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Thanksgiving Message. I’m Grateful That We’re Still Here Together!

When things are going great, it’s easy to get people and agents to believe in you.  It’s during the tough times where you can tell where your true friends, and loyal business partners stand.  I’ve learned a lot in the past few years.  The economy has taken it’s toll on the real estate industry, and we weren’t left untouched.  We’ve cut back, consolidated and tried hard to generate more revenue for the company.  It seemed like we’ve been working twice as hard at times just to stay afloat.  What happened to the good old days of real estate that were here just a few years ago?

For me, the good old days are gone; but gratefully, some of the good old people are here to stay.  It’s those loyal agents, managers and business partners that I dedicate this post to.  We’ve stuck through this together, and I’m confident that those of us fortunate to be in the game in a few years will rise above it all and capture more market share and achieve better profitability than imaginable.
We’re  now positioned for profit when the market allows us the opportunity to earn it.  We’ve found better and faster ways to get the job done. We’ve learned more about consumer habits and preferences online and off than I ever thought would be important in real estate.  We’re getting better at delivering the type of services that the consumer wants and really needs.

I recently returned from the NAR conference in Anaheim and it was a little alarming to see that there were so many fewer vendors and attendees at the convention hall.  It just became too expensive for many companies that are related to the real estate industry to get the funds together for a booth.  We must recognize that not only are we struggling, but our vendors are also facing difficult times as well.

Our company has always thrived due to it’s diversity and leverage across the vertical business plane.  We always knew that the real estate business was a difficult one to earn a buck, but the other services that we can offer help to make our Fridays…Black Fridays.
I would like to recognize the many vendors that have helped us to move our industry forward.  Our Thanksgiving wish for you is that we all recreate ourselves to be relevant in an industry that is evolving dramatically as we speak.  I pray that we use our relationships and talents to get together in creating the most helpful and powerful model for the future that will provide the most benefit for the future consumers of real estate services.

Let’s take the time to look around and  count our blessings.
I’m appreciative of the relationships that I”ve made, and am grateful for those who have hung in there in the tough times.  The inspiration of all out there helps us to move forward with purpose.

I”m ready to accept the challenges of today and the future and we’re prepared and positioned to take advantage of a new and exciting marketplace.
I’m thankful for those that inspire me and support me as we try new concepts for the betterment of the industry.
I’m thankful to those who motivate me to motivate our team at all times.
I’m grateful for the guidance and inspiration of my dad whose ideals I try to continue to embed in the fiber of our company.
I’m also happy to be able to be able to help other brokers through some tough times.

Most of all, I’m thankful for family and friends that make it all worth it.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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