It's what each of us who works in the luxury and resort real estate market hopes will happen...one day the phone will ring and there will be someone whose name is recognized in most households asking about a listing.
First thought," Okay, which one of my friends is pulling my leg?"
Second thought, " Oh my gosh, is this really _________?"
Third thought, " Try not to sound 'star struck'."
After all those thoughts fly around for a bit, we come to discover that many of these folks aren't so different from us. They want a place where they can have a quiet dinner with friends and no one asking for their autograph. They want to be able to get out of their boats at the local marina and have a hamburger with their kids without having body guards hanging around. They want to be able to sunbathe on the top deck of their boathouse without having to worry about paparazzi sneaking a picture. Mostly, they want to be like you and me - enjoying life without having everyone make a big fuss about their presence.
If you have ever worked with a client like this, you'll acknowledge that the hardest part is not being able to tell your best friend that you showed houses to __________ or that you've had a call from a person representing __________ and they are arriving by helicopter at the local fire station the next afternoon in order to see your listing.
So, if you can't keep a secret, don't even try to work with any of these folks. For the most part, they don't want anyone to know they have been there, that they are buying there or that they live there.
When the occasional easily recognizable face pops up on the TV or movie screen, you can just smile smugly and know that being able to keep a secret isn't part of what they teach you in real estate school, but it can certainly enhance your career as a broker working in the resort and second home market!