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Are You “All In”? 10 Quick Questions to Ask Yourself

Are you “All In”?

When I say “all in”, I am referring to working at your profession to your fullest, and working on yourself to become the best professional that you can be.  As a trainer, business owner, and analyst of our industry, there are a few predictors that I watch that indicate  who I believe will thrive through the changes that will likely be happening in our industry.Here are 10 Quick Questions to Ask Yourself, and what they may mean.

  1. Do you attend your company sales meetings or follow up on them if you cannot?
  2. Do you network with local realtors not in your company?
  3. Have you recently gone to any REALTOR® event?
  4. Did you vote in the recent board election?
  5. Do you read your Board or company emails?
  6. Do you use a personal or business email?
  7. Are you working a system of Gratitude Marketing?
  8. Do any of your gratitude marketing efforts reach attorneys, cobrokes, or mortgage professionals?
  9. Are you fluent in zipforms (or the equivalent)?
  10. Do you read industry news, like Inman, Notorious Rob, Realtor.org?
  11. (BONUS) Are you going to your company holiday party?

What do these questions reflect? Engagement, Professionalism and Drive.  This “all-inness” is so difficult to teach. The answers to these questions do predict an agent’s success level, YOUR success level.  Do you want to survive, or thrive? To thrive, I believe you need to check your “all-inness”!

Inman had a survey today called ” How serious are you about your real estate career?” The article that led to the survey spoke of the “D.A.N.G.E.R Report”, which identified part time agents and low entry into the field as problematic to our industry. Listen, our jobs are hard! We are dealing with a person’s most important financial instrument that they have, and we should NOT take this responsibility lightly! Ever!

My goal is to address this “Thrive, not merely survive” mindset in the next few weeks, in preparation of the new year and your goal setting efforts. Please answer those questions above and reach out to me with your responses, comments, objections, confessions!  I will also be sharing some stories, experiences, and throwing down some challenges.

Are you In? Let’s get us “All In”! 

 

On Running for an Election and Being a Strong Mother…

Kate Lanagan MacGregor don't quit!“Run for an election?” The words sunk into the very pit of my stomach. I recently put my name in for President-Elect of our local Real Estate Board. At the time, there were no other entrants, and as the ballot was set, I was uncontested. At the very last minute, another very qualified person did…. So, now I am in a contested election. So now I have to run.

Run is what I wanted to do… far far away! I knew that I could not run away. Why? Because I am a mother. I could not run away from something uncomfortable because I don’t want my children running away from challenges.  I have a son and two daughters. They are (almost) 21,20 and 17. So, they are watching.  For many, many years, they would watch, and then do the opposite. Now they are listening. Maya Angelo said, “People will not remember what you said. They may remember what you did. They will always remember how you made them feel.”

Be Strong.

Go in faith, not fear.

Do your next right thing.

Get out of your comfort zone and into your growth zone.

Say what you mean. Mean what you say. Don’t be mean when you say it.

These are some of the sayings I have instilled into my children. Well, now it was time to walk the walk. Enough talking!

So, was I successful in my campaign? Sharing what my daughter sent me this morning… I was successful. For today!

10 Things You Learn From Being Raised By A Strong Mother

1. You learn the value of independence. You don’t need a man to save you or anyone to take care of you, you learn by example that you are capable of living a full and happy life without having to share it with someone else. You learn that you can build a home, raise kids, cook, and do the dishes all while having a thriving career. You pretty much learn how to be super woman.

2. You learn the meaning of unconditional love. You saw your mom sacrifice her time, health and youth for you and your siblings, yet she never complained or gloated about how much she is suffering or how much she is doing. She always had a smile on her face and was happily giving more and more of herself. She taught you what selfless and unconditional love looks like, and you know you won’t be able to find that love anywhere else.

3. You learn how to love yourself. You learn how to walk away from the things that are not meant for you, you learn how to keep going even when the whole world is against you, and you learn how to believe in yourself when everyone is doubting you. You learn that bad grades, heart breaks and failures don’t define you; what defines you is how you bounce back from all the setbacks and how hard you fight for the life you want.

4. You learn that you can be both strong and soft. Strong mothers are usually very sensitive they just hide it better, but you saw your mom silently cry over your pain, or stay up all night taking care of you when you were sick, or the nights she couldn’t sleep because something was troubling you. The way she hugs you when you are down shows unmatched compassion and tenderness and sometimes in a quiet corner you saw her shed a few tears.

5. You learn that it’s not easy being a woman. You learn that your opinion will be discounted, that you will be taken lightly when you’re being serious, but you will also learn that you can stand out in a crowd and force everyone to listen to your voice and accept your ideas. You learn that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

6. You learn never to look back. You learn to let all the “what ifs” and “could have beens” go. You learn not to look back and wonder why life turned upside down. You just keep looking forward and let the past redeem itself. You learn that everything that happened got you to where you belong even if it is nothing you ever wished for.

7. You learn the importance of patience and faith. You learn that God is looking out for you and your struggles, that everything will be OK in the end. Storms will pass and tomorrow is a new day. You learn to be patient with life, patient with timing, patient with success and patient with problems. You learn that patience is strength.

8. You learn how to create your own happiness. You can find happiness in a difficult life. You can still be happy even if  you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. My mom taught me that I can always find something to smile about all I have to do is look closer.

9. You learn that she still knows more about love than you do. Even when you are generations apart, even if you are not fond of her love choices, if she doesn’t approve of someone you better listen to her. She knows what she is saying; moreover, she doesn’t want to see you get heartbroken. As much as I hate to admit it, she got it right every time.

10. You learn how to be a good mother. You’ve been raised by a mom who showed you how to truly take care of a family, who showed you that hard work pays off, who showed you that you can love someone unconditionally. She showed you how to be protective, loving, kind, compassionate, strong and resilient. She was leading by example, and whether you know it or not, you are following in her footsteps one step at a time.

 This is from Rania Naim, of Thought Catalog.

An Eye Opener – a true differentiator in the value we bring to our clients

Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to Kimberly Allard-Moccia speak at the first annual RASEM R.E.D Expo about a very important, and much to my surprise, interesting topic (as related to the subject, not the speaker!), RPAC or the REALTOR Political Action Committee.  It was EXTREMELY eye opening, and if you know Kimberly, as entertaining as it was informative and definitely worthy of sharing.

So, pre-conceived notions are a powerful thing.  Especially these days, the p-word (politics) incites almost every emotion in the book – fear, horror, hope, sleep, rage, the urge to rock in a corner with your hands over your ears singing the ‘lalalala song’. I never understood why REALTORS would have their own party.  As far as I knew, the only ‘political parties’ were Republicans, Democrats, and all the rest of those 1-2%’ers. Little did I know of the amazing things RPAC does, not only on behalf of REALTORS, but on behalf of homeowners and other industry players as well.

Three things really resonated with me in particular:

1) Did you know that RPAC is the only trade organization fighting for homeowners rights? I’m pretty sure most homeowners don’t know it either.  RPAC is tackling issues  such as ” NAR continues to educate Congress and their staff on the vital role that real estate tax provisions play in the nation’s housing markets and economy.” (2015 RPAC Legislative Accomplishments) Imagine if you couldn’t deduct your mortgage interest?!  RPAC has your back.

“NAR has worked vigilantly with Congress and regulated stakeholders to oppose a rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which vastly expands EPA authority over more bodies of water and increases EPA regulation of land uses on private property.” (2015 RPAC Legislative Accomplishments) Image you spend your life savings on your dream home by the water and suddenly you have unbearable restrictions imposed! RPAC has your back.

2) Sometimes your presence, is all it takes to support enactment of lobbying efforts.  Yep, butts in seats, hands in the air, faces in the crowd send a strong message to politicians that make and break decisions.  How easy is it to take a single day out of 365 to dedicate to being that butt, hand or face for the greater good of our industry!

3) Truthfully, some of the issues are way beyond my level of understanding in the absence of a deep dive, but there are a whole host of resources available to translate the issues into tangible, meaningful, and relatable dialect.  People will come to your house (ok, agency) to help you and your teams understand more about what the issues are, what the potential ramifications are, and what is being done to anticipate the impact of future events and decisions. How great would it be to be able to demonstrate to your clients your expertise and knowledge about how we are advocating for homeowners?!

I strongly encourage you to spend some time learning even a little bit more about the amazing efforts of RPAC.  It will give you insights in terms of how even your smallest contribution, of time or funds, can have a big impact; it will set you apart with your clients from those still rocking in the corner in terms of understanding how REALTORS act on behalf of consumers; it will give you a voice in shaping and preparing for our future, no matter where the issues and where opportunities may take us.

For more information, go to realtoractioncenter.com to learn more about  accomplishments, current challenges and issues, and ways to contribute.
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RASEM Red Expo Huge Success

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The RASEM Red Expo was held last Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Raynham Park Simulcast Center in Raynham, MA.  RASEM or Realtors Association of Southeast Massachusetts held its expo and tradeshow as well as a new concept called RED Talks.  RED for Real Estate Development Education.  These are talks on a variety of subjects by various professionals involved in real estate and related industries.  Each talk is about 20 minutes in length and there were about 17  Red talks throughout the day.

Some of these included:  Al Rivet from All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services, Kevin Thompson from BBM Pros, Joanne Dunsky from A Lil Something, Tom Percy from Tom Percy Law, Steve Medeiros from Pelletier Realty,  and Jeffrey Chalmers from Ross Mortgage to name a few.

The day also included a class on Real Estate Professional Ethics and a class on understanding RPR.  The evening ended with an awards dinner.

It was a great day for real estate and Kate Lanagan MacGregor ( who is now newly elected President-elect of RASEM), and the BBM Pros who were involved with all the planning for the event.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for a great team of BOLDIES who live and work in the communities they serve

.This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on November 1, 2016.