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One More Time Into The Breach

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart SA541769000

It was Shakespeare who famously said “Once More Unto The Breach” in his play Henry V. The oration was a pep talk from the king intended to rally his troops to battle.

In my case, the cause will be less dramatic, yet still important. You see, it is the time of year when again I must ask myself, Do I continue one more year or shutter the windows and doors?

With the real estate market again changing course, this may be the right time to walk away and watch what happens from the shore. Or do I tack into the wind, stay on course, and ride the next wave?

I have long since stopped buying ads and doing open houses. Relying on referrals and word of mouth to stay relevant in a business dominated by younger, hungrier, better-looking agents. How long to continue?

Then, the other day I was out looking at some new-build homes in a nearby community. I knew the builder and their product, and I was keeping up with their latest inventory and incentives. As I toured the house a car pulled up in front. The people were inquisitive, so I encouraged them to come inside. I showed them the house and its features. I handed them my business card, explained my role, and offered to help them should they decide to buy.

They probably won’t be buying any time soon. I will call them “lookie-loos” but it was fun and got my juices flowing again.

With a handful of prospects starting to fill the pipeline again it seems one more trip around the sun may be in order. So, the decision has been made.

And all without a pep talk from King Henry V.


Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com


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Comments (11)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Joseph - it appears the stage has been set for your decision-making to take place.  Et tu or something like that, right? 

I was initially relieved to know that little math was involved with an AR membership; now it seems as if my knowledge of Shakespeare has become necessary.  Alas, Much Ado About Nothing.   Good luck as the curtain falls on 2023 and best wishes in 2024.  

Dec 27, 2023 09:14 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks, Michael. Yes, in retrospect, it is much ado about nothing. Unless it's a banner year.

Dec 27, 2023 10:10 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011  funny the longer we are in this business the more we stop spending unnecessary money, but repeat business keeps coming our way and that is the beauty of providing quality service, so with that said keep plugging along once you  make less money than a fast-food server it will be time to retire:) Endre

Dec 27, 2023 10:11 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Fortunately, I no longer have the expenses like health insurance or raising children. I only have to support my vices, like eating and staying warm.

Dec 29, 2023 07:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good for you for embracing the question and making the choice that is right for you!

Dec 28, 2023 04:42 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Kat. I'll let you know how it works out.

Dec 29, 2023 07:59 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Joseph- there are some jobs we do that stay with us and it seems you have yours!!!  I've read many posts here from agents who have plans for when they "hang up" the For Sale signs!  Dorie Dillard Austin TX mentioned it recently as well as Liz and Bill Spear 

Dec 28, 2023 08:25 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Yes, I still feel confident I can do a good job. But those open house signs take up a lot of room in the garage.

Dec 29, 2023 08:01 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

It's certainly a valid thing to consider.  Sitting on my To Do list is the annual MLS fees of $698 for Liz and me.  Liz is essentially retired from the business, I'll have been dual career for 20 years in 2024, and we're working on getting our house built in another state to move to in 2024.  I have zero intent of gaining a new license in WV after we move.  Keep our Ohio license active, go 100% refer out, and if that doesn't make financial sense after a year or two, I'll close the doors entirely.

Dec 29, 2023 05:54 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

I think you have a good strategy for winding down.

Dec 29, 2023 08:02 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dec 30, 2023 06:56 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joseph. If you still have the energy, use it until it goes away. Enjoy. your day.

Dec 31, 2023 05:56 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Wayne. I think I can still help. That's the key. If I can help the client and make a little money that's the goal.

Dec 31, 2023 07:27 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Hoping that the 2023 year was a big success for you and that you can go into 2024 with a game plan that will continue the good fortune.

Dec 31, 2023 06:25 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Ed

Jan 02, 2024 07:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

There will be no shortage of challenges this year.

Have a productive 2024!

Jan 02, 2024 05:06 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Roy

Jan 02, 2024 07:47 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Coasting to a stop and hopping off the real estate merry go round. It's everyone's personal decision on what is best for them. Ah, but what do you replace all the time spend listing and selling. Better have some hobbies to fill the gap Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 ! Good luck in the one more trip around the Sun.

Jan 10, 2024 03:44 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Cutting the cord is hard. The work has value.

Jan 11, 2024 08:52 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Gonna need something to fill all that listing, selling and marketing your area and properties Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 ! Good luck!

Jan 11, 2024 09:18 AM