Thank You, U R so Special !

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Aren't you glad that the world is full of specialists? At least some of them anyway 😊. Today I am thinking about health specialists in perticular as I am experiencing some sever pain in one leg. It's great that we can "Google" just about anything but the information we receive often doesn't tell us what we need to know. In example I just googled leg mussels. Even if I was sure which mussel in the chart below was the one that was hurting it doesn't tell me what to do about it.

What got me thinking about specialists was an article in the Oct/Nov AARP magazine. I learned that The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority lists 212 different credentials or designations. 212! WOW, I thought Real Estate had to many credentials and designations!

It makes me want to ask, "What makes YOU special?".

What puts you on top of the mountain of specialists?

When I was active in Real Estate the credential or designation that was most important to me personally was "Broker".  I became a Broker for many reasons but as far as the public reason it was because most Real Estate consumers recognize that a Broker has more training and knowledge than most Real Estate agents (in general) thus I thought the designation would bring me more business (which it did BUT was it worth all the regulations and paper work that went with it?). Of course, like most Real Estate professionals, I enrolled in many continuing education classes (as required in North Dakota) and built up an impressive stack of initials but in reality none of them truly made me special.

That being said I know from reading posts here in Active Rain that there truly are specialists in Real Estate that are focused on the initials they proudly proclaim.

If I ever move from the frozen Northland to the South I will be looking for a Real Estate professional that is designated to help senior citizens find appropriate housing and/or a specialist in patio homes. I appreciate these professionals who actually focus on one or two designations. Keep that focus. What ever makes you special keep at it, hone that skill and people will see that you are indeed special.

A special thank you to Debe Maxwell, CRS for reminding us this month to be thankful. For details on Debe's challenge check it out here. 


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Comments (11)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... I've long been a broker, but it's less special these days in NC as we are an all-broker state. You have two years to become one or lose your license to practice. I have all the requisite designations and while I learned alot in the process of obtaining them, what I've always thought made me special was my total commitment to serving my clients at a very high and personal level. No designations needed for that. And I've been rewarded for my service by having been named by my clients a 5-Star Client Satisfaction Agent in Charlotte for 14 consecutive years. 

Nov 19, 2021 07:44 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Bob, I' working on my senior designation now. Come on down to beautiful NC. I've organically been working with more and more seniors over the past couple years. Our area is a top spot for retirees. I thought it would be a good idea to get my designation and learn all I can so I'll be even more helpful than I am now.

I have my Luxury Homes designation but people here don't see to care about that. I keep it as I do work with some luxury clients and it just lets them know I'm staying on top of the luxury market.

Nov 19, 2021 08:03 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


At the risk of being repetitive, I really like and appreciate Nina Hollander, Broker ,  The person one is cannot be duplicated, and that is where the brand lies.  Designations and all other high falootin stuff, don't mean a thing, if you. ain't got that thing (quoting an Al Jarreau song.  A

Nov 19, 2021 08:07 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - whether it's real estate or something else, specialists of all kinds seem to exist. Some specialties may be more "useful" or "necessary" than others and for a variety of reasons.   Finding one who is qualified for your needs and where a connection can be made is most important in my mind.  

Nov 19, 2021 08:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

My pains resulted in a back operation years ago.

Sciatica is a term used to describe nerve pain in the leg that is caused by irritation and/or compression of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica originates in the lower back, radiates deep into the buttock, and travels down the leg.

Nov 19, 2021 09:02 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Every class taken towards a designation has served me well Bob and agree that you should not try to DO IT ALL, BE ALL! Hope your pain goes away sooner than later.

Nov 19, 2021 10:29 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Bob! Like Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, every designation I got was a great learning experience. I took a nugget or two from each and use them altogether.

The thing that sets me apart from the others is that I was previously a nurse and have 'nurse mentality' in business! The icing on the cake is there's no puffery with me - what you see is what you get!

When I see/hear/read someone who is full of themselves, I know the opposite of what they are saying is true! 

Being tall, I also have had multiple back issues and know that when my leg is painful, it's usually coming from back strain. I hope this is something more acute and will be gone before you know it!

Nov 19, 2021 11:13 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Bob "RealMan" Timm - I want to congratulate you on all that you have achieved and wish you the best in what you still plan to achieve. You've worked hard your whole life and it's good to know that when it comes to educating yourself, you are a life-long learner. I wish you the best in staying healthy. If perchance you have grandchildren, I hope you can bounce them on your knee and give them piggy-back rides and run with them with no pain.  

Bob, you have every reason on earth to be proud of all that you have accomplished. 

Nov 19, 2021 02:09 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

You are to kind Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP but the only thing I think I've been successful at was raising two wonderful kids and I had a whole lot of help with that... maybe they are great kids dispite their dad. 😉

Nov 19, 2021 07:02 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have always banked on people knowing that I am honest, trustworthy, and caring.  That has served me well.

Nov 20, 2021 07:04 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Me too Brian England . It has not always made me popular with other agents but I don't believe in covering for the inept.

Nov 20, 2021 05:20 PM