Lessons from Ohio Association of Realtors Winter Session

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Attending the OAR Conventions is always interesting.  I happened  to go to the Winter Session recently.  There was a lot to learn from Young Professional Networks for Realtors® to MLS changes.  But, one standout to me was HomeSnap’s presentation.

HomeSnap stood out because it seems that they want to work with the Realtor® community.  There should be a healthy dose of skepticism due to past practices with our data and how it was used to exploit the industry.  However, to hear their pitch and view the product was enlightening.  After listening to the other advocates from  the Toledo and Dayton areas, it got me wondering. Perhaps this could be a viable tool for Columbus Realtors® to better serve our clients and have better collaboration with them.

It’s what Larry Schottenstein, my broker, said to me the other day, we no longer control the data as an industry – it’s everywhere; but, as an industry we give people guidance about what to do with the information.  Better collaboration with our clients?  I’m all for that.

IMG_20150119_131317486_HDRAnother outstanding presentation was from Lawrence Yun, Ph.D., Chief Economist for National Association of Realtors®.  You can see by this photo that the Housing Forecast is pretty bright for 2015.   In fact it looks pretty bright for 2016 too.  Hopefully, this is the end of the “bubble”!

New Years Resolutions

new-years-resolutionsIt’s 2015 and that time of year to go about setting resolutions.

Mine are to:

  1. Consistently blog on Real Estate.  It is my running journal on my journey in this field.  I love what I do and I want to share my experiences.
  2. Build my own book of business.  This means taking more calculated risks and delving into lead generating systems like and Zillow.
  3. Continue to be an active member in the community.  I love my volunteer activities.  It keeps me connected to the community.

These are my real estate practice business resolutions.  What are your resolutions this year?

Real Estate is Only a Sales Job

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Recently someone told me that Real Estate is only a sales job.  Maybe I’m taking this a bit too hard and maybe out of context but I just don’t see Real Estate as just a sales job.  I see Real Estate as a vocation.  A calling in service for others.  I take what I do seriously.  It is a commitment not only to my clients; but, also a commitment to the general public and to the Real Estate industry as a whole.  When someone tells me it’s only a sales job, I think in my head it is so much more than a sales job.

I Work Hard to Play

I view work a bit differently than most.  I work hard to play.  I view my work as a motivating factor to have a nice, comfortable life.  It is that whole balance in life that I crave.  I believe that life balances things out.  If you work too hard and you don’t get the joy out of life, life will find a way to remind you about the joy out there.  If you burn the candle at both ends (work hard and play hard), you will soon find out that there will be nothing left in the middle.  It is all about flow and balance.  It is life’s harmony that makes business thrive.

Business is Life; Life is Business

I will never forget my father telling me that you can learn a lot about a man’s business by the way he plays golf.  I was 15 when he said that and I will never forget it.  I’m not a golfer by any stretch of the imagination, but I get the meaning behind what he said to me.  A person acts the same whether  in or out of business.  You want to find out more about your competition – get to know them on a personal level.  You want to learn more; open yourself up to others and teach.  You want to advance and grow; talk to advisers and those who have gone before you in business.  Business is Life; Life is Business. This is integral to how your interactions should be day to day in this business.

Life is Too Short

Life is too short to view Real Estate as only a Sales Job.  Embrace Real Estate.  Learn about Real Estate.  Breathe Real Estate Everyday.