PLAYING FOR FREE

The Lost Art of Losing 

 

 

 

I find it difficult to pass up the occasional viewing of Major League when its on TV. Bob Uecker on the calls, Jack Daniels infused candor. Classic. On this note, I just checked the box scores from the NHL and the NFL. Both my teams in their respective leagues are dead last in the standings. In a strange way I’m ok with it. Makes me love ‘em more. Especially when they’re in the tank. There’s something to be said for having nothing to lose. Freedom to swing for the cheap seats without a rational care in the world.

Any sports fan would love to see their team in first place all the time but obviously this isn’t realistic, even for franchises with payrolls large enough to fund a small…

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT

The Cloud of Ownership Bias

 

 

BREAKING NEWS!!!! Sellers think their property is worth more than it really is. Call it false hope, money already spent, or just plain gorilla math but make no mistake, it lives and breathes. Not exactly a revelation in Real Estate but it does present obvious challenges. What’s more, for every owner out there asking too much, there is a line of agents looking to spin the wheel and gamble on their behalf. In real estate brokerage, this is typically the upheld norm that is needed to make a living. Can’t win if you don’t play. Especially if you’re playing with someone else’s money. For agents, this is normally a fool’s errand and a fast track to making eight dollars an hour, once the…

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THE BEAUTY OF CANCELLATIONS

By Buddy Kane

 

9:58 am EST

 Just had an appointment cancel last minute. Was halfway there. Had to turn around, drive back home and return to doing what I really wanted to do in the first place. It was awful, I think. It’s the third time this agent has cancelled or rescheduled in the last week. After blaming her clients and throwing them under the bus, she apologized for the inconvenience. I graciously conveyed my understanding and let her know that these things are disappointing, but they happen. Little did she know, she had unknowingly put my entire morning back on track and freed me up to do other things, like write these words.

Somewhere, somehow, the idea of a cancellation for anything has typically held a…

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9:58 am EST

Just had an appointment canceled last minute. Was halfway there. Had to turn around, drive back home and return to doing what I really wanted to do in the first place. It was awful, I think. It’s the third time this agent has canceled or rescheduled in the last week. After blaming her clients and throwing them under the bus, she apologized for the inconvenience. I graciously conveyed my understanding and let her know that these things are disappointing, but they happen. Little did she know, she had unknowingly put my entire morning back on track and freed me up to do other things, like write these words.

Somewhere, somehow, the idea of a cancellation for anything has typically held a negative reference. Personally, I find this amusing…

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Think…

And Grow Resourceful

 “Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think…”

 

All you Einstein’s out there, I know you’ve read it, Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich”. It’s a seminal work that has a spot in everyone’s library in some way, shape, or form. This book and others like it are placed in a category that has been referred to as “durable knowledge” that stands the test of time. It imparts a brand of timeless wisdom that validates a sustained presence. This category includes other published works like “How to Win Friends and Influence People” as foundational platforms for us to model as we forge our own style or approach. The fundamentals of any undertaking are a critical starting point that helps…

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There’s No “I” in Team.

But there is a Me…

Witnessing the growing number of attention seekers on social media, it seems as though a lot of this behavior may be driven by the fact that many individual professional identities have become shrouded within “teams” “groups” or “pods”, starving the more delicate personalities of the accolades they feel they’re due. These collective efforts are designed to make their sum greater than its parts, train new members, and ultimately create more velocity for the collaborative. They’re all generally after the same thing, just on different scales. Corporate models often promote larger operations with an abundance of resources and means from which to move the needle effectively and efficiently. This lends…

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The Juggling Act. You’re familiar with it. Anyone with a pulse understands what it feels like to be overwhelmed and incapable of completing anything close to what they think they wanted originally. We usually don’t recognize what’s happening until we’re running in quicksand, snapping at those around us, and exercising a modest level of road rage. In the Real Estate industry, it’s usually incited by a constant barrage of new apps, tools, techniques, and initiatives designed to make you better than you are now, or your money back!!! Guaranteed!!! 

This manifests itself in an endless stream of emails, phone calls, and endorsements of new products, services, and loan programs designed to keep you ahead of the competition. What they really do is take…

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The Closer – A combination of experience, expertise, and a Driver personality that relishes the opportunity to wield it aggressively over clients, other agents, as well as the rest of the market in which they choose to contract business. As they should, being a Master of the Universe. This is the Alpha Agent that has paid their dues and established a supreme network of high net-worth individuals from which to drive obscene levels of commission revenue. Their name and identity are synonymous with the high-end market of irrational buyers and sellers that simply want what they want completely independent of any relationship to Value. This brand of Agent is rare and takes a substantial amount of focused time and effort to build unless one is already…

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