Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting)

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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Helping people achieve their dream or goal of buying or selling a home (or land or investment property), while making money in the process.

Dec 12, 2018 01:53 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Success is real estate is different for each party. At the end of the day, have I built rapport with those around me, do others speak highly of me, and have I done the things I said I'd do? If my answers are "yes" thast's success.

Dec 12, 2018 02:16 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

By the quality of the relationships I develop with my clients; the money is just a score card of how well I'm doing developing those relationships. But the score card also measures success at the end of the day.

Dec 12, 2018 02:11 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Miss Marte, I think success in or out of real estate = joy. Sinking your teeth into a challenge like it was a freaking 12 oz ribeye, laughing in the face of disaster and making impossible deals work even when nobody else GsAF, without breaking a nail.
If you've been in real estate longer than 10 years and saving deals still makes you hot, you're a success. LOLLLL
Now I want that steak!

Dec 12, 2018 04:28 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

For me it's a balanced life while making a living. 

Dec 12, 2018 03:27 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

the greatest sign of success is when an agent is fed a steady flow of business from happy past clients...

Dec 12, 2018 03:07 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Interesting question.  Interesting answers. No elevator speech. The answer can vary over time. By situation.  From client to client. Differing factors make this too lengthy to answer in this forum.

Dec 12, 2018 05:29 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

It's personal to me.  I live very differently than most people and certainly most real estate agents I know ... including many of my favorite AR peeps. My definition would be meaningless to anyone other than me. 

Dec 12, 2018 04:34 PM
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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I can only define my success.

I know many successful "part time" agents that are very happy doing what they do, and they're very good at it.  

I know many "mega" agents that are constantly pulling their hair out.  Some aren't, but a lot are.  It makes them happy.  

If they're successful in their mind and where they are in the business, I think that would be the definition of success for them.

Success as a real estate agent (or in life) is finding you and being comfortable where you are.  If you're not comfortable, success is putting in work to make it different.  

That's the coolest thing about real estate.  There is no ONE right way to do it, and your success is just that...  yours.  

 

Dec 12, 2018 04:23 PM
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Loving what you do and having people love you for what you do for them.

Referrals are the proof of the above statement.

Dec 12, 2018 03:24 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Marte,

We have the good fortune to work with top notch agents.  Each has their own definition of success for themselves.  For their clients,  success means doing the very best for them...A

Dec 12, 2018 02:51 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Lives changed.

Real estate is the vessel in which we travel to do that which is most fulfilling to our lives. Real estate transactions is not a measure of success.

Lives transformed is. It is possible transformation and transaction exit in the moment. However only one results in hearing "Well done....."

The young couple who hug me when they move into their farm house and invite me to every family gathering...spells success.

The fragile woman who emotionally breaks down and venomously attacks me...and three weeks later understands were it not for me she would certainly be homeless. I saved her in spite of herself and she realizes her pleadings were heard. That spells success.

Success is ones career is where one vocation and avocation intersect. Without examining ones life the lines have no hope of convergence.

So new real estate agent I ask, 'Why do you exist?" Now we are getting somewhere.

Many have a different standard. That is OK.

Dec 12, 2018 02:13 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

When your clients refer you to others and you don't have to ask for referrals. 

Dec 12, 2018 09:34 PM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

The excitement (still) to have trusted clients who continue to refer business to their Agent for Life. That is success to me Marte Cliff!

Dec 12, 2018 05:48 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

When I reach my goals

Dec 12, 2018 04:57 PM
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

It's multiple and varied, in no particular order. 

It's making enough $$ that my CPA isn't looking at me and saying "if you don't show some profit the IRS is going to think you're treating this as a hobby!" (some lean years when we first started and the economy went south, we poured money in with the expectation of future returns).

It's getting good enough at reading the signs that I'm NOT working with a client that I come to dread talking to, seeing or getting an email from.

It's having happy clients that make it clear YOU are their agent for life (without having to ask).

It's a client that goes out of their way to write you a fantastic review.

It's continuing to learn and improve.

It's respect.

It's getting found on those Net searches for the work I'm doing.

And if I go any further I should just go write a blog post :)

Dec 12, 2018 04:54 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Surviving the 1st year and then enjoying what you do while enhancing your family relationships (if you are making gobs of money but lives around you are falling apart I DON'T consider that a success).

Dec 12, 2018 04:45 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Everyone has there own description of success. I am not going to supply my description. However, like the Supreme Court judge Potter Stewart famously said about pornography: "...I know it when I see it..."

Dec 12, 2018 04:03 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Being thanked by the clients for assisting them through the process and thus making enough money to keep Phyllis happy.

Dec 12, 2018 03:09 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

My definition was to make a successful living while helping others.  Now, I'm working for a smooth exit strategy. 

Dec 13, 2018 05:59 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I like to break it down client by client, finding them a home, selling their home, making them happy and closing are all success stories. 

Dec 13, 2018 05:13 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Living the life.

Dec 13, 2018 05:08 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Creating win-win situations!

Dec 13, 2018 04:45 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Net profits and happiness.

Dec 13, 2018 04:38 AM
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Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME.
Gulf Place @ 30A - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

I want to build and run a money making business that is recognized as an area leader.

Dec 13, 2018 04:27 AM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

When you the agent or broker personally can not wait to get to work each day. When real estate buyers and sellers let you know you go above and beyond and they spread the word online and through out the grapevine. When your business grows, the market share gets larger. When you reinvent your job to stay ahead of just current methods to do your job better than the average bear wearing the "R". When without words it is obvious you are in the right profession and everyone you know, even folks you don't would say the same. That is success in real estate.

Dec 13, 2018 03:31 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I feel most happy and energized (career wise) when I'm productive, so I'm thinking that's my definition of success -- making things happen. When I'm juggling different deals and resolving issues and everything is going well, that's a successful day.

Dec 13, 2018 03:29 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

At the end of th day if my clients are happy then so am I.

Dec 13, 2018 02:24 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Some can do better than full time agents, some cannot.

Dec 12, 2018 10:18 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB REALTY - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty

 Money + Joy.

Dec 12, 2018 08:37 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Enjoing your work and making good living. 

Dec 12, 2018 08:10 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Results don't lie

Dec 12, 2018 04:28 PM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

We all have our own definition success. Success for me is when everyone walks away feeling they won.

Dec 12, 2018 04:16 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Closings!!  And being able to earn a living doing what I love. 

Dec 12, 2018 03:28 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

If the client refers me to others .

Dec 12, 2018 02:53 PM
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful answers. I love that so many define success as far more than the money.

Dec 16, 2018 08:53 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'd suggest that it means different things to the same person depending on the situation.  Means different to me when working with my investors than it does when working with regular clients.

Dec 13, 2018 09:56 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I will let you know when I get there!

Dec 13, 2018 06:36 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

productive making dough.... Make a difference in output. Lots of awards

Dec 12, 2018 08:33 PM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

When I make it possible for my clients to exceed their goals there is NOTHING that feels better to me 

Dec 18, 2018 08:19 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It could be finding that first time buyer a home (in a very low price range), or handing them the keys at closing.   Or, having a great year....lots of things make me feel successful.

Dec 17, 2018 07:49 AM
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Anthony Kirlew
Keller Williams Legacy One Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

Sucess in any arena is accomplishing or exceeding the goals you have set for yourself. Sorry if that sounds vague, but everyone's goals are different, so their measure of success should be different as well.

Dec 16, 2018 08:20 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Making a good living and doing 20 deals a year.

 

Dec 15, 2018 07:12 PM