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The Work Begins

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

One of the headlines I read in the news after President Obama had taken the oath was " The work begins".  Suddenly, I felt the need to look at my own productivity.  What had I done lately to support my business?

As I examined my motives, I began to feel as if I had been going about things the wrong way.  Although with good intentions, my focus had been shifted in the face of this economy. My number one focus should always be to help people solve their problems. Whatever the problem is, a house that needs to be sold, assistance getting loan approval, locating the right property. My commitment should be to their needs. In keeping the main thing the main thing, everything else will follow.

I was caught up in the fear of not having enough money and fell into fear based activities. Therefore, today I begin again. I am focused again, on what really matters, the service that I provide. People still appreciate service, especially if it is from the heart. Service can be what sets you apart and your clients will appreciate your efforts. True service keeps you focused on meeting their need instead of your need to make money. Remember your customers are feeling the same uncertainty of the times. Your consistency and commitment will reassure them during the transaction process.       

We have been blessed with the opportunity to help people with one of the most important purchases of their lives. The process should be about them not about you. Building your business should be about building a reputation of integrity and exemplary service. If this is your focus you will automatically focus on activities that set you apart and make doing business with you special. Yes, I believe we must still track and run the numbers but do not be so concerned with the numbers that your reputation suffers.     

I wish everyone a prosperous New Year and suggest you examine your 2009 business plans. Make sure your intentions are pure and your efforts will be rewarded.     



Michelle Roethle
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Belfair, WA
Your NorthWest "Real Estate Solution"

It's a great new year and I am using it to get a fresh start on my work. It just feels like there is hope in the air and I will embrace that!

Jan 22, 2009 01:42 AM
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Traci,  Good for you.  I find myself acting out of fear lately and you're right, that's not good.  Service and commitment don't cost anything.  Since I've been forced to cut my marketing dollars, I have more time to make calls and visits and work on proposals, statistics, personal touches.  All the things that set us apart.  Thanks for a wonderful, positive, timely reminder.  May you have a great year.  God bless you and God bless America.

Jan 22, 2009 01:46 AM
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee 423-677-6677

no kidding!!

Jan 22, 2009 01:51 AM
Home Loan Search.Online
Home Loan Search Online - Newnan, GA

Best of luck for 2009! I hope that you are more successful this year than in year's past.

Jan 22, 2009 02:15 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Wow!    Exceptionally powerful post.    You've said it all...everyone should read this, and take it's advice to heart.    A  proactive stance brings results; fear mode leaves you at the water cooler group.   

Jan 22, 2009 02:22 AM
Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

Great post. I think 2009 will be great. The phone is ringing and we are busy. President Obama has his hands full and dosen't need to worry about us. We can help just by doing our thing.

Jan 22, 2009 03:42 AM
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

Absolutely! Focus on helping people solve their problems. If you do a good job for people, the money will follow.

Jan 22, 2009 04:28 AM
Missy Marable
Century 21 Collier & Company - Henderson, KY

Thanks for the positive post.  A great reminder that we are all truly blessed. Best of Luck to you in 2009.

Jan 22, 2009 05:06 AM
Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

Girl your posts are a blessing, please come back in 2009.

Feb 13, 2009 08:32 AM