you had a great year and so sorry I missed your presentation.

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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 
Enjoy seeing you and Rick weekly at the Zoom MeetUps on Tuesdays at 2pm! Love the positive statements you shared with us here. All the best - Lynn

Oct 23, 2020 01:36 AM #49
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You have been a source of inspiration, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - seriously, you have rocked 2020. What a joy it's been to witness. Keep it up rock star. :) 

Oct 26, 2020 01:45 PM #50
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Good Tuesday morning, Sheri.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

 

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I smile every time I see one of your just listed or just sold posts, knowing you are doing so well, Sheri! 

Like you, my business is repeat and referral and I agree, communication is key - as is their knowledge that we are sincere and that they can trust us. I think that makes a huge difference!

Even when we were deemed non-essential, I was (and still am) super busy as well and am so thankful that business continues to keep coming back to me. It's nice that even during a pandemic or The Great Recession, there are no roller coasters in our business! 

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