Thoughts On Turnover. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532




On Turnover. . .

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The word turnover can be used in a variety of ways and in so many different situations.  It has certainly been used in one way or another as it pertains to the exceptionally low level of properties available for sale during this dearth that is being experienced in real estate markets in many areas along with the speed they seem to "disappear".



It is a term that has a certain history to it.  Many can share stories of what they have experienced in the past.  Yes, life repeats itself sometimes.  Typically this repetition occurs in different ways.  Once again its those twists and turns that remind of us that the dissimilarity makes it unique.



It’s also a familiar term in retail where the turnover of merchandise is key to a successful operation.  In fact, the accounting term L.I.F.O. Last In First Out - became a familiar mantra I heard in meetings for many years.  But that industry has long felt the presence of turnover in another form too.  That is in the turnover of staff.  It’s something that many industries “feel”.  It seems to be a part of the bigger picture of operating during a "peak" time or not.



So it’s understandable why turnover is a most-discussed topic.  Once again, there is a history of it.  Some businesses handle it better than others.  There can always be lessons learned.  Some of those lessons are happening right now - others can be gazed(and even gleaned) from a distance.  Time and place plus circumstances can become a part of the conversation as well.



Looking for a Quick Fix? Nah, that's not the purpose of this post. However I am thinking of turnovers of a different kind.  Food for thought?  Maybe or perhaps just a craving for a snack.  It’s all good, right?   





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Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (40)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Michael.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding day.

Nov 19, 2021 08:28 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs Makes cents  to me clean the shelves  of what you have in inventory now .  In fact when I was making my banana bread there was sour cream on sale a known brand  a large size for an unusually cheap price which made me look at the experation date . It was still good but not enough to buy  more than 2 , Happy Friday 

Nov 19, 2021 08:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Roy Kelley - enjoy your day and the upcoming weekend.


Hannah Williams - sounds like you made another wise shopping selection.   

Nov 19, 2021 09:15 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Though I just finished an apple and crunchy peanut butter bar for lunch, a cherry, strawberry or apple turnover or danish does sound delish, Michael!

Nov 19, 2021 10:34 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Michael Jacobs It's good if it happens to be a cherry turnover. In my case, it would be an apple turnover.  However, that is definitely not on my menu. I am waiting for pumpkin pie ... my all-time favorite. 

Nov 19, 2021 04:17 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! and Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - it's been some time since I have eaten a turnover of any type.  Not that I have anything against them but the "opportunity" to do so hasn't been there.   Note to self - pay more attention.  😃

Nov 19, 2021 06:15 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I am sure your mind is a vision of loveliness Michael 🙂.

Nov 19, 2021 09:29 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - while I don't know if the state of my mind you mention is true, I do appreciate the sentiment.  

Nov 20, 2021 06:44 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Michael.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Nov 20, 2021 07:49 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, now, thinking of turnover at restaurants we frequent, and when our fav server is no longer there.   Hate that....

Nov 20, 2021 07:56 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Roy Kelley - I just came back from my early morning walk and while it might be too cold for some Southern Californians the temperature along with the condition of the weather were okay with me.  Here's hoping your day in Maryland is good as well.


Joan Cox - unfortunately that is a part of the hospitality business.  We only hope the employees have moved onto better opportunities.  

Nov 20, 2021 08:38 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We have a lovely day in Maryland. It is coat weather at 45 degrees as I post this comment.

Nov 20, 2021 09:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Roy Kelley - good to know.  Thank you.  Enjoy.  

Nov 20, 2021 09:25 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michael:

My immediate thought was about housing turnover, as it were, but possibly being hungry I thought of food. And reaching back into my HR background many years ago employee turnover was often a hot topic. And then while sleeping I often do this.


Nov 20, 2021 05:13 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Jeff Dowler, CRS - I believe you hit the most popular turnover possibilities. 

Nov 20, 2021 06:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hey Michael how about an Apple Turnover? seriously we had an impromptu visit to Vroman's today did not call since it was a hit and run type visit and I noticed all new people not the regular staff  we were used to seeing  from previous visits.... kind of sad...

Nov 20, 2021 10:33 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - when I hear the word turnover I immediately think of HR. I was always creating reports on contract-to-hire turnover, employee turnover, attrition, Summer Intern turnover, and termination with reduction in force turnover. Many companies use that term to budget, plan, and strategize. Funny, I don't think about turnover in the housing market now as I did during short sales and foreclosures. Although it is predicted, because history repeats itself, it is no fun. 

Nov 21, 2021 06:08 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Endre Barath, Jr. - seasonal help in any organization(especially a retail one) can bring some new faces forward.  My experience whenever shopping or even visiting Vroman's is that one can expect those expressions to be helpful.  


Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - offices of all kinds can show signs of change especially as life continues to evolve.  Those who have spent any time in "watching" people, trends as well as different aspects of everyday life will pick up some additional clues as they add to their personal(and professional) data base depending on the situation.  

Nov 21, 2021 06:19 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Michael Jacobs - I worked in retail at May Co. in the Quad in Whittier as well as in the staffing industry. Both areas "turn-over" is extremely important.  One you want it and the other you don't!

Nov 21, 2021 02:45 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - yes it can be quite conundrum when the two get "mixed".  

Nov 21, 2021 05:14 PM