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The Morning After

Real Estate Agent with Cherimie Crane & Associates

I have that glow, the silly grin, the tussled hair. I had a night full of absolute bliss with Marines. For the first time in a complete week, I slept like a baby.

An incredible honor and amazing opportunity was bestowed upon me last week. I was asked to teach a monthly class on real estate to Marine Corp Drill Instructors.

The reason behind the request was simple. These gentlemen spend hours upon hours building Marines; however, building wealth, and home equity is a growing concern.

...."there is so much misinformation out there and we don't have time for misinformation, we don't have time to weed through all the mumbo jumbo. We don't know all the real estate jargon and we don't want to. What we do want to know is who to turn to."

And that was my opening introduction by Captain Kasich, the gentleman in charge of scheduling Professional Military Education.

I stepped to the podium and looked out towards 60 men in uniform.

My initial response was to run.

Thank goodness I didn't have on my tennis shoes.

After a few moments the nerves disappeared and my years of experience flowed. I didn't waste their time marketing myself, I knew it wasn't necessary.

A class that was only meant to be one hour quickly turned to three.

It was eye opening to hear their concerns, their fears, and their past experiences. Their questions challenged me.

Long story short, I walked away with a sense of accomplishment that is difficult to obtain these days. I felt great. I really and truly made a difference. They have a better understanding of exactly what a Realtor does (or is supposed to do).

Not to mention, I have two buyer appointments, and a listing appointment scheduled for next week. My intention wasn't to take advantage of this captive audience, and it made all the difference in the world.



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Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Wow....awesome photo to go along with your post.  Happy Thanksgiving.


Nov 26, 2008 01:06 AM
Matt Stigliano
Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME - San Antonio, TX

Cherimie - What an excellent beginning to a post.  I often think about how to draw a reader in and its definitely not my specialty, but I think you captured what a blog headline and first few lines should be.  I knew it didn't have anything to do with what it sounded like...I highly doubted you would write an x-rated blog post at ActiveRain, but I still felt compelled to find out what exactly you were leading into.  Thanks for a well written post and congratulations on the success your class brought you.

Nov 26, 2008 01:12 AM
Chris & Maria Skrip
RE/MAX 1st Advantage - Beaufort, SC
Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head, Sun City SC

You go girl!!!! It sounds like it was an absolutely wonderful experience.  I love the raspy voices of the DIs!!

Nov 26, 2008 01:30 AM
Kristal Perrone
Hunt Real Estate- Columbus Division - Rochester, NY
Associate Broker

Ok, your first line made me look, and read the whole blog.  lol.  Good job.  It sounds like you had a successful evening.


Nov 26, 2008 01:40 AM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Cherimie~ How exciting to be able to share your knowledge with a group of Marines!  It sounds like everyone including you benefited from it.  What a great opportunity for all of you!

Nov 26, 2008 01:40 AM
Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Cherimie.  Awesome. 

"I didn't waste their time marketing myself, I knew it wasn't necessary."

That is the way we should always feel.

Congrats on everything.  Keep it up!!


Nov 26, 2008 01:49 AM
Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team
RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs - Geneva, IL

Great post, Cherimie!  At this time of year it does feel great to give something back, doesn't it!  I'm sure they appreciated your time and I bet you got a lot of great feedback.

Nov 26, 2008 02:05 AM
Eric McGowan
Moody, AL

Cherimie great post and congratulations on the opportunity. I will say that you do have a way with words. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.


Nov 26, 2008 02:12 AM
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Cherimie--Isn't it great to have the opportunity to explain the truth of your particular market place to people? The media sensationalizes the market across the nation but to have an opportunity to explain why buying is a great deal now and answer questions, though at first a bit intimidating, sounds exhilarating!

Nov 26, 2008 02:14 AM
Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Cherimie.  I have borrowed this post for one of my own. :)


Nov 26, 2008 02:23 AM
Ilyce Glink
Think Glink Media - Chicago, IL
Best-selling author, award-winning TV/radio host.

Cherimie- Congratulations on having such a positive experience! This post is a reminder to go out into the community and educate people about real estate. It doesn't hurt if it brings some business your way, too! Good job!

Nov 26, 2008 02:45 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


That is what outreach marketing is all about. You didn't have to market yourself because you already accomplished that being there. Textbook. Great. :)


Nov 26, 2008 02:59 AM
Robert Rauf
CMG Home Loans - Toms River, NJ

Was there ever any doubt that you would "wow" them?  Congratulations!  It is always a rewarding experience when you can share your knowledge with someone else, I am sure you we reap the rewards in the future!

Nov 26, 2008 05:26 AM
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

Hola Cherimie!  I'm with Matt very intriguing title & first couple of sentences....:).  KM

Nov 26, 2008 12:12 PM
Catherine Sinocruz
Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate - Reno, NV
Broker-Salesperson, ABR, GRI, CRS

Hi Cherimie,

Congratulations!  Sounds like a great opportunity.


Nov 27, 2008 08:01 AM
Keith Strawn
www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty) - Beaufort, SC

Great job, Cherimie. Sounds like the class was a positive for everyone. Thanks, also, for being a terrific Realtor "representative" to the men and women who serve our country.

Nov 28, 2008 02:26 AM
Cherimie Crane
Cherimie Crane & Associates - Beaufort, SC

Thank you all for commenting!! It was a great night. I truly enjoyed being able to answer their questions. I look forward to each and every class!!

Nov 29, 2008 02:58 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri 314-775-2050 - Des Peres, MO


Congrats to you on your presentation!  Sounds like you had a good time.


Nov 29, 2008 01:14 PM
Cristal Drake
Circa Properties - Fullerton, CA
Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate

Cherimie - Love your opening! That was an attention getter for sure. I am really enjoying your blogs and am glad that there was someone honest and forthecoming to help the men the put their lives on the line for us.  I would have wanted to run too but you are so pretty that I am sure you had them at attention the whole time! Congrats on a job well done and thanks for taking care of "our guys".

Dec 01, 2008 01:51 AM