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Maybe it's a function of getting older, but I'm finding it easier to disengage from a lot of Life's turmoil.  My headspace is reserved for God, family, home, friends & clients.  You cross a line in those areas and we may have a tussle (in as civil a manner as I can for the circumstances), but much of what passes as a kerfuffle in real estate is just something I can't get too wound up about.

Zillow buys ShowingTime?  So what?  I've already got the listing agreement and if I do my job right that client isn't going anywhere no matter who calls them on the phone.

There's a new and disruptive brokerage model that's going to DESTROY everything else?  Yaaaawwwwn...been there, seen that, heard that...and still waiting for the first truly earth shattering real estate revolution.

Someone somewhere is suing someone related to real estate and you just KNOW the guvmint is just ITCHING to change the way we do things.  Yeah...I'll deal with it when the guilty verdict is passed and all the appeals have been exhausted.

Bottom line, I'm not looking for anyone or any organization (NAR, my brokerage, etc.) to rescue me from the big bads that are out there.

I've worked in corporate America long enough to realize true guarantees are few and far between.

Jobs come and go and the key question is "Do you add value?".

If you add value, you'll get paid.

If you're wasting time on things you can't impact, well that's just less time you have to work on things that you CAN impact.

Take care of your clients, market your business, keep an eye on market trends.

Adapt, or else.

We all make our choices.

As for me, you can have the fray, you can even borrow my Navy sword if you'd like.


"Indy was the dog's name!!"

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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OMG, the video cracked me up! 

Focusing is something that not many can do this day and time with social media ruling lives like nobody's business, Bill! I agree - I worry about the things that I can control but, then again, there are things that require a group to change because we can't do it alone. Those 'bandwagons' are few and far between for me too.

Faith is always first. So, if the issue doesn't involve integrity or my own license being in jeopardy, the issue/topic goes right out of my mind.

Feb 17, 2021 07:00 AM #8
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

The Progressive commerical where you've become Dad. That's what this sounds like.  The point is however, sometimes Dad was right.  Sometimes I see his wisdom in the mirror, sometimes you see it in this post. ☺️

Feb 17, 2021 07:22 AM #9
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I am always surprised at how people react to change, change is going to happen, so get used to it, and most change is something that we have to adapt to in our everyday lives. When our MLS combined with several others everyone moaned how it was another thing they had to relearn. But, that is life, to be continually learning. Thanks for giving your perspective, it is very strong and encouraging to read.

Feb 17, 2021 08:26 AM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Life is too short to spend time worrying about things one cannot control or that really don't matter all that much in the overall scheme of things. There's [it's] always something, as Roseanna Roseanadanna used to say.

Feb 17, 2021 08:42 AM #11
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Oh Bill I so don't get caught up in that energy of doom and gloom or whatever is the focus on any particular day. I focus on what I hold dear in my life and I'm very happy. Yesterday we closed on a home for long time clients who are downsizing and that was such a great feeling.  They are so happy.  All is good and things always work out well for me.  And...I might add , for anybody else that believes so! Life is good.

Feb 17, 2021 09:39 AM #12
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Liz and Bill Spear  Yeah Yeah Yeah - when it is a seller's market no tears when the market changes and listings expire -suddenly your sellers are receiving calls from Zillow agents  the tune will change - and it will be too late as Z will have all your seller's contact  info at their fingertips-  

Feb 17, 2021 10:34 AM #13
Greg Mona
eXp Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

Hi Liz and Bill Spear. Great post and so true. I tend to not worry about things that haven't happened yet and am much better off for it. Sad but true, but most things people worry about never come true. What a waste of energy! We are in the service industry, which means we are here to take great care of our valued clients. They certainly don't care about Z buying ST, so why should we? That will all shake loose and sort itself out with time. In the meantime, I'm going to focus on selling homes and providing great service in the process.

Feb 17, 2021 01:19 PM #14
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I could not have said this any better.  I am so tired of hearing the sky is falling with these online brokerage models.  Zillow's been a broker since acquiring Trulia in 2012 in a lot of markets. And heaven forbid they acquire the best showing service to improve their business.  

What I don't get are agents willing to poorly represent their client's listings and limit them to horrible showing services just to avoid dealing with a place where their seller's listing can be seen nationally...all because their feelings are hurt that this business model took off and they want control.  Can you syndicate listing data nationally so buyers KNOW to find it there?  No.  Those are the agents that will be undone by this because the sellers will reject them for not doing what is right for the seller.

That's my soapbox moment.

Feb 17, 2021 03:04 PM #15
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

Feb 17, 2021 03:05 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bill- I have to agree with you. Worry about what you can do or aren't doing...something you have control over. Your clients will appreciate the value that you bring to the table. And thank you for one of my favorite scenes from a movie I'm sure I've seen at least 2 dozen times. 

Feb 17, 2021 05:21 PM #17
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Good point, focusing on the "big bads" or the what-ifs just creates more of what we don't want. 

Focused on the interests of clients, now that creates more of what we do want.  We achieve our goals helping clients, family, friends acheive their goals..

Feb 17, 2021 08:57 PM #18
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Remember the days when someone just called the listing agent or the seller to arrange for a showing?  It seems to me that we can reverse disrupt Showing time

Feb 18, 2021 06:01 AM #19
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi there, good point. And, I'm reminded too of putting energy into things - we need to be careful.  Focusing on things we can control makes sense to me. 

Feb 18, 2021 10:59 AM #20
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

This reminds me of that old phrase 'real estate disruptors'. Was a good gag but never came true.

Feb 18, 2021 01:20 PM #21
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I like the way you think Liz and Bill Spear. I often get asked how i compete with the mega brokers and the short answer s offering great service. I take care of my clients and i know they are not going anywhere.  

Feb 19, 2021 06:32 AM #22
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Liz and Bill Spear ,

Your video clip is perfect for your post! We all have choices and I work on what I can do to impact my business by providing superior service. I keep up with market trends and give solid dependable advice and worry more about making raving fans than who is the latest disrupter.

Feb 19, 2021 07:38 PM #23
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your perspective and your outstanding advice.

Feb 21, 2021 07:08 AM #24
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

don't bring a knife to a gun fight. LOL   I mean I'm still using Dotloop.  My clients like it.  And if zillow  can see I got a offer, contract or listing signed... well okay then.  I already didn't use showing time because I really like to have a conversation with agents before they see my listings and in this low inventory I'll keep it that way. If the market changes.... I'll shift with it. I always do.

Feb 22, 2021 10:18 AM #25
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

You have what they call grit. You seem to be self determined in a certain way that I like!

Mar 02, 2021 07:21 PM #26
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

And don’t bring a pencil to a blog post either. (That was just a joke but I thought it was funny nevertheless) :)

Mar 02, 2021 07:22 PM #27
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