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Calling On You Guys...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Kolsky Realty & Management 01311273

I am lucky; my parents are doing well, and I often see and talk with them. I love discussing stuff with my father. With 8-plus decades of life experience, my father truly enjoys discussing current topics. 

My dad and I recently discussed the NAR commission settlement. Besides thinking they have once again let the industry down, we both think it was a complete disaster and that they are relying upon you guys, "the professionals in the room!" 

Speaking of the professionals in the room, who are these people? I will tell you that the professionals in the room are not the "average Realtor," making a median gross income of $56,400. Trust me when I tell you that the "hobbyists" will slowly move out of the way, and it will be you guys, the real professionals in the room, gutting it out as usual. 

It will be interesting to see how the industry develops. Nothing should stop the best broker/agent from helping consumers negotiate the critical process of buying and selling homes. It has always been the real professionals in the room making the difference for homebuyers and sellers. Even in new terrain- you guys will adjust and provide quality care and service. 

Besides that, I hope all is well with AR and its members- YOU GUYS! As for me... I am a "hobbyist" activerain member walking on broken glass. 


Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How nice to see you, and wonderful to hear about your ability to spend so much time on Santosha. Sounds like life is good!

Mar 22, 2024 05:05 AM
Jon Kolsky

Hi Kat! Thank you so much... I hope you're doing great, as well😎... My house is across the street from Santosha, so I find myself on her a lot😎

Mar 22, 2024 10:13 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, your Dad is really over 800 years old?  I have never known anyone that old, only in the stories of the Bible, haha.

Mar 22, 2024 06:07 AM
Jon Kolsky

Haha, Brian 😎.. Thank you for pointing out my typo.. Of course my dad is not 800 years old 😎

Have a great day!

Mar 22, 2024 09:37 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


Life is Good.  It will be interesting to see how life unfolds over the next few years.  

Be well. Enjoy life. 


Mar 22, 2024 08:15 AM
Jon Kolsky

I agree, it's going to be interesting to see how this truly plays out... Needless to say, the real professionals in the room will continue to thrive, IMO😎

Have a great day 😎

Mar 22, 2024 09:40 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Good to see you today in the Rain, Jon. Yes, agents are the backbone of the industry and much depends on decisions made by those outside of real estate, unfortunately!

Mar 22, 2024 09:08 AM
Jon Kolsky

I agree... What will be will be... But... No matter what, "yous guys" real professionals will thrive and are indeed the backbone of this industry😎

Have a great day😎

Mar 22, 2024 10:02 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

And if you were from the northeast, it'd be Yous Guys! Your post makes perfect sense and we shall see the results in due time. In the meantime, happy sailing!

You have been featured in BananaTude Group.

Mar 22, 2024 09:10 AM
Jon Kolsky

I love that, Wanda! It sounds a lot tougher in the northeast😎 And thank you for the feature in B-Tude... Santosha is such a fun boat to cruise around in... She even has an estate room and is very fun to sleep on😎

Mar 22, 2024 09:52 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

You're fortunate to have your parents still, Jon.  I lost my father when I was 23, and my mother when I was 32.  There has been so much life that I have experienced before they passed, that I wish they could have seen.  There was no internet when they departed in 1966 and 1975.  I worked at a software development company for several years.  I can't even imagine trying to explain all that to them.

Mar 22, 2024 11:31 AM
Jon Kolsky

Hi Myrl... I am one of the few of my friends who still have both parents living. My dad has still never used a computer, and he still has trouble using his smartphone, but thankfully, the phone is the computer that he uses to get information from the internet... Thank you for sharing; I know you still miss your parents every day... I hope all is well and have a great day😎

Mar 22, 2024 11:41 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Jon, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Mar 22, 2024 11:34 AM
Jon Kolsky

AWWWW, Myrl.... Thank you so much for the feature😎

Mar 22, 2024 11:42 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


Hi Jon Kolsky 

    Wow, it's been a while since we've seen you on ActiveRain!   Yes, I just read the other comments and sub-comments on this thread; I am glad to know that you are doing well. 


    As for the NAR Train Wreck?  You called it.  The part-timers and the "hobbyists" will most likely bail out of the business. 

     That leaves the rest of us to clean up the mess, put it behind us, and continue guiding the Buying and Selling Public through their real estate transactions.


    Don't be a stranger!


Mar 22, 2024 06:01 PM
Jon Kolsky

Hi Fred... I have been away from the Rain but I will always cherish this amazing community.

I do think it's going to be a rough ride. And even if I don't completely understand the NAR's decision,  I just don't trust those pulling the strings....

I hope things are well and you're doing great!

Have a great day 😎

Mar 23, 2024 01:40 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Jon it's awesome to see you in the rain! Sounds like you've carved out a really sweet life on your old-new boat!  How fun is that! And I love that you're able to have great conversations with your Dad and that he's on top of and aware of NAR's latest debacle.  You're spot on, the movers and shakers will continue to move and shake and the others will move on out of the biz or continue on in the same fashion. Some things never change! 


Do come back and share some more boat stories with all of us.  You have truly been missed!

Mar 22, 2024 10:28 PM
Jon Kolsky

Awwwwww... Thank you Anna😎

This community is family and I feel very blessed for my experiences here.

I am really enjoying the boating world and I feel very fortunate....

Thanks for the kind words and feature😎

Have a great day 😎

Mar 23, 2024 01:46 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Welcome back in to our lovely blog and thanks for using that vintage 1890s phone in all of its gloriousness! 

Mar 22, 2024 10:57 PM
Jon Kolsky

I wish I could say I had a hand in picking the phone, Laura... I agree- the phone is amazing... 

Have a great day and thanks for jumping in and giving props 😎

Have a great day

Mar 23, 2024 01:50 PM
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

I have a feeling commissions will be market driven . Lower commissions rate when market is hot when buyers line up with offers . Higher commission rate when market is slow with properties on market longe

Mar 23, 2024 05:00 AM
Jon Kolsky

It will be interesting to see how commission structure plays out, Edward. I have no problem with the buying side paying their brokerage for representation. 

Soon we will all find out what's to be... The real professionals should find a way to make it work for them (IMO)...

Have a great day 😎

Mar 23, 2024 01:55 PM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Great info, I want to be you when I grow up.   

Mar 23, 2024 07:52 AM
Jon Kolsky

Haha, Michael 😎... I am sure being you is amazing but thank you very much...

Have a great day 😎

Mar 23, 2024 01:57 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Jon and your dad is great that he is keeping up in current matters,  Time will tell and you should join us on Tuesdays on Zoom calls, it is going to be a interesting discussion coming up soon.


Mar 23, 2024 09:05 AM
Jon Kolsky

Thank you so much, Will. I will do my best to make a zoom call. Zooming in the Rain sounds fun. 

Have a great day 😎

Mar 23, 2024 02:00 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

The hobbyists will soon be spending more time on their new hobbies. 
This is a professionals market.

Annie Lennox: Walking on Broken Glass ...


Mar 23, 2024 11:20 AM
Jon Kolsky

I love the original version by Annie. But I really love this version by Lake Street Dive...

Have a great day 😎

Mar 23, 2024 02:02 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Jon Kolsky ,

Good to see you back on the blog role! I wondered what you were up to and now with the update I can see you are enjoying life! Good to see you dipping your toes back in now and again.

Mar 23, 2024 12:49 PM
Jon Kolsky

Thank you, Dorie! It was fun dipping in, the Rain is truly the BEST...

I hope all is well and have a great day 😎

Mar 23, 2024 02:04 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Jon, great to see you back in the Rain!
I'll play devil's advocate, maybe the hobbyists won't go away as quickly as some might expect.  If you already have a steady income and can tie in with a minimal cost brokerage and keep your expenses low, completing 1-2 transactions might be all that is needed if they're working in a high price market such as Cali, or for that matter, the right target market here in Ohio.  They'll still need to provide acceptable service and expertise, but I don't see anything in the proposed NAR settlement that is going to raise the bar to entry into real estate.  What I think might happen is agents who are close to retirement, just might do so.  I watched that happen a lot in my corporate engineering job during COVID.  A fair number of people who were eligible for retirement didn't want the extra hassle of going into work, daily certifying no exposure, health certificates, mandatory vaccines, etc. and they just called it a career instead.

Mar 23, 2024 01:17 PM
Jon Kolsky

That makes a lot of sense, Bill. I enjoy your perspective and think you may be on to something... Soon enough we will see how all this plays out. I have a feeling that real professionals will navigate through this mess and come out shining when the dust settles...

I hope you and Liz are doing well. Have a great day 😎

Mar 23, 2024 02:09 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Jon, true, the ones that can adapt, or have a significant client based referral business probably won't even blink at any changes.  People will always work with agents they trust.

We're personally on the home stretch of our active real estate careers before transitioning to a referral relationship instead.  Like you have your boat, we've got 10 acres on a mountaintop outside of Harpers Ferry WV.  We're building what is meant to be our last home this year, and I'll go full time remote for my engineering job until retirement in the next few years.  There will be plenty to do with our new place getting gardens set up, landscaping, and just exploring the new area.  I'll tinker with our IDX pages and refer out any leads back to an agent or two in Ohio, and if the business doesn't generate enough income to offset the expenses, well it's easy enough to pull the plug on our websites, or maybe sell off the content.  Time will tell :)

Mar 23, 2024 06:05 PM
Jon Kolsky

Bill, CONGRATULATIONS! I wish you all the best on your journey.  Your property sounds awesome and amazing... I know you'll have so much fun with it... 

I also like your plan of attack... You have created some of the best content which I know you will monetize to the fullest...

Have a great day 😎


Mar 24, 2024 11:43 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi John:

So wonderful to see you here after so much time. What a blessing to still have your Dad around to chat and commiserate! It's a lively topic to discuss for sure, for us all!


Mar 23, 2024 07:52 PM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Thank you, Jeff. It seems very natural to be passionate about our industry. And as you know, it is a great exercise to write about things we're passionate about...

I feel very lucky to have this great platform at my fingertips. 

I hope things are well for you... Have a great day 😎

Mar 24, 2024 10:47 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jon Kolsky,  I missed this post. It seems like I have been late to the party as late. You have hit the nail on the head with this post. Playing the song walking on Broken Glass was right on target. Let's hope for a more promising future. I hope to see more of you as you have been missed  

Mar 25, 2024 02:03 PM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

AW, thank you, Hannah! And you're right—the song seemed to fit, and I love Lake Street Dive's rendition. I will try to visit and contribute here and there... No matter what I will ALWAYS the the Rain and what it stands for😎

Have a great day😎


Mar 26, 2024 10:02 AM