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It's Just NOT Possible

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services 607851

I don't think I have ever made the effort to smile all day long BUT I have made the effort to emulate the wonderful example of Anna "Banana" Kruchten 's positive attitude.

A forced smile always looks like a forced smile, we don't fool anyone with it. I think this is a very important, yet simple, lesson all Sales Professionals should keep in mind. If your client sees a forced smile they are going to think you are not being honest with them at that moment and question if you have been dishonest with them through out your dealings with them. Honesty includes body language so just act naturally.

A fun video by Ringo Starr (Beatles) & Buck Owens.

Some people actually do not know how to smile. Most of you know my son Timmothy from his cartoon, Titus & Philemon, but you may not know is that Timmothy has high functioning autism. He had a great smile when something would tickle his fancy, as he does today, BUT to ask him to smile for a picture always had THIS result:

Detour, lesson #2

We always knew when we were dealing with an experienced PROFESSIONAL photographer. Hint, it wasn't the one who said "Gee whiz kid, smile damn it!". The pros knew the way to make a little boy smile was to make rude noises or just plain old act funny.

As discussed often in this Real Estate forum a professional photographer is going to make your listing pictures smile... and make your listing sell faster then the amateur who says " damn it, it's good enough".

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Comments (14)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Monday Bob and smiles are so important to give to others and make their day I think.

 

Jan 22, 2024 08:40 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I agree with you Will Hamm and it is a free gift we can give to any/everyone over and over again.

Jan 22, 2024 08:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Using a professional photographer is good advice for every listing agent. Initial impressions are usually those formed while searching on the internet.

Jan 22, 2024 09:05 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hey Bob well I only hope I can live up to having a positive attitude each and every day!  I did come by it naturally from my Mom.  And even she had 'her days' with 8 kids running around (5 of them boys to boot)!!

As for real estate photographer, I was fortunate to be introduced to professional photography very early on in my career.  Once I started I never went back......I've had some awesome photographers over the years who were truly professional in every way. Once I began to 'see' a home etc through their eyes - I couldn't go back and I sure didn't have the skill set or high end equipment to do what they did with excellence.

 

Enjoy your day!  Cloudy and rainy here for a few days but we're hoping it brings spring flowers.

Jan 22, 2024 10:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - genuineness is a good trait.  I admit to not being a natural smiler, but I think I'm a relatively happy guy who thinks laughter is a good medicine.  🤣

Jan 22, 2024 10:35 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It is so true Roy Kelley that first impressions might be the ONLY impression we get to make. This is an important lesson for both pictures and curb appeal as well.

Jan 22, 2024 11:14 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Anna "Banana" Kruchten in my case my mom was the one with the positive attitude BUT my Dad was a real worrier and that proved to be the dominate attitude for me. I have to work at it every waking hour or I turn right into my dad.

Jan 22, 2024 11:17 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Well you have a great smile on your profile picture Michael Jacobs and everyone in the Rain knows you have a wonderful sense of humor.

Jan 22, 2024 11:19 AM
Michael Jacobs

Bob "RealMan" Timm - thank you but I don't think (nor have the desire) to have a real estate agent smile.  

Jan 22, 2024 11:25 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Timmothy's autism is VERY high functioning, Bob.  I love his cartoons.

Jan 22, 2024 06:02 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Bob, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Jan 22, 2024 06:25 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It is indeed Myrl Jeffcoat . He does have a few minor mannerisms but most noticeable is Timmothy has a very difficult time verbally communicating with others. As you know he communicates well through his art. He used to also communicate well through music but he gave it up to concentrate on his art. He is an excellent scholar, always being on the Presidents list and more. He also is an incredible son and follower of Christ.

Jan 22, 2024 06:26 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Hey Myrl Jeffcoat thank you for making my post FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

Jan 22, 2024 06:31 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am not sure why he finds it to be impossible, it seems a lot easier to keep a smile on our faces than a frown, haha.

Jan 23, 2024 07:09 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is right Brian England as experts say that a smile uses less muscles then a frown.

Jan 23, 2024 07:19 AM